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10 All-Natural Ways to Stay Young

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Certain celebs (we see you, Jennifer Lopez!) somehow seem to age in reverse. Besides skipping sugar-because really, who would want to do that for a lifetime?!-are there secrets to beat the constantly-ticking aging clock? Absolutely, experts say. (And no, you don’t need an array of crazy pills and potions.) Try these 10 smart strategies that are natural age-erasers.

1. Give yourself a break

Recent studies show that stress causes physical changes in the body that can accelerate aging. Surges of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol cause blood pressure to rise and the heart to beat faster. These days, when our stressors seem unrelenting (a steady stream of job pressures, traffic jams, money problems), chronic doses of adrenaline and cortisol take a heavy toll on our physical and emotional health. “Sixty to 90 percent of all doctors’ visits each year are related to anxiety, depression, obsessive anger and hostility, insomnia, high blood pressure, heart attacks-all problems caused by stress,” says Herbert Benson, M.D., author of The Relaxation Response and a founder and director emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine in Boston.

The most effective way to halt this destructive chain of events is to meditate, using what Dr. Benson calls “the relaxation response.” The technique involves repeating a mantra-a word, sound, phrase, or prayer-for as little as 10 minutes a day.

Try it! Once or twice daily, for 10 to 20 minutes, sit in a quiet place, close your eyes, relax your muscles, roll your head, neck, and shoulders, and breathe deeply. On each exhale, repeat your mantra (here are 10 possibilities to inspire yours). If other thoughts try to invade, says Dr. Benson, tell yourself, “Oh, well,” and return to your word or phrase. When you’re done, keep your eyes closed for an extra minute; slowly allow everyday thoughts to flow back into your mind. Still not into the idea of meditation? Do yoga, or something active and repetitive, like mindful running, instead. Focus on your breathing and how your feet land with each stride. Get your to-do list out of your head, says Dr. Benson.

2. Consume more fat

The healthy kind, that is. Omega-3 fatty acids (found in salmon, walnuts, and seeds) help stabilize your mood, maintain bone strength, and help prevent visible signs of aging by reducing inflammation in the body, explains Nicholas Perricone, M.D., a leading anti-aging expert and author of 7 Secrets to Beauty, Health, and Longevity. “Omega-3s also boost the ability of the body’s enzymes to pull fat out of storage-from your hips, say-and use it as energy,” he says. “Omega-3s keep you healthy and your skin radiant.”

Try it! “Virtually every expert agrees that you need two grams of omega-3 fatty acids a day,” says Michael Roizen, M.D., chair of the division of anesthesiology at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and coauthor of You on a Diet. Eat plenty of fatty fish such as wild salmon (a 3-ounce serving has 6.9 grams), as well as walnuts (one-half ounce has 9.2 grams), says Dr. Roizen. If you aren’t getting enough omega-3s from your diet, consider taking fish-oil supplements. (Related: Vegetarian Foods That Offer a Healthy Dose of Omega-3 Fatty Acids)

3. Get off the couch

Not only does regular exercise help you lose weight, tone muscles, build healthier bones, and boost mood, it can also help you think clearly. Studies cited by the National Institute on Aging demonstrate a connection between physical exercise and better brain power. “Walking for just 10 minutes a day lowers your risk of Alzheimer’s by 40 percent,” says Gary Small, M.D., director of the UCLA Center on Aging and coauthor of The Healthy Brain Kit. “Physical conditioning reduces stress and anxiety, which wipe out your memory bank.”

Try it! Make time for three 20-minute workouts a week, like this 20-minute routine from celebrity trainer Lacey Stone. You can also run, bike, swim, dance-simply do whatever you enjoy most.

4. Feel the love

Anyone who’s ever fallen head over heels or discovered an activity that makes them eager to jump out of bed in the morning knows that passion is a powerful drug. “It’s the central motivation of all human activity,” says Gail Sheehy in her book, Sex and the Seasoned Woman. The ability to embrace life boosts self-esteem, fuels the immune system, and improves cardiovascular health. Passion in bed can be particularly beneficial: “Loving touches release hormones, including oxytocin, that reduce stress and anxiety,” says Mehmet Oz, M.D., professor of surgery and vice chairman of cardiovascular services at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University, as well as the coauthor of You on a Diet. “If sex is a purely hedonistic process, it won’t have the same results.”

Try it! Banish boredom and isolation at all costs. Rekindle the flames with your partner. Or discover a new love in the form of a mental or physical pursuit: Take up painting, join a book club, start a running program. Do whatever it is that makes you feel energized and alive.

5. Drink red wine

A groundbreaking study showed that mice on a high-fat diet supplemented with resveratrol, a substance found in the skin of grapes, had longer average lifespans than those not given the resveratrol. According to the study’s co-lead researcher Rafael de Cabo, Ph.D., of the National Institute on Aging, resveratrol clearly reduced the risk of diabetes and liver problems in mice, leading to a significant decline in obesity-related deaths. But here’s the catch: “You’d have to drink 180 bottles of red wine a day to get the same benefits,” says Dr. Roizen.

Researchers are working now to improve the potency of resveratrol in order to develop a pill that contains the optimum amount of the substance. In the meantime, there’s plenty of evidence that a little red wine can offset a host of health problems. An animal study from Johns Hopkins University suggested that red wine can diminish brain damage caused by stroke by as much as 40 percent. And research released last year showed that grape-seed procyanidins, found in red wine, helps reduce arterial clogging, resulting in lower blood-cholesterol levels and a reduction in deaths from heart disease.

Try it! Until an optimally potent resveratrol pill is available, enjoy red wine, but it’s best to follow the latest alcohol guidelines from the American Medical Association and drink no more than one glass (4 ounces) a day for your health. (Related: How to Buy an Awesome Bottle of Wine Every Time)

6. Do yoga

More energy, better posture, greater flexibility, improved mood, and less stress are just some of the rewards of this mind-body workout. “Yoga means ‘union’ in Sanskrit,” says Cyndi Lee, founder of New York City’s Om Yoga. “Through conscious yoga breathing, you become aware of the connection between mind and body.” That translates into major anti-aging advantages. Yogic breathing has been shown to oxygenate the cells, ridding them of toxins, helping prevent illness, and making skin radiant. Unlike other exercises, says Lee, yoga poses are designed to work the inside of your body as well as the outside, which helps rejuvenate the digestive system, the reproductive system, even the immune system. “Yoga is like wringing your body out like a washcloth,” she says. “It’s one of the best ways to keep things moving.”

Try it! Practice yoga or other mind-body activities at least twice a week, says Lee, to give yourself an energy boost, help build bone mass, and de-stress.

7. Bite into a superfruit

There’s a good reason we’re hearing so much about pomegranates these days. “Current studies show that they are more beneficial than other fruits,” says Dr. Oz. Pomegranate juice has been found to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, possibly delay the onset of atherosclerosis, and potentially help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease; researchers believe it may also help prevent some forms of cancer from starting or progressing. Pomegranates can also protect the skin from damage caused by UV rays.

Another promising anti-ager is the goji berry, a fruit native to Tibet that boasts 500 times more vitamin C by weight than an orange and is considered to be the most abundant source of carotenoids, a type of antioxidant, on earth. This little nutritional powerhouse-which tastes like a denser, sweeter cranberry-also contains more iron than spinach, 18 amino acids, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E, according to Dr. Perricone. The goji berry stimulates the release of human growth hormone, a natural substance in the body that improves our ability to sleep, helps us look younger, reduces fat, improves memory, boosts libido, and enhances the immune system, he says.

Try it! Snack on a handful of dried goji berries throughout the day. Be sure to buy ones from Tibet, because they have high serum levels, advises Dr. Perricone. In addition, drink pomegranate juice. Not a fan of the flavor? Buy it in concentrate and add a tablespoonful daily to kefir (or plain yogurt), suggests Dr. Perricone.

8. Sip green tea

The health buzz about this brew keeps getting stronger: Green tea has been found to reduce the risk of breast cancer and prevent remissions, and now it’s being tested as a way to help prevent bladder, colorectal, and lung cancer recurrence. “Green tea is an amazing compound in terms of blocking the signaling network that is linked with the progression of cancer,” says Amy Yee, Ph.D., a professor of biochemistry at Tufts University and principal investigator of the cancer study. It’s also an effective weight-management agent because it appears to rev up metabolism, says Dr. Roizen. Preliminary research indicates that green tea may even help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. A Japanese study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that drinking at least one cup a day can help keep your brain sharp as you get older.

Try it! Sip two or three cups daily for the ultimate health benefits, says Yee.

9. Slather your skin with supplements

Our body’s largest organ-skin-shows the signs of aging more than any other body part.

“The most important preventive measure you can take against the sun is to build up your antioxidant levels and maintain adequate levels of vitamins A, C, D and E,” says Jennifer Landa, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD. “Eating lots of brightly colored organic fruits and vegetables also boosts levels of these vitamins. These powerful vitamins work liked natural sunscreen for the body, aiding in the prevention of skin aging and skin cancer.”

Retinol, a type of vitamin A (and a nonprescription, weaker-strength relative of Retin-A), is considered the most effective over-the-counter treatment to smooth the skin and prevent wrinkles, says David Colbert, M.D., founder of the New York Dermatology Group in New York City. Retinols cause the skin to gently peel, revealing a silkier, rosier, and more supple layer. Dr. Perricone touts the benefits of alpha lipoic acid, a potent antioxidant that naturally occurs in the body. “Alpha lipoic acid is a wonderful anti-aging mechanism,” he says. It has been shown to reduce fine lines, improve skin texture, tighten pores, and give skin a general radiance.

Another powerful age-defying ingredient is madecassol, or madecassoside, an Asian plant extract that helps plump the skin, minimize fine lines, and restore a youthful glow, says Dr. Colbert. Madecassol has been used in France for decades to help heal scars and wounds. European studies have also found that it helps diminish wrinkles, restores firmness to skin, and hydrates skin cells.

Try it! Look for skin creams containing retinols. (Not sure where to start? The Best Retinol Products for Every Skin Type, According to Top Derms) Another good way to ensure cell turnover, protect your skin against free radicals, and stimulate collagen growth is to apply vitamin C serum under your moisturizer and makeup, says Dr. Colbert. Some expert-approved choices this way: The Best Vitamin C Skin-Care Products for Brighter, Younger-Looking Skin.

Finally, be sure to use a broad-spectrum sunblock every day to protect against UVA and UVB rays, which cause aging and skin cancer.

10. Do mental aerobics

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that brain exercises can prevent cognitive decline, and the benefits can last for as many as five years. In his own research, Dr. Small has found that a two-week program of mental training can actually rewire the brain. “We’ve seen evidence on brain scans that memory improves,” he says. (Related: 5 Tricks to Improve Memory Immediately)

Try it! Strengthen your mind every day by doing crossword puzzles or Sudoku on paper or via a smartphone app.

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Best Face Creams To Help You Look Young In The New Year

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10. Eucerin Sensitive Skin Experts Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Crème $10

Have sensitive skin? This fragrance-free, non-comedogenic anti-wrinkle cream from Eucerin is specially made for sensitive skin and formulated with antioxidants like Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, and Beta-Carotene to help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Buy it here.

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7. Yes To Blueberries Deep Wrinkle Night Cream $23

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6. CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream $12

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5. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream $12

Formulated with retinol, Neutrogena’s anti-wrinkle night cream works deep within the skin’s surface to reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Buy it here.

4. Baebody Retinol Moisturizer Cream for Face and Eye Area $19

This cream from Baebody is made to treat your face, neck, and eye area with retinol that stimulates the production of new skin cells for smoother, tighter skin and green tea that can help delay the effects of aging, including wrinkles and sun spots. Buy it here.

3. Body Merry Age Defense Glycolic Cream $20

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2. ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, Anti-wrinkle Day Cream $122

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4 Skin Care Products That Make You Look Younger

You know there’s no such thing as the fountain of youth, but there are actually some skin care products that can make a difference in how you look as you age. Read on to find out top dermatologists’ answers to the most common questions on anti-aging products.

Are anti-aging products really worth the money?

Yes. “Products like topical retinoids, bleaching creams, peptides, and growth factors can all help restore skin to a more youthful state,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at the department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

How can I tell whether a product is a scam?

Because the market touts newfangled ingredients and favors bells and whistles over the tried and true, it’s important to be aware of gimmicks. Avoid products that claim to give the results of Botox or lasers in a bottle. “If it were that easy, people would have stopped using Botox and lasers years ago,” says Jessica Wu, MD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California medical school.

When should I start an anti-aging regimen?

Dermatologists recommend starting an anti-aging regimen in your thirties. “This is the time when skin cell turnover starts to slow down and when lines and dark spots start to set in,” says Dr. Zeichner. But you can start as early as your teens or twenties — an especially good idea if you’ve suffered sun damage.

What ingredients or products are the most important in an anti-aging regimen?

In general, three to four items are important to incorporate into your regimen:

  • A broad-spectrum sunscreen: “Nothing will fight off wrinkles and fine lines like a good sunscreen,” says Howard Sobel, MD, a dermatologist in New York City.
  • Antioxidants: Antioxidants work by neutralizing the free-radical reactions that occur in the skin after exposure to sun or pollutants (despite our best efforts to protect the skin with sunscreen). You can choose from a number of effective options, including vitamins C and E, green tea, soy, idebenone, and ferulic acid.
  • Retinol: “Retinols work by penetrating from the top layer of the skin into the elastin and collagen layers to stimulate cellular production and rejuvenation, and to decrease pore size,” says Dr. Sobel.
  • Moisturizer: “Keeping the skin moisturized is key to looking more youthful,” Sobel says.

Are there any parts of my face I should target over others?

The eyes clearly telegraph our years because the skin around them is thin, lacks oil glands, and is prone to sun damage. Also, the parts of the face you use to express emotions will most likely have more pronounced lines and wrinkles — the frown lines on your forehead, for example, and the lines around your mouth.

However, just because you see more fine lines and wrinkles in one area doesn’t mean you should treat only that part and neglect the rest of your face. “Certainly, treat the whole face and the neck!” says Arielle N. B. Kauvar, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. “It takes longer to open and close the tubes and bottles than it does to apply the products to a larger area.”

How long do I have to use a product to see results?

The more diligent and patient you are, the more likely a product will pay off. It may seem like forever, but give a product at least 60 to 90 days to start working. “Understand that many products take months to work and need to be used on a regular basis,” says Zeichner. “There are almost no quick fixes that actually work.”

Maybe this sounds familiar: You find a photo taken a decade ago at the bottom of a drawer. It shows you barefaced, grinning, while hiking with family or friends. Back then, you thought that without makeup, eye crinkles clearly visible, this photo made you look old. If only you could get that look back now! Plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and the makers of many face creams will tell you that you can, but their wares can be expensive and invasive. We asked dermatologists what affordable, at-home steps will help restore your more youthful appearance. Here are six moves that research proves can deliver; two are even free!

Step 1: Shun the Sun

Why this works: Repeated sun exposure eventually leads to brown spots, fine wrinkles, deeper creases, and sagging skin. If you need proof, just look at the skin on the underside of your arm where the rays are less likely to reach. Does it look smoother and less blotchy? “What the sun does is fast-forward your aging clock,” says Doris Day, M.D., clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City. “Around age 40, you cross that line — your collagen and elastic tissue have experienced enough damage to really start showing a change. You look in the mirror, and uh-oh, you can no longer ignore it or easily cover it up.” Protecting your skin year-round will help prevent you from further accelerating your age.

What to try: To start, make sure you always have broad-spectrum protection with an adequate long-wave UVA shield, says Richard Glogau, M.D., clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. “Those UVA rays give you the wrinkles and the muddy skin tone that ages you,” he says. Dr. Glogau recommends UVA filters like Mexoryl and Helioplex, which provide longer-lasting protection. Try Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunblock SPF 90+ ($9.49, drugstores) or Lancôme UV Expert 20 Sunscreen SPF 20 ($35, department stores). Also use a product — like these — with an SPF of 15 or higher to protect against burns. Get even better coverage by including antioxidants like vitamins C and E and pomegranate extract in your protection. “Antioxidants boost the benefits of sunscreen. They help neutralize the damage caused by UV light,” says Ranella Hirsch, M.D., a dermatologist at Boston University Medical Center. Try C.O. Bigelow All-in-One Protective Day Lotion SPF 25 ($19.50, Bath & Body Works), which contains vitamins A, C, and E, antioxidant-rich berry extracts, and UV protection. Of course, behavior counts, too: Whenever possible, avoid midday rays. Wear a hat and sunglasses (less squinting). If you want some color, try self-tanner. We like Jergens Natural Glow Health Complexion Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 20 ($9, drugstores). Or go with your own glow. “It will definitely help you look younger,” says Dr. Day.

Years younger: 5. Within six months, your sun-protected skin should appear smoother and more even-toned, says Jeffrey Dover, M.D., associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine and coauthor of The Youth Equation. The catch: You have to continue protecting skin daily and avoiding the harsh rays, or you’ll redo the damage.

Next: The power of retinoids

Step 2: Smooth Lines with Retinoids

Why this works: In studies dating back over the past 20 years, they have been shown to help soften the look of fine lines and brown spots by increasing collagen production and normalizing skin-cell activity. “These vitamin A derivatives have a better-established track record than any other wrinkle-reduction creams,” says Dr. Glogau. Even the milder, nonprescription-strength retinol may reduce the effects of chronological aging — albeit more gradually. When University of Michigan researchers applied a .4 percent retinol lotion to one of the study participants’ upper inner arms as many as three times a week for 24 weeks, skin biopsies revealed that that arm had more of the building blocks that make skin smooth and resilient than the untreated arm.

What to try: The biggest challenge with retinoids is dealing with the potential side effects, such as redness and peeling skin. Your skin will, however, build up a tolerance, usually within six to 12 weeks. Retin-A is still the gold standard in prescription strength, though there are several less-irritating options — costing $100 per tube on average — including Retin-A Micro, Differin, Avage, and Tazorac. Researchers continue to seek ways of making retinoids more tolerable; one theory currently being tested at the University of Michigan is that using an ultra-mild facial cleanser and moisturizer will help calm the irritation. (The study findings are still a few years away.) Dermatologists also suggest you ease into using one: Apply a pea-size amount at night (sun exposure makes retinoids less effective), and try it every second or third night until your skin handles it better. If that’s still too irritating, go with an over-the-counter retinol. These formulas are less potent, but are still effective. Try L’Oréal Paris Advanced Revitalift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair Night Creme ($20, drugstores) or DermaDoctor Poetry in Lotion Intensive Retinol 1.0 ($75, Sephora).

Years younger: 6-7. You should start to see an improvement in a matter of weeks with a prescription formula, but don’t stop there. “Keep using it,” says Dr. Dover, who claims he can always spot a woman on a prescription retinoid because her skin looks “too good” for her age. Over-the-counter retinol converts to the active form, called retinoic acid, at a lower concentration — but the benefits will start to show up after a few months if you stay with it.

Step 3: Load Up on Antioxidants

Why this works: Antioxidants act as scavengers that neutralize free radicals — the particles that, in skin, cause sun damage and wrinkles, and can lead to skin cancer. They can also help protect against damage from environmental assaults like pollution and smoking, says Dr. Hirsch. Though there is still some debate about whether they can reverse sun damage, at the least they deliver modest skin brightening, says Dr. Dover, since better-protected skin appears more even-toned.

What to try: Some foods are loaded with antioxidants that are beneficial to the body overall, “but most people don’t eat enough of them to benefit skin,” says Dr. Hirsch. She recommends ingesting them and applying them topically. Look for vitamins C and E, pomegranate, idebenone, soy, green tea, niacinamide, and coenzyme Q10 in the top half of a product’s ingredient list to get the most benefits from these often-pricey potions. Try Vichy Liftactiv CxP Bio-Lifting Care ($43, drugstores) or Desert Essence Organics Age Reversal Pomegranate Face Serum ($15, Whole Foods).

Years younger: 1-2. If your skin immediately radiates youthfulness after slathering on an antioxidant-rich cream, thank your moisturizer; antioxidants won’t work that fast. You have to keep using them for five or six months, says Dr. Dover, to see the benefits. After that time, not only should your skin tone be more even, but some of the fine lines may smooth out, and drier-looking skin will appear revitalized.

Next: Why sleep is so important

Step 4: Sleep Well

Why this works: Lack of sleep definitely saps your glow, instantly aging you (think puffy, red eyes). But it also affects your skin in stealth ways: Fatigue causes cortisol, the stress hormone, to rise sharply. “If cortisol is chronically high, it can age you by breaking down collagen in skin,” says Amy Wechsler, M.D., dermatologist, psychiatrist, and author of The Mind-Beauty Connection. Just one nighttime sleep disruption can prompt your immune system to turn against healthy organs and tissue: When researchers at UCLA interrupted volunteers’ shut-eye from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., they found that sleep loss triggered the body’s inflammation response; curiously, this effect was found in women only.

What to try: “The one thing that seems to ring true for everyone is to pick a bedtime, and then an hour beforehand, no more BlackBerry-ing, e-mailing, or TV news,” says Dr. Wechsler. “Instead, read a novel, watch something funny on TV, or have sex.” Cortisol is at its lowest when you’re sleeping, during exercise, and after sex, she says. Then, if you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep, do something that bores you, like reading your least favorite section of the newspaper (hello, sports page).

Years younger: 2-3. If your skin is aging due to lack of zzz’s, improving your sleep habits will definitely give it a youth boost. “It’s hard to know exactly how much younger you will look by sleeping more,” says Dr. Dover, “but when someone who doesn’t get enough sleep or tends to stress a lot comes back from a relaxing holiday, she almost always looks a few years younger.”

Step 5: Exfoliate Gently and Often

Why this works: At-home peels or even a simple face scrub can make your complexion look much more youthful and radiant and may also boost collagen production, says Leslie Baumann, M.D., director of the University of Miami Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute. “It’s one of the best ways to see a quick difference,” she says. As you age, skin tends to be drier and dead cells cling to the surface, giving it a rougher texture. When you shed those dead cells with a scrub or peel, it enhances the functioning of your skin: Water-retaining cells come to the surface, and active ingredients in your skin care — like antioxidants and retinoids — penetrate better. “Regular exfoliating is also therapeutic if you have acne-prone skin,” says Dr. Glogau. One caveat: People who have sensitive complexions or rosacea should skip this step — or at least exfoliate less often — since those dead cells actually shield skin from irritation.

What to try: The most effective, least expensive options are grainy scrubs that have small, round particles. Try St. Ives Elements Microdermabrasion ($7, drugstores) or SkinEffects Cell2Cell Anti-Aging Exfoliating Cleansing Scrub ($10, CVS). “The particles should be smooth and feel like sugar in your hand,” says Dr. Baumann. If they are too big or rough, they can tear skin. At-home chemical exfoliators work more slowly and may cost more, but they too help loosen dead cells. If manual scrubs are too harsh for your skin, choose a chemical wash with glycolic acid, or try a gentler salicylic acid formula (it may also treat acne). Try Aveda Enbrightenment Brightening Cleanser ($35, aveda.com). And if you’re also using a retinoid, try sloughing skin twice instead of three or four times weekly.

Years younger: 2-3. There are two provisos, say experts. First, you’ve got to stick with it to keep seeing improvement. You’ll get even better results by also doing monthly doctor’s-office peels (glycolic acid or microdermabrasion), which remove the upper layer of skin and may stimulate collagen production. Second, you’ll benefit the most if you combine this step with one (or more) of the others listed here.

Next: Replenish skin with moisture

Step 6: Add Moisture

Why this works: By menopause, the majority of women need a daily moisturizer. “It’s what gives skin that smooth, radiant look,” explains Dr. Glogau. In fact, most skin care that promises to improve the look of wrinkles in just a few weeks is probably doing it by moisturizing.

What to try: Effective hydrators include those, like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, that draw water into the skin, and others that prevent water from escaping, such as petrolatum and lanolin. Try Dove Deep Moisture Facial Lotion SPF 15 ($7.49, drugstores) with glycerin. Natural moisturizers, like olive, sunflower, and coconut oils, can also hydrate skin; skip them, though, if you’re prone to acne. Try: Kiss My Face Obsessively Organic Under Age Ultra Hydrating Moisturizer ($21, Whole Foods) with sunflower and grapeseed oils. What won’t work: drinking more water. There’s little evidence that staying hydrated internally can do anything to reduce wrinkles, though if you’re dehydrated, water will definitely give your skin a smoother look.

Years younger: 2-3. Though they have to be reapplied in order to keep up the benefits, moisturizers can help you look a few years younger almost immediately, says Dr. Glogau.

Can light make you look younger?

Handheld LED machines — scaled-down versions of the ones in dermatologists’ offices and spas — promise to stimulate collagen, improve skin texture and tone, and smooth fine lines when their red and/or infrared light is directed at your face. True? The Good Housekeeping Research Institute put five recently introduced devices and their anti-aging claims to the test. Volunteers followed each manufacturer’s protocol, using the handheld gizmos daily to once a week for four to six weeks. But with very few exceptions, testers’ fine lines and wrinkles were unchanged after the prescribed periods. The bright spots: Evis M.D. Platinum Red LED Rejuvenating Facial Light ($295, department stores) and Tända Regenerate Anti-Aging Starter Kit ($275, Sephora) improved sunspots, pores, and skin texture in lab evaluations. The bottom line: Though you may get some skin benefits from at-home LED devices, these costly, time-consuming treatments appear no more effective than a good face cream at turning back the clock.

What’s your skin’s real age?

This is no ordinary beauty quiz. It was created for The Mind-Beauty Connection by Amy Wechsler, M.D., by two scientists — Axel Goetz, M.D., Ph.D., and Harriet Imrey, Ph.D., both researchers with RealAge, an anti-aging Website in San Diego — who pored over a decade’s worth of peer-reviewed scholarly papers to find a scientifically valid way to measure how old you look versus how old you are. Before you answer the 13 questions on the next page, either shower or wash your face; then dry off and rub in some moisturizer (it won’t affect your visual exam). Look in the mirror without smiling. Finally, add up your score using the box below. (Note: You must be between the ages of 27 and 81 to get a valid result.)

Next: Take the quiz!

Katja Govorushchenko

How Old Is Your Skin?

1. Is the skin of your cheeks (and maybe your forehead, too) smooth or sagging?
A. Smooth
B. Somewhat sagging
C. Sagging and forming jowls on my jawline

2. Do you have bags under your eyes?
A. No
B. Small ones
C. Distinct bags

3. Are your upper eyelids drooping, almost touching your upper lashes?
A. No
B. Slightly

C. Definitely

4. Do you see fine lines on your forehead and/or cheeks?

A. No
B. Some
C. Quite a few

5. Do you see deep wrinkles on your cheeks?
A. No
B. Yes, some deepening wrinkles
C. Yes, several deep wrinkles

6. Do you see smile lines leading from the corners of your nostrils to the corners of your mouth?
A. No
B. Yes, soft lines
C. Yes, very clear lines

7. Do you see crow’s feet at the outer corners of your eyes?
A. No
B. Yes, slight lines
C. Yes, marked lines

8. Do you see wrinkles under your eyes?
A. No
B. Yes, fine wrinkles
C. Yes, very marked wrinkles

9. Are there any frown lines running horizontally across your forehead and/or vertically between your eyebrows?
A. No
B. Yes, slight lines
C. Yes, very marked lines

10. Do you see fine vertical lines above your upper lip?
A. No
B. Yes, a few
C. Yes, many

11. Do you see fine up-and-down lines on your lips?
A. No
B. Yes, some
C. Yes, many

12. Instead of the coloring on your cheeks or forehead being even, do you have any small red dots or uneven coloring?
A. No
B. Some dots or uneven coloring
C. A lot of dots and uneven coloring

13. Do you have any milia on your forehead or cheeks (milia are small bumps that look like little whiteheads but don’t go away)?
A. No
B. Yes

TOTAL POINTS+ 27 =THE AGE OF YOUR SKIN

Did your skin turn out to be younger, equal to, or older than your chronological age? If it’s older, don’t panic. Just imagine how good you’re going to feel when you take up to seven years off your face with the plan in this article. If this quiz shows that your skin is younger than the number on your driver’s license, use the plan as maintenance. Ironically, the longer you’ve been neglecting your complexion, the bigger the difference you will see when you take this quiz again in six months.

24 Simple Tips To Get Younger Looking Skin Ramona Sinha Hyderabd040-395603080 January 30, 2020

All of us dream of aging like fine wine. But, how many of us work toward that dream? If you think that your aging will slow down automatically, you are wrong. Aging is accelerated by your lifestyle, certain environmental factors, and the amount of attention you pay to it – things that you can control. So, the sensible approach to get younger-looking skin and age gracefully is by taking care of your skin and taking a balanced approach in your life. In this article, we have compiled some easy-to-follow tips that can help you look and stay younger.

How To Get Younger Looking Skin: 25 Simple Tips

Table Of Contents

  • Skin Care Tips
  • Hair Tips
  • Makeup Tips
  • Nutrition Tips
  • Lifestyle And Health Tips

I. Skin Care Tips To Look Younger

1. Follow A CTM Routine

Never forget the three most important steps of skincare – cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. Whether you are just starting your day or going to bed, always follow a proper CTM routine. Cleanse your skin thoroughly at the beginning of the day and prep it with a good-quality toner and moisturizer before you put on makeup. Don’t forget to remove the makeup, sebum, and dirt built up on your face and tone and moisturize it at night. This helps reduce breakouts and dullness.

Also, use a separate eye cream to keep the under-eye area moisturized and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Puffy eyes and dark circles can make you appear older.

2. Wear Sunscreen

Constant exposure to UV rays speeds up the skin-aging process and cause dark spots, freckles, hyperpigmentation, and wrinkles. So, apply sunscreen every time you step out during the day, even if it’s cloudy! Pick a sunscreen that has at least SPF 30 and PA+ (or higher) rating because SPF only protects your skin from UVB rays. Sunscreens with PA+ ratings protect you from UVA rays as well.

3. Get Products With Anti-Aging Ingredients

Retinoids and collagen-based skincare products are your secret weapon to keeping your skin looking young. Retinoid (or retinol) is a derivative of vitamin A that has anti-aging properties. It helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles and boosts collagen production (1). While retinol creams are easily available over the counter, you need a doctor’s prescription for retinoid-based products as they are a bit stronger. You can also invest in a collagen-boosting cream or serum or take collagen supplements. However, consult the doctor before taking any supplements.

Note: Never forget your neck. Apply all your skincare (except for spot treatments) all the way down to your neck.

4. Do Not Forget Your Hands And Legs

The skin on the back of your hands is much thinner than on the rest of your body. So, even if your face looks young, your hands can give away your age! Apply sunscreen on your hands and legs as well before stepping out. To prevent dry skin on your hands, massage them with hand cream regularly. This also keeps your nails and cuticles nourished. At night, apply generous amounts of moisturizer to your hands and legs. Use body scrub once a week to remove dead skin cells.

5. Do Not Forget Your Lips

Chapped and dry lips can make you look dull. Moreover, because the skin on your lips is much thinner, it ages more quickly when not cared for. So, before hitting the bed, moisturize your lips with a good-quality lip balm. Wear a lip balm with SPF during the day. Always moisturize your lips before applying lipstick. This will protect them from any damage caused by the chemicals in the lipsticks.

6. Exfoliate Your Skin

Your skin needs to shed the dead cells in order to breathe easier and look fresh, and exfoliation helps in that process. You may use a scrub once or twice a week or go for chemical peels. Most skin clinics offer chemical peel services (containing AHA and BHAs) that you can go for as per your dermatologist’s recommendation to boost your skin radiance.

II. Hair Tips To Look Younger Than Your Age

7. Avoid Over Styling You Hair

You may love straightening or curling your hair or using too many products. But at a certain age, you need to stop doing it as it can damage the cuticles and make your hair appear dull and more prone to breakage. Also, avoid over-washing your hair as it can strip away its natural oils and make its look dry and lifeless.

8. Try Biotin Supplements

If you are dealing with hair thinning, you can try taking biotin supplements (2). You can also add biotin-rich foods to your daily diet. These include eggs, almonds, cheese, spinach, sweet potato, salmon, beef, and sunflower seeds (3).

9. Pick A Hairstyle That Makes You Look Younger

Avoid hairstyles that pull your hair away from your face. Instead, go for face-framing hairstyles. If you have shorter hair, you can go for a fringe or bangs to frame your face and make it look more youthful. Consult a stylist to figure out what styles will suit your face. You can go for a cropped cut, a chin-length bob, or a layered cut with bangs.

10. Color Your Hair

Coloring your hair can take years off your appearance! Choose the right hair color according to your natural hair color. If you have blonde or red hair, add some warm tones to it. If you are a brunette, go for caramel highlights. If you have black hair, then it’s best to talk to the stylist as picking a hair color for black hair is tricky. However, you may try chestnut brown or mocha.

III. Makeup Tips To Appear Younger Than Your Age

11. Go Light On Foundations

Avoid high-coverage foundations. Too much foundation can hide the natural radiance of your skin. Go for a foundation with sheer coverage. If you are over 30, pick a moisturizing formula. It won’t create any creases on your face and also give it a dewy finish. After that, you can apply an opaque concealer on spots that need more coverage. In this way, you can maintain a natural but flawless and radiant look.

12. Don’t Use Too Much Powder

The powder can make your skin appear dry and accentuate the lines on your face. If you have oily skin and you don’t want excessive shine on your face, go for translucent powder. It won’t build up on your face. Also, avoid dusting it on your face with a brush. Use a powder puff to use it on specific areas, such as the T-zone.

13. Add A Hint Of Blush

A hint of blush on your cheeks works like magic to add a youthful flush on dull skin. However, you need to pick the right color for your skin tone. If you are fair-medium skin tone, pick a peachy shade, and if you have a medium to dark skin tone, go for coral blush. Avoid anything that shimmers and pick cream formulas. Always be subtle with a blush as the idea is to add just a hint of a flush on your cheeks.

14. Focus On The Inner Corners Of Your Eyes

When you brighten up the inner corner of your eyes, your face brightens up automatically. So, even if you plan to go bare-faced, apply a concealer on the inner corners of your eyes and cover the dark circles. You may even line the inner corners with a white eyeliner.

15. Enhance Your Natural Lip Color

Dark, matte lipsticks make your lips appear thinner and add years to your face. On the other hand, nude lip colors may wash out your face. So, pick a shade that is close to your natural lip color and just use your fingertips to apply it so that the edges of your lips look softer. Soft berry shades work great. If you want to add a glossy finish, apply lip balm. If you are using a lip liner, try to overdraw your lip line subtly to make your lips appear plumper.

IV. Nutrition Tips To Stay Younger

16. Go Green!

Vegetables are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. They contain antioxidants that reduce the risk of many diseases and improve your skin quality. A study conducted in Japan has found that a high intake of green and yellow vegetables can increase skin elasticity and reduce wrinkles and skin aging (4).

17. Drink Bone Broth

When you cook meat and poultry bones for an extended period, they release collagen that breaks down into gelatin. Drinking this bone broth helps promote collagen production in your body, which, in turn, makes your skin look younger (5).

18. Switch To Olive Oil

Olive oil is very popular in the Mediterranean diet. It is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids. It keeps your heart healthy and reduces the risk of diabetes and other metabolic issues. Moreover, it promotes healthy aging and improves your longevity (6).

19. Eat Fatty Fish

Fatty fish – like salmon, tuna, mackerel, and herring – are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce the risk of cardiovascular conditions and keep your heart healthy (7). They can also reduce the risk of inflammation caused by UV-rays exposure and have a photoprotective effect. Thus, they protect your skin from sun damage and photoaging (8).

20. Eat Dark Chocolate!

It sounds like sweet relief! Chocolate contains flavonols that help reduce blood pressure and improve insulin sensitivity and artery functions, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases (9). The flavonol in cocoa also improves the flow of blood to your skin (10). This means your skin gets more oxygen and stays healthy and appears younger!

V. Lifestyle And Health Tips To Stay And Look Younger

21. Relax And Take A Break

Stress reduces your quality of life and induces inflammation in your body. As a result, you may experience health issues such as depression, a decline in brain function, diabetes, and metabolic issues (11). This can show up on your skin. So, take a break and relax. Meditate, travel, spend time with your family, watch a movie, go out with friends – do whatever helps you relax.

22. Exercise

You do not need to hit the gym for this. The idea is to keep yourself moving. This helps you tone your muscles, maintain a healthy weight, and relieve stress. Go trekking, hiking, cycling, jogging, dancing, or indulge in any activity that will give your body a good workout. This will keep lifestyle diseases – like diabetes, obesity, and heart disease – at bay and make you appear younger than your age!

23. Drink Plenty of Water

If your body is not hydrated properly, your skin will look dull, dry, and patchy. This can make you look older than you actually are. Staying hydrated is one way to maintain your metabolic functions and keep your skin looking healthy and glowing from within.

24. Quit Smoking

Smoking tobacco not only causes cancer but also causes premature skin aging, hair loss, and skin issues such as acne and psoriasis (12).

25. Sleep Well!

Poor sleep quality can affect skin barrier function and cause skin aging (13). Once the skin barrier is compromised, your skin becomes dull, dry, and prone to inflammation. You need to sleep at least 7-9 hours a night to keep your skin healthy and maintain a youthful appearance.

Aging is a natural process that you cannot avoid. However, when you have a balanced lifestyle and follow a good skincare routine, you do not really need to work hard and burn a hole in your pocket to look younger. Avoid junk food and try to stick to a healthy routine, and you will see results in no time. You can also consult a doctor or a nutritionist to figure out the changes you need to make in your diet and lifestyle.

The points that we have mentioned here are not difficult to follow. Try to follow them for a few days, and let us know how you feel. Drop your feedback in the comments section below.

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Ramona has a Master’s degree in English Literature. She believes that beauty begins with a good skin care regimen and is on a mission to eliminate all toxins from her routine. She helps readers select products and ingredients specific to their skin type and gives out tips to keep their skin healthy in a natural way. When Ramona is not working or experimenting with a new skin care product or ingredient, her books and a passion for music, good food, and traveling keep her busy.

8 Things You Can Start Doing Now to Look Younger

When it comes to how old you are, age is really just a number. A study published in December 2013 in Population and Development Review found that there are a lot more factors that should go into determining age than how long you’ve been alive.

But what if you have early wrinkles or years of sun damage have resulted in thick, older-looking skin? How can you resolve this to make your face soft and look younger again?

Dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology recommend starting with one skin-care product at a time. Test it on your forearm a few days before applying to your face. If any product stings or burns, stop using it immediately. Also, be sure to follow the instructions on the product and avoid overuse. Consistently using a product as recommended may lead to younger-looking skin, so give it time to work.

Many different ingredients are touted to make you look younger. But buyer beware. Only choose products with ingredients that have been shown to make your face soft and younger looking. For instance, retinol is a vitamin A compound and the first antioxidant to be extensively used in nonprescription wrinkle creams. Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, helps protect skin from sun damage. Green tea is used in skin-care products because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

According to Mayo Clinic, when looking for wrinkle creams, look for the following ingredients, which are filled with antioxidants, alpha hydroxy acids, and anti-inflammatories that will improve the appearance of wrinkles:

  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Grape-seed extract
  • Hydroxy acids
  • Niacinamide
  • Peptides
  • Retinol
  • Tea extracts
  • Vitamin C

The most proven way to look younger is to avoid the sun. The sun is not your friend. Exposure to the sun’s UV rays is the primary reason for skin aging. Take tanning off your to-do list if you want younger-looking skin. Repeated tanning leads to early wrinkles, dark age spots, and even skin cancer as UV rays speed up the aging process and cause thick, damaged skin. In fact, sun exposure is the No. 1 reason for early signs of aging in the skin, including redness and uneven pigmentation.

Protect your hair and skin — and prevent future wrinkles — by always wearing protective clothing, sunglasses, and a hat. Also, use sunscreen on your face every day — even days when its cloudy or cold outside — before going outdoors. Prevention of wrinkles is a much easier way to look young than spending hours at a cosmetic surgeon’s office.

Don’t smoke as it causes damage to the collagen and elastin, weakening the skin and resulting in sags and bags. Women who smoke at a young age will notice sagging skin and premature wrinkles long before their nonsmoking peers.

There are plenty of super-simple things you can do to keep your complexion healthy and have younger-looking skin regardless of what birthday you most recently celebrated. Andrea Robinson, the former head of beauty for Ralph Lauren and Tom Ford and the author of Toss the Gloss: Beauty Tips, Tricks, and Truths for Women 50+, shares her insider knowledge on what anti-aging products really work, makeup tips that are guaranteed to make you look younger, and more.

6 ways to make your skin look younger

Ageing might be inevitable – but that doesn’t mean we have to accept it gracefully.

There’s no doubt a healthy and glowing visage is seen as a sign of youth and vitality so when the years start showing in our face, it can affect our confidence.

The good news is that up to 40 per cent of the physical changes that make us look older come down to non-genetic factors.

That means there’s a whole host of things we can do to keep our skin looking younger for longer.

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A good skincare regime is crucial

Moisturising can help skin remain clear, smooth and wrinkle free into the future.

The firm, plumped-up feeling you have afterwards isn’t an illusion.

Research shows people with properly moisturised skin accumulate lines at a much slower rate that those with dry skin.

  • Through the ages: Our decade-by-decade guide to looking after your skin

Bump up clever collagen

Collagen is an essential protein that provides elasticity to the skin, helping it to appear more youthful and healthy.

As we age, our bodies produce less of it, leading to fine lines, loose skin and dryness – and that’s what we want to avoid.

Research has found at-home topical products can help maintain our skin’s volume and resiliency, making these a vital part of our beauty arsenal.

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Beauty sleep is real

The amount of sleep we have each night can have a significant impact on our skin’s overall health with studies linking lack of sleep to ageing skin.

A Swedish study found that even looking weary can make us appear older, with observers able to detect a tired person from a rested person in a fraction of second.

While we’re sleeping our skin switches into “recovery mode” – a time of repair and regeneration, fixing damage that’s occurred during the day.

Importantly – skin makes collagen while we slumber, which is reason enough to hit the pillow early and kip for the recommended seven to nine hours.

More collagen means skin is plumper and less likely to wrinkle.

Protect your skin from the sun

Minimising sun exposure is also crucial if we want to keep skin looking younger for longer.

The sun’s UV radiation penetrates deep into the skin, where it damages collagen and can mess with our skin’s ability to rebuild.

Over time this leads to fine lines, wrinkles, skin sagging, discolorations and other signs of premature ageing. So remember – sunscreen, hat and sunglasses!

Drink plenty of water

Hydration is essential to good skin health as well as general wellbeing, aiding in digestion, circulation, absorption and excretion.

If we’re not drinking enough water, our skin will become dry, tight and flaky giving it less resilience and making it more prone to wrinkling.

Eat well

Eating a good, wholesome, nutrient rich diet is also essential for healthy, glowing skin.

Diets high in added sugars can damage elastin and collagen, which can lead to wrinkles and sagging – giving even more credence to the old adage we are what we eat.

So stick to lots of plant foods and healthy fats like the kind found in fish, nuts and avocado on your plate. And bon appetite!

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Follow these simple steps to erase signs of aging and boost your overall skin health. From what you eat to when you wash your face, small changes can make a big difference.

1. Suds up at night

“The most important time to wash your face is before you hit the sack,” says Doris Day, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist. Dirt, bacteria, and makeup left on overnight can irritate skin, clog pores, and trigger breakouts. Remove this top layer of grime with a gentle face wash (skin should feel pleasantly tight for 10 to 15 minutes post-cleansing), which also allows anti-aging skin care to penetrate deeper for better results. Because oil production dips with hormonal changes in your 40s, cleansing twice daily can dry out your complexion and make wrinkles look more pronounced. To refresh skin in the morning, splash with lukewarm water.

2. Be UV-obsessed

Nothing is more important than wearing sunscreen (ideally, SPF 30) every day if you want younger-looking skin. Even 10 minutes of daily exposure to UVA “aging” rays can cause changes that lead to wrinkles and sunspots in as few as 12 weeks. If your moisturizer isn’t formulated with a built-in broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen, be sure to apply one daily to block both UVA and UVB rays.

3. Manage stress

Emotional upheavals can make your skin look 5 years older than your chronological age, says New York City dermatologist and psychiatrist Amy Wechsler, MD, author of The Mind-Beauty Connection. Constant anxiety increases the stress hormone cortisol, which causes inflammation that breaks down collagen. It also triggers a chain of responses that can lead to facial redness and acne flare-ups.

To quell inflammation, eat antioxidant-rich foods such as berries, oranges, and asparagus. When you’re feeling tense, Wechsler recommends a few minutes of deep breathing (inhale through your nose, hold for 3 counts, and release through your mouth). (Try this Ultimate Stress-Busting Yoga Routine.)

4. Use a retinoid

Research shows that these vitamin-A derivatives speed cell turnover and collagen growth to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and fade brown spots. Prescription-strength retinoids such as Renova provide the fastest results—you’ll start to see changes in about a month. To help skin acclimate to any redness and peeling, apply just a pea-size drop to your face every third night, building up to nightly usage. Milder OTC versions (look for retinol) are gentler, although it can take up to 3 months to see noticeable results.

5. Update your routine

Altering even one thing in your regimen every 6 to 12 months jump-starts more impressive improvements in tone and texture. “When you apply products consistently, your skin slides into maintenance mode after about a year,” says New Orleans dermatologist Mary P. Lupo, MD. To keep it primed for rejuvenation, substitute a cream that contains alpha hydroxy acids for your prescription retinoid twice a week to boost the benefits. Or bump up your OTC retinoid to an Rx formula.

6. Eat omega-3s

These “good fats” in foods such as salmon, flaxseed, and almonds boost hydration, which keeps skin supple and firm. The same isn’t true of the saturated fat in dairy products and meats, which increase free-radical damage that makes skin more susceptible to aging. Limit saturated fat intake to about 17 g daily.

7. Exercise regularly

Studies find that women who work out regularly have firmer skin than similar non-exercisers. The reason: Exercise infuses skin with oxygen and nutrients needed for collagen production. To keep your skin toned, make time for at least three 30-minute heart-pumping workouts per week.

1. You forget/are too lazy to wash your face before you go to sleep.
Just because you’re exhausted doesn’t mean you get a free pass. “Neglecting to cleanse your skin leads to a buildup of oil and dirt, which ultimately causes breakouts and even bacterial infections,” says Elena Arboleda, head aesthetician at Mario Badescu Skin Clinic in NYC. Perpetual breakouts into your 30s — who wants that? And you’ll have to deal with the acne scarring to boot. Keep a packet of face wipes by your bed, like Olay Fresh Effects Clear Skin See Spot Swipe Oil Reducing Wet Clothes for Acne-Prone Skin or Boots No7 Quick Thinking 4-in-1 Wipes, so that even in a lazy emergency, you can clean off your makeup. You can also douse a cotton ball with a gentle cleanser like micellar water that doesn’t need to be rinsed off. Try Simple Skin Cleansing Micellar Water.

Kathleen Kamphausen

2. You pull all-nighters or don’t get enough sleep.
Skin repairs itself while you sleep, so not getting at least eight hours can lead to a sallow, dull complexion. That alone will make you look much older than you are, not to mention the dark circles that’ll come with it.

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3. You drink too much coffee to make up for the sleep you didn’t get.
The caffeine in coffee is dehydrating and if you drink too many cups a day too often, your skin will go from plump and dewy to dry and dull. Plus, any fine lines you may start to see will begin to look more pronounced. Quench thirsty skin with a super-hydrating serum, like Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate, which immediately replenishes moisture loss, thanks to hydrating katafray extract. Hydrate your skin to have nice skin forever.

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4. You party too much (aka have one too many too often).
It’s fun to sip on a cocktail here and there, but drinking too much on a regular basis is not only unhealthy for you internally but it can also dehydrate your skin. If having a drink is your vice, make sure to have a glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you consume to keep your hydration levels high. Bonus: Going one for one also helps prevent hangovers. To replenish any lost moisture in your skin immediately, use a serum with hyaluronic acid, which holds 1,000 times its weight in hydration and draws moisture from the air into your skin. Try Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel.

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5. You experiment with recreational drugs.
Drugs aren’t good for you health-wise, which you already know, but one of the ways they can manifest is on your skin. Bottom line: Don’t do them and you’ll look younger longer.

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6. You smoke when you drink.
OK, even if you aren’t the one bumming a cigarette when you’re tipsy, secondhand smoke can still trigger premature aging to occur, which causes the collagen and elastin to break down, leaving your skin saggy.

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7. You’re stressed.
Attribute it to guys, school, work — whatever the cause, stress can wreak havoc on in the short and long term. It can bring about blemishes, cause dullness and rashes, and even cause you to furrow your brow over and over, etching lines in your face that will stick with you for life. To avoid stress, take a break from your busy schedule and do something fun with your girlfriends. To keep your skin clear and line-free, take a whiff of Tata Harper’s Aromatic Stress Treatment with calming neroli, slather on Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum with skin-rejuvenating Persian silk tree, and be mindful of any facial expressions you’re making to kick the habit quicker.

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8. You aren’t exercising on a regular basis.
I hate to break it to you, but your body isn’t going to look that bangin’ forever. Which is why it’s a good idea to keep yourself in shape now, so you don’t have to work out so hard later on in life to stay healthy. Plus, exercising not only gives your skin a gorgeous glow immediately, it also helps keep stress levels down (Bye, stress-related breakouts!), helps shed dead skin cells, and boosts your mood.

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9. You skip meals.
Imagine this: You’re running all over the place and haven’t had a second to down some lunch. At that point, your brain is not only running on empty, but constantly missing meals can cause your skin to age faster and dry out more quickly. To make sure your operating on all cylinders, pack healthy snacks, like peanuts or almonds — even an orange (which has skin-brightening vitamin C) — and stash them in your bag. That way, you won’t go hungry during the day and you can keep your skin healthy at the same time.

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10. You don’t drink enough water.
Regardless of your schedule, if you don’t guzzle eight glasses or more a day, your body won’t get the right amount of hydration you need internally, which can show up as dry, flaky patches on your skin. Make water taste yummier by slipping fruit slices into a pitcher of water, keeping it in your refrigerator, and then filling up your water bottle before heading out the door. Also, to make sure your skin stays supple and hydrated throughout the day, toss a hydrating rosewater mist, like Mario Badescu Facial Spray, into your bag.

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11. You constantly touch or pick at your skin.
Whether you’re simply leaning your face on your hand or picking dry skin from a healing blemish, you’re transferring bacteria from your fingertips or palms onto your face. This can trigger new breakouts, exacerbate existing acne, or even cause scarring, which will leave your skin dotted and uneven, Arboleda says.

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12. You pop your pimples.
I get it, sometimes you can’t walk out of the house with a whitehead staring back at you, but if your trouble spot doesn’t look like it’s ready to pop on its own, you shouldn’t force it. By attempting to pop your own zits, you can actually cause pores to enlarge. Instead, cover your trouble spot at night with one of these clear zit stickers from COSRx Acne Pimple Patches (they have built-in salicylic acid in them), and if your little friend is still there in the morning, camouflage it with skin-tone-colored (and glycolic- and salicylic-packed) Ciracle Pimple Solution CC Powder during the day.

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13. You eat too much sugar.
Everyone has a sweet tooth, but consuming too much candy can cause glycation, which is when excess sugar breaks down collagen (which gives your skin its structure) and causes sagging over time. Need a treat? Turn to something healthier, like organic dried fruit or a piece of dark chocolate, and then keep your skin tight and youthful-looking with Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer.

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14. You share makeup with your roommate or friends.
Just because you’re getting ready with your BFF in your apartment doesn’t mean that gives her a free pass to use your mascara. When you share makeup, you run the risk of getting a skin or eye infection, cold sores, conjuctivitis … do I need to go on? It’s not rude to say, “Oh, I’m sorry, I don’t share my makeup.” Remind her in advance to bring her own makeup bag to avoid any awkward convos like this.

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15. You wear heavy makeup.
Piling on the makeup doesn’t allow your skin to breathe and can clog your pores, resulting in acne. Every few days, go lighter on your application (Tinted moisturizer and mascara will do!) or go au naturel to give your skin a break. Less is more, anyway!

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16. You choose your products based on what your friend uses.
Getting recommendations from a well-informed friend is exciting, but what may work for someone else skincare-wise may not work for you. So, as *fun* as it is to think your skin is going to look like Suzie’s when you’re done, it probably won’t. Plus, if you’re using the wrong formula for your skin, it could break you out, which is S T R E S S F U L. To make sure you’re using the right product for your skin, make an appointment with your derm and haul your products into his or her office to get approval.

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17. You talk on your phone nonstop.
Holding your phone against your cheek can lead to breakouts and rashes along your jawline. Make sure to clean your screen daily. You can use an antibacterial wipe like Well Kept Screen Cleansing Wipes.

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18. You still go tanning because you like looking like a bronze bombshell.
Sure, a golden complexion is gorgeous, but it’s not worth risking your skin and health for. Tanning beds emit the same harmful UV radiation as the sun and cause premature aging and skin cancer, which can leave you battling for your life or worse off, dead. The healthier way to get a glow? Slathering on self-tanner or even getting a spray tan, and when you are at the pool, slather on SPF religiously and wear a hat to help shield your skin. If you still think you’re invincible and that going to a tanning bed or lying in the sun unprotected won’t kill you, read this.

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19. You don’t wear sunscreen because you think it breaks you out.
Here’s the truth: If you’re using the wrong sunscreen, it might clog your pores and brew blemishes. If you’re acne-prone, try one of these oil-free formulas. Otherwise, just make sure the label on your sunscreen says, “noncomedogenic,” fragrance-free,” “broad spectrum,” and is SPF 30 or above. This winning combination will keep your skin clear and protect it from the sun’s harsh rays, which breaks down collagen and elastin, causing fine lines and wrinkles, and can also lead to sun spots later on in life if you don’t prevent them with SPF early on.

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20. You avoid anti-aging products because you think you’re too young. You might not think you need to start early when it comes to anti-aging products, but these fountain-of-youth, peptide- and vitamin A-packed products are what will keep you looking thirtysomething when you’re actually in your mid-40s. Want just the bare essentials? Gervaise Gerstner, a cosmetic dermatologist in NYC, suggests using 20-percent glycolic pads three nights a week, skipping a day in between, and using a retinol-based product on the nights you haven’t swiped your face with the glycolic pads. Remember not to leave your neck, chest, and hands out of the preventative fun. Try Cane + Austin 30% Miracle Pads and SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5. Follow this advice and your skin will age like Christy Turlington’s and not like Tan Mom’s.

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Carly Cardellino Carly Cardellino was the beauty director at Cosmopolitan.

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