The 27 Best Anti-Aging Tips of All Time

Prevent fine lines, wrinkles, sagging, dark spots, and other visible signs of aging with these proven strategies

1) Skip the Straw

Of all the places on your body, you face can truly show your age if you don’t take steps to keep your skin healthy.

That includes common precautions such as maintaining a well-balanced diet that is rich in good fats and using UV protection. But there are also quite a few ways that you may be aging your face without knowing it. Watch the video for more.

2) Seriously, Don’t Smoke

Add this to the already-long list of reasons to quit. While less serious than reducing your chances of getting lung cancer or heart disease, smoking also damages your looks.

The habit takes a major toll on your appearance, contributing to premature skin aging, wrinkles, stained teeth, and even increased psoriasis risk.

“Smoking increases wrinkles due to facial motion, and it also has a vasoconstricting effect, which means it chokes off blood vessel circulation,” says dermatologist David Stoll, MD, author of A Woman’s Skin.

3) Eat Your Antioxidants

Vitamin B12 helps your body produce DNA and red blood cells, supports your immune system, and encourages healthy nerve function.

Watch the video to learn which foods are high in this essential nutrient.

4) Fill Up on Fermented Foods

You probably already know that foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, and other probiotic-rich foods are good for your gut. Turns out they may also combat premature aging.

“Fermented foods have excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties,” says Craig Kraffert, MD, a Board Certified Dermatologist and President of Amarte.

Beauty products that are made with fermented extracts may also make a difference. Dr. Kraffert recommends products that contain ingredients like fermented gingko biloba nut or mushroom extract.

“The most commonly cited benefits of fermented extracts within skincare products are skin calming and brightening,” he says.

5) Pack on the Protein

You consume plenty of protein by eating meat and eggs, but you can also get protein in an array of other foods, all of which are meat-free.

Watch this video for some surprising sources of protein.

6) Cut Back on Sugar

As if the risk for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease wasn’t enough, sugar may take a toll on your skin, too. In a 2010 study, researchers found a link between dietary sugars like glucose and greater production of advanced glycation end products (AGES).

But if you have a sweet tooth, don’t panic just yet. “The supportive scientific and clinical data, while growing, remains limited,” says Dr. Kraffert. So enjoy sugar in small amounts, and focus more on leading an active lifestyle and eating an overall balanced diet.

7) Sleep on a Silk Pillowcase

Insufficient sleep is linked to a host of health problems, from depression to cardiovascular disease. Make sure you’re falling asleep quickly so you can get a good night’s rest.

8) Sleep on Your Back

Always sleep on your side? The habit could be causing lines to form on the cheek that’s constantly pressed against the pillow. “Sleeping on one side can definitely cause wrinkles on that side alone,” says Dr. Stoll. “I’ve seen this many times.”

Side-sleepers may want to switch to their backs—and not just to prevent wrinkles. Back-sleeping eases neck and back pain, fights acid reflux, and even helps prevent saggy breasts.

9) Fill Up on Healthy Fats

Not all fats are created equal. Eating foods rich in healthful fats can protect your heart and help you absorb a host of vitamins.

Watch the video to learn which high-fat foods you can cross off your no-no list.

10) Make Exercise a Priority

We all know how important exercising is for our health, but for some of us, maintaining a consistent fitness routine can be elusive. One key to staying consistent with exercising is finding an activity that you enjoy (and don’t dread), so search for something that gets you excited.

Watch the video for the other easy ways that you can stay motivated.

11) Manage Your Stress

Help yourself relax almost anywhere.

Watch the video on how to kick stress in 20 minutes or less.

12) Exfoliate the Right Way

Exfoliating using beads or chemical peels is a go-to skincare strategy for sloughing off dead skin and revealing a smoother complexion underneath—but it’s important to make sure you’re not aggravating your face in the process.

“Too much exfoliation is counterproductive,” says Dr. Stoll. He recommends talking to your dermatologist about the best exfoliation method for your skin type.

13) Get on the Retinoid Bandwagon

If you only have one anti-aging product in your medicine cabinet, make it a retinoid. Dermatologists love this powerful skincare ingredient (a derivative of vitamin A) for its ability to accelerate cell renewal.

“Retinoids turn over skin cells and boost collagen production, which leads to more youthful-looking skin,” says Angela Lamb, MD, Director of Westside Mount Sanai Dermatology Faculty Practice, in New York City.

New to retinoids? The ingredient can be drying, so start off slowly by working products with a lower percentage into your regimen, and then working your way up.

For an over-the-counter option, we love Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ($20;, which is one of the highest strength, non-prescription formulas you can get.

14) Scale Back on Salt

You already know that eating high-sodium foods make your body retain water, leaving you feeling heavy and bloated. So it should come as no surprise that super-salty fare triggers a similar response in your face, giving you a puffier appearance (under your eyes, for example).

To cut back gradually, start cooking with salt-free flavor boosters such as chili peppers, lemon juice, and fresh herbs. Not only will you look less bloated, but a low-sodium diet will also reduce your risk of high blood pressure and stroke.

15) Drink Plenty of H2O

Are you drinking enough water each day? With these tips from Holley Grainger, RD, filling up on the recommended 13 to 16 cups is easier than you think.

16) Go Easy on the Booze

Speaking of drinking: Alcohol dehydrates the body, so think twice before having that second glass of wine.

“Dehydrated skin is more likely to appear dry, sallow, dull, and crepey,” Dr. Nussbaum says.

Be especially careful of white wine: the acid in white wine can damage your enamel and make your teeth more susceptible to long-lasting stains.

17) Take Care of Your Hands

You’ve heard it before: your hands age before any other part of your body. And why wouldn’t they?

Hands simply don’t receive the same TLC that we lavish on the rest of our bodies in terms of sun protection and anti-aging creams. And that means that years of sun exposure and working with our hands can cause spots, wrinkles, and discolored nails.

Thankfully, there are ways to reverse signs of aging hands.

Watch the video to learn a few of the best ways to make them look young again.

18) Take Time off Your Chest

Another often-forgotten patch of skin: your chest. Too much sun exposure when you’re young may leave you with blotchy, freckled skin in the short term, and down the line, you may notice wrinkles, loose skin, and white spots.

“Your best bet is to stop daily damage before it gets serious,” says Dr. Kraffert. To keep your décolletage from deteriorating, wear sunscreen on days you’re not wearing clothing that covers your chest.

And if you already have sun damage, moisturize the area before bed with an over-the-counter retinol such as Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Moisturizer, or with a cream that contains melanin production inhibitors to brighten skin.

“Adding other skin-brightening ingredients such as sulfur and botanical extracts will help, too,” says Dr. Kraffert.

19) Wash Your Face Before Bed

You know you’re supposed to do it, but sometimes you just… don’t. We get it. But experts stress that failing to wash your face at the end of the day is a major missed opportunity for skin to regenerate while you sleep (not to mention, it ups your chances of waking up with clogged pores).

“Skin renews itself overnight, so if you want to change the way your skin functions, the most important ingredients should be applied before bed,” Olga Lorencin-Northrup, founder and lead aesthetician of Kinara Spa in Los Angeles previously told Health.

20) Get Serious About Sunscreen

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