Discover what doctors want you to know about keeping that youthful glow.
What most of us wouldn’t give to be a teenager again, from the lack of bills to the youthful, line-free faces we once enjoyed. While, short of moving back in with our parents, there’s little we can do about the former, stopping the aging process in its tracks may be more feasible than you’d imagine.
Every day, we’re engaging in habits that can make our skin and overall health suffer, aging us in the process. From the food we eat to the way we wash our faces, these seemingly minor decisions can end up making us years older than our chronological age in the long run.
So, what’s the solution? Before you start shelling tons of cash on every dubious pill and potion at your local pharmacy, find out what the pros know about staying youthful by discovering these doctor-approved anti-aging tips. No matter your current age, you can start feeling more energetic and vibrant today with the 50 Ways to Feel Younger Now!
Add Some Vitamin A to Your Routine
One of the easiest ways to turn back the clock is to make topical retinoids part of your skincare arsenal. While they can be irritating to certain individuals with sensitive skin, they can also provide a serious line of defense against wrinkles. “An easy at-home regimen would be using a retinol cream,” says Dr. John Kahan, a surgeon who treats patients at Beverly Hills Med Spa. “Retinol is a form of vitamin A and it helps with fine lines, uneven skin tone, dark spots, and texturized skin.”
Dr. Ayelet Mizrachi-Jonisch, a dermatologist at New York-based CareMount Medical, echoes his sentiments, noting that these vitamin A-based treatments can stop the aging process before it starts. “[A] prescribed retinoid is always a good idea for maintenance of good skin health and prevention of photo aging,” she says.
Avoid Excess Weight Gain
Don’t let those little indulgences turn into extra pounds; if you do, you might just find yourself looking older than you actually are. “Weight gain is also perceived as aging in several areas,” says Dr. Joshua D. Zuckerman, MD, FACS, a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in Manhattan. “For example, submental fat, which is located below the chin, significantly changes how the lower face is viewed.”
Skip the Sugary Stuff
Sugar does more than just rot your teeth, it’s also a major contributor to the loss of firmness in the skin, which can age you significantly. “Focus on a balanced diet with plenty of lean protein and vegetables and avoid sugar,” suggests Dr. Fred Pescatore, a natural health physician. “Poor diets that are high in sugar have been linked to advanced glycation end products (AGEs) which cause wrinkles and loss of collagen and elastin.”
Drinking an adequate amount of water throughout the day can help keep your skin healthy and youthful-looking. While the amount of water you need depends on your size and activity level, sipping water throughout the day and never letting yourself get thirsty is a good guideline.
“Not drinking enough can result in an increased appearance of wrinkles and lines and creates more dry areas and dullness,” says clinical nutritionist Ariane Hundt. “Drinking enough is key to keeping a healthy glow and that dewy appearance.”
Skip the Harsh Scrubs
While you do want to keep your face clean, scrubbing it may exacerbate existing dermatological issues, including wrinkles. “Did you know that scrubbing away at your skin can cause aging?” says Dr. Ben Johnson, MD, founder of holistic beauty brand Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare. “By over exfoliating you’re actually removing the only protective barrier that your skin has.”
Get a Posh Pillowcase
Switching up your pillowcase can do more than just ensure a better night’s sleep. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase can also help fend off fine lines. “Silk pillowcases can help your skin retain its natural moisture and reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. I didn’t fully appreciate the benefits until I started using one myself,” says Dr. Nina Watson, a board certified diagnostic radiologist practicing in New York.
Don’t Be Picky
If you want to avoid pock marks and scarring that can make you look older, stop picking at your skin pronto. “Stop picking at those pesky breakouts and let them come out on their own or use natural products to help eliminate them,” says Dr. Johnson. “Any time you pick or pull at your skin you’re causing damage and creating, irritation, scars, and yes even wrinkles!
Stop Inflammation in Its Tracks
Inflammation is one of the main causes of skin that looks weathered and worn before its time. “The best way to keep the skin healthy and slow the aging process in the skin is to reduce inflammation in the dermis of the skin. Inflammation reduces blood flow to the dermis, causes the degradation of elastin and collagen in the dermis (resulting in wrinkles), and causes the loss of dermal fat (reducing the plumpness of the skin),” says Dr. Barry Sears, founder of the Zone Diet.
Bring on the Bell Peppers
A few antioxidant-rich bell peppers on your menu could be the key to turning back the clock and fending off future damage. “Green, yellow, and red peppers help reduce the chance of wrinkles near the eyes,” says Dr. Tawwab. “They also contain antioxidants, which can help protect your skin from the sun.”
Incorporate Turmeric Into Your Recipes
Stop inflammation that can spur the development of fine lines and wrinkles by making turmeric your spice of choice.”Turmeric, which helps with internal inflammation, can help with external inflammation,” says Karen Wright, a certified nutrition specialist and functional nutritionist.
Enjoy Some Edamame
Your favorite sushi appetizer is also a stellar addition to your anti-aging routine. “Collagen, the fibrous protein that keeps skin firm and wrinkle-free, begins to decline in your 20s. Eating edamame, a food rich in soy, can help preserve collagen. Soy contains isoflavones–a natural compound that is capable of exerting estrogen-like effects,” says Dr. Calapai.
Enjoy Some Cherry Juice
A little cherry juice could be the answer to a more restful slumber and fewer fine lines and wrinkles. “Who knew that this tangy drink naturally contains melatonin? Well, it does,” says Dr. Calapai. “And melatonin promotes sleep. Beauty sleep – enough said.” Adequate rest can help your body repair itself, making your skin look more refreshed and youthful.