Forget aging gracefully—here's how to age youthfully. Keep a healthy glow, a spring in your step, and a radiant appearance with tips from the experts.
Seek out certain skin care ingredients
No surprise—SPF protects against free radical damage from the sun's UV radiation that leads to collagen breakdown, sagging skin, and wrinkles, says dermatologist Purvisha Patel, MD, creator of Visha Skin Care. But there are other game-changing skincare ingredients to look for, too. "Retinol and alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) can rejuvenate the skin and eliminate fine lines and wrinkles," she says. "Hyaluronic acid helps your skin retain moisture, which gives it a smooth, glowing look."
Treat aging skin
"Age spots" are really sun-damaged skin. "The key to removing age spots is to exfoliate skin to remove the darkened areas," Dr. Patel says. Lightening serums may work, and professional chemical peels or laser removal are options, too. "People concerned about age-related spots should consult with their board-certified dermatologist on the best treatment for their case," Dr. Patel says.
Try home remedies for skin rejuvenation
The old trick of cucumber slices on the eye—as well as other cool things like cold tea bags or sweet potato slices—constricts blood vessels and reduces eye puffiness, Dr. Patel says. Some other home remedies? "Cleaning your skin with lemon juice can lighten sun spots," she says. "Turmeric helps decrease free radical release." Try adding the spice to foods, or take an over-the-counter capsule. (Here are natural recipes for amazing skin.)