Looking younger doesn't come from a magical potion, but that's the good news: The power is actually within you. With a few simple tweaks to your daily routine, you can manage to be the person everyone says looks great for their age. To find out exactly what to do, we reached out to Dr. Angela J. Lamb, the Director of the Westside Mount Sinai Dermatology Faculty Practice and an Associate Professor of Dermatology. She shared with us her most essential advice for looking 10 years younger, and you can read them right here. Click through to see every one—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.
Don't Rub Your Eyes
Think of where people age the fastest—the neck. The forehead. And the eyes—yes, the skin under and around the eyes can be the most tender and fragile. Remember this next time you get annoyed with someone and rub your eyes at the end of the long day. It can cause the tiny blood vessels to break, and result in puffiness or even crow's feet before you should have them.
Invest in This Serum
"Invest in a good serum," says Dr. Lamb. "Serums are your power product with active ingredients. They are critical!!! Think vitamin C, A, E—topically." These can be expensive—$17 a bottle and up—but the doctor says they are worth it.
Drink This Much Every Day
Increasing the water content in your skin can prevent it from looking flaky, dull and grey. Drinking eight glasses of water daily is recommended by many dermatologists, and you can also check topical products for the following hydrating ingredients: Urea, Glycerin, Ceramides, and Hyaluronic Acid. If your room is extra dry, consider using a humidifier and also avoid hot showers for too long—ironically, they can dehydrate you.
Rinse Off Your Conditioner With Cold Water
Just as hot water can dry you out, a little cold water can keep you looking hydrated—and in fact, it can lock in your hair conditioner, resulting in shinier, more youthful looking hair. As an added bonus, cold showers stimulate the vagus nerve, which regulates your stress level.
Apply This Every 90 Minutes
"Wear sunscreen: It is the best way to help keep your skin looking young and healthy," says Dr. Lamb. "Reapply every 90 minutes when out." In fact, one study showed that if you wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily, you'll have 24% less skin aging that someone who uses it only once in a while.
Get Enough Sleep
"Stress hormones and lack of sleep truly break down collagen and accelerate aging," says Dr. Lamb. Not to mention, as you age, a lack of sleep can lead to memory problems, irritability, depression or even more falls and accidents. That late-night TV (or booze) binge may feel good at the time, but it will age you, and sour your health, so consider the risks every time. The choice is yours.
Smile and Laugh Often
"Similar to above, just smiling, good relationships and pure joy help make you look younger. It has been proven," says Dr. Lamb. There's a biological reason for this: Laughter increases your blood vessel function, and relieves stress, two key indicates that can lead to a more youthful appearance.
Wear This When Outside All Day
"Wear a hat while hiking/outside all day. Sunscreen is important, but protection from the sun is just as important," says Dr. Lamb. A proactive approach like this can cost pennies but save you money and pain later, as too much sun can also of course possibly lead to skin cancer.
If You're Going to Do Botox, Here's When It's Most Effective
"So a little Botox at the first sign of wrinkles," is OK, says Dr. Lamb, and actually it's preferable that you do it then, if you're going to do it at all. The FDA-approved neurotoxin smooths out lines and wrinkles and, if used properly, should make you look natural, according to Dr. Lamb. "This is important. If you want to stay ahead of things, do something early. Easier to prevent than to wait until the lines are deep and set in."
Stop Worrying So Much About Aging And Embrace the Way You Look
Dr. Lamb didn't tell us this but she didn't have to: It's incredibly important to ensure you don't have a skin disease, but aging in and of itself isn't necessarily something you need to "solve." Eat a diet high in lean proteins, fiber and healthy fats; hydrate; exercise frequently and find joy from your life; a youthful glow may follow, despite a few wrinkles and all. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.