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10 Ways to Age Backwards

March 28, 2012

Hold on to your youth with these tips and tricks for younger-looking skin.

#1: Eat Seaweed

Certain undersea delicacies, like seaweed, have a composition similar to blood plasma and are among the richest sources of minerals and nutrients. Seaweed also minimizes signs of aging by detoxifying skin and fighting free radicals. If you don't want to munch on salty seaweed, introduce it into your diet with capsules.

#2: Get Enough Sleep

No matter how much makeup you apply, your skin won't look good without enough sleep. Skin needs this down time to repair and rejuvenate itself, so turn off all your digital gadgets at night.

#3: Don't Stress

Studies show that stressing out practically etches lines on your face (as if you don't have enough to worry about). Finding a few moments of solace everyday can add years to your life-and money to your bank account (think about how much you'd spend on Botox otherwise).

#4: Go Sugar-Free

Or at least avoid it whenever you can. Excessive sugar reacts with proteins in your skin and speeds up the clock.

Read More: 33 Anti-Aging Foods

#5: Try this DIY Toning Mask

Makes 1 Application. You'll need: Juice from 1/2 a lemon (strained), 1 egg white.

Beat together the egg white and lemon juice for 3 minutes. *Apply directly to your face, avoiding the eyes.* Leave on for 30 minutes.* Rinse off with warm water.*

#6: Eat A Lot of Protein

Feed your complexion by eating plenty of protein, which plays a vital role in the production of collagen and elastin -- essential ingredients for younger-looking skin. Good sources: meat, fish, eggs, cheese, beans, soy and lentils.

#7: Use Overnight Remedies

Double-duty your shut-eye time and use overnight products that contain ingredients like Vitamins B, C, and P to stimulate cell turnover and circulation. The result? Puffiness and overpigmentation are reduced by morning.

Read More: The Best Overnight Skin Treatments

#8: Take Your Vitamins

Taking oral supplements of vitamins A, C and E help prevent some damage from sunlight and aging.

#9: Know Which Foods Are Good For Your Skin

Eat more good-for-your-skin foods like salmon, almonds, and berries.

#10: Avoid Cigarette Smoke

It's not enough just to quit smoking, second-hand cigarette smoke also causes premature wrinkles. The oxygen-deprived (and toxin-filled) air triggers enzymes that destroy collagen.

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