Top Ten Anti-Aging Beauty Secrets

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Okay, so they’re not really secrets, just often over-looked habits. Don’t be fooled into thinking you need to buy a $300 eye cream to keep your skin’s youthful glow. These are the things that really make a difference.

With the right skincare strategy for your age, you’ll undo the damage (financial and facial) from years of excessive living. Recession-proof and age-proof your skin with these simple, but undeniably effective tips for anti-aging.

1. Sunscreen
Here’s a scary thought: every tip you eat, smile, laugh or talk, vertical lines become more and more etched onto your face. We’re not suggesting you attempt to stop doing these things– we’ve got a better idea than that: sunscreen. Apply it every day, whatever the season. If you can, stay out of the sun altogether between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is at its strongest. And whatever you do, never step into a tanning bed. Ever.

Banana Boat Sport Suncreen, $7,

2. Lip Balm
When your lips are dry and flaky, they look thinner and more aged than they actually are, so make lip balm your bff. Restoring moisture is the key to smoother, fuller lips. Plus, doesn’t it feel nice?

Res-Q SPF 15 Lip Balm, $3, Burt’s Bees

3. Exercise
An active lifestyle promotes circulation and the flow of nutrients to your skin. One tip, though: when you’re working out, don’t tense your face or neck muscles. It can deepen lines and promote sagging.

4. Sleep
Try to go to bed by 11 p.m. each night to optimize the natural secretion of human growth hormone, which promotes cell turnover and collagen production. Sleep is good for a lot more, too, like reducing stress and preventing over-eating.

5. Antioxidants
Labels on everything from chocolate to pomegranate juice to moisturizer scream the benefits of antioxidants. And we’re happy to report that it’s not just hype. They protect joints, soothe pain, reduce muscle soreness and fatigue, avert vision loss and even ward off wrinkles. Make your meals count for more by eating foots packed with antioxidants.

Dark Chocolate Bar, $3, Dylan’s Candy Bar

6. A Great Moisturizer
As you age and mature, so should your skin care products. You should be mindful to protect your skin even in your early 20’s, but the products you’ll use should change each decade. In your 20’s, keep it simple with a night moisturizer (with antioxidants!), daily moisturizer with sunscreen, eye cream and makeup remover. In your 30’s, start using a night cream with retinol, a more gentle cleanser, and invest in eye care for night and day. It’s also a good idea to invest in a Clarisonic. They’re expensive, but they’ll help your products absorb better. In your 40’s switch to a hydrating cleanser and start correcting those dark spots with a serum.

20’s: Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisurizer, $15, Target

30’s: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $11, Target

40’s and up: Even Better Dark Spot Corrector, $50, Sephora

7. Clean & Moisturize
New beauty products hit the shelf practically every day, but the two most important parts of your routine will never change. Every night, remove all of your makeup, cleanse your face completely and apply moisturizer. Focus on good skin care and you won’t need a lot of makeup.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover, $6, Walgreens

8. Water
The countless creams, serums and surgeries are no substitute for the simplest beauty trick of all: drinking water. Eight glasses a day will keep your vital organs hydrated and in good working order. It can also help your digestive process run smoothly, prevent constipation and promote weight loss. Last but not least, it will help your skin look supple and vibrant.

9. Sunglasses
Sunnies aren’t just there to look pretty and hold your hair back. Wearing sunglasses prevents squinting, which causes crow’s-feet. You’ll still need to moisturize your lids with an eye cream to keep them from drying out and getting sun damage, but wearing sunglasses every time you step into the sun will protect your eyes from drying, squinting and allergies, which lead to aging as rubbing your eyes thickens the skin.

Ray Ban 3388, $50, Sunglass Hut

10. Fake it
Don’t guilty bad about temporarily hiding your age for the day. For younger-looking lips, try lip plumper, and fine lines can look smaller by applying primer under your foundation. Give your skin an extra boost of glow with face and hand moisturizer, and for silky, shiny hair, try a smoothing serum. And you don’t always have to act your age. Let loose on a vacation every once in a while, goof off and laugh often. When you look your best, you’ll feel your best, and happiness will keep you young– and not just at heart.

Maybelline Volume XL Lip Plumper, $7.09,