Fight Fine Lines
You may think that your crow's-feet are from too much sun, but it's squintingnot UV raysthat are to blame. Women with lighter-colored eyes are even more prone to getting lines around their eyes because of their heightened light sensitivity. Even if you're a brown-eyed girl, always wear sunglasses with UV protection.
Enjoy the Occasional Glass of Vino
Try a Three-Step System
Avoid Cigarette Smoke
Know Which Foods Are Good For Your Skin
Eat more good-for-your-skin foods like salmon, almonds, and berries.
Do a Pore Peel
Stay in the Shade
Sun damage is the fastest way to get weathered skin. Wear a hat and stay out of direct sunlight to protect your complexion.
Remember That Your Body Ages Too
Stock up on products that brighten, tone, and repair dull skin all over.
We like Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Advanced Anti-Aging Body Lotion, $7.97; walmart.com.
Start to Like Seaweed
Try new anti-aging potions like this one which contain a type of skin-rejuvenating acid that was accidentally discovered when researching renewable energy options.
Get Your Zzzz's
"You can apply all the makeup in the world, if you don't get enough sleep your skin is just not going to look good," says NYC dermatologist Dr. Debra Jailman. "Your skin needs this down time to help itself repair and rejuvenate. If you find yourself falling behind on sleep, make sure you turn off the tube, close your laptop, and set your BlackBerry to sleep mode so you can mentally check out."
Drink Lots of Water
Give Your Complexion a Dose of Hydration
Use an ultra-hydrating mask to tackle everything from eczema to acne. Rather than washing the formula off, wear it while you snooze (talk about beauty sleep!) and blot off the excess in the morning with a tissue. You'll wake up with soft, hydrated skin that looks more youthful, too.
Exfoliate Like a Pro
As you age, the sun increases melanin levels in your skin, causing you to tan (or burn) hyperpigmentation comes along with it. Try a concentrated brightening treatment like Skinceuticals Pigment Regulator, $85; skinceuticals.com, to help diminish spots and prevent future ones from popping up.
Brighten & Lighten
Seek Out Stress-free Moments
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 lifeand money to your bank account (think about how much you'd spend on Botox otherwise).
Pamper Your Peepers
Redness and irritation around the eyes get worse with age. Try an emollient cream with hyaluronic acid like this one to draw water into the skin and plump up lines. If your skin is really parched, layer a serum underneath a cream.
Slather Up Smartly
Use Firming Makeup
Say Yes to Stem Cells
The plant-kind, of course. Advances in beauty science now utilize botanical stem cells (which are used in this product) to stimulate cell turnover and overall skin health. A luxe, month-long system might cost a pretty penny, but the results are equal to that of many in-office anti-aging procedures.
DIY Toning Mask
Slough Away Debris and Dead Cells
Pollutants aren't just grimy, they can clog pores and prevent new, younger cells from shining through. Maintain your skin luster with a good, daily cleaning.
Eat A Lot of Protein
Use Overnight Remedies
Have an At-Home Spa Day
Take Your Vitamins
Perfect Your Pores
Use a Luxe At-Home Facial
See Your Derm Regularly
In addition to your annual mole-check, seeing your dermatologist on a consistent basis will allow him or her to help your game plan your best strategy for anti-aging. The more comfortable you become, the better the results.
Swollen eyes are usually the result of fluid retention. "Sleep disturbances, diets high in salt, and allergies can all contribute to water retention," notes dermatologist Dr. David Bank. "Flush out excess fluids, reduce sodium intake, and sleep with your head elevated so that gravity can work in your favor to pull water out of your face," he says.