We’re all for aging gracefully, but we can’t say we’re in a hurry to get there anytime soon. Sure, there’s nothing to fear about getting older, but we also don’t want to look like we’re 60 when we celebrate our 40th birthday. So basically, we just want whatever magical elixir Helen Mirren has been guzzling.
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Turns out, there actually are ways to slow down the aging process — or at least stop it from speeding up. And while Mirren might not be spilling her secrets anytime soon, we found three health and wellness pros who are willing to dish on how you can put the brakes on that whole aging thing with nothing more than a few simple swaps to your skin-care routine, diet, and lifestyle.
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Read on to learn their tricks for staying (basically) forever young.
One of the biggest culprits of skin aging is dryness — when your skin lacks moisture, it doesn't look as plump. Besides the "no duh" advice of drinking more water, make sure to also hydrate your skin on the outside with hyper-moisturizing ingredients. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body, but levels decrease as we age, which hinders the skin’s ability to retain moisture and leads to wrinkles. Products containing this super-hydrating ingredient boost skin’s elasticity and hydration, as well as helps the skin’s surface appear smoother.
We like: Peter Thomas Roth VIZ-1000 75% Hyaluronic Acid Complex , Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Eye Serum, and Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Acid Eye Cream.
Find Your Food Cure
Many impressive foods, besides being delicious, can also keep you healthy for the long haul. "Blueberries are a great place to start," says Dr. Frank Lipman, integrative and functional medicine physician and founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center. "They provide one of the most concentrated sources of flavonoids, a class of polyphenols, which may help improve vision, memory, and concentration, and also slow down aging. They also contain other polyphenols that have been shown to have anti-bacterial qualities and tannins, which reduce inflammation in the digestive system. Blueberries also have a high fiber content, and much of that fiber is pectin, which is soluble and helps lower cholesterol levels."
Another great anti-aging ingredient? Antioxidants, which you can get through a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Of course, there are heavy-hitters like dark, leafy greens, but according to nutritionist Lauren Schmitt, those aren't your only option for adding a free-radical fighter into your diet. “I always tell people not to worry so much about a specific color, but be concerned about getting a rainbow of colors. Even light-colored cauliflower has antioxidants that are different from what you’ll get in other vegetables," she says.