Everyday Habits That Can Make You Look Younger

Young, middle-aged, and older individuals studied thousands of photographs and were asked to guess the age of models with various facial expressions.

Smile, wide!

Sorbitol, which gives grapes, berries, plums, and pears their sweetness, is a humectant, a substance that attracts water when applied to the skin, helping it absorb and retain moisture.

Eat more grapes

As we age, our hair changes. “It often becomes coarser in texture and drier,” says hairstylist Jenna Mast. Heat styling can damage hair, so try air drying and only use an iron around your face.

Touch up your hair

Keeping your eyebrows well-groomed and shaped helps provide a frame for your face and draws attention to your eyes.

Frame your face

Cleansing and moisturizing help protect skin and keep it healthy; but banish regular soap, which can be drying for older skin. Instead, use a cleanser that gently washes without stripping skin of its natural moisture.

Cleanse and moisturize regularly

If you have a wrinkly neck or jowls, avoid tight-fitting or crew-neck tops, which squeeze skin upward. A shirt collar over a round-necked jersey is a better option. Wear dark-colored shirts if you have a large belly.

Conceal your problem areas

A study showed that people could accurately guess women’s ages by looking at their hands. Use a good hand cream frequently, preferably one that contains SPF for daytime. Brighten dull hands by exfoliating regularly: Mix sea salt with lemon juice and gently scrub into your hands with a soft toothbrush.

Give yourself a hand or two

Vitamin K—in kale and other green vegetables—helps your blood coagulate, reducing the impact of bruising. Lycopene in tomatoes gives the skin powerful protection against UV rays. Fruit and veggie consumption resulted in better skin complexion, according to a study.

Eat more greens and reds

Instead of heavy makeup, pick radiant hues that mimic the look of natural youth, says makeup artist and What Not to Wear star Carmindy. “As we age our skin loosens and is not as taut as it once was, so the more makeup you apply, the more it can move, settle, and travel,” she says.

Wear less makeup

Salmon and other oily fish are rich in DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol), a compound that boosts muscle tone and is one of the must-have ingredients in expensive “mature” skin creams.

Eat oily fish

Our body is mostly water, and our skin is our body’s biggest organ—so we need to keep hydrated to avoid it looking dry and dull, and creating wrinkles.

Drink more water