Nature's Inexpensive Anti-Aging Secrets


Put off costly aesthetic procedures with these 6 natural anti-aging tips that may keep skin looking youthful for as long as possible.

While the economy continues to struggle, many of us have had to cut back on everything - including our beauty needs. However, your looks don't have to suffer even if your wallet is - here are 6 natural anti-aging tips on how to look your best without busting your budget.

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  1. Moisturize Naturally
    Some of the best anti-aging remedies are found in nature: shea butter, coconut oil, aloe vera, and alpha hydroxy (found in fruits) are fantastic moisturizers that nourish the skin and keep it supple. Look for products that contain these ingredients to get the most out of your moisturizer. Don't be afraid to check out drug-store brands; just be sure to check out the label. For those of us with acne prone or oily skin, oil-free moisturizers are the best bet.

  2. Sun Protection
    It is recommended that we get at least 15-30 minutes of sunlight a day to get our daily dosage of vitamin D. However, Dr. Edward Giovannucci at the Harvard School of Public Health confirms that overexposure to the sun can cause skin cancer and premature aging. To avoid costly aesthetic procedures down the line, prevent wrinkles and brown spots by adding a Vitamin D supplement to your diet. Be conservative with your time spent in direct sunlight and always wear sunscreen with at least 30 SPF.

  3. Antioxidant-Rich Diet and Clean Nutrients
    Instead of reaching for crackers or other non-perishable snacks, grab some fresh berries. Dr. Oz endorses blueberries as the number one berry for protecting against cell damage, therefore fighting the aging process. In addition, tomatoes, dark leafy vegetables, all the other berries, red wine, and sweet potatoes are great sources of antioxidants.

  4. Kicking Bad Habits
    Smoking may not only cause cancer, which should be cause enough to quit but it also ruins your teeth and skin. Alcohol may magnify skin imperfections and drinking too much can manifest in broken capillaries and uneven skin tone. And while it is debatable, junk food and fast food may be responsible for acne and may contribute to extraneous weight gain. If you know it's a bad habit, kick it to the curb to retain your youthful skin.

  5. Staying Active
    In 2009, the American Heart Association published a study showing that intensive exercise prevents the shortening of telomeres, a protective effect against aging of the cardiovascular system. Essentially, as telomeres shorten, our cells stop dividing. This may mean that exercise can keep your cells alive, enabling them to renew themselves. Be sure to get your daily exercise quota in - in whichever form you like!

  6. Beauty Sleep
    No one likes to hear "You look tired" - it's akin to saying "You look terrible." Often, looking tired can make you appear older. Our bodies need sleep to recover and recuperate. Without it, we're prone to illness, extra stress and external signs of aging. Aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night, your skin will thank you.

There is no reason for you not to take care of your skin, from the inside out to what you actually put on it, your skin is the first to tell your age. Take advantage of nature's anti-aging secrets and not only will your face be happy, your wallet will be as well.