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Published on May 28, 2015 by

Of course, a large part of our aging process is due to our genetic makeup. However, there is no denying the way we choose to live our lives from day to day can make all the difference in how quickly we age.

There are number of treatments to reverse aged skin, such as Ultherapy, Photofacial Treatment and Botox. As far as lifestyle changes that help retain the youth in your skin, consider these 8 tips.

Use sunscreen daily: Rain or shine! Sun damage is the biggest factor in aging skin. Find a daily skin cream with a 30 SPF and, even on cloudy days, don’t forget to use it.

Add more fruits & veggies to your diet: Packed with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, these are foods that care for your skin. Of course, drink a lot of water as well.

Quit smoking: If this doesn’t apply to you, that’s good – keep it that way. Otherwise, make a conscious effort to break the habit. Smoking increases dryness & wrinkles in the skin, especially around the mouth.

Quit drinking: One word – dehydration! A dull appearance is a clear result of alcohol use. It also dilates small blood vessels, increasing blood flow near the skin’s surface. This activity can also result in an older appearance.

Stress less: Easier said than done, we know. However, find a way to cope. Hormones produced in bodies under stress, such as cortisol, increase blood sugar. The end result is a process that damages collagen leading to (you got it) wrinkles.

Don’t deprive yourself of sleep: With a busy life in a busy world it is easy to push sleep down low on the priority list. If you want to avoid dark circles around your eyes and saggy skin, try raising it up on the list as much as possible.

Stay fit: You don’t need to commit to a six-pack or a 3-mile run. However, find a way to get your blood pumping daily. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Blood flow increases oxygen and nutrients to the skin which has positive effects.

Smile: Be aware of what facial expressions you’re making on a regular basis. Repeated expressions can cause frown lines that add to making you look older. Easy solution – smile instead!