Top Anti-Aging Products & Tips To Look Youthful For Years

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It may feel like looking youthful is just that — for the youth! As you get older, keeping your skin and hair looking and feeling young and healthy sometimes seems like an uphill battle.

As skin ages, it may start to feel dry and dull, and that makes wrinkles and fine lines ever more apparent. As skin loses collagen, gone are those bright, plump cheeks of the teenage and young adult years.

But the right anti-aging routine and lifestyle choices can go a long way toward making you — and your skin — feel young again.

And it’s actually not as hard as it may seem. It’s all about making small but important lifestyle changes that will impact your overall health and vitality to keep your whole body healthy in the long run.

YourTango has partnered with Hers to bring you 16 dermatologist-approved tips and skincare products for healthy, glowing skin that ages like a fine wine.

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Read on for 16 tips and skincare products dermatologists recommend for a glowing complexion as you age gracefully.

1. Hers Anti-Aging Cream.

Keeping your skin hydrated goes a long way towards a bright, dewy complexion. A great anti-aging cream is a major weapon in the fight against aging skin.

Hers Anti-Aging Cream is made with prescription-strength tretinoin, which is a derivative of vitamin A that helps to improve the texture and feel of skin while boosting collagen and minimizing the appearance of fine lines. 

Hers Anti-Aging Cream, $60 off — $10 a month for the first two months of your subscription. 

2. Wear sunscreen.

Protecting our skin from the sun is incredibly important at any age, but especially as you get older. 

"As we age, our skin cells' efficiency and ability to fight toxins slow down," says dermatologist Michele Koo, MD, FACS. "This translates to more dull, perhaps sallow-appearing skin and an increased risk of skin cancers."

So, sunscreen and wearing SPF daily — even in winter, on cloudy days, or when you intend on staying inside — becomes more essential. 

"We need more topical vitamin skincare in addition to oral vitamins. Bodily and topical hydration, consistent sleep, and exercise become more important to keep our skin cells optimally performing." Dr. Koo says.  

3. Cover-up in the sun! 

Protecting your skin is about more than just wearing SPF. What we wear on our heads and bodies also will impact our skin’s protection.

"UPF hats and shirts add to the photoprotection and keep our skin spotless and less wrinkled over the years," said dermatologist and author of Beyond Soap, Dr. Sandy Skotnicki.

This is particularly important for those living in sunny climates all year long.

4. Hers The Acne Clear Skin System.

Acne isn’t just for the kids. Yes, adult acne happens, and whether it’s a result of fluctuating hormones or the wrong skincare regimen, we all know it isn’t fun. 

The Acne Clear Skin System was created exclusively for treating adult acne. The three-part routine arms you with everything you need to help maximize results and minimize irritation and dryness, including a personalized cleanser formulated with specially selected ingredients. 

You’ll also have access to quality medical professionals who help you choose your formula, and are available for as many follow-ups as needed.

Hers The Acne Clear Skin System, $10 a month for a subscription. 

5. Consider your schedule.

When possible, plan your activities before 11 a.m. or after 3 p.m. when the sun is less intense.

"UV index is a real thing and you increase the amount of sun damage if you are outside when the sun index (burning ability) is at its highest," said Dr. Skotnicki.

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6. Hers Salon Strength System. 

Your hair loses volume, shine, and vibrancy as you age. Still, great hair days shouldn’t be a thing of the past as you get older. 

Touted as JLo’s go-to favorite, the Salon Strength System is packed with everything you need to strengthen hair, promote regrowth, and support healthy hair from the inside out.

Hers Salon Strength System, 34% off the total retail value. Visit ForHers.com for more information on purchasing.  

7. Get more sleep.

Sleep is good for your whole body, inside and out, so work on good sleep hygiene.

Some good habits to promote a good night's sleep are keeping a similar bedtime and waking up at a similar time every day. Ditch the screens and practice meditation and mindfulness before hitting the hay, instead. 

"Proper and appropriate sleep has been shown to promote health — including your skin. It helps reduce the signs of aging," said Dr. Skotnicki.

8. Hers The Weekender Kit.

What’s the secret to silky, soft hair you can’t stop touching? Completely transform your locks at home with the Weekender Kit. 

This powerhouse duo includes the Detox Scalp Scrub and Rapid Repair Hair Mask for an effortless, healthy mane at any age. Developed with hair icon JLo herself, the Weekender Kit contains no parabens or harmful ingredients.

Hers The Weekender Kit, 18% savings with a total retail value of $49.

9. Maintain a healthy diet.

You are what you eat! We all know that, but it’s about more than weight and wellness, but also skin health.

"A major factor in aging is the status of the skin's collagen and elastin fibers, which tend to undergo a process called glycation as you get older,” said Dr. Skotnicki. “Glycation damaged the collagen and elastin, which results in the skin having less ability to spring back into place.”  

Foods that have been grilled, fried, or roasted tend to promote glycation. Low-glycemic index foods also decrease the glycation process. So, go for low-carb, low-sugar foods. These will result in less glycation and aging of the skin, in general.

10. Hers Deep Sea Facial Cleanser for Acne.

Keeping skin clean is the most obvious of ways to prevent the buildup of dirt, makeup, and environmental impurities.

Hers Deep Sea Facial Cleanser for Acne is a gentle cleanser made with super-gentle ingredients like red seaweed extract and rosehip seed that won't aggravate acne-prone skin.

This wonder cleanser also keeps skin irritated from breakouts hydrated, so it won’t get that tight, dried-out feel. 

Hers Deep Sea Facial Cleanser for Acne. Visit ForHers.com for more information on purchasing. 

11. Exfoliate... But gently!

Exfoliation is an important part of your routine — but don't over-wash, scrub, rub, or exfoliate the skin in a rough way.

"Exfoliate with an AHA or BHA once a week, and if you are acne-prone, maybe twice weekly,” said Dr. Skotnicki.

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12. Hers Tidal Wave Moisturizer For Acne.

Breakouts and acne can happen at any age, and choosing the right skincare regime is a crucial part of dealing with skin issues before they get out of control.

Hers Tidal Wave Moisturizer for Acne hydrates the skin without clogging it up — which would be counterproductive in fighting acne!

This gentle cream contains hyaluronic acid and squalane, lightweight ingredients that help the skin to hold onto water and keep your complexion looking clear and dewy.

Hers Tidal Wave Moisturizer for Acne. Visit ForHers.com for more information on purchasing.

13. Don’t be afraid to go outside.

It may seem like the UV, sun exposure, and environmental pollution are all reasons to stay inside — but they aren’t! There's nothing like a little eco-therapy from being in nature (wearing sunscreen and a hat, of course) to de-stress and relax. 

"Stress is now felt to drive overall body inflammation, including our skin," said Dr. Skotnicki. 

Stress can cause wrinkles to form because high amounts of cortisol — the stress hormone — can break down the skin's collagen and elastin.

Research has found that chronic stress can increase inflammation, causing skin aging and accelerating the formation of wrinkles.

Taking as little as 20 minutes to be outside in nature can help reduce stress levels, according to a new study published in the Journal Frontiers in Psychology. Being outside was linked to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

14. Have a game plan.

It’s all about making a plan and sticking to it. "Aging is progressive, so assess and evaluate for a long end game win," said Ava Shamban, MD, a Board Certified Dermatologist based in Los Angeles. 

Many hairstyles or fashions that may have worked at one stage or decade most likely do not work for another. Skincare follows suit.

"Address and reassess ongoing skincare. When something is not working well with your skin, it is time to make a transition," said Dr. Shamban.

15. Get moving.

Exercise for your body, mind, and your skin! "The skin is our largest organ. Circulation and oxygenation to the cells are key,” said Dr. Shamban. Sweating helps to eliminate toxins and pathogens from the skin. 

16. Get a humidifier.

Introduce a humidifier — or even a humidifying plant, like an Areca Palm — into your home. "They release copious amounts of water into the air and help to eliminate chemical toxins in your environment, too," said Dr. Shamban.

— Created in partnership with Hers. 

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Aly Walansky is a NY-based lifestyle writer who focuses on health, wellness, beauty, skincare, and relationships. Her work appears in dozens of digital and print publications regularly. Visit her on Twitter or email her.

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