You don't have to invest in expensive anti-aging products and treatments to turn back the clock. Here are 10 simple hacks that'll nip premature aging in the bud:

1. Hydrate inside and out

Water not only helps to hydrate your skin, it also flushes out toxins from the body. The result? You'll notice your skin is clearer and you feel more energized. What's more, it's important to use a moisturizer twice a day -- choose a lighter moisturizer for the day, and a heavier one at night.

2. Take your omega-3s

Fish oil contains omega-3s, which have anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation causes premature aging, including the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Taking fish oil everyday leaves skin looking more supple and protects it from free radicals.

3. Wear sunscreen

Sun damage is the number one cause of premature aging, and it can be easily prevented. Before starting your day, always religiously apply a moisturizer that contains SPF 30 or higher. If you're going to be outside all day, be sure to reapply every two hours. What's more, wear sunglasses to prevent the formation of fine lines around the eyes.

4. Use products containing retinol

Retinol is one of the few skincare ingredients that has been proven to fight the early signs of aging. Retinol can be found in over-the-counter skincare products, and it can also be prescribed as Retin-A. Retinol helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, smooth skin texture, and even out pigmentation. You should start using retinol products in your early 30s. Be sure to wear sunblock when using products containing retinol.

5. Sleep more

Lack of sleep accelerates the aging process, wreaking havoc on your appearance. Getting enough sleep gives your body enough time to repair skin cells, leaving your skin looking brighter and healthier. Aim to sleep at least 8 hours a night.

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6. Switch up your makeup

Some colors, such as black, can make you look older and your features harsher. Instead of using black eyeliner and mascara, switch to brown, which is softer. Also try wearing coral lipstick, which brightens your face, making it appear more youthful.

7. Exfoliate

Exfoliating one-to-two times a week helps your skin rid itself of dead cells. And it stimulates collagen production, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Try using products containing fruit acids that are gentle and effective without irritating skin.

8. Cut your hair

The wrong haircut can easily age you by ten or more years. Bangs, however, have been shown to make most people appear younger than they actually are. Bangs also hide frown lines on your forehead. Consult with your hairdresser to see if bangs are right for you.

9. Eat right

Eating poorly speeds up the aging process, contributing to inflammation. A diet high in processed foods, sugars, and sodium causes dark circles and bags under the eyes as well as bloating and breakouts. Instead, eat a diet rich in organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, whole grains, and lean proteins. You'll notice your skin is more radiant, youthful and clear.

10. Cleanse your skin

Cleansing your skin both in the morning and at night helps to wash away pollutants, such as dirt and oil, that contribute to premature aging. Wash your skin using a cleanser containing vitamin C or hyaluronic acid, both of which contain powerful anti-aging properties. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects skin from free radicals, whereas hyaluronic acid keeps skin plump and hydrated.

Say au revoir to fine lines and wrinkles

It's easy to prevent premature aging by following a few simple tips. Shaving years off from your appearance all comes down to wearing sunblock, using the right skincare and cosmetic products, and eating a healthy diet. Follow the above advice, and no one will ever guess your age!

References

1. "9 Natural Beauty Hacks to Stop Aging in its Tracks," Organic Authority, August 21, 2015.
2. "6 Anti-aging Hacks You Can Try at Any Age," Bustle, July 1, 2015.
3. "101 Skin Care Tips," Elle, January 1, 2017.
4. "Bazaar's 50 Best Anti-Aging Tips of all Time," Harper's Bazaar, July 11, 2017.

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