4 PM production/Shutterstock Exercising more can contribute to things that help you look younger, such as your mood and sleep (more on that later). Working out actually slows down aging on a cellular level. According to a study published in the journal Preventative Medicine, people who do regular, vigorous exercise have longer telomeres—shorter ones are related to various age-related diseases. Looks-wise, exercising keeps skin younger, and it may also reverse some skin aging in people who are new to regular exercise, the New York Times reports. But if you’re exercising outdoors, be sure to use sunscreen.
Get enough sleep
Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock Beauty sleep isn’t just a buzzy phrase; Cosmopolitan reports that getting too-little sleep leads to a dry complexion, breakouts, redness, and dreaded dark circles—all of which add years to your looks. Chester Griffiths, MD, FACS, double board certified, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery & Fascial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica also advises having a set sleep schedule. “Regulate sleep patterns and prepare for bed with a 15-minute pre-sleep routine to close the day,” Dr. Griffiths says. He also advises removing electronics from the bedroom to make sure they don’t interfere with your sleep quality.
Sleep on your back
LightField Studios/Shutterstock Yes, getting enough shut-eye is important, but how you’re sleeping is just as key. Sleeping on your side or your stomach promotes skin damage, wrinkles, and sometimes results in indentations in the skin that mimic wrinkles. Sleeping on your back promotes less face swelling, fewer fine lines, and helps your body relax, enhancing the cell turnover that gets rid of dead skin cells, according to Dermstore. This is what dermatologists wish you know about preventing wrinkles.