While the odd wrinkle does not, by any means, define a person’s beauty, it is completely natural to want to slow down the signs of aging. The tips below are some of the best methods to keep skin looking youthful and radiant.

Exercise regularly

Studies have found that exercise not only keeps skin looking young but has the potential to actually reverse some signs of aging. During exercise, the skin is infused with oxygen and nutrients that are needed for the production of collagen and the structural protein that keeps skin firm and tight. To make the most out of all the skin-firming powers exercise has to offer, researchers suggest doing at least three 30-minute workouts every week.

Wear sunscreen

The sun is one of the most common causes of premature aging out there; even just 10 minutes of exposure to UVA and UB rays can lead to sunspots and wrinkles. Wearing sunscreen daily is recommended, even in the winter months. For those who are already suffering the signs of photoaging, there are things that can help. For example, vitamin C and E and green tea are full of the antioxidants needed to stabilize skin and brighten dark spots.

Try a microcurrent facial

A microcurrent facial is like a workout for the face, except the tool does all the work for you as the current running through it stimulates the facial muscles. The tool also doubles as a lymphatic drainage massager. The results include reduced wrinkles and fine lines, as well as lifted, plumper looking skin that appears more defined and contoured. For an at-home microcurrent facial check out NuFACE as the company has been an industry leader for over 30 years.

Use a retinoid

Retinoids are vitamin-A derivatives that have been found to speed up cell turnover and collagen growth resulting in smoothed fine lines, wrinkles, and brightened dark spots. The most notable results come from prescription-grade retinol treatments. However, there are many options on the market. It is important when introducing a retinoid into your skincare routine that you begin slowly and build up your usage.

Eat foods rich in omega 3

Eating foods that have high levels of omega 3, such as salmon, flaxseed, and almonds is a good way to keep aging at bay. It is the fatty acids in omega 3 that are particularly useful for the skin. Specifically, they work on the phospholipid bilayer, enabling it to more effectively hold onto water, making skin appear plumper, feel softer and more moisturized.

Wash your face at night

No matter how much money you spend on the latest anti-aging formula, if you aren’t washing your face at night, the results are sure to be limited. Not washing your face at night is a common cause of breakouts, clogged pores, and irritation, as the bacteria and makeup from the day continue to sit on the skin. Washing the skin before applying night creams, or a trendy sleep mask, is also the best way to ensure the treatments are able to work most effectively, allowing them to penetrate more deeply.

Use a gentle exfoliant

Age causes the rate of skin cell turnover to slow, which can result in dead cells on collecting the surface of the skin. These dead cells can cause the skin to look flaky, dry, and dull. Incorporating a gentle exfoliant into a skincare routine will help to remove any build-up of dead cells, making your face appear brighter, fresher, cleaner, softer and more radiant. It is worth noting that while exfoliating can reap many rewards, it is possible to overdo it. Exfoliating too much damages the skin’s protective barrier, leaving it vulnerable to sun damage, dryness and infection. If you are usually quite vigorous when applying products, it might be best to go for a chemical exfoliant rather than the physical alternative.