10 Inexpensive Anti-Aging Secrets

These tips are an easy, inexpensive way to put some life back into your skin.

Anti-aging secrets

Use these home remedies to look and feel younger, without the expensive creams or treatments.

1. Peel Away Years
Papaya is rich in enzymes that help remove dead skin cells. To make a freshening facial peel, combine 2 tablespoons chopped papaya and 1 tablespoon dry oatmeal in a blender or food processor. Pat the mixture onto clean skin and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing off.

2. Eat More Seafood
You can fight wrinkles from the inside out! Fish such as salmon, trout, sardines, and tuna are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that help keep skin supple. Aim to put these antiaging eats on the menu at least twice a week.

3. Turn Back Years with Peppers

Collagen is a protein our bodies make less of as we get older. The problem? It’s key to skin staying elastic to fight off wrinkles and loose skin. The best way to boost your body’s own collagen production: get more vitamin C—one of the most important players in the process. Just ½ cup of raw red peppers provides 158 percent of your daily dose of vitamin C. Other good C sources: grapefruit, kiwifruit, green peppers, broccoli, strawberries, and oranges.

4. Fight Aging in Your Sleep
A surprising but surefire way to bring on signs of aging: Sleep on your stomach. What’s the problem with this sleeping position? Gravity! It pulls your face downward and allows fluid to pool in your face. The results are sagging skin around the face and puffy eyes. Try to train yourself to sleep on your back—the best position to fight aging.

5. Grab a Glass of Water
When you dry out, so does your skin. Even short-term dehydration leads to skin that looks sunken and wrinkly. The longer you shortchange your skin of moisture, the more it loses elasticity—meaning it doesn’t bounce back. Aim for at least six glasses of water a day. It might be the simplest (free!) way to get younger-looking skin!

6. Get Milk
Need a quick way to get glowing skin? Soak a clean washcloth in cold milk and place it over your face for 10 minutes. You’ll get soothing proteins, fats, amino acids, and vitamin A. Plus, the lactic acid in milk exfoliates, so skin looks instantly renewed and younger.

7. Save the Powder
Face powder tends to settle in the fine lines and crinkles of the skin, so it’s best to pass or at least be selective in using it only on smoother areas.

8. Make Forehead Wrinkles Disappear
To take the focus off wrinkles, go for thick, brow-skimming, razor-cut bangs and a low side part right above your pupil (versus a center part).

9. Take Your Lips Back in Time
Dark or bright lipstick colors can emphasize thinness and fine lines around your mouth. Instead, choose a subtle pink lipstick that’s a flashback to the color of your lips when you were younger.

10. Lift Lashes
Curling your lashes can give the illusion of lifting the whole eye area. But you may be doing it wrong. Set the curler at the root of lashes, then instead of simply holding steady, give three firm, gentle pumps. Release and repeat. For even long-lasting curl, heat your curler with your blow dryer for 15 seconds first.