Many people worry about the inevitable: fine lines creeping up on their face. From crow’s feet to laugh lines, and furrowed brows, the appearance of premature wrinkles can make a person feel self-conscious and worn out – but you don’t have to let wrinkles win. After all, beauty knows no age!

To prevent the onset of premature wrinkles, it is important for skin to remain hydrated and supple, so it doesn’t thin or lose its elasticity. After your twenties, gravity begins to take its toll, as the amount of collagen you produce starts to slow. Other factors such as the environment, your diet and lifestyle, and your overall health all have a great impact on the condition of your skin, too. Most of the time, wrinkles first start to show in the face and hands, contributing to an aged appearance. Where wrinkles form after that varies by person, but they can occur virtually anywhere on the body; the severity of which also depends on your genetics.

Natural Wrinkle Remedies

As the largest organ of your body, your skin is the first thing to react to everything around you. Without protection, skin will quickly start to show signs of distress, including wrinkles. The following are some of our favorite natural ways to protect and nourish your skin to keep it healthy for years to come:

Drink plenty of water every day. Water helps your body flush out toxins and keeps skin hydrated. If you find it hard to drink plain water, liven it up with fruit or vegetable-infused waters, which will also give your body much-needed nutrients!

Avoid over-washing with water and alcohol-based products. As much as water is good for your insides, bathing and washing hands too frequently and with too-hot water, is not so good. Coupled with the use of soaps and cleaners for the body or for use around the house, and you’re left with dry, cracked skin.

Eat a balanced diet including unsaturated fats, folates, and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables at every meal. Peppers, cucumbers, melons, nuts and seeds, berries, and beans are skin-nourishing, while bone broth can boost the production of collagen. Supplements can also be useful if you don’t eat a particular food due to health-based or religious dietary restrictions.

Be sun smart year-round. Limit your exposure to the harmful effects of direct sunlight, and wear sunblock and protective sun gear and clothing whenever you are outdoors, even in the winter. Don’t be fooled by cloudy days, or think that being in a windowed room or in the car is any safer – it’s not. The sun’s UV rays can still penetrate the skin and cause direct sunlight damage.

Get a full night’s sleep. It will reduce your stress and give your skin a chance to regenerate overnight so you wake up refreshed. As far as sleep posture goes, sleep on your back instead of your side, to lessen the effect of gravity-induced wrinkles.

Exercise regularly. Sagging, wrinkled, skin can happen from extreme changes in weight or muscle tone, but can be minimized through cardio and weight training or resistance training exercises.

So much can happen during your lifetime – but in spite of any relationships, babies, jobs, or illnesses you may experience, if you take the time to pamper yourself and live well, you may be lucky enough to be mistaken for a decade or two younger. Keep having fun at every age and laugh a lot, and when you get much older your wrinkles will be sure to be in the right places!