If you want to actually prevent aging, you’ll have to freeze time. Such a thing isn’t possible, of course, but many people still seek a way to make it look like they are still young and beautiful as the years creep by. You’ll be relieved to know that no superhuman powers are necessary to help prevent aging from damaging your skin.

The first factor in trying to prevent aging is to minimize sun damage from affecting your skin. Those tans you tried to get as a teen are probably still affecting you today. If you were lucky or sensible enough to avoid overly exposing yourself to the sun, it will help you delay the aging of your skin today. Make sure your face, neck, and any exposed areas like hands and arms are covered in sunscreen before going outside; incorporate it into your daily routine so you don’t forget. Wearing a hat will also help shield your face from the sun’s rays. Makeup is available with sunscreen to help protect your lips and areas on which you don’t want to apply sunscreen. Of course, avoiding the sun during the peak periods of damage (10 AM to 4 PM) and remaining in the shade is preferable, but it’s not always a good thing to stay inside constantly, either.

Next, in order to prevent aging, you’ll want to ensure you aren’t harming your body’s natural elasticity with chemicals. Skin lotions, makeup, and bath products can all contain chemicals that are absorbed into your skin, irritating it or even being stored in lymph nodes or your liver! Natural beauty products will help you ensure you’re not putting chemicals into yourself needlessly. Consider using essential oils rather than perfume, getting natural beauty products, and making your own bath and beauty products when possible. See what your soaps contain, and if it alarms you, look for herbal or aromatherapy soaps instead. Rather than cleansing with chemicals, use daily showers to get rid of any dirt, dust or other things on your face. Natural soap and water go a long way without staying with you for a long time.

Dehydration can also lead to premature aging, so if your goal is to prevent your skin from showing your years, drink enough water every day. Bringing a water bottle to work or along on your daily routine can help you remember to drink water; six to eight glasses each day should be enough. Soda, juice, coffee, tea, and other beverages don’t count. When you go out for meals, try ordering water instead of another drink and you’ll both save money and feel healthier while helping prevent aging.

Finally, one of the latest buzzes in the anti-aging world is the concept of free radicals. These molecules are preventable and have major effects, including disease and premature aging. Make sure you’re getting enough antioxidants, eat lots of fruits and vegetables with bright colors, and don’t use chemicals in your home to help reduce free radicals.

If you follow these tips, you can get compliments for years on your beautiful, youthful skin. Share these secrets with your friends, and revel in your status as a beauty god or goddess!