Like it or not, aging is an unavoidable part of life, but you can do something about it.  There are lots of easy ways to slow down the hands of time – so simple, in fact, that you could start doing all of them today!

In addition to being good for your physical and mental health, exercise can also reverse the effects of aging on your skin!  As we age, our skin changes.  The topmost layer, the stratum corneum, becomes thicker, and the dermis, the layer underneath the epidermis, becomes thinner and loses elasticity. In a recent study, exercise was found to actually reverse these changes.  After incorporating just two days of exercise a week for three months, the skin of people over the age of 65 was very similar in composition to that of someone in their 20s.

Reduce Stress
Research says thatif you’re too stressed out all the time, you age, inside and out.  The “stress” hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, wreak havoc on your insides, while walking around all day with a furrowed brow will eventually create more wrinkles. Take time for yourself every day to relax. Developing a yoga practice is a great way to do this and delivers a vitality one-two punch. After all, you won’t only be reducing your stress, you’ll also be exercising!  Make sure to choose a class that’s right for you.

Use sunscreen
You probably love being out in the sun more than your skin. Overexposure to sunlight is right up there with smoking and drinking too much when it comes to aging your skin. If you’re going to be outside for longer than 20 minutes, you should be using sunscreen. Not sure which sunscreen is right for you? Check out our guide to natural sunscreens.

Stay hydrated
This particular trick for looking younger is so easy, but how many of us do it?  Staying hydrated by drinking lots of water will help keep your skin from drying out, one of the things that happens more and more as we age.  In addition, one woman found that by increasing her daily water intake to just three liters per day, it took just a few months to take years off her face.

Get your Omega 3s
A makeup artist friend of mine once gave me the advice to drink lots of water and take Omega 3s for better looking skin. Now, there’s science to back up her brilliant claims. Omega 3 fatty acids help keep your cell membranes healthy, which ultimately leads to softer, more supple skin. Great sources of Omega 3s include salmon, walnuts, and flax seed; supplements are readily available at pharmacies and health food stores.

Drinking water, taking a supplement, doing some yoga — it really doesn’t get much simpler than that. With so many easy ways to increase your vitality, you can be looking and feeling younger in no time.