10 Commandments of Anti-Aging

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10 Commandments of Anti-Aging
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Anti-aging isn't always about creams, serums or cosmetic procedures. While these measures can be effective, it's best to approach anti-aging with a broader, more holistic mindset. For example, nourishing the body and nurturing your soul can take years off your appearance, demonstrated here by actress Penelope Cruz. It'll also help you feel younger, which some argue is just as important as looking young. From meditation to the application of sunscreen, from a balanced diet to retinoid usage, the 10 commandments of anti-aging should not be taken lightly.

Eat a Balanced Diet
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Eat a Balanced Diet

Your skin not only receives nutrition from creams and treatments, but also -- and more importantly -- from the foods you eat, notes Dr. Ariel Ostad, a dermatologist based in New York. "The more balanced your diet, the younger you'll look." For skin as radiant as actress Sarah Jessica Parker's, shown here, consume foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, and dark leafy vegetables like broccoli and spinach. Eat fruits high in antioxidants -- blueberries and pomegranate, for example -- and nuts like almonds or walnuts, Ostad says.

Related: Dr. Ariel Ostad; Dermatologist; New York

Quit Smoking
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Quit Smoking

The anti-smoking campaign has been around for a while and it isn't going away. Smoking causes premature aging, including defined wrinkles and yellow skin and teeth. Smoking breaks down the collagen and elastin in your skin, which leads to wrinkles and sagging, Ostad explains. "Smoking is one of the leading causes of cancer and other health-related problems, as well." Model Christy Turlington, seen here, is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's campaign against smoking.

Exercise Daily
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Exercise Daily

Set aside at least 30 minutes every day to get your heart pumping, and you'll look as great as actress Vanessa Williams. Ride a bike around the neighborhood, for instance, take a brisk walk or enjoy an evening jog. "Daily exercise will help your circulation and blood flow, causing more oxygen to be delivered to the skin," Ostad says. "This will improve the appearance of your skin tremendously."

Use a Retinoid
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Use a Retinoid

"Everyone over the age of 35 should use retinoid," Ostad says, adding that it's the most effective way to slow down the aging clock. "Retinoic acid helps minimize the appearance of existing age spots and fine lines and prevents new ones from forming." For glowing skin like Courteney Cox has, Ostad recommends cleansing skin in the evening and applying a retinoid at least three times weekly.

Wear Sunscreen Everywhere
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Wear Sunscreen Everywhere

The sun may feel great on your skin, but it's also the biggest culprit when it comes to visual signs of aging, Ostad notes. "Regardless of the weather conditions, it is important to wear high-SPF sunscreen that contains both ultraviolet B and ultraviolet A protection." Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 30, and you'll be on your way to the near-perfect skin over-40 actress Demi Moore has, Ostad says. He recommends looking for products, including makeup, that contain zinc and titanium.

Lose and Maintain Your Weight
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Lose and Maintain Your Weight

When your body is at a healthy weight, it doesn't have to work as hard. This keeps you more active and alert, thereby reducing premature aging. Once you're at a healthy weight for your height, it's just as important to maintain that weight. "Skin does lose its elasticity over time," Ostad says, but keeping a steady weight can help diminish the signs of aging skin. Take your cue from Jennifer Hudson, shown here, who's made an active effort to shed extra pounds.

Protect Your Eyes
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Protect Your Eyes

"Don't forget to cover up those eyes with sunglasses," Ostad says. "The sun can damage your retina, which can cause cataracts and even glaucoma." The most effective thing you can do, apart from staying indoors, is to shield your eyes with sunglasses like actress Elizabeth Hurley does here. This also prevents squinting-induced crow's feet.

Replace Soda With Water
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Replace Soda With Water

Beverages loaded with refined sugars are a serious no-no when it comes to anti-aging measures. Even juices with refined sugars should be avoided, Ostad says, explaining that refined sugars can cause inflammatory reactions in the skin. Switch out all your sugar-laden drinks with water, and you'll notice a difference in how you feel and look. You may even look as fabulous as over-50 actress Roma Downey.

Sleep Well
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Sleep Well

If keeping a young visage is your mission, make sure you always get your beauty sleep -- like actress Christie Brinkley, born in 1954, does. "Your skin's best time for rejuvenating is when your body is at rest," Ostad says. "When you sleep, your entire body is able to repair some of the damage done during the day."

Stop Stressing
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Stop Stressing

"The mind and body connection is a powerful one," Ostad notes, explaining that stress causes skin cells to age faster. "Today's stresses manifest themselves on your skin." For radiant skin (and a healthy mind) like actress Jennifer Aniston, cut out unnecessary obligations from your life and always reserve time for yourself. He suggests yoga, meditation or reiki to help reduce stress levels.

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