Even though we can’t stop our bodies from growing old, we can certainly do something to slow the aging process down. The solution to fight pesky wrinkles and saggy arms doesn’t have to be cosmetic surgeries, mother nature is full of magical gifts we can borrow to rejuvenate our skin.

Bright Side has discovered 8 easy life hacks that you can use to fight the aging process of your body and fight visible signs of aging naturally.

1. Include blueberries in your daily diet.

We age and our skin sags due to a process called oxidative DNA damage, which is unbeatable, but can be slowed down by the regular consumption of blueberries. This tiny fruit is rich in antioxidants and helps you fight signs of aging in the most delicious way. Include it in your daily diet and observe the change.

2. Limit your sugar intake.

A recent study found that consumption of sugar speeds up the aging process in human bodies and leads to dark circles, dehydration, and wrinkles. In order to fight aging, experts advise that people should limit their sugar intake and avoid sweet foods and drinks as much as they can. Stick to drinking water.

3. Avoid sleeping with your face against the pillow.

If you are someone who prefers sleeping on their stomach with their face on the pillow, we suggest you try to change your habit immediately. According to various studies and experts, sleeping with your face against the pillow causes wrinkles which might just stay with you forever. The best cure is prevention. Train yourself to sleep on your back to avoid the early signs of aging.

4. Keep your calcium levels in check.

Everyone knows that calcium is good for our bones, but not many are aware that it plays a vital role in protecting us from early aging. In addition to all the good the nutrient does to our body, an adequate calcium level can reduce signs of aging and help us age more gracefully with a strong bone structure.

5. Make green tea your best friend.

Green tea is a gift that helps your body from the inside and out. Rich in antioxidants, this beverage repairs skin cells and makes you look younger. It also soothes redness and irritation on your skin because it has anti-inflammatory properties. Consuming green tea on a regular basis will keep your skin firm and healthy. You can also place used green tea bags on your eyes for a few minutes to avoid dark circles and puffiness.

6. Keep your showers short.

In order to keep aging at bay, you need to say goodbye to those long hot baths you take. It has been found that bathing or showering for a long time damages your skin and makes it dry. Not only that, but it also leads to visible signs of aging like wrinkles and loose skin. Keep your bathing time short and skincare routine long.

7. Protect yourself from the sun.

The sun plays a major role in accelerating aging and the more you head out in the sun, the more you are putting yourself at risk of early aging. Tanning in the sun naturally is as bad for you as man-made tanning beds, tanning is nothing but you unknowingly aging your body prematurely. Make it a point to wear sunscreen every day. Protect yourself from the harmful UV rays of the sun by covering your body properly.

8. Meditate and avoid stress.

Stressing too much boosts the aging process in your body. Not only that, overthinking and anxiety also lead to premature aging. Try not to let things bother you too much. Easier said than done, we know, but that’s where meditation comes in. Meditation helps in relaxing your nerves and releases happy hormones in your body which make you feel better. It is the cheapest way of preventing aging.

Which life hack that we suggested above will you be trying out? What is your daily skincare routine? Share it with us in the comments!

Illustrated by Polina Chernevina for Bright Side