In a modern world that's seemingly obsessed with looking youthful and stopping the aging process, spiritual leader Deepak Chopra tells Oprah that he likes to follow the maxim, “People don’t grow old; when they stop growing, they become old.”
"Do you believe that you can change your age if you change your perception?" Oprah asks.
“More than perception, but... yes," he says. "There are 10 really very specific things that you can do to change your biological age. Your biological age means your blood pressure, your bone density, skin thickness, number of wrinkles, hearing, immune function…”
Deepak goes on to reveal how you can use the power of thought to reduce your age, from repeating a daily mantra to putting an end to the feeling of always being in a hurry. "Change your relationship with time," he advises. "Because if you're always in a hurry, then your biological clock will speed up. People who are saying, 'I'm running out of time,' their blood pressure goes up, their heart rate speeds up."
Another anti-aging trick? Falling in love! "People fall in love [and] their biological age decreases," says Deepak. "So stay in the state of love all the time."
In the clip, Deepak also mentions one of his own favorite anti-aging activities: meditation. "Think of your body as an energy field," he says. "Monitor your energy.... You've got to have rest."
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Don't Need It: A Cleanser That Claims To Do More Than Clean
"Cleanser stays on your face for about six seconds -- no anti-aging ingredient can affect your skin in six seconds," says Boston dermatologist Ranella Hirsch, MD. Almost every skin doctor we know washes her face with a basic drugstore cleanser -- they're simple, cheap and do what a cleanser should: clean your skin. Save your money for skincare products that you don't immediately wash down the drain. (Hirsch's current favorite cleanser: Basis Cleaner Clean Face Wash, $6; drugstores.)
Don't Need It: A Cream That Comes With A Tiny Spoon
Moisturizers with triple-digit price tags and fancy trappings -- layers of elegant wrapping, glass jars that weigh more than a newborn, Lilliputian gold spoons -- do the same job as the basic drugstore versions. "The purpose of any moisturizer is to seal in moisture, keeping your skin supple and smooth," says San Diego dermatologist Jeffrey Benabio, MD. "Whether the moisturizer costs $200 or $20, it uses the same basic ingredients to do that."
Don't Need It: A Neck Cream
The cream you use on your face at night is likely rich enough to soften and smooth the skin on your neck. There's no need to invest in a separate product. However, there is one exception: If you have oily skin and use a very lightweight moisturizer (or none at all), you should get a separate cream for your neck (which has fewer oil glands and needs more hydration than your face). You don't need to buy a pricey cream marketed as a neck product, though, says New York City dermatologist Jessica Krant, MD, who recommends La Roche-Posay Toleriane Riche ($28, drugstores), which has a high concentration of skin-softening shea butter.
Need It: A Sunscreen
This is the only product that will prevent your skin from aging in the first place. Use it early (at least 20 minutes before you leave the house) and often (reapply every two hours if you're spending the day outside). The best sunscreen is the one that you will use consistently, so find a texture that works for you. Many moisturizers now include sunscreen; tinted sunscreens double as makeup and won't look chalky. We like SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 ($60 for 125 milliliters; <a href="http://SkinCeuticals.com" target="_hplink">SkinCeuticals.com</a>). Don't forget to apply sunscreen on all exposed skin--which, on most days, includes your neck.
Need It: A Retinoid
Lotions or creams that contain a retinoid are your best shot at making your skin look younger. Piles of research prove that this vitamin A derivative really can undo wrinkles and discoloration caused by sun damage. At the drugstore, look for the word "retinol" in the ingredients list (the higher up it appears on that list, the better); one great option is RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ($22, drugstores). A dermatologist can prescribe a stronger retinoid cream, like Retin-A or Tazorac. Retinoids can be irritating at first, so ramp up slowly until you can tolerate using one every night. You should apply a retinoid cream on your neck as well, but because that skin can be more sensitive, use it more sparingly and not necessarily nightly.
Need It: A Basic Moisturizer
So you know you don't need to spend hundreds on a moisturizer. But what do you need to look for? An effective moisturizer will contain two types of hydrating ingredients: a humectant (to draw water to the skin) and an emollient (to prevent water loss). Common humectants are glycerin, hyaluronic acid and propylene glycol; emollients include dimethicone, petrolatum and coconut oil. Look for at least one of each in the ingredients list. (Aveeno Positively Ageless Restructuring Treatment Cream, $20, and Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Cream, $25, are good bets you can find at the drugstore.) Unless your skin is oily, apply a moisturizer on top of your retinoid at night. And if your face isn't shiny in the morning, skip the cleanser and just splash your face with lukewarm water. "There's no better moisturizer than the natural oils on your skin," says Benabio. "Why wash them off?"
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Jessica Simpson, 31
In 2000, when Jessica was 20, her album <em>Sweet Kisses </em>had gone double platinum. In 2010, when Jess turned 30, she announced her engagement to football player Eric Johnson. (Getty photos)
Beyonce Knowles, 30
In 2001 at the age of 20, Beyonce made her film debut in "Carmen: A Hip Hopera." By 2011, when Bey turned 30, she had released her fourth solo album and was pregnant with her first child. (Getty photos)
Katie Holmes, 33
In 1998, 20-year-old Katie Holmes was casted as Joey Potter on "Dawson Creek." In 2008, at age 30, Katie started a high fashion clothing line called Holmes & Yang with stylist Jeanne Yang. (Getty photos)
Gwyneth Paltrow, 39
In 1991, 19-year-old Gwyneth had already made her stage debut and starred that year as Wendy Darling in "Hook." In 2002, at age 30, Gwynnie met her future husband Chris Martin. (Hulton Archive/Getty)
Christina Aguilera, 31
In 2000, 20-year-old Christina released her first Spanish album <em>Mi Reflejo.</em> At the age of 30, in 2010, Xtina earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song for the movie "Burlesque." (Getty/AFP)
Britney Spears, 30
In 2001, at the age of 20, Britney had already released her third album, <em>Britney</em>. In 2011, 30-year-old Brit had been awarded the MTV Video Vanguard Award from Lady Gaga, who said that "industry wouldn't be the same without [her]". (Getty photo)
Claire Danes, 33
In 1999, 20-year-old Claire appeared in two films: "The Mod Squad" and "Brokedown Palace." In 2009, at 30 years old, Claire married Hugh Dancy in private ceremony in France. (Getty/AFP photos)
Drew Barrymore, 37
In 1995, a 20-year-old Drew showed her breasts to David Letterman while on his show. When Drew turned 30 in 2005, she was the subject of the documentary "My Date with Drew." (AFP/Getty photos)
In 2001, when Natalie turned 20, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her role in "Where The Heart Is." In 2011, 30-year-old Natalie, who's now a mom, won a Golden Globe and Academy Award for her performance in "Black Swan" and has gone from cute kid to glamour girl. (Getty photos)
Julia Stiles, 31
In 2001, a 20-year-old Julia stared in the very successful "Save The Last Dance." In 2011, at 30-years-old, Julia started playing Jeannie in a production of Neil LaBute's "Fat Pig." (Getty photos)
Jessica Biel, 30
In 2002, "Seventh Heaven" star Jessica Biel was known for her beauty and tomboy style. Now at the age of 30, Jessica's gone brunette and of course, is engaged to Justin Timberlake. (Getty photos)
Nicole Richie, 30
In 2001, at the age of 20, Nicole was rocking the grungy rocker girl look. By the time she turned 30 in 2011, Richie transformed herself into one of the most stylish celebs and fashion entrepreneurs in the business. (WireImage/Getty photos)
Tyra Banks, 38
In 1993, at age 20, Tyra was one of the most popular models in the industry. In 2003, a 30-year-old Tyra created the hit show "America's Next Top Model." (Getty photos)
Jessica Alba, 31
In 2001, at the age of 20, Alba was nominated for her role in "Dark Angel." In 2011, 30-year-old Jessica had traded in the '90s lipstick and gave birth to her second daughter, Haven Garner Warren. (Getty photos)
Alexis Bledel, 30
At the age of 20, Bledel was known as girl-next-door Rory Gilmore on the hit show "Gilmore Girls." In 2011, at the age of 30, Alexis was better known for her awesome fashion sense and film career. (WireImage/Getty photos)
Michelle Williams, 31
In 2000, at the age of 20, Williams was known for her roles on "Dawson's Creek" and in independent films. By 2010, 30-year-old Michelle was (and still is) considered one of the most stylish and talented actresses of our time. (Getty photos)
Sarah Michelle Gellar, 35
At the age of 20, Gellar was one of the biggest television stars of her generation. In 2007, when she turned 30, Sarah Michelle became the face of Maybelline. (Getty photo)