Aging is a natural part of life, and with it comes not only wisdom and maturity, but eventually also unwanted sags and wrinkles. It’s too bad we can’t stop time! But you can do your best to help maintain your youthful beauty as long as possible with these simple steps to look younger by 10-plus years.
Try These Tips to Look Younger Today!
Skip harmful (and painful) plastic surgery! You don’t need it to shave years off your look. All you need are some easy makeup secrets. Tired eyes will age you every time, so be sure to get enough sleep each night. (Going to bed early has its perks!) And if you wake up puffy with dark circles under those peepers, put some cold cucumbers or a bag of frozen peas on the trouble spots for 5 minutes until the inflammation goes down. Then use a touch of lightweight, non-clogging concealer and mineral powder foundation, and use a bit of mascara, eyeliner, and neutral eyeshadow (with a tint of glitter in cream or white, especially near the inner eyelids). Finish off your look with some SPF 15 lip gloss in a cute shade that matches your features, and you’re all set!
When it comes to aging hair, the grey is never far away. But don’t fret! Cover up those silver streak with some temporary hair highlighter or permanent hair dye in a natural shade that flatters your facial skin tone. Then use some lightweight mousse or hair gel to smooth flyaway strands and add a nice healthy shine to your locks. And don’t be afraid to talk to your hairdresser to nail down the perfect new haircut for your age-defying beauty!
When it comes to youthful, glowing skin, be sure to drink lots of water everyday (at least half of your body weight in fluid ounces), and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Dry skin means wrinkles, and even though your face and hands get lots of wear and tear every day, you can make them look younger by putting on natural moisturizer and sunscreen. When using a wrinkle cream, look for one with helpful antioxidants such as retinol, vitamin C and other ingredients. Also, whenever possible, use gloves to protect your hands, and wear a wide-brimmed hat and protective sunglasses to shade your delicate face and eyes.
Eating a rainbow of certified organic superfoods will ensure your body gets a wide variety of essential vitamins and minerals it needs to function at its best. Some beneficial nutrients that will help you look younger include omega-3 fatty acids from salmon (which keep skin hydrated), vitamin A from kale (which clears acne), vitamin C from apples or oranges (an important antioxidant to fight free radicals), and collagen from bone broth (which maintains skin elasticity). At all costs, avoid processed sugar, which has been linked to advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which cause wrinkles and decrease collagen.
Another way to look younger is to exercise regularly. Even just three 30 minute walks per week will help! Working out gets the blood flowing throughout your body, helping with bodily functions such as detoxification and elimination. It also moves oxygen in the blood to organs that need it to function properly. It is also believed that exercise temporarily slows the aging process in your chromosomes. So whatever you like to do that keeps you active – walk the dog, swim, play basketball, or shop at the mall – get out there and make it happen! Your body will thank you.
Trade in your old frumpy wardrobe and a mini shopping spree. Look at the latest fashion magazines for inspiration, and don’t stop until you find a thrifty outfit on sale that suits your unique style. Hollywood’s finest are aging gracefully, and you can too. Sandra Bullock, Helen Mirren, and Julianne Moore – to name a few – may be just the leading ladies you need to inspire your next look.
At the end of the day, you can only do so much to slow the aging process. So if you’re at a complete loss, just remember that since most of socializing these days happens online – you can control how others see you. Learning some handy photo angles and poses, as well as basic photography techniques you can practice with your smartphone, may help you look younger by 10 years, even if it’s only on Instagram!
What techniques do you use to look younger? Share your ideas in the comments below!
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