FOR LADIES: HOW TO LOOK MUCH YOUNGER…
1. Start With Primer
If you’re old enough for laugh lines, a skin care makeover can give you a fresher, younger look. Our skin dries and thins with age, so products used five years ago may look quite matronly today.
2. Let Go Of Thick Foundation
If you still slather foundation directly over aging skin, you’re likely adding years to your look. That thick top coat tends to break into deep cracks, which look far worse than the fine lines you’re tried to hide. Instead, apply moisturizer, primer, then a light liquid foundation.
3. Avoid Clown Eyes
Applying flattering eye makeup requires precision. Unfortunately, eyesight tends to decline with age. “If you don’t see as well, you may not get the makeup on correctly,” Beauticians say. The results can include clownish amounts of eye shadow or crooked eyeliner.
4. Enhance the Shape of the Eye
As we age, the eyelids tend to droop, so the goal is to draw attention away from the lid and toward the actual eye. Eyeliner is the key. Apply it in a thin streak along the line where the lashes begin, top and bottom.
5. Put Eyebrows Back On
Eyebrows are extremely important because they frame the face. But the brows tend to grow thinner and grayer with age. To “put eyebrows back on, use eyebrow pencil that complements your hair color. Placing powder over the pencil will help it stay put. Some people choose to have eyebrows permanently tattooed, but the FDA and Consumer Reports has raised safety concerns about this practice.
6. Don’t Let the Lips ‘Bleed’
Few things draw attention to wrinkles like bleeding lip colour. This happens because lipstick is a cream, and it tends to slip into any low spaces — including the lines around your lips. To keep colour from travelling, use moisturizer, then coat the lips with foundation before applying.
7. Keep Lips Moist
Even the best quality makeup will have a tough time concealing dry, flaky lips. For this reason, it’s essential to moisturize often. Lip balms with shea butter, petroleum jelly, or vitamin E work well. Look for a product with sunscreen to protect against the sun’s drying.
8. Whiten Stained Teeth
Whitening toothpastes can help remove surface stains so your teeth look about one shade lighter. To go deeper, try peroxide-based whitening gels or strips. These products bleach the enamel of your teeth to change your natural tooth colour.
9. Rejuvenate Tired Eyes
If your eyes look tired, the most obvious solution may be to get more rest. Sleep triggers the release of hormones that help the skin remain thicker and more elastic. To reduce eye puffiness, cut back on salt and stay well hydrated. You can also try soothing swollen eyes with cool cucumber.
10. Reduce Dark Circles
Getting enough sleep can also minimize dark circles under the eyes. But in some people, the discolouration comes from too much pigmentation in the skin. In that case, creams containing lightening agents such as retinol, hydroquinone, green tea, or vitamin C may help.
11. Wear Sunglasses
Sunglasses do triple-duty in the quest to look younger. A good pair will protect the delicate skin around the eyes from sun damage. It will also keep you from squinting, a motion that can create additional wrinkles over time. Finally, sunglasses may help delay cataracts.
12. Boost Thinning Hair
You can give thinning hair the illusion of more body with some simple styling tricks. Use a large round brush to lift the hair and add volume. To set the style, use the cool button on your hairdryer. Styling with hot rollers is another good option.
Exfoliation gets rid of dead, dry skin cells to reveal the fresher skin underneath. You can use a washcloth, along with an exfoliating cleanser, to gently scrub your face and body. Exfoliating regularly will help remove dull, flaky skin. But be careful not to scrub too hard.
14. Target Wrinkles With Retinoids
These chemical relatives of vitamin A can reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles for a more youthful look. Creams that require a prescription have the best track record, including tretinoin, tarazotene, and their brand-name versions.
15. Fight Damage With Antioxidants
Antioxidants are vitamins and minerals that can counter the damage caused in your body and skin by free radicals. You can eat foods rich in antioxidants or apply antioxidant creams directly to the skin.
16. Eat Salmon for Smoother Skin
Salmon offers a treasure trove of nutrients for the skin. It’s packed with protein, a critical building block of healthy skin. And, along with other fatty fish, it’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s may help fight wrinkles by keeping the skin hydrated.
17. Pamper Your Hands
The skin on the hands has very little fatty tissue underneath and can easily become crinkled when dry. Applying moisturizer throughout the day can draw water into the skin to help hands look plumper and more youthful. Look for a moisturizer that contains glycerin and shea butter.
18. Soften Your Heels
After decades of walking, most people develop thick layers of skin on the heels and balls of the feet. While you’re unlikely to regain the soft soles of your youth, you can take steps to shrink the calluses. Begin by soaking your feet in hot water.
19. Don’t Smoke
One of the surest ways to protect against skin damage is to avoid cigarettes. Studies of twins suggest smokers have skin that is more wrinkled and up to 40% thinner than nonsmokers. Researchers believe tobacco smoke releases an enzyme that breaks down collagen and elastin, compounds… Giztzzz… madetv!