Look Younger in 10 Effortless Steps
Feb 26, 2012 - 11:03:00 AM
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Who doesn't want to look good and age gracefully like celebs, but with the economy in a state of flux, those monthly peels may have to stay on the back burner. Follow these tips to take a few years off and give yourself a boost, without breaking the bank.
Slough Off: Young skin should be clear, healthy, and glowing and free of dark spots and blemishes. Clinique’s Turnaround Instant Facial (www.clinique.com) is an exfoliating mask that delivers the radiance and smoothness of microdermabrasion with zero irritation, leaving skin vibrant and ready for prime time.
The Whites of Your Eyes: When you're jet lagged or sleep deprived, bloodshot eyes can make you look chronically tired which translates to older. Use Systane lubricant eye drops to clear redness and moisturize, soothe, and refresh tired eyes. Make your eyes pop with dark liners like Sephora’s Waterproof Smoky Cream Liner in a sapphire hue like Made in Manhattan. (www.sephora.com).
Toss Brown Lipsticks: Think fresh and soft shades that add light to your face, as deep reds and wines can make your lips look smaller. Stick with medium to light rosy, pinky, peachy, and coppery colors. Make Up For Ever has neutral lip pencils like Nude Beige that shape without showing up as a contrasting shade (www.sephora.com).
The White Stuff: Just like your skin, teeth get darker and thinner with age—you lose some of the outer layer of enamel that wears away, and stains set in from foods, coffee, cola, and cabernet. Try the Crest 3D White system, which includes whitening strips, toothpastes, and mouth rinse to bring back luminescence to your smile. (www.3Dwhite.com).
Frame Your Eyes: A quick fix to open up your eye area is to reshape your brows to create a pleasing arch - like an instant eyelift. Fill in bare spots and define your brows with a soft pencil like the Laura Mercier Eyebrow Pencil or Bare Escentuals Essential Brow Color, in powder form (www.sephora.com).
Lighten Up Your Foundation: The wrong makeup can pile on years to your face and powders can make skin look dry and accentuate fine lines. Choose a lightweight cream or liquid foundation, like Cover FX’s Total Coverage Cream Foundation with the added benefit of SPF30 (www.coverfx.com). Blend well so your complexion looks seamless, and choose warmer shades with soft undertones to enhance your skin with a healthy glow.
Hydrate Your Skin: Keep dry areas hydrated to help improve your complexion from the outside in, especially where there are fewer oil glands. Look for emollient ingredients like rich shea butter and hyaluronic acid that fight hard against dehydration, such as ZO® Skin Health Ommerse Overnight Recovery Crème (www.zoskinhealth.com).
Get Even: Discoloration from sun damage, old blemishes and scars, and hormonal flux makes you look older. Add a medical grade brightening program to your daily routine, like Elure Advanced Skin Lightening System (www.elureskin.com), which is clinically proven to break up melanin that causes brown spots while evening out your skin tone.
Safe Tanners: Avoid overdosing on orange or yellow undertones from self tanners that create an unnatural look and cause your complexion to go sallow. St. Tropez’s Everyday Gradual Tan for Face (www.sttropeztan.com) is an aloe vera-infused moisturizing with a touch of self-tanner for a natural-looking glow that builds up with continued use.
Lighten Up Your Hair: Dark hair can age your face by dragging down your skin tone and stealing radiance, and grays can be deadly. Add some soft highlights to frame your face and lighten your natural color by a shade or two. Highlights can reflect light back onto your face for a younger look that is soft and sexy.
Wendy Lewis is President of Wendy Lewis & Co Ltd, Global Aesthetics Consultancy, author of 11 beauty books and the Founder and Editor of BeautyInTheBag
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