As we age our skin type and tone changes. We develop things like wrinkles, dark undereye circles, fine lines and crows feet. While we can’t stop the aging process, there are things we can do to minimize the look of aging while taking care of our skin. You might be surprised that some of the on the market today aren’t all that expensive. Below are 20 secrets to looking younger and combating the signs of aging.
As we age, our skin becomes thinner and drier, which means that a change in your skin care routine is called for. What worked for you even a few years ago may not be the best choice now. If you’re starting to notice laugh lines or other fine lines, then it’s time to start using primer; these products fill in fine lines and smaller wrinkles to reduce their appearance.
2. Go Light On Foundation
One mistake a lot of people make is to put on too much foundation, which can make them look years older than they really are. A thick layer of foundation will tend to break over cracks and enhance, rather than reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Instead of slathering on the foundation, moisturize and then apply primer followed by a light application of liquid foundation. It’s best to dab it on with a sponge, not rub it in.
3. Be Careful With Eye Makeup
Eye makeup looks best when it’s applied with a light touch. However, as we get older, our eyesight isn’t as good as it used to be and it’s all too easy to make mistakes, adding far too much eye shadow or unevenly applying eyeliner. You may want to think about picking up a magnifying mirror to make things easier.
4. Refresh Tired Eyes
Tired-looking eyes can be remedied a few ways. One is to get more sleep, since while we sleep, hormones are released which help to keep the skin looking smooth and refreshed. However, more sleep isn’t always an option; other things that you can do are to drink plenty of water, reduce your sodium intake and apply cool, damp tea bags or cucumber slices to your eyelids.
5. Use Eyeliner To Play Up Your Eyes, Not Your Eyelids
As we get older, our eyelids start to droop slightly, so the idea is to focus attention on your eyes rather than your eyelids and eyeliner is the best tool for the job. Apply a thin streak of eyeliner right where your eyelashes start (top and bottom eyelashes, naturally). This will make your lashes look thicker, play up the shape of your eye and draw attention away from your eyelids at the same time. When you apply eye shadow, keep it subtle.
6. Reduce Dark Circles
Sleep is often the answer to dark circles under the eyes. However, a lack of sleep isn’t the cause in everyone; some people have too much pigmentation in these areas. If getting more sleep isn’t helping you get rid of your dark circles, then you may want to use skin care products which contain ingredients which help even out skin tone, such as Vitamin C, retinol, green tea or hydroquinone. You can also hide dark circles to some extent with a concealer with a slight yellow tone which is a shade lighter than your natural skin tone.
7. Make The Best Of Your Eyebrows
Eyebrows help frame your face, but as we age, our eyebrows start to gray and thin out. However, you can help fix this problem with an eyebrow pencil which is complementary to your hair color; adding a little powder afterwards will help fix the color. Tattooed eyebrows are also an option, but there are some safety concerns about this procedure and it doesn’t always look natural.
A good quality pair of sunglasses can do a lot to help you stay looking youthful. They protect the skin around your eyes from UV radiation, prevent squinting (which can promote the formation of wrinkles) and help to prevent cataracts at the same time. Get a pair you like and wear them, simple as that.
9. Don’t Let Your Lipstick Bleed
Lip color which bleeds will attract attention to fine lines around your lips. In order to keep your lipstick where it belongs, moisturize and apply foundation to your lips before you put on lipstick.
10. Moisturize Your Lips
No matter how great your makeup is, it’s hard to hide dry, chapped lips. The answer is to make sure you moisturize them regularly. Lip balms which contain moisturizers like petroleum jelly, Vitamin E or shea butter are all good choices; and lip balms with sunscreen included are even better. If you wear lipstick all day, allow it to dry thoroughly before you put on lip balm.
11. Minimize Crow’s Feet With AHAs
Alpha-hydroxy acids, or AHAs for short, are naturally occurring acids which act as an exfoliant. Like other topical exfoliants, they can help smooth out the skin and reduce wrinkles and fine lines, especially around the eyes. When using AHAs, you may experience some mild irritation, so extra moisturizer may be needed as well as sunscreen, since AHAs can increase photosensitivity.
Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and dirt, leaving your skin fresh and smooth. A cloth and exfoliating cleanser are all you need. Gently scrub to remove dull, dead skin – and the operative word here is gently; too much scrubbing can irritate your skin.
13. Reduce The Appearance Of Age Spots With Hydroquinone Or Kojic Acid
This is the ingredient which you’ll find in most skin bleaching products. Hydroquinone inhibits melanin production, which is why it helps to lighten the skin and even out skin tone. You can fine over the counter hydroquinone products as well as stronger prescription versions. Kojic acid is another option and is also available over the counter or by prescription.
14. Fight Wrinkles With Retinols
Retinols, a form of Vitamin A, are known to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. There are prescription retinol products like tretinoin and tarazotene (which are sold under various brand names) as well as milder over the counter products like retinol. Like AHAs, retinols can cause irritation and increase photosensitivity, so they should be used with care and only as directed and along with extra moisturizer and sunscreen.
15. Take Care Of Your Hands
The skin of our hands doesn’t have the kind of cushioning from fatty tissue underneath that most of our body does and because of this, our hands can become wrinkled when they dry out. Regularly applying moisturizer helps retain moisture and keeps the hands looking smoother and more youthful; products which contain shea butter, safflower oil or glycerin are the best skin care products for this. If you have age spots on your hands, lightening creams can be used to help fade them.
16. Soften Your Heels
Our feet put up with a lot and it’s hardly surprising that over time, we develop thick calluses on the heels and balls of the feet. Although it’s not really possible to completely undo this, you can reduce your calluses and soften your feet by giving them a soak in hot water and then scrubbing them with a pumice stone to remove dead skin.
17. Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
We all know that sunscreen helps prevent wrinkles by blocking out UV radiation. However, most sunscreen only blocks UVB rays, not the UVA rays which may actually be a bigger factor in the development of wrinkles. In order to protect your skin from both types of UV rays, look for a multi-spectrum or broad spectrum Mary Kay Cosmetics sunscreen.
Try Mary Kay® Sun Care Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30*, a lightweight, oil-free sunscreen for the face or body that helps protect and replenish skin.
- Absorbs quickly, leaving skin feeling soft and moisturized.
- Provides UVA and UVB protection.
- Water-resistant and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
18. Eat Salmon
Unless you’re a vegetarian, salmon definitely deserves a place at your table more often. Salmon contains plenty of protein, one of the most important components of healthy, youthful looking skin. Like other fatty fish, it’s also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which nourish the skin while protecting against free radical damage.
Antioxidants are compounds (including vitamins and other nutrients) which can scavenge free radicals and prevent them from damaging your skin and other organs. The best skin care products (including many from Mary Kay Cosmetics) contain antioxidants, such as Vitamin C. Vitamin C is especially useful in reducing wrinkles and fine lines – you can also consult your dermatologist about which products contain a high enough concentration of this antioxidant vitamin to be effective. You can (and should) also get plenty of antioxidants in your diet by eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
20. Plump Up the Lips
There are three steps to making your lips appear plumper and more youthful, according to Mary Kay Cosmetics. The first step is to apply foundation to the lips. Step two is to line the lips and fill them in with pencil. The third and final step is to apply a plumping lipstick with a lipstick brush. The key here is to go for a color of lipstick which is just bright enough to play up your lips without being so bright as to detract from the rest of your features.