One needs to change their make up products as they age and also the make up routine, as the skin becomes more dry and thin. Today I will share some anti-aging tips and also some secrets to look young.
1. Start with a Primer– If you are old enough for laugh lines, a skin care makeover can give you a fresh and younger look. A better routine calls for a skin primer as it fills small wrinkles, making them less visible.
2. Fore go Thick foundation– If you slather foundation directly over aging skin, you are likely adding years to your look. Instead apply moisturizer, primer, then a light liquid foundation for additional skin-plumping moisture. It is better to tap it in gently with a sponge rather than rubbing it in.
3. Avoid Clown Eyes– Applying flattering eye makeup requires precision. Unfortunately, eyesight tends to decline with age and if you don’t see well, you may not get the makeup on correctly. The results can include clownish amounts of eye shadow or crooked eyeliner. Solution is to get a good ‘MAGNIFYING MIRROR’.
4. Enhance the Shape of the Eye– As we age, the eyelids tend to drop, so the goal is to draw attention away from the lid and towards the actual eye. Eyeliner is the key. Apply it in a thin streak along the line where the lashes begin, top and bottom. This will enhance the shape of your eye and create the illusion of thicker lashes. Use soft shades and a light touch when applying eye shadow.
5. Put Eyebrows Back on– The brows get thinner and grey with age. Use Eye brow pencil that complements your hair color. Applying powder over the pencil, will help it stay for a longer time.
6. Don’t let the Lips ‘Bleed’– This happens when the lipstick is in a cream form and it tends to slip into any low spaces, including the lines around the lips. To keep color from travelling, use moisturizer, then coat the lips with foundation, before applying a lipstick.
7. Plump up the Lips– This can be done in 3 steps- Begin coating the lips with foundation. Next, line the lips and fill them completely with the pencil. Finally use the lipstick brush to apply a lip-plumping lipstick. Choose a color with enough pigment to enhance the lips without being over-the-top bright.
8. Keep the Lips moist– Even the best quality makeup will have a tough time concealing dry and flaky lips. It is very essential to moisturize them 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 effect. If you use extended wear lipstick then be sure to let the stain dry completely before applying lip balm.
9. Whiten Stained Teeth– Whitening toothpaste can help remove surface stains, so your teeth look about one shade lighter. To go deeper, try peroxide-based whitening gels or strips or book an appointment with your dentist.
10. Rejuvenate Tired Eyes– 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 slices or moist tea bags.
11. Reduce Dark Circles– Get enough sleep to minimize the dark circles. Eye creams containing lightening agents such as retinol, hydroquinone, green tea or Vitamin C may help. To camouflage, use a concealer one shade lighter than your skin and foundation and yellowish in tone.
12. Wear Sun glasses– A good pair will protect the delicate skin around the eyes from sun damage. It will also keep from squinting, a motion that can create additional wrinkles over time. It also delays cataracts, cloudy areas on the eyes’ lenses that can diminish your vision.
13. Boost Thinning Hair– Use a large round Brush to lift the hair and add volume. To set the style, use the cool button on your hair dryer. Styling with hot rollers, is another good option. If you are looking for a low maintenance way to add volume, do perming.
14. Don’t Fret over Grays– To make the most of this look, use a good conditioner and shine enhancer to keep the grey rich. If your skin is very pale, light grey or white hair could make you look washed out. In that case, you might want to color your hair. Never use a dye or color on eye brows or eyelashes.
15. Exfoliate– It is very essential to get rid of dead and dry skin cells, to get the fresh skin underneath. You can use a washcloth, along with exfoliating cleanser, to gently scrub your face and body. But don’t scrub too hard or you could leave the skin raw and irritated.
16. Target Wrinkles with Retinoids
– These chemical relatives of Vitamin A can reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles for a more youthful look. Cream that require a prescription have a best track record, including the tretinoin, tarazotene, and their brand-name versions. A less potent, OTC form is available too, called Retinol. The best results come from regular use over several weeks or months.
17. Fight Crow’s Feet with AHAs– Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are found in fruits, sugarcane, milk and other foods. When applied topically, they exfoliate and remove the outer layer of dead skin cells, which may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The results may be more apparent in the thin skin around the eyes.
18. Fade age spots with Hydroquinone– It is one of the most active ingredient in popular bleaching agents. it interferes with the skin’s production of melanin, the pigment that gives age spots their color. Kojic acid is another skin lightener available over the counter or by prescription.
19. Fight damage with antioxidants– Eat food rich in antioxidants and one can apply antioxidant creams also to the skin. Topical Vitamin C is helpful to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. One can even check with your own dermatologist, what is good for your skin.
20. Pamper your Hands– Apply loads of moisturizer throughout the day to make it look plumper and youthful. Look for moisturizer that contains glycerin, Shea butter or safflower seed oil. You can also use lightening creams to fade age spots on the hands.
21. Strengthen your Nails– Prevent brittle nails by avoiding harsh soaps moisturize them with thick creams or petroleum jelly. Vitamin B7 supplements, also called biotin, may help soften brittle or breakable nails. Ask your health care professional, what amount is right for you. Keep your nails neat and trim.
22. Soften your Heels– Begin by soaking your skin your feet in hot water. Once the dead skin is moist, you may be able to remove some of it by scrubbing it with a pumice stone.
23. Don’t Smoke– Smokers skin is wrinkled more and up to 40% more thinner than non-smokers. Tobacco smoke releases an enzyme that breaks down collagen and elastin, compounds that are vital to skin’s structure and elasticity.
24. Use a Broad Spectrum Sunscreen– To block both UVA and UVB rays, look for a broad-spectrum or multi-spectrum sunscreen.
I hope you all make use of this wonderful article. See you next time, with more tips and secrets.