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Turning Back The Clock - Effective Ways To Look Younger

Updated on January 16, 2015

For both men and women, aging is a natural part of life. But that doesn't mean we necessarily have to enjoy it. Here's a quick guide to how to get back some of your youthful looks, without going under the knife, taking out loans you can never pay back, or taking any other drastic measures!

Wearing the right makeup

We've all seen them - those women in their early sixties, thinking they're doing a great job in hiding their age while wearing their favourite blue eyeshadow up to their barely-there eyebrows, orange lipstick and in-your-face blusher.

The trick is to hide your blemishes and, at the same time, enhance your better features.

Here's what you should be wearing:

  • First off, make sure you have a creamy concealer. Otherwise, it can look cakey, making you look older than you are.
  • Less of the blusher. You can put a little on the very top of your cheekbones if you want, but this isn't essential. As you age, your face loses fat so your cheeks actually hollow out naturally.
  • Curl your eyelashes and wear mascara. Your 'lashes thin and straighten as you get older so this little tip will help to turn back time.
  • Use a brown eye pencil rather than a black one. Or maybe you do that already. Black is too harsh for the face.
  • If you feel the need to wear lippy, then stay with a pale shade. Your lips will thin as time goes by and we don't need to draw attention to that!


Face Cleanser

Choose a gentle face cleanser over a harsh one. It's unlikely that your skin has all the excess oil of a teenager with severe acne so don't rub all those unfriendly chemicals into your poor face. If your cleanser is too harsh then it will take out the natural oils from your skin and dry you out - leaving your face dry and aging faster.

Don't think that you shouldn't cleanse your face as you get older. Cleansing will rid your skin of chemicals from the environment or any old makeup, both of which will speed up the aging process.

Exfoliate

Skin exfoliation helps to renew your skin cells, also leaving you looking brighter and having softer skin.

Not exfoliating can lead to clogged pores, flaky and dry skin, blemishes and uneven skin tone.

You can exfoliate with the following methods:

  • Brushing

Dry skin brushing is extremely beneficial. It removes dead skin cells from the surface and you stimulates the skin. You can either use a regular skin brush (with natural fibres) or you can buy a sonic brush which works better because it rotates to remove every dead cell.

  • Scrubs

Unless you have extremely dry skin, scrubs are great. They remove dead skin cells, excess oil and improve your circulation.

Moisturise

You should always moisturise after cleansing. Skin ages much quicker when it's dry and deep moisturising can help the skin to look after itself. You can find anti-aging moisturisers in most shops, for men and women.

SPF

Depending on where in the world you live, you might have to consider your Sun Protection Factor. Many moisturisers already cover that, but you should always check the bottle just in case. It's very important to keep your skin safe from harmful UV rays, leading to sun-damaged skin. Dermatologists recommend that you should wear SPF 15 (at least) to avoid brown spots and wrinkles.

Good Teeth

Teeth can give away your real age more than any part of the body, so let's learn how to take care of those pearls.

You should brush, floss and use fluoride-free mouthwash. Too much fluoride can cause Fluorosis which is not pretty. If your teeth aren't naturally white or became stained over the years, you can buy over-the-counter whitening products, and you can discuss with your dentist if you need any treatment for any crooked or decaying teeth you may have.

Facial Hair

For women:
Women should try to hide the effects of aging when dealing with facial hair. Due to hormone levels after the menopause, hair can begin to grow on women where it wasn't before, the chin being the most commonly affected area. Threading, waxing, hair removal cream or laser therapy is best. Shaving isn't a great idea because stubble will grow back.

Eyebrows thin with age too, so if you can keep them looking thick (but not fat) and bushy (pencil is handy here) it'll help you to look more youthful.

For men:
Keeping your facial hair neatly trimmed or clean shaven is best for looking younger. Too much hair looks scruffy and untidy. You should trim your ear and nose hair on a regular basis as this is a surefire way of knowing if a man is reaching his mid-years!

Hair Colour

There is nothing wrong with grey hair. In fact, I think grey hair can look pretty darn cool if it's short and styled (for women) or if the men are rocking the George Clooney look.

However, if you don't feel comfortable grey yet, then that's totally fine too. When choosing a hair dye, you should opt for one that isn't too far from your natural colour, nothing too severe or else if will look like you're trying too hard. There are plenty of dyes out there that specialise in grey-coverage. Don't forget that all hair dye damages your hair so try not to colour it too often, or only dye the roots when you have to, not the whole head.

Accessories

Wearing a cute, simple pair of earrings will take years off you, so hide those matching pearl sets for another day. And colourful rings are said to add spice to your outfit, making you appear younger.

Clothing

For women:

Don't draw attention to your chest. You don't need to show cleavage just because younger women do.

Wearing clothes that make you look slimmer, yet aren't tight, will help you to look more stylist. For example, you can choose bootcut jeans rather than skinny jeans that cut off your circulation. And clothes that are bright colours. I don't mean dress like a five year old Barbie fanatic, but just because you're a bit older doesn't mean you can only wear black and brown. Add a bit of blue to your outfit, or some red. Just not together, okay?

For men:

Don't wear what you were wearing twenty years ago. You're fooling nobody. It's okay to show that you've matured, that doesn't mean you're old. And the bright colours goes for you too. If you're wearing a dark shirt, then wear a vibrant coloured tie. You get the idea.

And finally, eat these!

  • Low-fat yoghurt contains calcium for good skin and teeth .
  • Carrots for healthy skin.
  • Broccoli has Vitamin C and properties that are great for your liver.
  • Sweet potatoes are good for your hair.
  • Oranges for their high Vitamin C content.
  • Berries have antioxidants for keeping your skin glowing.

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