Who says you need to spend thousands just to look 10 years younger? With the help of skin, health, makeup, and wellness experts, we’ve rounded up 30 beauty secrets to staying young.
1.) Moisturize your skin.
Dry skin ages faster, so it only makes sense that keeping your skin moisturized will make it look younger. Use only non-comedogenic products on your face to avoid pimples. Lotions and body butter can be used for the rest of your skin. Moisturizers should be applied in an upward motion to prevent skin from sagging.
2.) Drink water.
Besides moisturizers, a better way to stay young is to hydrate constantly. The body is mostly made up of water. Drinking anywhere between 8 to 10 glasses of water everyday hydrates your skin from the inside out. It also promotes firm skin and prevents wrinkles from forming. Regular water consumption also speeds up metabolism and can help with losing or maintaining a healthy weight.
3). Cut down on sugar.
Dermatologist and nutritionist Dr. Nicholas Perricone says eating too much sugar causes glucose and insulin levels to rise, and inflammation to occur throughout your body. The process triggers the release of enzymes which break down elastin and collagen, resulting in wrinkles, saggy skin, and increased signs of aging.
Do yourself a favor and avoid drinks and snacks that are laced with sugar. Foods that rate high on the glycemic index such as white bread and pasta must also be avoided since the body converts simple carbohydrates into sugar at faster rates than complex carbohydrate sources.
4). Drink alcohol moderately.
We all know that red wine can be good for your health, though it doesn’t mean you get a free pass to drink as much as you want. A study from 2009 follows female twins and found that women who consumed excessive amounts of alcohol looked older than twins who consumed little or moderate amounts.
5). Watch the salt
Having too much salt in your diet can be equally disastrous. In an article by Cleveland Clinic, foods rich in sodium can suck your skin dry of its much-needed moisture. Eyebags can form underneath your eyes and cause visible signs of aging. You can avoid this by sticking to the recommended 2,300 mg or 1 tsp. of daily sodium intake.
6). Eat healthy fats.
Dietitians recommend getting 25 to 30 percent of your daily calories from healthy fats. Sources include extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, dark chocolate, butter, avocado, nuts, seeds, and omega-3 rich foods like sardines and salmon. Healthy fats can give you that nourishing glow by keeping your skin, nails, and hair hydrated.
7). Take it easy on the supplements.
Getting the right amount of nutrients is good for the body. Apart from supporting bodily functions, vitamins and minerals are essential for staying young. Dr. Dianne Dressel, a licensed dietitian, says that vitamins A, D, E, and iron are essential for healthy-looking skin, hair, and nails. But she warns against taking too much as it can deplete your body of other nutrients.
8). Get adequate sleep.
Were you ever told you needed some beauty sleep? Well, it turns out they’re right. Scientists from the University Hospitals Case Medical Center discovered that poor quality sleep resulted in premature skin aging. The skin was also less likely to recover from environmental stresses such as ultraviolet (UV) rays exposure. Sleeping for at least 7-8 hours a day will slow down your skin’s aging process and help you maintain a youthful appearance.
9). Pack up on protein.
Proteins should be part of any age-defying diet. Experts recommend getting 20 percent of your calories from animal-based protein such as fish, chicken, turkey, and lean meats. Protein keeps your hair healthy and strong. If you’re working out, the addition of protein builds muscles and tones your body so you can stay fit whatever your age.
10). Say cheese!
Pearly white teeth give you both confidence and a more youthful smile. Schedule regular cleanings with your dentist and ask about safe teeth whitening treatments. Between visits to your dentist, don’t forget to supplement your diet with calcium-rich food for stronger teeth. Brush your teeth after every meal and avoid drinks that cause teeth stains.
11). Apply Aloe Vera to your scalp for a thicker mane.
The succulent is nature’s gift to thinning hair as a result of aging. Simply break off leaves from an aloe vera plant and apply its gel evenly throughout the scalp. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes and repeat once or twice a week. Aloe vera gel is packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes which strengthens hair and promotes regrowth.
12). Hit the gym.
If you’ve been putting off membership at the gym, perhaps now is the time to get one. Exercise builds stronger bones and muscles, regulates mood, and reduces stress. It can help you look and feel young both inside and out. Studies show that people over 40 who exercised regularly had the same supple and elastic skin as people in their 20s and 30s.
13). Have fun with your hair.
Getting a new haircut can slash years off your age. All you have to do is book an appointment at a local salon and leave everything to the stylist. Hair stylists can give you a haircut that suits your face shape and accentuates your best features. Discuss options so you can choose the hairstyle you’d be most comfortable with. Consider having your hair dyed as soon as the grey hair starts to show.
14). Say no to heat-styling.
Curling irons, flat irons, and blow-dryers are fun and easy ways to have a makeover. Sadly, they can damage hair over time, even at the lowest temperatures. Heat dries out hair and leaves it dull, brittle, and prone to breakage. Styling dry hair is also more difficult, so you might as well say goodbye to these heat-styling tools. Instead, let your hair dry out in the air – you’ll look better with natural hair!
15). Apply sunscreen.
Researchers suggest that 80 percent of skin aging is caused by exposure to sunlight. The study appeared in the Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology Journal and showed that the damaging effects of ultraviolet (UV) exposure increased with age. One way of slowing down aging is to apply sunscreen on your face and body before heading outdoors.
16). Switch up your style.
A closet full of old, funky-smelling clothes is never a good sign. Clothes are supposed to give you a youthful appearance, not a blast from the past. Pull off a timeless look using basic pieces such as shirts, jeans, jackets, and pumps. Mix and match to change from casual chic to laid-back formal. If you’re feeling hip, replace one or two elements with the latest trend, and you’ll be fashionably young in no time!
17). Embrace your curves.
Dressing appropriately for your age doesn’t mean wearing ill-fitted clothing. Instead of hiding your figure, shop for garments which flatter your shape. The trick is to draw attention to areas of the body which you feel most confident about. By wearing properly fitted clothes, people will have a hard time telling your real age.
18). Wear accessories.
Fun accents like rings, bracelets, necklaces, headbands, or even a scarf around your neck can make all the difference. A study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery shows that women who wear jewelry appear to have younger-looking hands than women who don’t wear them. Rather than notice any signs of aging on your skin, accessories can distract people from your real age.
19). Put on some nail polish.
Take a trip to the nail bar and get yourself a paint job. Nail polish can fool people into thinking you’re younger. Choose a nail color that compliments your skin tone. Light-skinned women can opt for nudes and pastels. Medium to olive-skinned women can use earthy or metallic tones. Dark-skinned women can put on bright shades. Red is the only color that goes well with any skin tone.
20). Invest in skin care.
Start early by investing in skincare containing natural ingredients. Stay away from soaps, moisturizers, and other body care products with one too many chemicals. Ingredients that are sourced from natural ingredients effectively nourish the skin. Even though they tend to be pricier than most skin care products, they have minimal risks for allergies, chemical build-up, and negative reactions.
21). Maintain your eyebrows.
Eyebrows thin with age and can make you look older. For fuller brows, you can use an eyebrow pencil to fill in those gaps or opt for microblading. Microblading is a non-invasive procedure that uses a semi-permanent tattoo to fill in missing eyebrows. Alternatively, you can apply brow enhancing serums or lip balms (if you’re on a budget) for thicker and more natural looking brows.
22). Plump up those lips.
Lips become thinner with age, and if you want to look young, you have to give the illusion of fuller lips. We wouldn’t recommend doing the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge, but a lip plumping device can safely give those puckers a volumizing lift that lasts for hours. Alternatively, you can apply natural colored lip stain and top it with a layer of lip gloss or clear lip balm.
23). Turn that frown upside down.
Putting on a smile will fool people into thinking you’re younger than your actual age. Research shows that sad facial expression makes you look older than if you had a neutral expression. Meanwhile, a happy and smiling face can lead people to believe you are younger than if you had a neutral face. So why not put on a smile?
24). Use the correct base powder.
Stay away from tinted face powders – they can settle in between wrinkles and emphasize your age. Instead, use a translucent light-diffusing powder as a base. Powder helps keep makeup stay on longer for women with oily skin. Remember to apply the powder in sunlight to ensure its even distribution across your face. Otherwise, you can use setting spray instead of powder if you’re in a hurry.
25). Hide blemishes with a blurring primer.
Why use photo editors when you can use primers with “blurring” effects? Think of it as a real-life filter. When applied to the skin, it hides fine lines and large pores to create a smoother looking skin. Blurring primers are a great way to take years off your age while allowing makeup to last longer.
26). Always go for yellow foundation.
For older women, we recommend switching to foundations with yellow undertones. Makeup artist Sandy Linter says it can make you look younger by adding warmth and brightness to the skin. Yellowish foundations work for almost any skin color, including light and dark shades. Remember to pick a shade that is closest to you!
27). Give your crowning glory a quick lift.
A thick head of hair is one of the tell-tale signs that you’re still in your prime. Sadly, it does thin out over the years and can give away your true age. Give your mane an instant lift by gently running a toothbrush against the grain, then finishing it off with hairspray.
28). Wear light-colored eyeliner.
Black eyeliners are bad news if you’re trying to pull off a younger look. Switch to a dark brown eyeliner to achieve the same level of sophistication at the office. Medium brown eyeliner works best for everyday use because it gives you a cleaner and more refreshed look that’s suited for casual wear.
29). Give eyes a natural lift with makeup.
Get your highlighter, concealer, or any eyeshadow with a creamy neutral shade. Use your middle finger to apply one of these products under the ridge of both eyebrows. Remember to hold up both eyebrows using your other hand during application. This simple trick opens up your eyes and gives them an instant lift.
30). Make frequent trips to the spa.
Stress easily adds years to your age. And if you’re looking for quick ways to relax, go to the spa at least once or twice a month. Spas offer relaxing massages and rejuvenating facials which relieve muscle tension and reduce stress. Each visit will be like taking a sip from the fountain of youth!