Keep ’em Guessing!
Wouldn't it be nice if the outside world could always see the youthful and vivacious woman you are on the inside?
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It's actually pretty simple: Looking your absolute best is a matter of taking good care of yourself and giving a small boost to the natural features that already make you stand out in a crowd. You'll wind up feeling more confident and improving your physical health, says Erlene Rosowsky, PsyD, an assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School.
For instance, a simple change in posture can shave years off your appearance and reduce aches and pains in your neck and back. Are you ready to start defying your age? First, acknowledge that you deserve the good things in life. Next, try these simple pamper-yourself, anti-aging beauty tips. You'll look and feel younger in no time. Plus, you'll have all your friends saying, "Tell us how you look so great!"
Sit Up Straight
Slouching isn't sexy – and it causes back pain
"People with good posture are often seen as younger, more confident, and happier than those who slouch, round their shoulders, or tilt to one side," says Paul D'Arezzo, MD, a certified emergency physician in Colorado Springs. You'll feel better, too: Proper posture prevents muscle and joint pain and can help sidestep tension headaches by reducing strain on the neck. To perk up your stance, start a regular yoga or Pilates routine.
The exercises will strengthen the muscles in your abdomen, pelvis, and lower back that help hold your body upright. Also, stretch every hour or so when you're seated for long periods of time. Try this anti-aging beauty tip: Keep both feet flat on the floor with your shoulders and chin relaxed, hands on your thighs. Slowly draw your shoulders back and squeeze your shoulder blades together for a count of 5, then relax. Repeat three or four times.
Have More Sex
Get busy with your partner three times a week (hey, it’s for your health!)
Couples in their mid-40s who have sex that often look up to 12 years younger than those who enjoy intercourse less frequently, a 10-year Scottish study concluded. Researchers found that the faces of sexually active couples were less lined and wrinkled, and their skin was smoother and more supple. They credited oxytocin, a stress-reducing chemical that is released during sex, for turning back the clock. Nighttime sex also helps you sleep more soundly, so you look and feel more rested.
Beef Up Your Brows
Give the tweezers a rest! Define your features with a bold pair
Our brains associate thick, groomed eyebrows with youthfulness. "When brows are thin and light, they make your features disappear, adding years to even the youngest looking face," says Damone Roberts, a celebrity eyebrow artist. Fill in sparse spots with a dark brow shadow to create the illusion of thickness. Apply the powder with a washed and dried mascara brush (aka a spooly brush) and then use your fingertip to blend it. Don't, however, increase the height of your arch in order to "lift" your face with this anti-aging beauty tip. "You'll go from looking youthful to looking angry," Roberts says. Simply follow the natural contour of your brow.
Not only does the right color make your locks look younger, your complexion will appear brighter, too
Dyeing away the gray is a good way to make your hair appear more youthful, but go the extra mile with this anti-aging beauty tip and add a few face-framing highlights in a shade two tones lighter than your hair. Not only will this make your hair look shinier and healthier—a telltale sign of youth—but it will also help disguise changes in over-40 skin that can lead to a dull, sallow complexion. "The various tones will reflect light and bring out more color in your face," says Rebekah George, Prevention's beauty director.
Buy a New Bra
Breasts sag with age. We all know this—but we don't have to show it
"At the first signs of drooping, buy a bra that has a light padded liner in the cups and an underwire," advises Susan Nethero, author of Bra Talk: Myths and Facts. "This will help bring your breast line back to where it was in your younger days, which is midway between the shoulder and elbow."
To make sure your bra fits properly, get measured by an expert every 5 years—more often if you gain or lose weight. It'll improve your looks and your health: Sporting a too-loose bra or improperly adjusted straps can lead to neck, shoulder, and back pain. Nethero has even noticed that women who complain of numbness and pain in the arms say the symptoms stop after they change their bra. Ask your favorite lingerie retailer, like Victoria’s Secret, about working with a bra fitter.
Give Yourself a Manicure
Hands are a notorious age-giveaway, but studies show certain tricks can hide the signs
Wearing nail polish or rings can distract people from noticing common maturity signs such as veins and age spots, according to a study by plastic surgeons in England. Researchers asked people to estimate women's ages based solely on photographs of their hands. The stunning result: 49% thought women's hands looked younger when adorned with nail polish; 52% felt the same about jewelry.
Stop Smoking Already!
On top of all the major health risks, you’re giving yourself “smoker’s face”
Smoking can make you look and feel older than you are: It shortens a woman's life by 14 1/2 years, according to the CDC, and also causes what experts dub "smoker's face"—excessive wrinkling around the eyes and mouth, along with a grayish complexion. It's never too late to quit, even if you're a longtime smoker.
"Your skin may be able to repair itself somewhat from the damage," says Patricia Farris, MD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Tulane University School of Medicine. Though nothing short of cosmetic procedures can eliminate lines around the mouth and eyes, your skin tone and radiance may return.
A whiter smile makes people perceive you as younger
We subconsciously connect a dull smile with age—enamel wears over time, darkening our teeth, says Lauren Solomon, author of Image Matters! First Steps on the Journey to Your Best Self. "A bright smile, on the other hand, gives the impression of good health and youth." For a quick anti-aging beauty tip, cut back on teeth-staining habits such as drinking coffee and red wine and smoking cigarettes.
To reverse damage and whiten your teeth, follow a professional cleaning with an affordable at-home smile brightener like Crest Whitestrips, or ask your dentist about bleaching options. And, of course, brush and floss regularly—it helps keep stains at bay and lowers your risk of periodontal disease, the main cause of tooth loss.
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