I know, I know. These days, it’s politically correct to look “rested”, “relaxed” or “fresher”. But if someone said you looked much younger than your chronological age, would you really be insulted?
Herewith, some easy hacks from a recent beauty round-up:
Keep skin care products in the fridge. They’ll work faster and keep fresh longer.
Boost your brows. Thicker eyebrows signal youthfulness. Fill in with pencil while they’re growing in.
Wear a double-duty sunscreen. An antioxidant formula will reduce the effects of skin-damaging free radicals. I love the La Roche-Posay Anthelios line.
Check your eyesight. Squinting deepens frown lines, so you might need a stronger prescription, not Botox.
Pick lighter lipstick. Our lips get thinner with age, and dark colors make your lips look smaller, as well as emphasizing any vertical lines. Stick with rosier shades and avoid orange or peach tones, which make teeth look yellower.
Blush higher. Swirl your blush at the highest point of your cheekbones, and choose a warm pink, apricot or bronze shade that’s close to your skin tone.
Choose camouflage vs. concealer. Regular concealer is oilier, so it tends to “pool” in fine lines. Concealers labeled “camouflage” cover dark spots better, too.
Speaking of dark spots: Sunblock, retinoid, and gloves will keep your hands looking younger. Applying a dot of diluted lemon juice before bedtime may help too. Note that acids can irritate skin so gradually build up to twice a day.
Best foot forward. Dry, scaly feet wreck the effect of even the most gorgeous shoes. Before bedtime or working out, apply a layer of over-the-counter salicylic acid to rough areas, cover with a small amount of Vaseline or thick moisturizer, and put on socks. The combo will soften your feet and help protect against blisters and calluses.
Accessorize wisely. A small investment in a broad-brimmed hat, larger sunglasses and a scarf can protect against wrinkles, sun spots and pricey treatments.
And if someone asks to see ID the next time you buy alcohol, don’t say I didn’t warn you!
WHAT TO DOControlled breathing is said to help suppress the gag reflex and encourage peristalsis, the muscle contractions that move food into the stomach. Picture yourself walking barefoot down a long, stone staircase.
Inhale slowly through your nose for a count of four as you imagine how the cool stone feels underfoot.
Exhale with your lips closed for a count of eight as you imagine stepping down.
Do you remember moving into your first apartment? Mine was a dark, tiny, one-bedroom in Springfield, Missouri – notable for its cheap rent and even cheaper-looking olive green shag carpeting on the walls as well as the floor. (Even for the 70’s this was mind-bendingly ugly.)
But it was my first post-college job and I was thrilled to be on my own.
Moving in those days was much easier.
We had friends to haul stuff and we paid them in beer or cheap wine — not the price of a European vacation.
I had more energy than possessions.
An old orange crate made a perfectly acceptable coffee table.