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!