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A lot of people think that the key to looking younger is to get rid of wrinkles but there are a lot of other features that age you. Concealing or getting rid of wrinkles on your face can only do so much. Women who do actually master the art of maintaining a youthful look don’t just have great complexions; they also have whiter smiles, thick hair and a young scent. Following are all the different things to pay attention to in your efforts to appear ageless.
More than wrinkles: Aside from the wrinkles and fine lines on your face, skin tone and radiance make a difference in your seeming age. Some of today’s anti-aging products, such as Bremenn 6 in 1 Face Cream ($48), contain adenosine, a collagen-stimulating molecule that already naturally exists in the skin’s DNA.
Keep hair thick: As you age, your hair thins. Use volumizing shampoos as well as the quickest, most effective solution: volumizing spray mousse like Big Sexy Root Pump Plus Volumizing Spray Mousse ($15.99). For the best results, spray it on the underside of your hair, near the roots.
Conceal chest spots: After time, the sun causes age spots to form on the chest, making you look older. To prevent chest blemishes from forming, wear sunscreen on your chest and switch to a body lotion that has discoloration-reducing ingredients such as the Murad Age Spot & Pigment Lightening Gel ($54.49).
Reduce redness: Another result of sun damage, which ages you, is redness and apparent blood vessels on the cheeks and nose. You can effectively get rid of the red with laser treatments, though they tend to be pricey. A more affordable alternative is to use a yellow-based concealer. Dot the concealer over the red areas and then tap it into the skin with your ring finger until it vanishes. Go over it with a tinted moisturizer like the Murad Correcting Moisturizer ($24.99) or a foundation like Peter Thomas Roth UnWrinkle Foundation ($35.99) that matches your skin tone.
Bright pearly whites: Because stains accumulate on your teeth over the years, whiter teeth make you look younger. If you are using an at-home teeth-whitening system, make sure you don’t go overboard and make your teeth look fake. Your teeth should never be whiter than the whites of your eyes.
Rejuvenated hands: Keep hands looking fresh and hydrated so that fine lines aren’t accentuated by the dryness of your skin. Use and toning and firming hand moisturizer like StriVectin Hand Cream ($37).
Fresh feet: Time will eventually lead to dry, callused feet. Smooth the bottom of your feet with a foot file at the end of your bath and then follow up with a smoothing foot cream like the DDF Pedi-Cream ($29.99). Finally, add an extra touch of youthful fun by selecting a bright nail polish for your toes like the CHI Ceramic Nail Lacquer Meet me in the Copy Room ($5.49).
Perfect your legs: Get rid of aging varicose and spider veins quickly and easily with the help of a sunless tanning product like TanTowel Half Body Classic towelettes ($5.99).
Eat well: Stay away from extreme diets. Drink lots of water and consistently eat healthy for fresher, more vibrant skin.
What “stay young” tips do you have?