Aging is a natural part of life for both men and women, but that doesn’t mean it’s always pleasant. If you’re worried about losing your youthful looks and demeanor, then you’re not alone. Don’t worry — there’s help along the way. There are plenty of things you can do to knock years off your image without destroying your bank account or getting surgery, like taking attentive care of your skin and changing up your hairstyle.

Making Your Face Look Younger

Choose a gentle facial cleanser. Aging skin does not need harsh products like the ones teenagers often need to use, as there isn’t usually any excess oil. If your cleanser is too harsh, it will be stripping your skin of its natural oils, and therefore drying out the skin and causing it to age more quickly. Look for ones that are aimed at your age group, or ones that describe themselves as gentle or moisturizing. Women should moisturize their faces any time before they wear make-up. It is still important to cleanse your face as you get older, as it removes traces of chemicals from your environment or any makeup which can cause aging if left on the skin

Use sun protection daily

There are many moisturizers that already contain SPF protection in them, and this is because it is vital to protect your skin from harmful UV rays every day in order to avoid sun damage. The sun is one of the main things that causes premature aging, so dermatologists recommend that you should wear at least SPF 15 daily to avoid wrinkles, brown spots, and a dull complexion. As well as this, it will protect you from skin cancer. You can put sunscreen not just on your face, but on your chest and the tops of your hands if you’re just going to be out in the sun for a little while. This will prevent those spots on your chest and hands. If you’re going to really be out in the sun, though, then you’ll need to put sunscreen all over your body.

Manage your facial hair

For men, this will make you look better groomed and less scruffy allowing you to look good with age, and for women, this will hide this side effect of aging. Here are some things to keep in mind for each gender:

  • Men: Keep your face clean shaven or neatly trimmed, and always trim your nose and ear hair. You can buy nose hair trimmers at your local pharmacy and it’s completely simple and painless to use. Letting this hair grow wild adds age and also makes you look more scruffy. Make sure to pluck those nose hairs too, if you want to avoid that old man look.
  • Women: Facial hair can sometimes appear in women after menopause due to a change in hormone levels. To get rid of this, and therefore hide your age a little better, there are a few easy ways to keep it away including laser removal, waxing, depilatory/hair removal cream, and threading.
  • Women should also make sure to keep their eyebrows looking pretty thick. As you get older, your eyebrows may start to thin out, so make sure to color them in with a pencil that matches the color of your eyebrows so you continue to look youthful.

Wear makeup that makes you look more youthful (for women)

There are dozens of make-up tricks that can help women make their features continue to stand out as well as to hide the signs of aging. The trick is to hide those blemishes while emphasizing your best features, such as your eyes. Here are some tricks to try

  • Make sure you use a creamy concealer. Any concealer that is waxy or that can get cakey can actually make you look older.[2]
  • Put a dab of blush at the height of your cheekbones, but don’t use blush in the hollows of your cheeks. As you get older, your face will actually lose fat, and your cheeks will naturally get a little hollower. This can make you look a bit older, so there’s no need to emphasize this further with too much blush.[3]
  • Start using brown eyeliner instead of black. As you get older, black will start to look too stark in contrast to the rest of your face. Brown will create more gentle frames around your eyes.

Maintain healthy teeth

Good teeth can immediately make you look younger and more attractive. Make sure you have a good tooth-care routine, this should include brushing, flossing and using mouth wash. If your teeth aren’t white enough, or if you have problems with your teeth, go to your dentist for advice. You could have professional whitening, or if you have problems such as decay, wonky teeth or stained teeth you could get these things treated.

  • There are also over the counter whitening products which can also be effective, although you might want to talk to your dentist for advice beforehand.
  • Teeth can give away your real age more than any other part of your body, so start early with your total teeth care routine.

Wear bright colors

Bright colors will make you look more youthful, fun, and vibrant.[6] Wearing vibrant colors will also make you feel more youthful and energetic. Get rid of all of those black, gray, and neutral-toned clothes and spice up your wardrobe with some red, orange, green, and other festive colors. Though black and darker colors may be slimming, they also make you look a bit older than you really are.

  • You don’t have to get rid of your darker colored clothes completely. But if you do wear a black shirt, for example, spice it up with a colorful tie or a bright piece of jewelry.

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