In the fashion and modelling world, looks can be everything – but even in everyday life, looks can be very important. When you first see someone, at least 90% of your opinion of them is based on the way they look, and if they look old, you’re going to think they are old.
The problem with that is being old and looking old are too entirely different things. Exercise and diet can make you look younger – if you are overweight, dropping 20lbs or more can make you look 10 years younger.
But the fact of the matter is that we often need a helping hand. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the best anti aging products you can try:
Cleansers – if you have healthy looking skin, you’ll look younger. Skin that is clogged up with old makeup, dead cells, and other day-to-day debris will not look at its best, so a cleanser product is essential.
Moisturizer – radiant looking skin needs to be hydrated, and a good moisturizer will help further by enhancing the natural elasticity of your skin. Young skin = stretchy skin. Properly hydrated skin will also reduce the appearance of wrinkles, so using a decent moisturizer is certainly worthwhile. Make sure you choose the right type of moisturizer for your skin type – oily, dry, normal, etc – by checking your t-zone late in the day. Whatever type of skin your t-zone is showing by evening, that’s most likely the type of skin you have.
Facial masks and peels – spread them on your face, and peel them off. What’s the benefit? Moisturization and the removal of dead cells. Simple!
Anti-wrinkle creams – many anti-wrinkle creams are just well promoted moisturizer, but some have “special ingredients” to help disguise wrinkles, and use the term “lifting” which is to indicate the skin will be tightened by the application of the product. Your mileage may vary dependent on the elasticity of your skin and the depth of the wrinkles.
Night creams – related to anti-wrinkle creams and moisturizers, night creams are designed to be left on overnight
Eye creams and gels – wrinkles and crows feet around your eyes often make you look older, even if they have been caused by a lifetime of laughter. The skin around the eyes is thinner than the rest of the face, and so needs special attention. Care must always be taken when applying, as due to the thinness of the skin, it is easy to damage. Hydration, as always, helps.
Exfoliation – basically giving your face a gentle scrub to remove dead cells. Whilst this may improve the appearance, be careful in cold weather – exfoliating too much may cause damage to your skin. The same also applies to extremely sunny weather, as exfoliation can leave your skin exposed to the damaging rays from the sun.
The most common type of eyeshadow is in the form of a powder, and the easiest way to apply it is with the use of a brush. But unless you are going for an over-the-top 80s kind of look, what’s the easiest way to apply eyeshadow and not end up looking like a panda?
First and foremost, color choice is important. Bright vivid colors may make an impact and are helpful if you are trying to make a statement, but neutral tones will help to bring out your natural beauty and accent what you already have. Soft brushes are also essential, as the skin around your eyes is quite thin and can be easily damaged if care is not taken. Avoid the use of sponge brushes, as these will absorb the eyeshadow rather than transferring it to your face.
A common way to apply eyeshadow is to choose three similar colors, from light to dark. The lightest is applied first, often over the whole eyelid. The mid color is applied next, and the darkest is applied last – make sure you don’t go all the way up to your eyebrows! The colors can then be blended with a brush to give a smooth gradation between colors. The exact pattern in which the eyeshadow is applied depends on the effect you are going for, as you will essentially be painting on false shadows, giving the impression of a different shape to the area surrounding your eyes.
Going all the way up to your eyebrows is a guaranteed way to get the panda effect. In this case, less is definitely more!
If you have dry skin, you may be tempted to reach for the nearest available moisturizer and get straight to work – after all, dry flaky skin is not the most attractive thing in the world. But there are a few things you should be aware of.
Be gentle – whether you think you have sensitive skin or not, be gentle when applying moisturizer. Use light pressure, preferably moving up from your neck to your forehead. Using heavier pressure can damage your skin rather than improve it, and be extra careful where your skin is thinnest – around your eyes.
Trap that moisture in there – if you’ve just washed your face or showered, apply moisturizer as soon as you can.
More is better – or at least, more applications is better. Once a day is good, twice a day is better, but if you end up applying moisturizer at night make sure it has been absorbed before lying down, as you don’t want to be moisturizing your pillow.
Check your skin type – finding the best moisturizer for dry skin is one thing, but it isn’t useful if you don’t actually have dry skin. Check your t-zone (around your eyebrows and down your nose) at the end of the day and see if it appears dry, oily or normal – that should give you a clue as to your skin type.
Dry skin is often moisturized best with a cream moisturizer, which will contain more oil than a lotion or ointment. Furthermore, people with dry skin are often more likely to have allergic reactions, so it is worth taking it easy if you are trying out a new moisturizer. Try it somewhere less sensitive first, like your arm, and give it a few days to see if you develop a reaction – better it is on your arm than in the middle of your face!