We’ve all heard about legends and tales of heroes in search of the fountain of youth. The promise of being forever young just by drinking from or bathing in the waters of this spring was so appealing that almost every culture has their own version of this story. As such, it’s safe to say that youth is something people have been chasing for centuries.
Thankfully, we’ve come a long way from legends of miracle waters that promise youth. Advancements in medicine and technology have allowed people to look younger through a variety of means like plastic surgery, injections, and fillers. But these come with risks, side effects, and hefty price tags. Not a lot of people have the time, money, or energy to go under the knife for youth. Luckily, there are non-surgical ways to look younger. From investing in anti-aging skincare to changing up your diet, there are many ways to look and feel younger inside and out that don’t require invasive surgery or needles. With these simple tricks that anyone can do with any budget, you can start looking younger and fresher in no time.
1. Update your wardrobe
One of the most accessible ways to look younger is to update how you dress. Clothes can easily add years to your look if they don’t fit right or look outdated. It’s not necessarily about wearing the trendiest clothes or the newest styles. It’s about finding and wearing clothes that fit you well and accentuate your best features.
Wearing the right clothes can also give you a boost of confidence which will help you feel younger on the inside as well. Start by assessing your wardrobe and getting rid of clothes that are too tight or too baggy. Looking younger doesn’t mean you have to dress like a 12-year-old. Dressing your age can be young and stylish if done right. Invest in timeless pieces like a slimming little black dress and the perfect pair of jeans that can be dressed up or down. Ditch your boring pair of “sensible” shoes for something that’s comfortable, functional, yet youthful and in-style like a pair of white leather sneakers. Don’t pile on the pearls and gold, as too much jewelry can make you look older and tacky. Wearing subtle or minimal jewelry pieces can also help you look more elegant and put-together. Sometimes, less is more!
2. Switch up your skin-care
One of the reasons why people resort to surgery to look younger is to reverse skin damage. Wrinkles, fine lines, discoloration, and blemishes can be causes for looking older. But going under the knife isn’t always necessary to make your skin look younger.
Thanks to advancements in dermatology, some of the best skincare products can rival the effects of facelifts and botox injections. Some skin experts say that you should start investing in anti-aging skin-care products as soon as you turn 20-years-old. But it’s never too late to start adding ingredients like retinol, collagen, and vitamin C to your skin-care regimen. These ingredients fight wrinkles, make your skin look plumper, and reduce skin dullness. Always make sure to apply sunscreen on all exposed areas of your skin to prevent sun damage, which can cause your skin to look wrinkled and leathery.
3. Make use of makeup
Did you know that your makeup could be the culprit in making you look old? By just changing out certain products for others and using different techniques, you can drastically change how old you look. If you have dry, wrinkly skin, stay away from matte foundations and heavy powders. Dryness adds age to the skin, so opt for more moisturizing foundations with a dewy or glowy finish. This will make your skin look fresher and plumper, adding youth to your face.
Switch out the powder blush and contours for cream-based products. These are easier to blend and look more natural on the skin. When it comes to eye makeup, less is more. Dark, heavy shadows on the lids can make your eyes look droopy and downward. Blend up towards the brow bone to lift up the eyes and use natural colors that make your eyes pop. Use products like a brow gel with fibers in them to thicken your brows. This will make you look naturally younger. And when removing makeup, always be gentle! Tugging too hard while wiping away makeup can cause your skin to wrinkle and sag.
- Eat healthier
One of the best ways to look young is from the inside. Having that natural glow to your skin can’t always be achieved by makeup or even surgery. Your skin can also only absorb so much from creams and serums. Bring the youth out by improving your diet and eating food with lots of vitamins. Food that is rich in vitamin C like berries and bell peppers can help boost your skin’s production of collagen. More collagen results in firmer and more youthful-looking skin. Fight dryness and wrinkles by consuming food that is loaded with good fats like avocado and salmon. Nutrients like omega-3 and vitamin D which is found in fatty fish can help fight inflammation which affects how your skin looks. Snacking on nuts also helps add more vitamin E to your diet, a common vitamin in anti-aging products. You could also nourish your body from the inside with the help of supplements for a more youthful glow.
- Cut and color
When it comes to aging, one of the first signs people see is the change of their hair color. Gray or white hairs can appear at any age, but they do increase as one gets older. Thinning hair is also a symptom of aging that can make you look very old. Luckily, you can look younger just after a trip to the salon. If you have thin hair, opt for a haircut that isn’t too long. Long hair can drag the face downward, making you look old and gaunt. A better option resulting in a more youthful look would be to cut thinning hair at a medium length so that you can still add volume and texture.
If you have thinning hair, don’t go dark. Being able to see your scalp through the thin dark hair is a clear sign of aging and the dark color can cause shadows and wrinkles on your face to look more pronounced. Lighter browns and blondes are great for looking younger as it will also brighten up your face.