Everyone wants to banish signs of ageing for as long as they can, but what youthful secrets are you missing out on? If you want to look – and feel – younger, there are some sure-fire ways to achieve your goals. To get started, take a look at these youthful secrets and start turning the clock back now:
Focus on fuller lips
As you age, your lips tend to get thinner and you may notice fine lines appearing around your mouth. With fuller lips, however, you can hide these signs of ageing and enjoy plumper, more youthful, lips. While many people use injectables to achieve a plumper pout, you can fake fuller lips too. Simply select a lip liner that matches your lipstick or gloss and draw just over the outer line of the lower lip and the cupid’s bow. By doing so, you’ll make your lips look fuller and more youthful.
Use sun protection
If you want to keep your skin looking youthful, it’s essential to wear sunscreen. Even if you live in a cloudy climate (like the UK!), the sun can cause a significant amount of damage to your skin. While a facelift might be able to resolve premature ageing caused by exposure to the sun, it can’t fix other types of damage. When you spend time in the sun, you increase your risk of developing skin cancer, which is why it’s so important to use sunscreen whenever you’re out and about. By applying a dedicated sunscreen or using products with SPF, you can keep your skin safe and youthful.
Smile as often as you can
If you want a sure-fire way to look younger, smile! Many people feel self-conscious about their smile, which prevents them from showing off their best feature. When you’re smiling, laughing and having fun, it can take years off your appearance. A genuine smile is always your best accessory and it will boost your confidence too.
Exfoliate your skin
If you don’t already exfoliate your skin as part of your beauty regime, it’s time to start. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and debris from the skin, which allows the youthful skin underneath to be revealed. With regular exfoliation, you can enjoy a firmer, glowing complexion. However, don’t be tempted to over-exfoliate as this can cause unnecessary damage. If you want to switch to something more intensive, try a glycolic acid or salicylic acid peel to enhance your skin and erase fine lines.
As you get older, your body produces less collagen. This means that your skin will lose its elasticity over time, which can result in sagging and drooping. To prevent this, you’ll want to increase collagen production and choose products that contain added collagen. Facial massage can be a great way to boost collagen production, so book yourself a spa treatment or pampering session now.
When you’re dehydrated, it always shows in your skin. If your skin looks dull, flaky or dry, it could be a sign that your body’s hydration levels are too low. Most adults should drink around two litres of water a day, so try increasing your water intake if your skin is looking lacklustre. When you consume more water, you’ll notice that your skin looks plumper and feels firmer, which will automatically make you look younger.
Use colour correctors
When choosing make-up, it’s important to select products that work with your skin’s natural undertones. However, colour correctors are also a great way to give you the coverage you need whilst hiding any imperfections. If you have dark circles under your eyes, for example, an apricot colour corrector will hide the blue tinge and make you look bright-eyed. Alternatively, try a green colour corrector if you want to banish redness under the eyes or on the cheeks.
Embrace bold eyebrows
If your eyebrows are thinning, fill them in with a pencil or powder. Thick, bold eyebrows give your face definition and can help you to look younger. If you don’t want to spend time recreating the perfect arch every day, consider semi-permanent make-up instead. With regular top-ups, you can enjoy fuller, bolder brows with minimal hassle.
Maintaining a youthful appearance
Once you find the right range of products and techniques to suit your skin, maintaining a youthful appearance is easier than you think. Whether you’re starting to notice fine lines, you’re fed up of seeing dark circles under your eyes or you want to prevent hyperpigmentation, the right combination of treatments, products and techniques can help you to banish the signs of ageing and maintain a youthful appearance.