Ten Simple Tricks to Not Look Old

10 Simple Tricks to Not Look Old

People who meet me always think that I am younger than I really am. I don’t feel 43 years old and I have no desire to look that old. I refuse to grow old gracefully and I plan to fight it every step of the way. Over the years I have found some great products and learned some simple tricks to prevent unnecessary signs of aging, the biggest being to stay out of the sun.

None of these are earth shattering or that difficult to do, and I’m sure some of them you have already heard of, but they really do work. So here is a simple list to share with you for how I fight Mother Nature.

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  1. Grow some bangs. Brow lines are unavoidable and can cause you to look perpetually angry. Just the day to day action of speaking and expressing yourself is going to give you brow lines. True, you can Botox the heck out of your forehead and lose the ability to raise your eyebrows, or you can simply have your hair dresser give you some fringe to hide those pesky lines. Bonus, bangs are cheaper and less painful than seasonal injections of poison into your forehead.
  1. Drink lots of water. Dehydration causes your face to look ashy, drawn, and gives you a lovely case of dark raccoon eyes. I’m not going to tell you to drink eight glasses a day because not everyone has the time to pee every half an hour, but definitely drink as much as you can. I carry a refillable water bottle with me every day. It holds 22 ounces and I try to drink three bottles full a day. Lots of water also helps to detoxify your skin which helps with blemishes.
  1. Argon Oil. One of the big things I notice as I turned 40 was that just using a good lotion wasn’t enough anymore. Aging causes huge changes in skin. Not only do you need to replenish lost moisture, but you need to replenish lost oils. I was also suffering from a return of pimples and breakouts like I had back in high school. It seemed crazy to be using wrinkle cream and zit cream at the same time. Changing hormones, however, will cause your skin to react differently to products you have used forever. An article in More magazine told me about Argon Oil and its ability to fight aging and acne. After giving it a try I now swear by the stuff. At bedtime each night after cleansing and removing my make-up I apply several ArganOil_Traveldrops of 100% pure Argon Oil to my face and gently rub it in. Then I apply my Olay Regenerist Serum on top of that as well as my eye cream. In the morning my skin is plump and my acne has since disappeared.

I also use Argon Oil on the ends of my hair. Skin isn’t the only thing to dry out with age. Hair tends to become finer and a bit brittle. While my hair is still damp from washing a few drops of Argon Oil are rubbed into the ends. It keeps hair healthy and protects against heat damage.

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  1. Hair, Skin & Nails. I started taking these dietary supplements about four months ago. I can honestly say my hair is growing faster and my nails are stronger. Luckily for me Costco sells these in bulk so I get them cheaper than at the drug store. Regardless of where you buy them, they are worth the money.
  1. Exfoliate. As we age our skin cells don’t renew as quickly as they used to so it becomes up to us to slough off the dead stuff. The trick here is to not be too harsh because over exfoliating can be worse than not exfoliating. I really like using Alba Botanicals Pineapple Scrub once a week and then doing a Juice Beauty Apple Peel for Sensitive Skin once a week. It’s just enough to keep my skin fresh without causing irritation.

Alba Pineapple Scrub Juice Beauty

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  1. Eyelid Primer. As we age our skin becomes thinner. Suddenly veins and capillaries that weren’t noticeable before start to show up. Not only will a good eye primer help your eye shadow stay in place all day but it will conceal those nasty little purple and blue lines that are now there to stay.

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  1. Concealer. You have probably been using a concealer under your eyes for years, but don’t forget to conceal around your nostrils. As we age the skin around our nose becomes redder and adds a shadow to your face. So when you swipe your concealer make sure to go under the eye, around the nostrils, and I even add a dot to my chin because I get redness there as well.
  1. Retinols and Sunscreen. Retinols are the best product on the market right now for fighting wrinkles, age spots, and dullness. As awesome as retinols are, however, they actually make you more susceptible to UV rays from the sun. So make sure you are using a product that has both in it. Nothing will age you faster than sun exposure! I love my Roc Retinol Day Cream with SPF 30. I use it every morning and let it soak in while I fix my hair. Then I apply my make-up as usual.
  1. Think Pink. What do you notice when you look at little kids or teenage girls? It’s those rosy cheeks and that youthful glow. Sure, a red pout can look sultry, and a smoky eye can look very dramatic, but if you are going for everyday youthfulness soft pinks are the way to go. No one does pink better than Angie Harmon. In her 40’s she is stunning.

Angie Harmon in Pink Naked 3a

  1. Pluck those eyebrows. I can think of no better way to spend $10 than to have your brows professionally done. I swear it is an instant and natural facelift. A perfect arch seems to raise your entire forehead and by removing those stray hairs from your lids it makes for a fresh and open eye. Plus, once they are done you can maintain it yourself for a month or two just following the line the professional created.

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Bonus Tip

  1. Don’t turn yourself into a lion. I am not against plastic surgery. If I were to suddenly develop a turkey gobbler neck or hooded eyelids that literally drooped over my eyes I’d sign up right away to have that fixed. But let’s be totally honest, most women look better before plastic surgery than they do after. It is just too easy to recognize the tight drawn lion face, the bloated, over stuffed lip injections, and those expressionless faces you see on any one of the Housewives of Blah Blah City on Bravo. Don’t do it ladies!

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I hope you enjoyed reading my tips. Feel free to share any you have below!

~Tina
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