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11 Ways To Look A Decade Younger

As a person ages, so too do their bodies. Grey hair, wrinkles, and age spots are all tell-tale signs of aging. Aging is inevitable and cannot be reversed.

And the reality is that your outward appearance can also affect your outlook on life. The good news is that the aging process could be slowed down, enabling you to age gracefully.

Remember it all starts with you and within you. The more you look after yourself, the better your aging process will be.

11 Ways To Look A Decade Younger:

1. Change Your Hairstyle

Few people realize the power of a hairstyle. A hairstyle can make you look older or younger. It can frame your face and accentuate your features.

Perhaps it’s time to head to the salon to make that much-needed change to not only help boost your confidence but help you look decades younger. Here are some of the hairstyles that you should consider.

Asymmetrical Bangs 

Wrinkles on the forehead can be readily visible, especially if you have a long forehead. Asymmetrical bangs will cover those forehead lines and help accentuate the cheekbones. Laying the bangs is an added style benefit to the face, drawing attention to the eyes.

Loose Waves

Hair that is pin straight puts the center focus on your face, bringing all those facial lines to the forefront. Instead of trying to conceal them, it highlights them. Loose waves not only frame your face but also help give the hair much more volume and texture, considering that the aging process can also cause hair to look less voluminous. 

Perimeter layers cut in straight lines are highly recommended, which helps mask the sagging jawline.

Curly Bob

Chin-length hair with curls has a lifting effect on your face; some may call it a non-surgical facelift. Instead of dragging the eyes down, as in the case of long hair, a curly bob helps camouflage facial imperfections. The curls also add some volume and bounce to your hair.

Short Hair

Hair that is too short can draw focus to every facial line. Instead of all-around cropping, focus on a cropped look on the back and a sleek, longer side sweep. The attention will then be taken off the facial lines and drawn to the side sweep. This type of hairstyle is a fantastic way to frame your face naturally.

As you age, hair follicles also tend to loosen, causing hair loss and thinning; hence a sleek cropped look can also make your hair look much healthier.

2. Freshen Up Your Look

A pigment called melanin is produced by the hair follicles responsible for our hair’s natural color. As you age, the melanin production is reduced, causing hair to lighten, becoming grey and eventually white.

The lighter the hair follicles, the more washed out you can look. The key to looking younger is not to opt for a darker hair color, a mistake many make. Instead, focus on embracing the transformation. Darkening the hair can only accentuate the facial lines. 

Choose colors like ashy, silver, blonde and platinum, copper, gold, honey, and caramel. The brightness of these colors will not only make you look younger but also draw the focus away from any complexion concerns like skin pigmentation.

3. Eat Healthy

Aging brings about hormonal changes, which adversely affect your metabolism. Lower metabolism can lead to weight gain. Foods high in carbs, processed sugars, and trans fats can ruin your figure and cause significant health issues.

A healthy balanced diet should include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fat-free milk, seafood, eggs, lean meats, beans, and legumes. These nutrients will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, making you look and feel more youthful while keeping your skin glowing.

4. Choose The Right Make Up

You can only achieve a picture-perfect look by selecting the proper foundation and camouflaging those fine lines. A flawless, radiant look can be achieved using a foundation that blends in with your natural skin tone. The wrong color foundation can change your skin color, removing a natural, youthful appearance.

A color corrector will help hide blemishes and under-eye circles. To soften fine lines and wrinkles, use a primer containing silicon. Complete the look with a setting powder or spray. The result should be getting the best coverage; Chanel liquid foundation seems to tick all the boxes.

You don’t want to feel like you have overdone your makeup; natural is best for more mature skin. You can achieve a younger and fresher look with pink and neutral color eye shadows.

Avoid frosted or shimmery shade lipsticks that will make wrinkles more visible. Pink and coral shades are more flattering. Matt lipsticks can also tend to dry out your lips. 

5. Invest In A Good Skin Care Routine

The production of sebum, known as oil-producing glands, is drastically reduced as you age, causing the skin to become dry and lose elasticity. Fine lines, skin discoloration, flaking of the skin, and cracks are a few of the effects that can add many years to your face.

Dark under-eye circles and puffiness are other tell-tale signs of aging due to the skin’s drop in collagen and elastin. Invest in a good skincare routine with a serum, eye cream, and sunscreen to hydrate your skin, reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and puffiness.

Moisturizing

Daily moisturizing with barrier protection is highly recommended as it creates a protective skin layer from the sun’s UV rays. Daily cleansing and exfoliation twice a week will help remove dead skin cells. Choose exfoliators containing hydroxy acids, which will increase cell turnover resulting in smoother, clearer skin.

6. Stay Hydrated 

Water is known as a miracle liquid, recommended by doctors worldwide. Beauty experts will agree that water can bring back your youth. Toxins can be flushed out from your body with a daily dosage of 8 cups of water, increasing your skin’s collagen. If your skin could speak, it would say goodbye to wrinkles and hello to hydration.

Besides the beauty of keeping you hydrated and glowing, water can also improve your physical performance, reducing fatigue—the added benefit of looking good and feeling refreshed and revitalized.

7. Minimize Stress And Have A Good Night’s Sleep

Stress is one of the significant contributors to speeding up the process of aging. Stress can lead to hair loss, greying of hair, and increased lines and wrinkles, not to mention the adverse health effects.

Breaking fragile capillaries under the eye due to stress can lead to dark under-eye circles. To maintain a youthful look, you want to manage your stress levels and reduce them effectively. Managing your time effectively, socializing, exercising, and eating a healthy diet can help reduce your stress levels. However, meditation is known to be the most effective.

Man Sleeping

Recommended sleep of 7-8 hours per day can also reduce stress levels and help reduce the signs of aging, especially under eye circles. Your daily dose of beauty sleep will contribute to a more youthful appearance.

8. Exercise

Exercise will help you maintain a good physique and open up your pores as you sweat, removing toxins. As you age, the metabolic rate slows down, making it difficult to lose weight. A good exercise routine will help you shed those kilos over time.

Exercise also increases elasticity, causing your skin to look radiant as it receives a fresh dose of oxygen.

Old man doing yoga
Old man doing yoga

9. Follow The Fashion Trends

Choose clothes that suit your body shape to maintain a youthful, classy look. Nothing is more distasteful than oversized clothes making you look decades older. Choose plain over bold textures for a slimmer appearance.

Skinny jeans will make you look slimmer and younger. Opt for fresh whites instead of black clothing; these tend to accentuate the dark under-eye shadows and wrinkles. Draw attention to your waist with a wide belt and tailored jacket.

The key to looking fashionably younger is remembering that simple, structured clothing is the most suitable. Stay away from big chunky jewelry that draws attention to the neck. Open necklines are more flattering than round necks.

10. Non-Surgical Procedures

There are many ways of getting the desired results of youthful skin, with less drastic steps, and that is through non-surgical procedures. Microdermabrasion and micro laser peels can help diminish the signs of wrinkles, fine lines, and the dreaded age spots. 

Painless non-surgical procedures like chemical peels can combat skin discoloration caused by sun exposure and melanin. Skin sagging with age and hollow areas under your cheekbones can also make you look older. 

The good news is that botox and derma fillers can give your skin the boost it needs with added collagen. 

11. Surgical Procedures

Surgery should be your last resort if you have exhausted trying all other resources. With increased technology, a plastic surgeon can transform your body, leaving you wrinkled-free and youthful.

Some of the below surgical procedures can make you look decades younger.

Facelift – Excess skin is removed or tightened to help smooth out wrinkles.

Blepharoplasty – A popular surgical treatment for eye bags, where excess skin is removed and tightened.

Liposuction– Procedure that removes excess fat from areas of the body like the stomach, neck, thighs, or arms.

Neck Lift – The excess skin around the neck is removed. 

Natural Vs. Surgery

I am sure you may ask, natural or surgery, which is a better option?

Here are some basic differences that may help guide you.

NaturalSurgery
Cost effectiveCan be costly
Results are achieved over time.Results can be achieved within a short time frame.
Natural is safer.There is a certain degree of risk involved.