Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Being smart about looking younger

So, Prevention (great site, great mag!) has this list of 100 Ways to Look Younger, organized into six categories -- body, eyes, face, hair, hands and smile.  

Now, I don't know about you, but that seems like an awfully daunting number: On a regular  basis, I can stick to about 20 beauty routines and regimens, tops.  So, I've browsed through the list and pulled out 10 tips that make the most sense to me, for me. It's a worthy exercise for anyone. 

Here are my Top 10, in the order they appear on the list:

1. Use a puffy sponge with your body gel or soap; the air-pumped foam lets you use less skin-drying detergent as you wash. 

2. Wear V-neck tops to flatter the chest area and draw the eye upward. 

3. Use olive or canola oil in your salad dressing, which help the body better absorb skin-boosting carotenoids and vitamin E found in leafy greens and veggies. 

4. Just one more reason to eschew sugar: It helps break down the skin, decreasing firmness and elasticity, thus causing wrinkles and dullness. 

5. Count to 60 (seconds) when you wash your face, to massage the skin as well as eliminate makeup, pollutants and bacteria, and come out with a healthy glow. 

6.  Bangs are a middle-aged girl's best friend!  They enhance the eyes and  hide forehead creases. 

7. Have your hair cut into layers, especially around the face -- it adds flattering fullness and bounce. 

8. Products designed for the face (creams, sunblocks, etc.) are just as good for the hands, so squirt a little extra when you're doing your face and use it on your hands, too. 

9. Here's an easy, inexpensive way to whiten teeth: Brush on a combo of 1 teaspoon baking powder and a drop or two of hydrogen peroxide, let sit for a few minutes, rinse, and spit out. 

10. Smile!  It's an instantaneous mood- and face-lifter, making you look years younger. 

Happy beauty-hunting!! 

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