Secrets for a More Youthful Appearance

The unfortunate truth in modern society is that you will rarely find a woman who looks forward to aging. From a sociological standpoint, this belief is deeply rooted in the patriarchal world that we live in. When we look good, we feel good, so from a psychological standpoint, we want to stay looking young for as long as possible.

If you are in your 20s like me, you probably put anti-aging on the backburner because being 20 to 29 is still young; you probably don't have to worry about anti-aging for at least 20 to 30 more years. The sad fact of the matter, though, is that from our mid-20s, we begin to age. At around 25 years of age, fine lines start to appear, your skin starts losing elasticity, and you may even start to notice the odd gray hair. I'm pushing 25, and these symptoms are already showing up for me even though I started taking countermeasures against aging when I turned 20.

While there is nothing wrong with the signs of aging, they can make us feel self-conscious, and many women resort to cosmetic surgery to correct these signs. However, if the thought of going under the knife terrifies you like it does me, here are some alternative countermeasures:

Hone your makeup application skills
If you aren't smart about how you wear your makeup, you can make yourself look older. That's why it's important that, when it comes to makeup application, you know the best tricks for looking more youthful.

Before applying makeup, always pop on some moisturizer first to hydrate and plump the skin. To mask dark circles and bags, pat on a small amount of yellow-toned concealer. To fill in any fine lines and blur imperfections, pop on some primer before applying foundation. When it comes to the foundation itself, don't overdo it, or you'll make yourself look older than you are. If possible, use an illuminating foundation as this will help give your skin a fresh, dewy look. Last but not least, open up your eyes by curling your lashes, using light shadow, and highlighting the corners and lower lash line.

Put a good skin care routine in place
Although makeup helps mask the signs of aging, it is also notorious for causing them, especially if you don't take it off each night. That's why it's crucial that you get into a routine as soon as possible. Your nightly routine should start with cleansing and toning and should be followed by moisturizing. Aim only to use natural products as the chemicals found in some beauty brands can also cause premature aging.

The most important part of your skin care routine is moisturizing as this is your main line of defense against wrinkles. Ideally, this should be with a face cream that specifically targets aging. The best anti-aging creams tend to contain collagen and elastin or retinol. For a good face cream, Clarins carries a wrinkle remover you will love. It might be on the pricier end, but the results make it worth it.

Beautify your teeth
Our teeth are exposed to a lot. Especially if you don't take proper care of them, your mouth can carry more (bad) bacteria than your toilet! Over time, too, your teeth often become stained. Yellow teeth make you look older than you are, so it's important to take the time to whiten them. You can do this at home with a DIY whitening kit, or you can visit a cosmetic dentist.

For professional results, it's best to see a cosmetic dentist. The great thing about getting your teeth whitened is that, even when done by a specialist, the treatment isn't that expensive, so if you want to look more youthful without breaking the bank like cosmetic surgery would do, teeth whitening is definitely worth looking into.

What are some of your anti-aging secrets?

What are your thoughts on the social stigma that women aren't allowed to age?

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