Skincare & Makeup Mistakes That Are Aging You

When it comes to aging, most of us are looking for ways to look and feel younger without having to take drastic measures. Turns out that a few simple skincare, makeup, and hair tweaks can help you shave off 10 years or more. I stopped by Good Morning America this morning to discuss bad beauty habits that are prematurely aging you. Read the text below and check out the video here.

What’s Aging You: Dark hair color

As we age, our complexion becomes more dull and sallow, so the wrong hair color can wash you out and age you prematurely.

How to Snap Back and Look Younger:

Opt for warmer hair tones like light brown, caramel, or ash brown instead of flat, super dark color. Subtle highlights are also an effective way to look more youthful while also masking greys.

What’s Aging You: Drinking out of a straw

When you purse your lips too much that can cause lip lines or smoker’s lines to form.

How to Snap Back and Look Younger:

Drink out of a cup or glass instead.

*What’s Aging You: Your hairstyle

Your face naturally loses volume as you age and straight or super long hair can make your face look long and skinny.

How to Snap Back and Look Younger:

Get a cut that has layers. The key is to get a cut that provides volume, movement, and bounce,

What’s Aging You: Thin brows

Thin, sparse brows do a terrible job of framing the face and can cause you to look outdated.

How to Snap Back and Look Younger: 

Let your brows grow or fill in sparse sections with a brow pencil or brow wax.

What’s Aging You: Yellow, brittle nails

How to Snap Back and Look Younger:

Use conditioning treatments to repair cracks, diminish yellowing cause by nail polishes, and to fill in dents. For an all-natural solution, rub a lemon slice over your nails for about 10 seconds each and let the juice sit on your nails for up to 10 minutes before you rinse it off.

What’s Aging You: Washing your face with hot water

Hot water can be very drying. It can also compromise your skin’s protective barrier which may lead to redness or irritation over time.

How to Snap Back and Look Younger:

Use cold water or lukewarm water if you can’t handle cold water.

What’s Aging You: Discolored, stained, yellow teeth

How to Snap Back and Look Younger:

Use an at-home whitening toothpaste or light-based whitening treatment to get rid of wine, coffee, and soda stains.

What’s Aging You: Washing Your Face Too often

Washing your skin more than once a day can lead to dehydration and this can make wrinkles more visible. Opt for a hydrating cream cleanser like this one from ZO Skin Health. This hydrating skin cleanser hydrates and rejuvenates skin while helping to maintain and protect the skin’s natural barrier. It’s also amazing for people with sensitive skin because it doesn’t dry or irritate the skin.

How to Snap Back and Look Younger:

Wash your skin gently just once a day using a creamy, gentle face wash and lukewarm water. Of course, you should bend this rule if you’re working out.

MAKEUP AGERS

What’s Aging You: Dark lipstick & Mismatched Lip Liner

Dark and matte colors make lips appear dry and thin

How to Snap Back and Look Younger:

Use light, sheer colors and a lip liner that matches your lipstick

What’s Aging You: Shimmery makeup

This look doesn’t work well for mature women.

How to Snap Back and Look Younger:

Stick to blushes, glosses, and bronzers that don’t have glitter or shiny particles.

What’s Aging You: Heavy, dark eyeliner

This makes your eye appear closer together and smaller

How to Snap Back and Look Younger:

If you usually wear black, opt for dark brown liner or apply gel liner with a very thin brush. Avoid lining the bottom part of your eye. It just makes eye appear smaller.

What’s Aging You: Wearing too much blush

How to Snap Back and Look Younger:

Wear blush sparingly and opt for a cream blush instead of a powder blush. Only apply it to the apples of your cheek.

*What’s Aging You: Setting your makeup with powder

The powder can collect in your creases and lines and make you look older.

How to Snap Back and Look Younger:

Use a setting spray to keep your face shine-free.

What’s Aging You: Using too much concealer under your eye

How to Snap Back and Look Younger:

Instead of using a concealer and powder (which can look cakey and collect in fine lines) try a color corrector to get rid of dark under eye circles. This typically does a better job of getting rid of dark circles.

What’s Aging You: Setting your makeup with powder

The powder can collect in your creases and lines and make you look older.

How to Snap Back and Look Younger:

Use a setting spray to keep your face shine-free.

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