No matter your age, seeing the first signs of ageing in the mirror can really do a number on a person’s self-esteem. Of course, while ageing is inevitable (no one can turn back the clock), that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to rein it in. Here are 10 sneaky ways to reverse-age yourself!
1. Don’t over-pluck your brows!
Sleek, over-plucked brows may have been all the rage, but fuller brows are regarded as a sign of youth. If you’ve already tweezed your eyebrows within an inch of their lives, don’t fret – you can always opt to fill in sparse areas with an eyebrow pencil, or a semi-permanent option such as eyebrow embroidery.
2. Ditch ill-fitting clothes
A well-cut dress or suit can make anyone seem younger and more put together; don’t be afraid to invest in good-quality staples for your wardrobe! If tailoring isn’t something you want to splurge on, try going to your local dry-cleaner’s or making use of in-store alteration services to do inexpensive alterations to existing pieces.
3. Avoid peachy nails
Opaque pink or peach nail polish can cause your skin to look washed out and make you appear older. Instead, opt for a sheer glossy white or a creamy pink-and-white combo to brighten your look.
4. Avoid matching from top-to-toe
When everything you’re wearing matches, it can look like you’re putting in too much effort to keep up with trends, making you seem older (imagine top-to-bottom denim!). Instead, try building your look with neutral accessories and a statement piece.
5. Don’t over-cleanse your skin
Stripping your skin of its natural oils with harsh treatments can cause your skin to age prematurely. Opt for gentler cleansers and always remember to replenish the moisture lost afterwards by using serums and moisturisers.
6. Don’t cake on the foundation
Applying heavy makeup can seem like the solution to cover up any flaws, but too much makeup can make your skin look dull. Instead, just highlight your brows and cheekbones.
7. Don’t limit yourself to “age-appropriate” clothing styles
Dressing your age isn’t always a bad thing, but for older women, it often means sticking to unflattering silhouettes that can make them seem frumpy. Don't be afraid to be adventurous when it comes to fashion – if it looks and feels good, wear it!
8. Sleep more
A lack of sleep means the body has less time to repair and renew damaged cells, and can lead to premature ageing. If you simply can’t sleep, try sticking to a regular bedtime routine, or investing in soothing sleep aids like lavender oil or GABA to coax your mind into restfulness.
9. Avoid lining from corner to corner
Dark makeup can emphasis dark eye circles and shadowing. Instead, keep the under-eye light with concealer, and choose waterproof eyeliner formulas to avoid smudging over the course of the day.
10. Go lighter on the alcohol
Although a dazzling cocktail or glass of wine may be at the end of a long day, the dehydrating effects of alcohol can make you look older and more tired. If you do drink, be sure to drink plenty of water afterwards.
Using these tips can help you cheat time and stay looking youthful for longer without having to settle for any Faustian deals! Of course, practicing healthy nutrition and regular exercise will help to keep the body in a constant state of renewal, thereby minimising the effects of ageing!