Preserve a youthful complexion by avoiding these beauty blunders and anti aging mistakes!
1. Drinking Coffee
It’s not just what you put on your body, but what you put in body that can seriously affect your appearance. Research suggests that drinking coffee may help to prevent diabetes or lower the risk of liver disease, however caffeine also acts like a diuretic and prevents you from holding on to water, so you skin can get dry and washed out. Try replacing coffee with green and black tea.
Staying fit and supple is essential to avoiding health issues such as weight gain, diabetes and heart disease. But as we age, the wrong exercise can actually be damaging to our bodies. Over exerting our bodies can expose joints to extreme forces, make injuries more likely. Instead of skipping exercise altogether try more simple exercises. Yoga is excellent for pain relief it helps improve muscle and body strength, plus it relieves stress.
3. Skipping Sunscreen
As we age it’s more important than ever to protect our skin from the sun’s rays. Getting the right amount of Vitamin D is important, however without the correct protection, sun damage can lead to wrinkles, dark spots and pigment changes. When purchasing sunscreen, select from cream that protects against UVA rays as well as UVB, as these can lead to skin cancer.
4. The Wrong Foundation
Often it can be difficult adjusting to new beauty routine, it’s easy to stick to what we know. Cosmetics have a sell by date and so we should be changing up our products every few months. This becomes even more important as out skin ages; make up can add years onto your face if used incorrectly. Switch powder based foundations for cream formulas as powders tend to sit in creases around the face. Primers used pre-foundation for a smooth youthful finish also make a huge difference to complexions.
5. Dark Eyes
Dark, dramatic eyes are harder to pull off as you age and it’s tempting to overcompensate for thinning lashes with lots of make up. However, in this instance, less is more. Heavy eye makeup will actually accentuate these problems. Always use make up to age gracefully, so don’t be afraid to ditch the beauty regime from your twenties and adapt to enhancing how your features look now. Opt for natural matte shadows as metallic shades are more likely to settle into creases around the eyelids and swap thick black liquid eyeliner for a kohl pencil on the top and bottom lashes.[adinserter block=”1″]
6. Deep Lips
Choosing a lipstick that’s too dark will make your lips appear smaller. As you age, you lose definition in your lips, so to appear more fresh-faced, you’ll want to wear a lipstick that adds fullness. Select from pink or nude tones instead, with a layer of lip gloss for added volume. For deep reds and berry shades avoid matte textures as they tend to sit flat on your lips. Try a tinted lip balm or sheer cream gloss.
Cosmetic surgery has been proven to work wonders, however, for some botox or lip plumping can look false and unnatural – ageing gracefully is key. Instead try formulas such as SKN’s Instant Eye Lift and Face Lift products. These creams help preserve cell vitality and slow down the appearance of ageing around the eyes. Gentle tightening agents sooth the skin to help reduce dark circles and puffiness, whilst antioxidants help to prevent environmental damage.
8. An Unflattering Haircut
A flattering cut can make all the difference to maintaining a youthful appearance. Avoid wearing your hair too long. As we age, hair will naturally become weaker and so prone to more damage; shorter layered cuts frame the face and prevent you from looking drawn.
9. Inconsistent Sleep Patterns
Not getting enough sleep can be detrimental to your health. Although it varies from person to person, studies suggests that on average healthy adults need between seven and a half to nine hours of sleep per night. If you struggle with winding down at night try to avoid activities that strain your eyes such as reading or looking at mobile phone and tablet screens. Instead, a hot bath with lavender oils or a 15 minutes yoga session will help you to relax for a longer nights sleep.
10. Poor Dental Health
As we age, the enamel of the teeth can start to become weaker and more prone to problems. Following a healthy diet, brushing and flossing at least twice a day, plus regular visits to the dentist can make all the difference to the way our teeth age. Following a good oral routine is essential for a youthful smile. Discolouration is also a problem due to daily wear and tear. Ask your dentist about the various teeth whitening treatments available or invest in a teeth whitening toothpaste.
Words by Araminta Pender
Based in Surrey, UK, Araminta Pender writes mainly on fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Araminta is also Beauty Editor of women’s magazine, Amor. She hold a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Royal Holloway, University of London.