If you want to figuratively turn back time in regard to your appearance, here is some really great news: there are a number of relatively simple things you can do to look years younger.
As a bonus, none of these tips will break the bank or take up a ton of time. Here’s how to look more youthful, no matter what your birth date may be:
1. Choose Colorful Clothing
If you adore the monochromatic look of gray, navy or black tops, pants and shoes, you might want to re-think at least some of your daily clothing choices. Wearing clothes in colors like coral red, mint green and lemon yellow can all help you to look younger. Pair a cheery yellow top with your usual gray pants or opt for a lovely red dress with black or navy shoes. Another way to appear more youthful is with accessories in bold colors—if you really prefer to stick with your all-neutral tones, adding a bright scarf, colorful necklace or geometric pin can work wonders.
2. Take Really Good Care of Your Skin
Another effective way to look younger is to be religious about your skincare routine. Rather than having your head hit the pillow at night with your makeup still on, take the time to properly wash your face with a gentle cleaner and then apply moisturizers or a serum to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The benefits of a vitamin C serum include hydrating the skin, which in turn can make wrinkles and fine lines appear less noticeable. Skin that is cared for in this way will give off a more youthful glow and allow you to look years younger.
3. Make Gray Hair Look Great
If you have gray hair and want to embrace your beautiful new color (instead of constantly going in to the salon to color it), be sure your shampoo is one that will accentuate the gray and make it look shiny and gorgeous. For example, Clairol’s Shimmer Lights line is formulated especially for gray hair, and will help neutralize any yellow or brassy tones.
4. Moisturize Your Hands and Feet
Nothing will make you look older than wrinkled hands or dry feet. Apply the same moisturizers you use on your face to your hands and, if you don’t mind sleeping in gloves, slather on a layer of a petroleum jelly-based product to your hands before going to bed. Do the same to your feet as well before bed, paying close attention to any areas with callouses or that are cracked. Wear socks to keep the jelly on and from staining your sheets, and your feet should look better and more youthful in no time.
5. Choose a Medium Length Hairstyle
Some women contend that when they reach a certain age, they have to go with a super short hairstyle. This is not necessarily true—but if you want a short hairdo, opt for a shaggy cut that is easy to manage and still stylish. Or, go for a medium-length haircut that falls right below your collarbone. Ask your stylist to add in some layers for added fullness, but be sure you can still pull it back in a ponytail or “messy” bun, both of which are very youthful ways to style your hair.
Enjoy Your More Youthful Appearance
While there is absolutely nothing wrong with growing older, there is no reason why you have to look a certain age. By adding color to your wardrobe and moisturizers to your hands, feet and face, you will definitely look a lot younger, all without spending a ton of money.