Can people really tell you your real age by just looking at you? And who said that you need to look your age? You need to act like it but its definitely okay not to look like it. You can defy the effects of aging by doing a few simple tricks and lifestyle tweaks; after all, don’t they always say that age is nothing but a number? In fact, a research team from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis recently published the results of a study which states that there are a number of different factors that should go into age determination than how long you’ve been able to live in this planet.

There are different things that you can do to keep your skin and complexion radiantly glowing and healthy regardless of your age. Andrea Robinson is the former head of beauty for the luxury fashion and beauty brand Ralph Lauren and Tom Ford. She is also
the author of “Toss the Gloss: Beauty Tips and Tricks for Women 50+” and now shares her take on what anti-aging products really work and gives make up tips that are guaranteed to take years off your face.

1. Choose and use the right skin care products.

When scouting for skin care products, you should be looking for three powerful ingredients that can help in making your skin look fresh and skin. First, check the labels of the products for antioxidants like vitamin C which can help brighten your skin pigments. Second, look for retinoids—it increases the cell turnover and facilitates skin cell renewal. Third, look for products with alpha hydroxy acid exfoliator. This helps eliminate dead skin cells.

2. Wear your sunscreen every day.

Wear your sunscreen no matter the weather, meaning,
everyday. It doesn’t matter if it’s humid outside and 90 degrees, or windy and chilly: sunscreen is always a must. If you haven’t added this to your beauty routine, then you better start now. If you must know, sun damage is no simple matter—it can damage
your skin which can lead to premature aging, wrinkles, and can definitely leave you prone to having skin cancer. Use one that is atleast SPF 30 but do not blow your money into getting anything that has over 50 SPF since there are very little evidences that proves that higher SPFs provide more skin protecting benefits.

3. Go easy on the foundation.

Using heavy foundation tends to settle on the rough and scaly areas/patches on the face. What’s more effective when you age is using a rather transparent moisturizing foundation or it can also be a tinted moisturizer. Robinson suggests the use of a primer
before putting on a foundation as it makes the foundation easier to apply by rolling smoothly into facial lines and pores. It can also hide dark eye circles and makes your make-up last longer.

4. Fake that healthy glow

There is one way to get that glow on safely: a gradual self-tanner. When you age, nothing beats getting a little healthy glow on the face and body. With gradual build, you’ll notice only a very minimal amount of blotchiness, streaking, and build-ups on soles, ankles and knuckles. When it comes to your face, a cream blush can be used to give your complexion a boost. Cream blushes can easily blend to the rough patches or lines of the face. Use your fingers and apply in a circular motion then blend the edges.

5. Veer yourself away from the glitter.

Glitter and shimmer can make your wrinkles and fine lines more noticeable. Bright and bold-colored eyeshadows that glimmer will not look very flattering on skin or eyelids that are already showing tiny lines or rough patches. The most forgiving and youthful options for lids may have to be dark shades in combination with lighter neutrals. Also, instead of using liquid eyeliners which tend to emphasize the delicate fine skin that surrounds your eyes, opt for a soft pencil liner which can be smudged later on.

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