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Creme or powder? Ways to look youthful without surgery

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Is there any way to look younger without undergoing plastic surgery?

As we get older, our skin becomes less taut, age spots begin to appear and fine lines multiply. This isn’t something we want to get worse over time, so we do everything possible to stop early signs of aging.

Products that used to work for us may not have the same effect anymore. We’ll need to exfoliate our skin more frequently, switch to creamy cleanser, begin using a rich and thick moisturizer, and even tweak our makeup.

Some go to extremes to fight aging, like seeking Botox injections or getting plastic surgery. These may offer a quick fix, but may not necessarily turn out well for everyone.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen  people who look great after these treatments, but I think if you begin to depend on them too much (or undergo them so many times), things can make a turn for the worse.

Choosing the au naturel path may not get you fast results but will keep you looking young, minus the risk that comes with invasive surgery.

Try these tips to maintain that youthful appearance.

Exfoliate more often

Mature skin doesn’t shed cells as quickly and new ones don’t grow as fast, so skin tends to look dull and tired. Speed up skin renewal by exfoliating once a week. Look for a facial scrub with soft, tiny granules, but make sure it doesn’t leave your skin raw. You want to remove only dead skin cells, not your skin’s outermost layer.

Don’t forget the rest of your body: Try using Jericho SPA Energizing Salt Scrub. The scrub is derived from the Dead Sea so its minerals are said to nourish skin while exfoliating it.

Use sunscreen every day

It’s a known fact—excessive sun exposure hastens aging. We can attribute age spots, wrinkles and uneven skin to harmful UV rays. We get exposed to it every day, which is why we should never forget to leave the house without sunscreen.

Apply L’Oreal Paris UV Perfect BB Max under your makeup to get SPF 50+ protection. If you have dark spots or sun damage you want to erase, use Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector.

Moisturize

One of the most important things you need to do to look youthful is to moisturize. And not just any product will do; you’ll need a thicker formulation that will nourish skin. Use a light cream during the day and a heavy moisturizer at night to keep skin continuously hydrated.

Crème vs powder?

Makeup can age us if we’re not careful. Powders tend to make skin look dry, which makes crème makeup a better option. A creamy foundation, eye shadow and lipstick will all work well for you.

Also, it is a good idea to stay away from black eyeliner and instead use liner in charcoal, brown and navy. Black liner may look too harsh and can draw more attention to fine lines and wrinkles. Try Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner to get a smudge-free line.

Got a beauty question? Email the author at ask.kellymisa@gmail.com.


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