Friday, January 20, 2012

Aging in Reverse

To Take Off 1 Year…Embrace Concealer

Concealer works wonders on blueish undereye circles, but it can also add a youthful evenness to your entire complexion. Because the skin gets thinner as you age, capillaries and veins become more visible—and downplaying those subtle imperfections can be key. Dab concealer on either side of your nose, on the inner and outer corners of your eyes, and around your mouth. You’ll look instantly younger and more well-rested. (Note: The writer of this piece swears by this. It works!)

To Take Off 5 Years…Get Bangs

You had bangs when you were five—why not give them a whirl when you’re 50? While most haircuts are designed to open up your face, the right bang will actually minimize the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles, according to celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend, who has worked with Reese Witherspoon and Cate Blanchett. He suggests trying ones that are shorter in the middle and longer towards the sides—see: Julianne Moore’s new bangs—to allow the focus to be on the prettiest parts of your face.

To Take Off 10 Years…Try a Laser Treatment

According to Jennifer Lopez’s dermatologist Tony Nakhla, an in-office fractional CO2 resurfacing treatment is the most effective anti-aging treatment for most women. “It removes the outer skin layers and allows for skin regeneration,” he says. Translation? Less wrinkles, a more even skintone, and new collagen synthesis. Yes, yes, and yes!

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