We all want to look great as we age. And we all know that woman: She’s on point from head to toe and carries herself like she means it, defying aging with every step. So what’s she doing? Here’s how to take care of your skin, hair, and body, and drum up youth-boosting confidence no matter how many birthday candles are on your cake.
They skip the fancy skincare routine
Cut through the anti-aging aisle and focus on three products. “If you use a sunscreen, retinoid, and moisturizer starting at age 20, your skin will look much younger compared to someone who didn’t use them,” says New York City dermatologist Lance Brown, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine. Applying SPF every morning is a must, along with keeping cells plump and hydrated with moisturizer.
Retinoids are where the magic happens, says Dr. Brown. Dermatologists consistently recommend them because the vitamin A derivative essentially teaches your skin to act young again, stimulating the collagen that prevents fine lines, he says.
They get a move on
Whatever your motivation to work out—feeling good, blowing off stress, losing weight—you can add one more to the list: staying young. In a study on older adults, those who exercised functioned physiologically similar to younger people. So it keeps you young on the inside, but what about the outside? “Your skin is the largest organ in your body and the only one you can see. Anything that’s good for your body is good for your skin,” he says.
While you may have heard warnings that certain workouts (namely running) can cause wrinkles and sagging from the up-and-down motion, Dr. Brown says that’s not the case. Whatever you love doing—whether that’s running, spinning, or lifting—keep on doing it.
They don’t hide behind makeup
If you have wrinkles, brown spots, and bags, you’re probably tempted to slap on a thick coat of foundation and powder all over your face. That technique backfires, says celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff. “Makeup can’t completely cover aging. More is not more,” she says. Translation: don’t cake it on, but rather build it by layering. She likes starting off with a blurring primer (like L’Oreal RevitaLift Miracle Blur, $19; amazon.com) to disguise the signs of discoloration and hyperpigmentation. Top it off with a liquid foundation (it doesn’t settle into lines like heavier cream formulations, which is best for mature skin), dust your T-zone with translucent powder, and finish with a cream blush for a youthful, healthy glow.
They tend to their hands
Your face and hands are two body parts that get the most sun. But since you’re busy slathering on moisturizers and anti-aging products on your face, your complexion may look young while your hands betray that with brown spots and wrinkles. The same exact products you use for your face can go on your hands, says Dr. Brown. So when you use a retinoid at night, rub a small amount to the backs of your hands. After slathering on a good SPF moisturizer in the morning, do the same for your hands. You get the drill.
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