Improving skin tone, sun damage, or changing up your look are all worthy pursuits if you want to look younger. Whatever the case may be, there are many steps you can take to look years younger in almost no time at all. Not all of them require cosmetic surgery, although surgery could be an option too.
We've put together the following guide on how to have a huge impact on the way you look.
Change Your Hairstyle
Trying a new hairstyle is one of the simple things you can do to instantly look a decade younger. The stakes are low here, as hair can always grow back. So hair is the first place many women start when it comes to looking years younger.
If you've been wearing your hair the same way for years, it may be time for a change. But what hair styles make you look younger?
The style that suits you best while also making you look younger is going to vary from person to person. But there are a few looks that make almost everyone look older that you may want to avoid.
Best and worst styles for looking younger
Shorter haircuts—anything above the jawline—are flattering on many older women. However, if you're trying to look 10 years younger, you may want to avoid a shorter cut. But you don't want to go for hair that's too long and flat either.
The sweet spot for women who are trying to look younger is most likely going to be a medium length cut (anywhere from past the jaw to just below the shoulders) with enough shape or texture to look updated and stylish.
Hair color is another thing to consider. Adding highlights or other dynamic hair color like balayage is an easy way to look more youthful right away.
Find your hair inspo
You probably won't be hiring a celebrity hairstylist to make over your look. But if you look to the latest haircuts and styles coming out of Hollywood for inspiration, you can bring a photo in to have your stylist replicate the look.
Search Pinterest or fashion magazines to find the new look you want to try!
Improve Your Diet and Skin Health
Once you've figured out what to do with your hair, the next thing to do is address your diet. The benefits of improving your diet cannot be overstated when it comes to anti-aging.
Not only is eating healthy a natural way to improve your waistline, but you can also restore your skin health with some nutritional tweaking.
The importance of healthy eating on aging
As we age, what we eat becomes all the more important for many reasons including overall health. Ensuring you're getting proper nutrition can give you more energy too, which can lead to more activity and exercise which leads to improved muscle tone and posture—all important things when it comes to looking young.
Not too mention that when our bodies feel more energetic, we give off a natural youthful exuberance. Being youthful is not just about how we look, it's also about how we feel and act.
What to eat
One of the easiest ways to look younger is to improve your diet. By eating a healthy diet, you'll get more of the vitamins and minerals you need for healthy skin. Healthy fats, vitamin c, vitamin e, and good hydration all have major benefits for your skin.
Drinking plenty of water can help improve your complexion, too. In fact, when you hydrate the skin, you can actually reduce wrinkles and restore some of the elasticity in the skin.
If you want more youthful skin and appearance, steer clear of refined sugars, refined carbs, heavily processed foods, and fried foods. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies—locally sourced if you can to ensure ultimate freshness and fewer pesticides. Your body will thank you and you'll look 10 years younger in no time!
Increase Muscle Tone to Firm Up Sagging Skin
Another thing you can do to look younger is to spend more time exercising. When you exercise—especially strength training—you can firm up skin that has started to sag on your body.
You can tighten up skin on your torso and shoulders, or work on other areas of the body like arms or legs. When you eat well and exercise, you boost blood flow and give your body the balance it needs to recover a more youthful appearance.
How to start strength training
Strength training can be done at home with dumbbells or home training machines. Or it may be done at the gym with heavier equipment. If you're new to strength training, you can have a few sessions with a personal trainer at your local gym to get you started on a program.
If you hate the gym, buy some light dumbbells and follow along to some YouTube videos from home. Strength training can also be done with no equipment at all by doing body weight exercises like pushups, squats, and sit ups.
You can start with 20 minute sessions 2-3 times a week and work up. Be sure to rest at least one day between muscle groups (for example, alternating upper and lower body days).
No matter your age or fitness level, strength training is for you!
While the benefits of strength training cannot be overstated for health and looking younger, it is easy to injure yourself if you do too much too soon or use incorrect form—especially if you're older.
Consult with your doctor if you have any preexisting injuries or health conditions. Many patients have reinjured past injuries by doing too much too soon. If you're unsure if your form is correct, enlist a personal trainer to assist you.
Sagging skin from weight loss
If you have sagging skin due to weight loss, exercising is not likely to get rid of this. However, many patients have great success with surgery to remove excess skin.
If you're not ready for surgery, that doesn't mean you can't still benefit from a strength training program to help you stay healthy and energetic and improve your posture and appearance.
Get More Beauty Sleep
To look younger, our bodies need to get enough sleep to recover and heal. Sleep offers dozens of benefits when it comes to looking and feeling 10 years younger.
Sleep benefits for skin health
Your skin generates new collagen while you sleep. When you get adequate rest, it slows down the formation fine lines and wrinkle. A 2014 study published in Clinical Dermatology found that good sleepers showed fewer signs of aging, recovered faster from sunburns, and held hydration in their skin for longer.
Sleep benefits for stress and mental health
Sleep can also help bring down your stress levels. Nothing accelerates age quicker than stress, so sleeping is a crucial part of any anti-aging beauty plan. Better quality sleep can work wonders and shave years off your appearance.
According to an article in the scientific journal Sleep Science, sleep deprivation activates stress levels and stress and sleep deprivation are correlated with obesity, metabolic disorders, and disordered eating. So if you want to look and feel healthy and young, sleep is essential.
Consider sleep essential to your skincare and beauty routine. The importance of sleep cannot be overstated both for it's anti-aging benefits as well as its impact on your overall health and wellness.
Hot Sleep Tip: Try a Blissy Silk Pillowcase
To get the best sleep of your life and to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, try a Blissy silk pillowcase. Blissy has designed their signature silk pillowcases to help you get the best beauty sleep possible.
Anti-aging benefits of a Blissy silk pillowcase
Blissy keeps your skin hydrated
Cotton is highly absorbent and will suck moisture out of your skin. Skin especially loses water overnight as we don't have the chance to hydrate while we are asleep.
Blissy's proprietary tight weave is designed to keep moisture in your skin cells as you sleep while also allowing your skin to breathe. Keeping your skin hydrated is an important part of any anti-aging skincare routine.
Blissy helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles
Silk contains the protein sericin which helps heal damage caused by UV rays, which are responsible for up to 80% of photoaging, according to a study published in the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology.
Silk may also reduce pull on the skin as you sleep, decreasing the appearance of wrinkles over time.
Blissy is gentle on skin
Blissy is designed to create 43% less friction on your skin that cotton. This means that your skin will take on a smooth, even texture when you sleep on a Blissy pillowcase regularly.
Blissy is hypoallergenic
If you have sensitive skin, skin prone to irritation, or if you have skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, sleeping on a Blissy silk pillowcase is all the more important.
Blissy repels irritants and allergens that cotton pillowcases collect, so it protects your skin and keeps it safe from irritation.
Helping you get excellent quality sleep
Blissy is a simple way to improve your sleep quality. Blissy pillowcases are temperature regulating, so they help keep your body feeling cool and comfortable.
This helps you avoid overheating and sweating at night, leading to peaceful rest. Not too mention they are ultra-soft for even more added comfort!
If you're struggling with dry skin or premature aging, simply changing up your pillowcase could make a difference in your appearance.
Improve Your Makeup Skills
People are doing amazing things with makeup these days. If you've watched any YouTube or TikTok tutorials on makeup, or searched Pinterest or Instagram, you see makeup artists using new techniques and products to look younger.
But unlike a skincare routine, sometimes the latest makeup techniques seem too complicated and difficult to approach. But don't give up yet.
When you wear makeup in a way that suits you, it can update your appearance instantly. For glowing skin, you can use highlighters and serums, hydrating foundations, and other tools.
Learn when to use powder and when to avoid it, as sometimes powder can age you. Use concealer and foundation to hide age spots. To improve the texture of your skin, try a primer under your foundation.
The nice thing about primers is that they can minimize the appearance of pores and many contain sunscreen that will help you avoid sunburns and fine lines on the sensitive regions of your face, neck, and décolleté.
You can create your makeup look to be as natural or flamboyant as you'd like, too. It allows you to express the way you feel and gives you a more youthful appearance.
Makeup application is a skill, and one you can improve just like any other skill. So start small with one thing you want to learn, follow along with some online tutorials, and practice that skill until you feel confident.
You can build up your makeup arsenal and become more confident over time in using makeup to look younger.
Surgical and Nonsurgical Cosmetic Interventions
If you're really serious about anti-aging, don't mind some discomfort, and have a large budget, cosmetic procedures are a fast way to look 10 years younger fast.
Nonsurgical cosmetic procedures
Some anti-aging treatments that you can talk to a dermatologist about include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, IPL and PRP facials, dermal fillers, and more.
From Botox to medicated hyaluronic acid serums, there are many options you can try to smooth wrinkles and sagging skin in your neck, face, and other areas of your skin.
If you're looking for a more dramatic change, plastic surgeons can help you look a decade younger or help reverse parts of the aging process with cosmetic surgery.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with speaking to a board certified plastic surgeon about procedures to help you look younger if it is important to you.
Get a consultation so that a plastic surgeon can help you understand the process of what you're looking to get done or recommend the right procedures to help you age gracefully.
With the Right Plan, You Can Look Younger
As you've learned by now, there are a few simple things you can do to look 10 years younger in no time. Looking good includes things like using makeup, protecting yourself from sun exposure, and eating well. For a more invasive approach, there are also cosmetic procedures performed by a doctor.
No matter which direction you decide to go in to look younger, how you sleep at night needs to be a part of it. If you want to look younger, make sure you're not skimping on your beauty sleep. And make sure you're protecting your skin while you sleep and keeping yourself comfortable.
Our customers swear by our silk pillowcases (just read the tens of thousands of positive reviews!). But don't take our word or their word for it—try Blissy for yourself risk-free for 60 nights. If you don't like it, send it back for a full refund. That's how much we stand by our promise that Blissy will help you look and feel better.
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