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Do you look older than your real age? – Find out why

- August 27, 2018 -

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You are taking care of your skin and feel proud of your fine lines and wrinkles, but do you feel that you look older than your actual age? It could be that there are other factors, aside from your skin, which are making you look older!

These are the five top factors that can age your looks and how to get around them for total age blur!

Thinning eyelashes

We associate thick, full hair – anywhere – with youth, and long fluttery lashes are no exception.  While investing in a decent mascara is a good start, you can take steps to make them more luscious too. First, make sure that you are careful when you take that mascara off. Invest in a decent eye makeup remover and use a soft pad to gently sweep across the area and remove makeup without scrubbing. Rub too hard and you will bring away the lash as well as the products.

At night use a lash conditioner to help them thicken them up or try jojoba oil which is the most popular oil for eyelashes as it moisturizes the lashes whilst protecting the hair follicles. This lets lashes grow longer and thicker before they can fall out. Simply dab some on the roots of your lashes after cleansing at bedtime.

Enlarged pores

Our pores can look wider as each year ticks by and they appear more open. If your pores are large anyway they can make you look like you are older than you are. They are also more likely to get clogged which accentuates their size and can lead to spots.

To make them appear smaller make sure that they are totally clean with a morning and night skincare routine. Don’t skip sunscreen, which will help to slow damage to your skin, so your pores stay as tight as possible.

Sun spots or age spots

They start off looking like a blobby freckle and then seem to spread. Liver spots, sun spots or age spots can make you look a decade older as they are so commonly associated with aging. But it’s not your age which brings them on – it’s the amount of sun exposure that you’ve had. So, even in your twenties it’s possible to see them forming on your face and chest, as these areas typically have higher sun exposure. Sunscreen helps for prevention, but if you already have a few age spots and they’re bothering you, then consider then covering them with a dab of foundation.

A thin face

You may have heard the saying it’s ‘your face or your figure’ as you get older and there is some truth in it. Women who are 40 and older who have a slightly higher body mass index look younger than their thinner counterparts, according to a number of studies. This is because when you lose weight you also lose the fat in your face which can hollow out the cheeks. We also lose the fat in our face as we age. Stretched skin also has less ability to bounce back as we age and can lead to sagging. It can be worth avoiding yo-yo dieting as the stretching and emptying of the skin can cause it to sag as you get older. Facial yoga has been shown by studies to make the cheeks appear fuller and more youthful.

If you are noticing a hollowing of your cheeks, you can make them appear to look fuller by using a highlighter on the apples. Try a dab of Lumity anti-aging skin nutrients - if you layer a drop over the apples of your cheeks with a light dusting of bronzer under the cheekbones it will add focus on the roundest and most youthful part of your face.

Dark, puffy eyes

If your eyes look tired despite plenty of early nights, it could be that they are making you appear to be older than your years. We subconsciously notice this sign of aging when estimating how old someone is, as when we age superficial fat pads tend to separate and cause the under-eye puffiness to become more pronounced. The skin around the eye area is very thin and delicate so should be handled with care. 

If they are especially puffy it could be a sign that you are retaining fluid. This can be helped by cutting down on salt and alcohol as well as eating foods like bananas, leafy greens, avocado and tomatoes. Magnesium has been found to be a helpful mineral for reducing water retention.
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