Skin & Beauty: Anti-Aging Tips & Secrets to Look Younger

Use Primer First

Skin thins and dries with age, so lines and wrinkles start to appear. Applying primer before you put on your makeup helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and pores by filling them in. This way your skin is a smooth blank canvas for you to apply your makeup. Skin primer does not get rid of fine lines and large pores, but it can help both appear less visible. Silicone is a common ingredient in skin primer that works well for the purpose.

Skip Thick Foundation

Foundation is great for making your skin tone appear even and smooth. It can hide imperfections like freckles, age spots, scars, and other problem skin issues — but, if you apply foundation too thick or too heavy handed, it can actually make you look older because it sinks into lines and wrinkles, making them appear worse. Here is the right way to apply foundation. First, clean and dry your face. Next, apply moisturizer appropriate for your skin type. Then, apply primer. Now you are ready to apply foundation. Use a light touch and a sponge applicator to dab the product over your entire face. Blend color carefully on the edges of your face and at the jawline so you avoid having a severe line between skin areas with and without foundation. Apply foundation sparingly. A little goes a long way.

Make Sure You Can See

Eyesight tends to decline with age. Most people need glasses after the age of 40. Your inability to see well may affect your ability to be precise when applying makeup. No one wants to look like a clown! Invest in a good magnifying mirror and use it when applying makeup, especially eyeliner, eye shadow, and mascara. A magnifying mirror is also a very useful tool to have on hand when you are grooming or filling in eyebrows. See your ophthalmologist for regular eye exams to make sure you have an adequate prescription for your eyeglasses or contact lenses so you can see clearly.

Make Your Eyes Pop

Eyelids get droopy as we age, and eyelashes and eyebrows may become more sparse. Draw attention to your best features. Apply eyeliner in a color that makes your eyes pop. Apply a thin line of eyeliner along your upper and lower lash lines. This will make your eye lashes appear thicker. Use a complementary color of eye shadow on your upper lid. Use softer shades of eye shadow as you get older, and apply minimal product. Heavy, caked-on eye makeup makes you look older.

Fill in Sparse Eyebrows

Eyebrows tend to become thinner and gray as we age. Since eyebrows frame the face, their appearance impacts how youthful you look. Fill in and darken aging eyebrows. Use an eyebrow pencil that approximates your hair color to fill in sparse areas. Use eyebrow powder over penciled in areas to help the color set. Avoid using colors that are much darker than your hair color. Eyebrows that are too dark will look unnatural and will age you.

Do Not Let Lipstick Bleed

It is normal to develop lines around the mouth as you age, but lipstick that bleeds into these lines will only accentuate their appearance. You can keep lipstick in place by using a few tried and true tips. First, apply moisturizer to your lips. Next, apply a light coat of foundation to them using a light touch and a sponge applicator. Line lips with a lip liner that is the same shade of color as your lips. Lastly, apply lipstick in a flattering shade. You can then dust a bit of powder over your lips to set the color and help prevent bleeding.

Plump Up Your Pout

Lips tend to thin and lose volume as you age, but you can use some tricks to make them appear younger and fuller. After moisturizing and applying foundation to lips, use a lip-colored lip pencil to line them. Make sure to use a color that blends in with your natural lip color. Lining lips with a color much darker than your natural lip color will look unnatural and could make you look older. Stick to colors that are light or neutral, which will make you look younger. You can even try a lip-plumping lipstick or lip gloss. The effect may be modest, but it may help your lips look a little fuller.

Keep Lips Hydrated

Chapped, flaky lips are a common problem. You can combat dry lips by moisturizing them often. Apply lip balm containing petroleum jelly, vitamin E, shea butter, or a combination of these, often. Get a product that also contains sunscreen to protect delicate lips from the UV rays of the sun. Sun exposure can damage skin, including the skin of the lips, especially if you burn. You can also use a mild lip exfoliating product to remove dry flakes. If you use long-wearing lipstick, make sure the product dries completely before you apply lip balm over it.

Get Teeth Whitened

Coffee, tea, cola, and wine are just a few beverages that can stain tooth enamel. Smoking also stains teeth. Having stained teeth can make you look older. Combat stains by using an over-the-counter whitening toothpaste. For more intense results, use over-the-counter whitening strips or gels. These products work by bleaching tooth enamel. If you need more help, talk to your dentist. In-office treatments are available that can make teeth look much whiter. Some types of treatments require multiple visits to achieve the best results.

Tend to Delicate Eyes

The eyes are a central feature of the face. Their appearance can make you look older or younger depending on several factors. Eye puffiness and dark circles may make you appear older than your actual age. Minimize dark circles by getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep triggers dark circles. If you have allergies, treat them, as allergies can make you get dark circles around your eyes. Salt makes you retain water, so minimize sodium in your diet to reduce the risk of undereye puffiness. Place cucumber slices or moist tea bags under your eyes to combat puffiness.

Prevent Dark Circles

Getting adequate sleep may help you avoid dark circles under your eyes. Some people have skin pigmentation that makes the skin under the eyes appear darker than the surrounding facial skin. If you have this problem, products containing hydroquinone, retinol, vitamin C, and green tea may make dark circles appear lighter. Dab undereye concealer on the delicate skin under the eyes to conceal dark circles. The concealer should be slightly lighter than your actual skin tone. Choose a concealer with a yellowish tinge to conceal dark circles.

Remove Dead Skin Cells

Skin cells do not turn over as rapidly as they once did as you age. The result is that surface skin may appear rough, uneven, and blotchy. Make regular exfoliation part of your anti-aging skin care routine. Use a soft washcloth and an exfoliating cleanser to gently remove dead skin cells from your face and body. This reduces the appearance of dull, flaky skin. Use a gentle hand. Exfoliating too aggressively may irritate your skin, leaving it red and splotchy.

Use Retinoids to Fight Wrinkles

Retinoids are compounds that are similar to vitamin A. Regular use of retinoids helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This promotes healthy, younger-looking skin. The strongest creams containing retinoids are available with a prescription from your doctor. Tretinoin, adapalene, and tarazotene are a few types of prescription retinoids. A milder version of these products, called retinol, is available over the counter (OTC). You will get the best results from retinoid products if you use them regularly. You will see improvements within several weeks to months of use. Start slowly if you are using retinoid products for the first time. They may cause redness, peeling, redness, and increased sensitivity. Apply the product less frequently or switch to a reduced strength retinoid if you experience these side effects.

CBD for cancer: Everything you need to know

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of many cannabinoids in the cannabis plant gaining popularity in the world of natural medicine because it appears to offer the body many benefits. While there is some debate around the topic, some people suggest using CBD in the treatment of cancer.

Although it is too early to make any claims about CBD for cancer treatment, this compound may help manage symptoms that occur due to this disease or its treatment.

It is important to note that CBD is not the same as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is an active cannabinoid in cannabis that causes a “high” when a person smokes or ingests it. Researchers are also looking at the possibility of using CBD for treating anxiety and chronic pain.

While the initial results from small studies on cancer cells and CBD are promising, they are not conclusive.

In this article, learn about the effects of CBD on cancer and how it may help ease the side effects of cancer treatments.

CBD as a complementary therapy

The majority of the evidence available suggests that CBD and cannabis therapies may complement cancer treatment. CBD may help people with cancer by:

Stimulating appetite

CBD oil may help relieve pain and stimulate appetite.

Many people who are going through cancer treatment experience nausea and loss of appetite.

These symptoms can make it difficult for them to maintain a healthy weight.

Ingested cannabis that delivers THC and other cannabinoids to the bloodstream may help stimulate the appetite, but there is no evidence that CBD alone can have this effect.

Pain relief
Both cancer and its treatment can lead to pain. Cancer often causes pain due to inflammation, pressure on internal organs, or nerve injury. When the pain is severe, it can even become resistant to opioids, which are powerful pain relievers.

CBD indirectly acts on the CB2 receptors, which may help with widespread pain relief by reducing inflammation.

THC acts on the CB1 receptors, which may be helpful for pain resulting from nerve damage.

Nausea
Cannabis and cannabinoids such as CBD may also be helpful for people with cancer who experience regular nausea and vomiting, especially when this is due to chemotherapy.

However, the antinausea effect appears to come from THC in cannabis, rather than from CBD. People looking to try cannabis to reduce nausea should prepare themselves for the potential psychoactive effects of THC in prescribed cannabis products and discuss them with a doctor.

Many people find relief from low doses of THC. Prescription versions of synthetic THC that have fewer side effects are available.

CBD for cancer prevention

Some people wonder about using cannabis or CBD to prevent cancer. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) reviewed numerous studies regarding the link between cannabis and cancer and found that the research has mixed results.

An older study of 64,855 men from the United States found that cannabis use did not increase the risk of tobacco-related cancers. However, this same study also found that male cannabis users who never smoked tobacco had an increased risk of prostate cancer.

On the other hand, the authors of a 2015 study found a promising relationship between cannabis and bladder cancer. After adjusting for several factors, they found that that cannabis users had a 45-percent lower risk of developing bladder cancer.

While research has shown that cannabis smoke still produces carcinogens, the link between inhaled marijuana and cancer remains inconclusive.

However, ingesting CBD extract does not expose the body to the same carcinogens as smoking marijuana. More long-term studies in humans are necessary to determine what role, if any, CBD has to play in the prevention of cancer.

Can CBD treat cancer?

There are currently no large clinical trials that are investigating the use of cannabis or cannabinoids as a cancer treatment. Small pilot studies exist, but the research is still in its early stages.

In 2016, researchers noted that the use of cannabinoids shows promise in the fight against cancer. The authors found that cannabinoids seem to inhibit the growth of many different types of tumor cell in both test tubes and animal models.

However, they also noted that some dosages or types of cannabinoid might suppress the immune system, allowing tumors to grow unchecked.

Much more research is necessary to discover the possible therapeutic uses of cannabinoids in cancer treatment.

Side effects of CBD

If a person stops taking CBD, they may experience insomnia.

The cannabinoid receptors in the brain do not act the same way as many other drug receptors.

For this reason, there may be a lower risk of side effects.

Unlike traditional medications for pain management, there are no apparent lethal doses of CBD. This is because the drug does not affect the central nervous system in the way that opiates do.

However, the cannabinoid receptors are widespread in the body, so CBD affects not only the brain, but also many other organs and tissues.

Small-scale studies have found that people generally tolerate CBD well, but some individuals may experience mild side effects.

These include:

fatigue
diarrhea
changes in appetite
changes in weight
CBD can also interact with a range of medications and cause liver damage. These medications include:

antibiotics
antidepressants
anti-anxiety medications
anti-seizure medications
blood thinners
chemotherapy drugs
muscle relaxers
sedatives, or sleep aids
It may be necessary to speak to a doctor about using CBD products, as they can also interact with some over-the-counter aids and supplements. People should exercise caution when taking CBD alongside prescription medications that warn about possible interactions with grapefruit.

Increased liver toxicity is a possible side effect of CBD. In one 2019 study in the journal Molecules, researchers administered varying doses of CBD to mice. The mice that received higher doses experienced liver damage within 1 day.

Clinical trials of Epidiolex — the brand name of the CBD medication that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved to treat epilepsy — did not find any indications of physical dependence.

However, the manufacturers of Epidiolex also warn of its potential to cause liver problems in the product’s safety information.

As the NCI note, CBD inhibits specific enzymes that may be important for cancer therapies. Cancer treatments that rely on these enzymes could be less effective if a person takes CBD.

Takeaway

While CBD does indeed appear to be a beneficial compound for many cancer symptoms, no scientific research suggests that CBD can be an effective cancer treatment.

Cannabinoids and cannabis itself may have their place as a complementary treatment in some cases, for example, for people who need help managing chronic pain and nausea.

People should always talk to a doctor before using CBD or any other compound during cancer treatment to ensure that it will not react with any of the medications that they are taking.

Is CBD Legal? Hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal on the federal level, but are still illegal under some state laws. Marijuana-derived CBD products are illegal on the federal level, but are legal under some state laws. Check your state’s laws and those of anywhere you travel. Keep in mind that nonprescription CBD products are not FDA-approved, and may be inaccurately labeled.

Plexaderm Review 2020

We’ve all done it. It’s late at night, you’re flipping through tv channels and you see a commercial for a seemingly miraculous product. As you watch the transformations unfold, it seems almost too good to be true. Frizzy, dry hair is transformed into sleek, shiny waves with the right shampoo, and acne covered skin looks flawless thanks to a new foundation that provides coverage without being too heavy. You may have also seen the dramatic looking results from Plexaderm, a product that claims to banish under eye bags and wrinkles (albeit temporarily).

What is Plexaderm?

Plexaderm’s official name is Plexaderm Rapid Reduction Cream PLUS. It is meant to reduce the appearance of under eye bags and wrinkles for several hours. The cream should be applied to clean, dry skin. The product comes in a pump, and only a tiny amount should be applied; start off with an amount that is half the size of a pea. Using a light tapping motion, apply a thin layer of the cream. Allow Plexaderm to “set” and dry for approximately 10 minutes. If you will be applying makeup over the Plexaderm, allow an additional 10 minutes for the product to fully dry. Moisturizer should be used 15 minutes after Plexaderm has been applied. The company also suggests using a blow dryer on a very low setting to help accelerate the drying process if you’re in a hurry.

What Are the Ingredients in Plexaderm?

Plexaderm has a small list of ingredients including: water (aqua), sodium silicate, magnesium aluminum silicate, cellulose gum, acetyl hexapeptide-8, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 40 (CI 16035), phenoxyethanol and ethylhexylglycerin.

The key ingredients are the sodium silicate and the magnesium aluminum silicate- in layman’s terms, these are silicate minerals derived from shale clay.

Sodium silicate is primarily used in the manufacturing of soaps and detergents, and helps to balance the pH levels of a product. It’s found in skin care, hair color, shaving products, bath items as well as makeup. Sodium silicate also has industrial uses. It is a corrosion inhibitor and can be found in cement.

Magnesium aluminum silicate is commonly known as purified clay. It can help to absorb excess facial oil and is also used as a thickener.

The other ingredients include dyes, and cellulose gum, a thickener that also helps to create a film on the skin. Acetyl hexapeptide-8 is a synthetically derived peptide  used in a wide range of skincare and makeup products and has water binding properties. Phenoxyethanol is found in green tea but is often created in a laboratory, and helps to fight bacteria and also works as a preservative. Ethylhexylglycerin works as a skin conditioning agent as well as a preservative.

How Does Plexaderm Work?

To understand how Plexaderm works, you have to look at the two key ingredients- sodium silicate and magnesium aluminum silicate.

Sodium silicate works as an adhesive. Another way to think about is that it’s like tape on your skin. It glides onto the skin in a liquid or gel form and when it dries, a thin film forms which causes a light contraction or pulling of the skin. When applied to under eye bags and wrinkles, it can cause a temporary tightening effect and the skin appears more taut. It is also thought to have a lifting effect on skin once it is fully dried.

Magnesium aluminum silicate works in conjunction with the sodium silicate. While sodium silicate “pulls” and tightens the wrinkle or the under eye bag, magnesium aluminum silicate works by filling in the wrinkle and helping to it look plumped up and even. When combined, the idea is that the ingredients work to pull, tighten and fill in the skin to give it a youthful look. While this is true in theory, keep in mind that any tightening and smoothing effect gained from these ingredients will only be temporary.

These two ingredients are also found in other skincare products promising a temporary lift and deflating of under eye bags, such as Gone In Sixty Seconds, Line Free Lift by Genesis Solutions and InstantFx Rapid Wrinkle Eraser.  They are also in natural beauty products such as Instant Wrinkle Eraser serum.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Any product has the potential to cause irritation in the skin; always do a patch test first. One common complaint from Plexaderm reviewers is that the cream leaves a white residue. Although no one said it was harmful, it was more of an annoyance.

Plexaderm Reviews

When you look at the infomercials for Plexaderm, the results look dramatic. Puffy under eye bags seems to disappear and fine lines and crow’s feet seem to vanish. It seems like surgery in a bottle. According to the brand’s own clinical study of 40 people, conducted in 2017, 75% saw a decrease in the appearance of under eye bags, and 78% saw a decrease in under eye dark circles. The customer reviews are overwhelmingly glowing, with users giving it 4.4 out of 5 stars. Customer feedback ranges from “Really works. Just wish it came in different shades,” to “It rids these brutal bags under my eyes .I have travel bags, I don’t need them under my eyes.” Some people say the product has become one of their staples; “Omg.. my eyes look great. I couldn’t be more happy!! What a fabulous product. I workout live without it!!”

But take a closer look at reviews on Amazon and you’ll see that as with many products, the reviews are mixed. Plexaderm currently has a 2.5 star rating on Amazon from 634 customer reviews. 54% of the reviewers give it a 1 star rating while only 20% give it a 5 star review.

Many reviewers say they were drawn to the product after seeing the dramatic infomercials. The positive reviews claim that the product reduced their puffy eye bags and eye wrinkles, and some people raved that Plexaderm took 10-20 years off their face. These fans don’t just like it- they love it. “I have had large bags under my eyes for over 30 years, about 3-4 minutes after I used it for the first time I couldn’t believe how great it worked! Almost completely gone! Incredible! If I hadn’t used it myself I would not believe it worked so incredible!,” writes one reviewer.

But the vast majority of the reviews say that the product did not work at all, or if it did work, the results lasted anywhere from two minutes to two to three hours. As one reviewer wrote, “I was so excited to try this product. I had heard good results. It did work for about 2 minutes. Then my underbags returned. Bummer. I was hopeful.”  Many users expressed disappointment. “I should’ve read these reviews first. My complaints are exactly the same as everyone else’s. On the infomercial they said you could use moisturizer afterward, but you can’t. I would have done just as well if I bought some Elmer’s Glue and applied it to my skin. And it would have been a lot cheaper. I should’ve known it was too good to be true.”

Some users said in order to maintain that tightening look, you cannot move your eyes or your face. Many customers complained that the product left a white residue on their eyes, while others said it caused irritation and stinging. There are also many complaints about the dispenser clogging, and it can be difficult to put makeup on the skin after the film is in place.

Based on the Amazon reviews, it seems that the vast majority of people using Plexaderm were disappointed with the product.  But when it comes to evaluating whether or not a product “works,” keep in mind that what works for one person and their skin type may not work for someone else. Factors such as oily skin and sweating can also reduce the effectiveness of a product such as Plexaderm. That’s why when it comes to find the right skincare regimen for yourself, there is always a bit of trial and error before finding what works for you.

Where to Buy Plexaderm

Plexaderm is not available in brick and mortar stores. The product is advertised on television and is mostly sold through the company’s website as well as sites such as Amazon and eBay. Always check that a seller is an authorized distributor before purchasing any cosmetic from a third party site.

Plexaderm Cost

The price of Plexaderm can vary, depending on the offer. One bottle is currently being sold for $59.95 while three bottles is priced at $119.90. The company also sells additional products, including Pure Hyaluronic Moisturizer, Collagen Peptide Firming Serum and HA Antioxidant Moisturizer which can be purchased over the phone.

Are There Any Risks?

Any new product has the potential to cause an allergic reaction. When adding a new product into your skincare routine, always remember to patch test.

If I Buy Plexaderm and Don’t Like It, Can I Return It?

According to the company website, all Plexaderm products can be used for 30 days risk-free. If you do not see or feel the results that you expected, call our Customer Service department within 30 days of your order to return any product (used or unused) for a full product refund less the cost of shipping and processing. The 30-day risk-free guarantee applies to the first month’s supply.

What Else Can I Do About Puffy Eyes?

Puffy eyes and dark circles are frustrating and can be chalked up to a wide variety of factors, including sleep, salty foods and stress. But there are ways to reduce their appearance, ranging from home remedies to the right eye cream. While a tube of eye cream cannot replace a good night’s sleep, applying chilled items such as tea bags, ice cubes or cucumbers can help de-puff eyes. An antihistamine can help if the puffiness is caused by allergies.

The right cream can also make a difference. 

We believe in long-term and effective skincare and the brand’s philosophy is that age is just a number. That number isn’t necessarily the one on your driver’s license, but a numerical sequence that makes up a skincare formula suited for your skin type and needs. Each skincare concern is assigned a number, such as 1 for dryness, 3 for fine lines. Your personal combination will be just as unique as you (and your skin) are.  Formulyst makes it easy – all you have to do

is find your formula, and  follow the numbers.

Our Anti-Aging Eye Cream delivers five anti-aging actions in one product. The cream helps reduce the look of dark circles, puffiness and stubborn crow’s feet. The cream is enriched with hyaluronic acid, which draws in moisture and helps smooth the look of fine lines while leaving skin looking – and feeling- soft and supple.

Our Anti-Dark Circle Eye Cream helps reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles with the help of vitamins, amino acids and minerals. The potent cream contains three naturally-derived ingredients – chenopodium quinoa seed extract, caffeine and butchers broom extract – that work together to help leave the delicate eye area looking smoother and brighter.

Skin & Beauty: Anti-Aging Tips & Secrets to Look Younger

Use Primer First

Skin thins and dries with age, so lines and wrinkles start to appear. Applying primer before you put on your makeup helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and pores by filling them in. This way your skin is a smooth blank canvas for you to apply your makeup. Skin primer does not get rid of fine lines and large pores, but it can help both appear less visible. Silicone is a common ingredient in skin primer that works well for the purpose.

Skip Thick Foundation

Foundation is great for making your skin tone appear even and smooth. It can hide imperfections like freckles, age spots, scars, and other problem skin issues — but, if you apply foundation too thick or too heavy handed, it can actually make you look older because it sinks into lines and wrinkles, making them appear worse. Here is the right way to apply foundation. First, clean and dry your face. Next, apply moisturizer appropriate for your skin type. Then, apply primer. Now you are ready to apply foundation. Use a light touch and a sponge applicator to dab the product over your entire face. Blend color carefully on the edges of your face and at the jawline so you avoid having a severe line between skin areas with and without foundation. Apply foundation sparingly. A little goes a long way.

Make Sure You Can See

Eyesight tends to decline with age. Most people need glasses after the age of 40. Your inability to see well may affect your ability to be precise when applying makeup. No one wants to look like a clown! Invest in a good magnifying mirror and use it when applying makeup, especially eyeliner, eye shadow, and mascara. A magnifying mirror is also a very useful tool to have on hand when you are grooming or filling in eyebrows. See your ophthalmologist for regular eye exams to make sure you have an adequate prescription for your eyeglasses or contact lenses so you can see clearly.

Make Your Eyes Pop

Eyelids get droopy as we age, and eyelashes and eyebrows may become more sparse. Draw attention to your best features. Apply eyeliner in a color that makes your eyes pop. Apply a thin line of eyeliner along your upper and lower lash lines. This will make your eye lashes appear thicker. Use a complementary color of eye shadow on your upper lid. Use softer shades of eye shadow as you get older, and apply minimal product. Heavy, caked-on eye makeup makes you look older.

Fill in Sparse Eyebrows

Eyebrows tend to become thinner and gray as we age. Since eyebrows frame the face, their appearance impacts how youthful you look. Fill in and darken aging eyebrows. Use an eyebrow pencil that approximates your hair color to fill in sparse areas. Use eyebrow powder over penciled in areas to help the color set. Avoid using colors that are much darker than your hair color. Eyebrows that are too dark will look unnatural and will age you.

Do Not Let Lipstick Bleed

It is normal to develop lines around the mouth as you age, but lipstick that bleeds into these lines will only accentuate their appearance. You can keep lipstick in place by using a few tried and true tips. First, apply moisturizer to your lips. Next, apply a light coat of foundation to them using a light touch and a sponge applicator. Line lips with a lip liner that is the same shade of color as your lips. Lastly, apply lipstick in a flattering shade. You can then dust a bit of powder over your lips to set the color and help prevent bleeding.

Plump Up Your Pout

Lips tend to thin and lose volume as you age, but you can use some tricks to make them appear younger and fuller. After moisturizing and applying foundation to lips, use a lip-colored lip pencil to line them. Make sure to use a color that blends in with your natural lip color. Lining lips with a color much darker than your natural lip color will look unnatural and could make you look older. Stick to colors that are light or neutral, which will make you look younger. You can even try a lip-plumping lipstick or lip gloss. The effect may be modest, but it may help your lips look a little fuller.

Keep Lips Hydrated

Chapped, flaky lips are a common problem. You can combat dry lips by moisturizing them often. Apply lip balm containing petroleum jelly, vitamin E, shea butter, or a combination of these, often. Get a product that also contains sunscreen to protect delicate lips from the UV rays of the sun. Sun exposure can damage skin, including the skin of the lips, especially if you burn. You can also use a mild lip exfoliating product to remove dry flakes. If you use long-wearing lipstick, make sure the product dries completely before you apply lip balm over it.

Get Teeth Whitened

Coffee, tea, cola, and wine are just a few beverages that can stain tooth enamel. Smoking also stains teeth. Having stained teeth can make you look older. Combat stains by using an over-the-counter whitening toothpaste. For more intense results, use over-the-counter whitening strips or gels. These products work by bleaching tooth enamel. If you need more help, talk to your dentist. In-office treatments are available that can make teeth look much whiter. Some types of treatments require multiple visits to achieve the best results.

Tend to Delicate Eyes

The eyes are a central feature of the face. Their appearance can make you look older or younger depending on several factors. Eye puffiness and dark circles may make you appear older than your actual age. Minimize dark circles by getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep triggers dark circles. If you have allergies, treat them, as allergies can make you get dark circles around your eyes. Salt makes you retain water, so minimize sodium in your diet to reduce the risk of undereye puffiness. Place cucumber slices or moist tea bags under your eyes to combat puffiness.

Prevent Dark Circles

Getting adequate sleep may help you avoid dark circles under your eyes. Some people have skin pigmentation that makes the skin under the eyes appear darker than the surrounding facial skin. If you have this problem, products containing hydroquinone, retinol, vitamin C, and green tea may make dark circles appear lighter. Dab undereye concealer on the delicate skin under the eyes to conceal dark circles. The concealer should be slightly lighter than your actual skin tone. Choose a concealer with a yellowish tinge to conceal dark circles.

Remove Dead Skin Cells

Skin cells do not turn over as rapidly as they once did as you age. The result is that surface skin may appear rough, uneven, and blotchy. Make regular exfoliation part of your anti-aging skin care routine. Use a soft washcloth and an exfoliating cleanser to gently remove dead skin cells from your face and body. This reduces the appearance of dull, flaky skin. Use a gentle hand. Exfoliating too aggressively may irritate your skin, leaving it red and splotchy.

Use Retinoids to Fight Wrinkles

Retinoids are compounds that are similar to vitamin A. Regular use of retinoids helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This promotes healthy, younger-looking skin. The strongest creams containing retinoids are available with a prescription from your doctor. Tretinoin, adapalene, and tarazotene are a few types of prescription retinoids. A milder version of these products, called retinol, is available over the counter (OTC). You will get the best results from retinoid products if you use them regularly. You will see improvements within several weeks to months of use. Start slowly if you are using retinoid products for the first time. They may cause redness, peeling, redness, and increased sensitivity. Apply the product less frequently or switch to a reduced strength retinoid if you experience these side effects.