The list of 12 helpful hints is as follows:
1. Whip Brows Into Shape – Like eyelashes, eyebrows tend to thin as we age, so well-defined ones can make a face look instantly younger. Use a brow powder with an angled brush or brow pen to fill in sparser areas, starting where you need the most definition (usually the arch) and using small strokes in the direction of the hair growth.
2. Leverage Your Lashes – Curling your lashes and/or using a luxe mascara open up the eyes for a more youthful appearance. Replace eyelash curler sponges every 6 months, so you don’t damage or pull out existing lashes.
3. Get the Hang of Highlighting - Makeup artists often use highlighting & contouring to bring out a client’s best features & hide flaws, including signs of aging. “You can apply a highlighting cream 1 or 2 shades lighter than your skin tone to elevated, bony spots like your cheeks, brow bones & nose bridge to draw attention there.”
4. Be Ready for Prime Time – Cosmetic primer helps minimize pores, which get larger with age & keeps foundation in place. Look for a hydrating one that prevents makeup from drying out & settling in fine lines. An eyelid primer stops shadow from gathering in creases, too.
5. Bond with Blush – Many women apply blush too high on their cheeks. “You don’t want color on the boniest part of your cheeks.” Instead blush should be applied on the apples of your cheeks, leaving 1 fingertip width between the color & your nose.
Note: Cream blush will impart a more dewy, youthful appearance.
6. Caffeinate Your Eye Cream – Caffeine can restrict the blood vessels, which reduces puffiness. “It’s often applied with roller ball applicators that can help promote the movement of excess fluid through a massaging mechanism.
7. Slather on Sunscreen – The sun’s UVA rays destroy collagen, so your daily sunscreen should offer broad-spectrum protection. If you have any redness in your skin, look for a sunscreen with the mineral zinc oxide, which deflects heat as well as rays and “is like having millions of crushed mirrors on your face that reflect the light.”
8. Pour on the Peptides – When collagen breaks down, it naturally forms amino acid-linked peptides, which let the body know it should produce more collagen. “External application of peptides tricks the body into making more.”
9. Cleanse with Kombucha - Rich in cell-wall building blocks called beta-glucans, kombucha tea is thought to aid skin elasticity as well as improve texture. Kombucha is also rich in probiotics, so the tea helps balance the skin’s pH levels & reduces inflammation when applied externally.
10. Get Down with D – Well known for its importance in bone health, vitamin D is garnering attention for its potential skin benefits. “Topical vitamin D is often used as a treatment for psoriasis. It has also been shown to normalize the maturation of skin cells.”
11. Go for Ginkgo Biloba – Ginkgo is one of the most disease-resistant trees, thriving in some of the most polluted cities in the world. Praised for its ability to aid memory in supplement form, extracts from the gingko tree leaves are packed with natural antioxidants. Applied topically it’s thought to boost circulation, which may increase elasticity.
12. Make Time for Mushrooms - This face-friendly fungus is packed with proteins that help fortify keratin in the skin. The more keratin present, the more elastic skin tends to be. Certain mushrooms (including shiitake) contain kojic acid, which inhibits the melanin production that can contribute to uneven skin tone.
*Quotes from Joshua Zeichner, MD director of cosmetic research in the department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and Boldijarre Koronoczay, master aesthetician and founder of Eminence Organic Skin Care in Vancouver, B.C.