By David Pollock
As we grow older, our bodies start to slow down. Age sets in. But none of us want to admit it. We all want to look our best - as long as we can.
As a beauty expert, I have worked with cover girl models, famous celebrities and formulated anti-aging products for some of the most recognized names in the industry.
But, today, I want to share with you insider secrets that will help you look your best - INSTANTLY and help you AND help you realize how beautiful you really are...
No, I am not talking about some new miracle product. I am talking about a few simple lifestyle changes that can help you turn back the hands of time - quick and easily.
STAND UP STRAIGHT and be proud! You will appear more confident and look younger. Here is a trick, practice standing with your arms down to your side. Next, turn your thumbs outward. Your shoulders automatically go back. Practice this, until standing up straight becomes second nature.
SLEEP - Having a good night sleep of 7 to 8 hours gives your body a chance to rejuvenate itself. With the right amount of sleep, you will wake up looking and feeling younger, more refreshed.
HAIR COLOR - Coloring your hair to hide the gray is a great way to hide the tell tale signs of aging. Choose a color that is close to your original color, so it naturally compliments your facial tones. If you like, consider high lights or low lights, since they do not require re-doing as often.
HAIR STYLE - Longer hair can actually make you look tired and worn down. Shorter hair eliminates the dry ends, creates a more bouncy look and can improve your overall youthfulness. Consider side swept bangs to expose and frame your beautiful face. Also, consider a layered style to create a more lively, shinier appearance.
MAKEUP - Avoid heavy makeup. Compliment your natural shades and don't load up on makeup. Use a light foundation, one that will not sink in to and highlight wrinkles. Try cream eye shadows. Remember to contour your face- it brightens and even makes you look thinner.
UPDATE YOUR GLASSES - As our eyes change and our prescription glasses need changing, so does the style of frames. Updating your current frames creates a more current, up-to-date look.
BRIGHTER SMILE - A smile changes your whole face and makes you look more radiant, distracting from areas that show your age. Along with that smile, maintain a positive attitude - blocking negative thoughts that cause stress and wrinkles. Also, consider whitening your teeth. Coffee and other foods can stain our teeth over time, creating a dull look to our smile. Make your smile look bright and young by whitening them with an at-home kit or even visit your dentist for treatments that deliver faster results.
You can always keep a spare toothbrush in your purse.
DRESS RIGHT - Outdated fashions outdate you! As your body changes, so should your wardrobe. Most importantly - avoid baggy clothes. Wear outfits that compliment your body and that help hide areas of concern. Have flabby arms? Try wearing three quarter length sleeves. Also, since our skin tone becomes lighter, duller with age - look for outfits with softer colors to better match your complexion.
UPDATE YOUR SHOES - Dull, worn and out of date shoes reflect the same on your appearance. Keep your shoes updated with the fashions and looking shiny and new.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN - and, of course, take a few minutes every day for a proper skin care regimen that will cleanse away impurities, exfoliate dead skin cells, hydrate and nourish the newly revealed skin cells, plus an eye gel or cream to target crow's feet. Proper skin care will help restore that healthy, radiant glow!
You will be amazed at how fast people notice a difference in your appearance and with all the compliments you will receive.
David Pollock is a global beauty expert who has formulated products for some of the most recognized names in the business. He is a published author, radio personality and was recently named one of the "20 to Know" by Global Cosmetics Industry. Today, David is empowering women to take control of their health and beauty. Subscribe to his free newsletter at www.JustAskDavid.com. Permission granted for use on DrLaura.com