Jun 22, 2011

Ten Ways to Look Younger in an Instant

Dear Beauty Conscious Reader,

If you want to turn back the hands of time and instantly look years younger, I’m living proof that it is possible. By using creativity and nature wisely, I look younger at 41, than I did when I was 25!

Many don’t realize it, but there’s more to looking younger than accumulating anti-aging lotions and potions or undergoing cosmetic procedures. The secret lies in the way you present yourself to the outside world.

I’m talking about your appearance.

Below are my top 10 ways to start looking younger now by making some simple tweaks to what you put onyour body.

1. Update your glasses. Our faces change (with the help of time and gravity). So it’s important to update glasses every 3-5 years in order to present a look that is current and relevant. Nothing says old like an old pair of glasses.

2. Wear earrings for crow’s feet. If you have wrinkles around your eyes a nice pair of sparkly earrings can distract from those lines.

3. Color your gray. Coloring some or all of your gray hairs can take years off your appearance.

4. Wear clothes that fit. Avoid wearing baggy clothes if you’re not exactly happy with the shape of your body. An outfit that fits properly can actually make you look slimmer.

5. Shine and resole your shoes. Dull shoes with run over heels make the statement that you are tired and old.

6. Wear properly fitted bras. As your body changes, it becomes necessary to take the time to go into a department store and have the saleswoman measure your bust. Having the right undergarment on adds a youthful silhouette.

7. Matching handbag and shoes. This small gesture makes a big thoughtful statement and makes any look more current and updated. As women age, they tend to just carry a bag that they feel is comfortable. But taking the time to match your shoes with the same color bag (or a bag in the same color family) makes a smart statement that says you care.

Elle Swan, author of ” Your Mind Over Habits”

8. Avoid heavy eyeliner. As we age, we should complement our natural eye shape and not load up on makeup to hide that we are getting older. Believe it or not, the more eyeliner you wear, the older it makes you look.

9. Learn how to apply concealer properly. Go into a department store and ask for the head makeup sales person. Ask that person to show you how to apply concealer below your eyes. The right application can give you a bright awake look and make you look up to 10 years younger. Once you learn, you can do it yourself in minutes!

10. Wear perfume. Young people pay attention to how they smell because they want to impress the opposite sex. Sometimes as we age (or stay married to the same person) we lose sight of this powerful tool. Smell is our strongest sense. And when you wear a perfume that matches your body chemistry, you come across as more youthful to those you encounter.

Be Fit, Live Rich, and Have a Vibrant Day!

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Elle Swan

[Ed. Note: Our guest columnist Elle Swan, International Vibrant Living Expert, is the author of “Your Mind Over Habits: A Woman’s Guide to a Happy Life and a Vibrant Body.” Elle Swan’s Vibrant Living philosophy has been recognized on FOX, NBC and PBS and she is currently the Vibrancy Coach for ABC Las Vegas. Her miraculous journey from the deprivation and despair of addiction to vibrancy and abundance lit a passion inside her that illuminates her work today. Assisting others in overcoming all self-defeating thinking and behavior is her life’s purpose and the results have been astounding. On her website, www.elleswan.com, you’ll find tools to build positive relationships, create high self-esteem, develop your style, be fit and live rich.]

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You Can’t Beat Nature for True Beauty

I’ve met so many naturally beautiful people in my travels. From the Andes Mountains of Peru to Africa and India, people have discovered that Nature provides so many ways to help maintain smooth, young-looking skin.For example, you’ll find women in South Africa with absolutely gorgeous skin… thanks to a mountain shrub called red tea. Or in the Andes, where women who are exposed to intense sun have remarkably smooth and supple skin. These women use a secret they learned from vineyard workers.

skin beauty I’ve brought many of these discoveries back with me to my practice. I’ve never been disappointed. And neither have the many patients who’ve benefitted from these discoveries.

But it never fails… some people think they can improve on Nature.

For example, marketers hype “galvanic skincare devices” that supposedly give you a non-surgical “facelift” with low-voltage electrical current.

And the latest fad – radio frequency (RF) “energy” – that supposedly heats the deeper layers of the skin. But that “energy” is radiation. Radiation that’s very similar to microwaves and X-rays.

The galvanic devices have been thoroughly debunked. And I’m not comfortable with unnecessary radiation at any level. So how do you get gorgeous skin without the risks? Look to Nature.

Here are some of my favorite nutrients for your skin:

  • CoQ10 – By your 35th birthday, your body starts to lose the ability to make CoQ10. And CoQ10 is one of your skin’s major defenses. But applying CoQ10 directly to your skin has an amazing effect. It revives the activity of mitochondria1 – your cells’ “energy factories.” It boosts your body’s defenses against UV rays.2 And CoQ10 helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, too.3
  • Hyaluronic acid (HLA) – Don’t be fooled by the name. HLA is completely natural. In fact, it’s your body’s own natural moisturizer. One reason it’s so effective: It draws moisture from inside and outside your body. HLA also helps your body retain moisture and promotes skin healing.4 It’s like a mini-repair kit for aging skin.
  • Red tea (Rooibos) – This South-African shrub makes a delicious tea. But it’s also traditionally used as an antioxidant for skin care. In a recent human study, a red-tea preparation helped reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles by nearly 10 percent in just 30 days.7
  • Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) – The word “acid” may make you a little jumpy when we’re talking about skin care. But ALA isn’t that kind of acid. It’s a powerful antioxidant. It helps bolster your skin’s natural defenses against free-radical damage. And it promotes smoother skin. When Swedish doctors tested ALA on a group of women in their 50s, the results were dramatic. In just 12 weeks, the women’s skin was over 50 percent smoother.8

Many nutrients and herbs can help your body fight the effects of aging. Vitamin C supports healthy collagen production. The vegetable glycerin is a powerful moisturizer. And the list goes on and on.

That’s why I was inspired to create my own unique line of natural skincare products. And why I’ll continue to seek the most effective ways Nature has to help you keep your skin looking younger.

To Your Good Health,

Al Sears, MD

1 Prahl, S., et al, “Aging skin is functionally anaerobic: importance of coenzyme Q10 for anti aging skin care,” Biofactors 2008;32(1-4):245-55
2 Hoppe, U., et al, “Coenzyme Q{10}, a cutaneous antioxidant and energizer,” BioFactors1999;  9( 2-4): 371-378
3 Inui, M., et al, “Mechanisms of inhibitory effects of CoQ10 on UVB-induced wrinkle formation in vitro and in vivo,” Biofactors2008;32(1-4):237-43
4 King, S.R., et al, “Beneficial actions of exogenous hyaluronic acid on wound healing,” Surgery Jan. 1991;;109(1):76-84
5 Griffiths, C., et al, “Restoration of Collagen Formation in Photodamaged Human Skin by Tretinoin (Retinoic Acid),” NEJM Aug. 19, 1993; 329(8):530-535
6 Fazekas, Z., et al, “Protective effects of lycopene against ultraviolet B-induced photodamage,” Nutr. Cancer2003;47(2):181-7
7 Chuarienthong, P., et al, “Clinical efficacy comparison of anti-wrinkle cosmetics containing herbal flavonoids,” Int. J. Cosmet. Sci. Apr. 2010;32(2):99-106
8 Beitner, H., “Randomized, placebo-controlled, double blind study on the clinical efficacy of a cream containing 5%?-lipoic acid related to photoaging of facial skin,” British Journal of Dermatology 149( 4):841- 849

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