Looking Younger: Effective and Ineffective Ways
Unless you are literally still a child, or someone who looks forward to and embraces old age, you are someone who wants to look younger.
As we get older we unfortunately are dealt the double blow of both visibly ageing and gradually running out of time to complete the things we want to do and live the life we always dreamed of living.
This can be quite distressing.
Unfortunately there is no way to actually ‘stop’ the hands of time from ticking. However, what you can do is to ensure that you don’t age so obviously, and minimize the visible physical effects of aging.
Of course, each method has its own advantages and drawbacks. Here we will look at a few of the different methods and what you can expect…
How to Look Younger – Pros and Cons
Skin creams are worshipped by many hopefuls as a potential elixir of youth that can help them to prevent wrinkles, sun spots and other unfortunate skin damage that comes with age.
It’s none-invasive and it’s not a method anyone is likely to feel bad or self-conscious about.
The downsides however are that
a) it’s quite expensive over a period of time, and
b) it’s not going to make a huge amount of difference. Many skin creams and anti-aging creams are sadly complete scams, but even the very best ones have only been found to be around 10% effective.
Botox involves an injection that can paralyze the muscles in the face thereby resulting in a fixed expression. This then prevents the skin from rolling and wrinkling when you smile or attempt any expression beyond a fixed stare. While this may prevents lines on your face, it looks, well, unnerving. Because it’s temporary you won’t be stuck with anything that you don’t turn out to like either. But the downside is unfortunately that it can sometimes look a little odd if it isn’t done well due to the loss of ability to smile as broadly. Or naturally.
And always remember that the tox in botox is short for toxin, which means poison.
There’s a lot you can do with makeup. Of course, you can fill in deep lines with foundation, but make sure that it is a sheer foundation and not powdery – or it can end up building up in the cracks and making you look older. Even just adding a little tan to the skin can help, or drawing the eye to other features with lipstick or eye shadow. As you age, your cheekbones can actually look more defined and this is also good to draw attention to. Just note that you may risk looking like you’re trying too hard to look young if you aren’t subtle with it.
You don't want anyone ever referring to you as "mutton dressed up as lamb."
Supplements and Diet
There are various supplements that claim to prevent and fight aging. Of course, if you’re trying to look younger then you want the latter specifically – antioxidants might help prevent you getting extra wrinkles but they won’t get rid of the ones you have. What might have more of a positive effect is to eat your protein, to get lots of vitamins and minerals, and to try resveratrol.
Resveratrol is a stilbenoid, a type of natural phenol, and a phytoalexin produced by several plants in response to injury or, when the plant is under attack by pathogens such as bacteria or fungi. Sources of resveratrol in food include the skin of grapes, blueberries, raspberries, mulberries, and peanuts.
Though don’t expect a miracle transformation unless your diet is currently in tatters and responsible for your skin problems. Likewise, be very wary of products that seem to offer a miracle. Remember the old adage: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Plastic surgery is the most invasive choice for turning back the clock, but it is also the strategy most likely to have permanent and very definite results. Good and bad. If you want to be sure that you will look different tomorrow, then there are various different surgical techniques available from laser treatments to face and neck lifts.
These vary in results as well as in invasiveness and discomfort. Consider carefully if you want to go ahead and the various options available to you.
Plastic surgery horror stories abound. Make sure you see a consultant with an excellent reputation and genuine positive referrals before making any final decisions.