How To Prevent Your Beauty Routine From Aging You

As we age, our skin, hair, and features change with us – so our beauty routine needs to change as well. Is yours working against you and adding years to your appearance? Here’s how to avoid the biggest mistakes and maintain a youthful look:

Give your makeup a makeover

Because our skin becomes thinner and dryer, it’s a good idea to update our makeup choices. Primer can be your best friend – it evens out wrinkles so they’re less visible. Top it off with a lightweight foundation that won’t cake into lines.

The eyes have it

Try not to wear excessive eye makeup, since this can work against you. Instead, enhance your natural eye shape like Vanessa Williams in the image on the right. Apply a thin line of eyeliner along top and bottom lash line, keeping it light and soft to avoid harsh lines.

The gray area

As many of us know, pesky gray hairs start taking over the hairline – making previously luscious locks become dull, coarse and often adding years to our face. But a very common (and nowadays, easy) option is covering them up with hair color – just look how Vanessa Williams’ soft, chocolate toned brunette shade brightens her face and covers grays.

Get some shut eye

Sleep may sound obvious, but many don’t realize how it can take years off our appearance! Lack of sleep can cause red, puffy eyes and emphasize fine lines. But getting plenty of sleep can trigger hormones that help repair your skin so it looks youthful, while reducing dark circles.

Brush up your brows

As we age, our eyebrows often become sparser, which can cause us to appear older. But thicker, fuller eyebrows can give your face more definition and youth. To achieve this look, fill in eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil or powder that matches your hair color. In addition, some treatment products can help promote fuller eyebrow growth.

Boost hair

Along with our eyebrows, the hair on our head becomes sparser as we age. But you can fake the appearance of youthful hair by boosting up the body, like Vanessa Williams’ bouncy locks. One good option is a root lift product or other volumizing treatment. You can also blow dry hair with a round brush for extra lift.


Exfoliate your skin to remove dead or dry skin cells that could be dulling your features. To do this, use a washcloth with an exfoliating cleanser to gently scrub. You’ll be amazed at your bright, youthful skin.