As we put on years, we might tend to stop caring about our physical appearance as much as we did in our younger years. That hair-do that took hours to put together now becomes a quick ponytail or your tailor-made suit has been replaced by a more comfy pair of track pants. We get it; ain’t nobody got time for that. But there are a few simple ways to still look your best with little effort so you stop looking older than you really should. After all, there’s life in the old dog yet!
1. AS COMFORTABLE AS AN OLD SHOE
Yes, we agree that a pair of sneakers are probably the next best thing to walking barefoot, but you can do better than that. Men can opt for moccasins, while women can chose low-heeled pumps with cushioned soles—these are only two for-instances, options really abound. The same comfort, all the more style.
2. PALE INTO INSIGNIFICANCE
Our skin color already gets duller with time; let us not opt for boring clothes colors on top of that. Explore colors you never imagined would look good on you—like red, purple or yellow, maybe?—to bring more light to your face and to stop making you look insignificant. Stay away from neon brights, though; those don’t do anybody any favors.
3. STICK YOUR NECK OUT
Our necks are the first to show we’re aging to others, but turtlenecks are no allies for hiding them. A useful tip: don’t hide; embellish! A sagging neck and chin can be taken off the spotlight with the more elegant scarfs, which come for both men and women.
4. PLUCK AND PLAY
With age, facial hair can delay your morning routine: women’s eyebrows start to disappear, while men’s grow more wildly than ever. Women: ask a cosmetics specialist for advice and resort to the use of eyebrow pencils and powders to cover up visible gaps—BTW, pluck away those extra hairs that might start popping up in your chin area, too. Men: think about including a barber in your life—wait, haven’t you already?—and he’ll help you keep your eyebrows neat.
5. SUN DAY, FUN DAY
Suntans are your skin’s worst enemy. Period. Sure, when you’re young it’s widely appreciated, but a dark tan ages your skin and increases your chances of getting skin cancer and those horrible wrinkles you’ll end up paying millions to get rid of. Have fun in the sun but use sunblock or a hat, and go with a pale look instead.
6. LONG IN THE TOOTH
Growing up increases our chances of getting yellowing teeth because of all the foods, beverages and bad habits we might be exposed to during our lives. Pay regular visits to the dentist and keep up with teeth-whitening products: whiter teeth will help you look younger.
7. UNCOVERED AGENT
If you’re a woman who’s too self-conscious about her legs, you might choose to cover them up with a classic pair of nude stockings. Wrong! There are other alternatives that won’t make you look as old as those do: go for dark stockings during colder months and a spray-on leg tan or nude fishnet stockings during the summer.
8. EMBRACING BRA SIZE
Our bodies change as we age, and so does our bra size. Take the time to learn exactly what size you are and invest in a good bra to adapt to your changing needs. It will make you look younger and trimmer—you’re welcome.
9. MAKE DOWN A NOTCH
Go easy on your make up. Nothing beats a natural look but, if you are used to relying on the powers of makeup, choose small amounts and soft shades. The heavy use of makeup can deteriorate your skin and contribute to the creation of wrinkles, showing an older version of the actual you.
10. SAG WITH NO SWAG
The years 2000 called, they want their saggy pants back! They might look OK in youngsters, but grown-ups look slimmer and younger with clothes that actually fit. Our muscles get saggy enough as we age, we don’t want to add baggy pants on top of that.