Are there five easy tricks to looking five years younger?
I am not sure if these ideas really make me look any younger but they sure do make me feel a lot better. There are certain “grooming” (for want of better word) jobs I need to have done regularly otherwise I don’t feel well with the world. Simple beauty, hair and make-up rituals that make all the difference to how I look and present myself. They are not complicated or revolutionary but they inspire confidence. When I am behind on these, I am well and truly behind.
A good cut and blow dry on a regular basis is one of those can’t-live-without treatments. Recently, I have avoided a haircut for no other reason than time and schedule. I feel, not to mention how I look, terrible. Most likely it is 99% in my mind, but that is where it counts. A good haircut not only boosts the confidence barometer sky high but also does take years off. The blow dry is my weekly ritual and a professional job really makes the difference. If you are lucky enough to manage your own hair then I am jealous. Mine is difficult and is much friendlier, we get on so much better, when blow-dried professionally. If my hair is good, I am well with the world. Silly, I do get that, but we have to do what we have to do.
A manicure and pedicure are absolute musts to feel well put together. The latest colour on the fingers and toes is an easy, non-confrontational way to stay up to date. Don’t forget to wipe the nail with remover before the base coat; the manicure lasts so much longer. I don’t do gels as my nails are not strong enough but this move means my manicure will see me right through the week. A new shade, a simple pleasure but it brings all smiles.
Smiling takes years off the face, especially in photographs and besides who doesn’t want to be the recipient of a beautiful smile. Invest in teeth; they deserve it. They are hard working, long lasting and define one of our most important features, our mouths. A million red lipsticks won’t hide unhappy teeth.
Brows are one of those features that I really care about. I have mentioned before that I am cool with the grey hair but not the grey brows. Brows define the face and a darker brow can lift the eyes and subsequently rejuvenate the face. Well-defined and not pencil thin brows mean less eye-make-up is needed. In between tints, I shade the eyebrows myself. Finding the happy medium between Twiggy and Groucho takes years off.
Hydrate constantly and sleep well as no one product can duplicate the wonderful benefits of water and rest. Invest time and energy in skincare. Know your products and use them. I am often guilty of skipping my routine when I am tired or rushed. There are no valid excuses; I know my serums and moisturisers help give me the glow I am looking for. Wrinkles are not the ageing baddie we are lead to believe; a lifeless and dry complexion is the guilty party.
Five Tricks: Five Years
image, julianne moore by alisdair mcclellan