Your makeup and skincare routine is supposed to help you feel and look youthful, vibrant and fabulous. But if you’re not careful, the steps you’re taking to look your best can actually end up aging you. A few simple tweaks to your skincare and makeup methods can steer you in the right direction and make sure you’re not doing more harm than good. Avoid these eight pitfalls and you’ll be looking younger, fresher and more beautiful than ever.
Missing Out On Moisturizer
A good moisturizer can build a foundation for youthful looking skin. But skipping this step in your skincare routine can result in dryness and wrinkles that age the appearance of skin and make applying makeup more difficult. The periorbital area (around the eye) is particularly prone to fine lines and wrinkles. However, in one study of the efficacy of anti-aging products, the appearance of those lines was significantly improved after four weeks of using an SPF lotion, night cream and eye cream.
Skipping On The Sunscreen
Just like forgoing moisturizer, by skipping an SPF product, you’re missing an opportunity to prevent wrinkles, sun spots and other signs of aging. Using a sunscreen and avoiding overexposure are simple ways to establish an anti-aging regimen. Dermatologists recommend sun protection in preventing the development of pigmented lesions, such as freckles, not only to avoid the appearance of aging, but also to decrease the risk of melanoma.
Mismatching Your Foundation
Resist the temptation to use your foundation to fake either a tan or fairer skin. The best thing you can do is match your foundation as closely to your natural skin tone as possible. You’ll avoid the dreaded makeup mask look and keep your complexion natural.
“Mama Mia” is undeniably a great song. However, the blush worn by the two female members of ABBA is undeniably dated and over the top. Skip the super cool-toned frosted blushes blended right into your hairline and reach for a color that mimics your natural flush. Apply just above the apples of your cheeks for an instant lift.
Overdoing It On The Lip Liner
Lining your lips with a neutral color or one that matches your lipstick can be your secret weapon to get a crisp lip line and avoid the dreaded lipstick bleed. But a dark lip liner paired with a lighter lipstick instantly ages you. Keep your secret weapon secret and don’t flaunt a mismatched liner.
Disney Villain Brows
Have you noticed that every Disney villain has thin, arched, severe brows and the princesses all have fuller, more natural brows? Don’t over pluck or draw a thin line and you’ll avoid looking like Maleficent. Just a little bit of shaping and filling in with a matching brow powder, pencil or gel will keep you looking ready for your prince at any age.
Trying Too Hard To Follow Trends… From Any Era
There are certain makeup looks that remain timeless: a winged liner, a red lip, full lashes, a subtle flush. Stick to the well-established classics or natural looks and you’ll steer clear of falling victim to trends. Remember that pink frosted lipgloss you had in high school? Let’s not revisit that look.
Sleeping With Your Makeup On
The most important step in your makeup routine is taking it off. One woman conducted an experiment on her own face, not removing her makeup for an entire month. The results, analyzed with a special 3D camera, showed deeper wrinkles, oxygen deprivation, red blotches and larger pores. Keep a package of cleansing wipes next to your bed so even on nights when you’ve had a few too many glasses of merlot, you have the means to remove your makeup and prevent those signs of aging.
Makeup and skincare are just the tip of the aging iceberg. To learn more about how age affects women’s health and wellness, consider registering for the Women’s Health Conversations 2016 Conference to be held in Pittsburgh, Pa. On Nov. 4 and 5, experts in the women’s health and wellness fields will provide information on a range of topics affecting modern women. To be entertained, empowered and educated, register for the conference today.