These Makeup Mistakes Can Be The Reason You Look Older Than You Are

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As we age and trends change, the rules of makeup change too. Suddenly the bright and colorful trends we once loved just don’t seem to compliment our face and skin anymore. So what’s a gal to do?!

The good news is that there are a few easy tips to keep in mind when applying your make up that are guaranteed to help you look younger and your skin looks healthier. These are some of the biggest mistakes that are making you look much older than you really are and how to avoid them.

Not Wearing Lip Liner

lip liner, makeup tips, anti-agingAs you age, you start to lose the natural contours of your lip line from factors like facial expressions and gravity. This is the biggest culprit of what we call “Grandma lips” where your lip color or lipstick begins to bleed into the skin around the mouth. This can make your lips and your entire face look almost a decade older than it is.

To avoid this and help your lips look years younger, use a lip liner and trace the edges of where you’d like your lipstick to stop and create those contour lines yourself. If you’re using a dark or bright colored lipstick, feel free to match your lip liner shade to that but if you’re looking for a more natural color, you can also use a clear lip liner pencil that will keep color from bleeding on to your skin.

Too Much Concealer

eye bags, dark eye circles, makeup tips, anti-aging makeup, concealerWhen you’re young, you learn that concealer can be your best friend after a late night or a busy week to hide those unattractive dark circles. The problem is that as we age, the skin around our eyes becomes thinner and heavy concealers can look cakey and creased which will make your wrinkles and dark circles look even worse!

To make sure that dark circles are covered but lines and wrinkles aren’t enhanced by using too much concealer, opt for one that is lighter coverage. This will cover the dark circles but blend better with eye wrinkles so they mask them instead of making them stand out. If you find your dark circles are still visible with a lighter concealer, try using a color corrector first before applying your concealer for extra help dulling the darkness.

Putting Eyeliner On Your Lower Lashes

anti-aging, anti-aging makeup, eyeliner, makeup tipsAs we age, the eye area is one of the most difficult areas to cover wrinkles and lines. This is because of all the parts of your face, the eyes are touched the most with makeup application and because of the thin skin around the eyes, it is most likely to sag from gravity.

When you put eyeliner on your lower lashes, all it does is make your eyes look smaller and draw attention to dark circles and crows feet. Instead, use eyeliner only on the top part of your eye and try to make it thicker towards the outer edges. This makes your eyes pop while also providing a lifting illusion to the sagging skin in the corners of your eye.

 

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This Is How Menopause Affects The Way Your Skin Ages And How To Prevent It

Menopause can bring some pretty drastic changes to your body and how it functions but it’s something that every woman will go through as they age.

Menopause causes estrogen production to slow and the ovaries to stop producing eggs. The first sign of menopause can be different for everyone but it usually begins when periods become erratic and then eventually stop all together.

As your estrogen levels drop, most women will experience some nasty side effects like hot flashes and night sweats. While it seems that most of the toll menopause takes can be uncomfortable but harmless, it also can have some drastic effects to how your skin ages.

Drops in estrogen levels before and during menopause can wreak havoc on your skin. It leaves your skin more vulnerable to redness, bumps, and other signs of irritation and can lead to increased dryness. Those dry spots are where wrinkles not only form, but worsen without proper hydration and care.

Estrogens stimulate fat deposits over the female body so as estrogen levels drop during menopause, fat deposits tend to become redistributed and often concentrated over the abdomen and/or on the thighs and buttocks. The result is a loss of supportive fat below the skin of the face, neck, hands and arms; this allows sagging wrinkles to appear.

So what can you do to keep your skin looking its best all while keeping pesky lines and wrinkles at bay during menopause? Make sure that instead of a harsh soap, you’re using a cleanser (and preferably an oil based one like our South Beach Olive Oil Cleanser) which allows your skin to maintain it’s healthy oils and adds moisture instead of drying skin out. Also make sure that you’re applying moisturizer right out of the shower or bath, and reapplying any time your skin feels dry to the touch. Your skin is craving extra hydration at this time so let it soak up all it can!

Pro tip: You can save money on both an oil cleanser and an anti-aging moisturizer by buying them together in a package like our South Beach Skin Lab – Full Beach Bag

Don’t forget your ingredients! With menopause doing its best to throw off your skin, you want to make sure your products are plentiful in peptides, nutrients and collagen boosters!