Aging can take a toll on your skin, but there are some things you can do to keep it looking its best.
It’s inevitable that your skin will change as you age. Aging compromises collagen and elastin and as a result, your youthful appearance is affected. However, there are some things you can do to conceal fine lines and wrinkles.
Prevention is the key when it comes to your skin. But for many of us, that ship may have sailed. So, it’s time to correct some of the signs of skin damage the best we can. And that starts with a good skin care regimen.
It’s even more important than makeup when it comes to camouflaging your wrinkles and other imperfections. If your skin is at its best, you’ll notice that you need less makeup. Cleansing, moisturizing, eye creams and wearing SPF are all steps to take in order to ensure the best-looking skin. In addition, exfoliate your skin to keep it looking smooth and polished, and look for antioxidant-enriched skin care products that include vitamins A and C to help get your skin in shape.
As you age, your hormones can cause our skin to become dry, causing fine lines and wrinkles to stand out. By keeping your skin moisturized, day and night, you can improve your skin’s appearance. The added hydration helps to plump your skin. So, drink up to keep hydrated on the inside and keep your skin moisturized on the outside. And don’t limit hydration to just your face. Remember, your hands and neck can be a dead giveaway of your real age.
Hopping on every latest trend in the world of anti-aging skin care won’t serve you well. Instead, focus on a line of products with consistent ingredients. That way your skin care products will work with each other for the best results. If you’re mixing and matching too many different products and ingredients, your skin may become irritated and make your wrinkles more visible.
I’ll admit it, I was late to the game when it came to using makeup primer. But I can now say that it makes a huge difference when used as a base before applying makeup. Follow your normal skin care regimen and then add a primer to your skin just after your moisturizer. Silicone-based primers fill in skin imperfections, such as fine lines and uneven texture. Then, when it’s time to start applying your makeup, you’ll notice that your foundation goes on much smoother and easier as a result. The simple cushion that primer creates in your fine lines and wrinkles can help prevent your makeup from settling into the lines and drawing more attention to them.
Covering up your wrinkles to camouflage them doesn’t work and may even make them look worse. Instead of using a heavy foundation on your skin, look for products that are hydrating and sheer. A tinted moisturizer, while providing lighter coverage, won’t settle into your lines and give you that cracked appearance.
It’s true that a light dusting of loose powder can set your makeup fabulously. But Powder can act like a magnifying glass to your lines if you aren’t careful. Look for opportunities to swap them for creams that will give you a more natural look. If using powder is a must for you, then use it sparingly. Powder your nose and your chin and leave it at that.
I’m a firm believer in using in a bit of “smoke and mirror” tactics when it comes to camouflaging my fine lines and wrinkles. It’s all about distracting the eye and shifting the focus onto something else besides the imperfections. Get people to notice something other than your wrinkles, such as your eyes. Try applying a lighter, neutral shade to your eye lids and look for those softer neutral shades for your crease to make your true eye color pop. Anything too shimmery can draw attention to fine lines.
Does it seem like you’re always trying to keep the color on your lips and off of your skin? Bleeding lipstick is the worst attention grabber for fine lines around the mouth. Choose a good lip pencil to line your lips. Look for pencils that are creamy in texture and have a color-stay or color-lasting quality. Make sure your liner matches yours lip color for the most natural and elegant look. Once you’ve lined your lips, apply a bit of lip color. Use your finger or a lip brush so you can gently pat the color onto your lips and control the application. This should keep the color and the attention on your lips and off your lines.
I spend a lot of time looking for new ways to help camouflage my skin imperfections. I do believe that little fine lines and wrinkles, aka expression lines, do give us character and lend to our beauty. But…a little goes a long way. If we can take a few simple steps to help preserve our youthful appearance, then why not?
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Here are some ways to help create a healthy, active lifestyle for children.
A child’s external appearance may not always be a true indication of what’s happening on the inside of their body. They can be skinny on the outside with a high internal body fat percentage, so appearance isn’t an effective gauge. Even if weight is not a problem for your child, you still shouldn’t let them consume a ton of junk food and sit around all day. It’s important to understand that children need regular physical activity in their lives.
The American Heart Association states that an increased level of physical activity for children can lead to a decreased risk of developing cardiovascular disease later in life. This reason alone should be enough to inspire you to help your child get up off the couch and start moving. So, here are even more reasons why physical activity is good for them:
The wonderful health benefits associated with regular physical activity may be just the thing to convince you to motivate your child to get moving. Trust me, as a mom to four young kids, I understand that your determined young child or grumpy teenager may care less about their long-term health and would much rather eat chips and play video games. So, here’s a list of five ways you can motivate an inactive child to get moving:
Trying out various activities until something sticks is a great approach to creating life-long habits. Don’t make a big deal out of the experience, just simply say, “I thought we could all go and try X today for fun.” Make sure it’s an activity that has you all moving, and see if they ask to go back.
A simple pedometer can create a challenge that not only burns calories but creates many fun conversation and interaction. This is perfect for pre-teens (my kids love to compete to see who gets the highest number), but I’ve also seen this simple method of recording daily movement be effective with teenagers and adults.
Get creative with a daily rewards system that recognizes healthy choices. Pick a gift or family outing that you know will motivate your child to keep up with their activities long-term.
Be a good example and get active with your family. Children love to emulate their parents, so set a good example by making your own health a priority.
Make exercise and activity a positive experience for everyone involved. Using it as a form of punishment, or kicking your kids outside when it’s cold to ‘get active,’ may create a negative association with exercise that will last into adulthood.
Kids go through many growth spurts, especially as they approach their teenage years. We have to be conscious of their ever-changing needs and continually find ways to motivate and inspire them to be healthy and active. A diet and lifestyle overhaul for a child should be gradual over a prolonged period of time so they can achieve success.
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Kids can be picky eaters, but here’s a short list of nutrition-packed, healthy foods that most will enjoy.
It’s always funny to me when people ask me how my kids ate when they were little. I’m sure many of them think that since I do what I do, my kids must have been perfect eaters––or that I had some special tricks up my sleeve that made them beg for broccoli and other healthy foods. Truth be told, my kids were no different from most other kids. They had their likes and dislikes. And they’d go on food jags where they’d want to eat the same thing every single day.
Naturally, it did concern me that their nutritional needs weren’t always being met. But there were several really healthy foods that they were almost always willing to eat. I just downplayed the “healthy” part, because once you tell kids something is “good for you,” that’s one of the surest paths to rejection.
So, here’s a list of my top-rated foods for kids––they’re good, and good for them.
Tuna fish – Many kids turn their noses up at fish, but they’ll eat tuna salad. Like all fish, tuna is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and is rich in protein. Try mixing your canned tuna with mashed avocado instead of mayonnaise for a healthier tuna salad, and serve with some whole grain crackers––kids love to make their own little cracker sandwiches.
A lot of kids fall short when it comes to meeting their calcium needs, and many don’t eat enough fruit, so smoothies can help fill both gaps. They’re quick and easy to make, and they’re great when things get rushed in the morning. Kids love to make their own. If you’ve got low-fat milk, protein powder and some frozen fruit at hand, your kids can take it from there.
Kids and vegetables often don’t mix, but sweet, crunchy, raw carrots are an exception. Carrots are rich in beta carotene to help support healthy-looking skin and eyesight, and they’re also a good source of fiber. They’re fun to eat plain or dipped in fat-free ranch, salsa or guacamole.
It takes just a few minutes to cook up some rolled oats, which are naturally rich in fiber and B-vitamins. Try making it with nonfat milk or soy milk rather than water to boost calcium and protein. Then sweeten lightly, and stir in some diced fruit like bananas or apples.
Kids love strawberries because they taste so good. They’re also packed with vitamin C, potassium and fiber. When fresh berries are unavailable, use the frozen whole berries in smoothies or mixed with yogurt.
Instead of chips, offer kids nuts to satisfy their craving for something crunchy and salty. Tree nuts like almonds, walnuts or pistachios provide beneficial fats, protein and minerals like zinc and magnesium.
Beans do double nutrition duty for kids. They’re not only a good source of iron, but they’re a great fiber source, too. Most kids will eat canned beans seasoned with a touch of ketchup, barbecue sauce or salsa. You can also try bean soup, or whirl some beans in the blender with a little salt, lemon and olive oil for a tasty hummus dip for raw veggies.
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