Remember those days of your 20s when skincare was all about preventing signs of ageing, that is if you bothered with skincare at all?
Ah, those halcyon days! But there comes a time, usually around your late thirties or early forties, when things start to look a little lackluster.
Skin is drier, less elastic, and there are pesky fine lines and wrinkles that don’t go away when you stop smiling.
Well, don’t give up hope just yet! While it’s important to maintain a good skincare routine that is appropriate for your age and stick to it both in the AM and PM, if you want to get your glow on in minutes, whether because you’re going somewhere or you just feel like a pick-me-up, there are some simple tricks you can do that will take you from drab to delicious in no time at all!
Nothing will help you get your glow on as quickly as an exfoliating session.
We all have multiple layers of dead skin cells that sit on top of the skin, making it appear dull and dry.
Leaving this dead skin in place is a surefire way to make yourself look older.
Enter the exfoliator! Exfoliating leaves you with smoother skin that more easily reflects light, therefore making you look more radiant.
On top of that, it stimulates the circulation in your skin, bringing oxygen and other nutrients to the surface.
And don’t worry about damaging your skin. As long as you’re gentle and only exfoliate once or twice a week (once if you’re dry or sensitive), your skin will thank you and you’ll appear younger and a lot fresher!
There are a range of exfoliators on the market, both manual and chemical, but one we really love for its gentleness and effectivity is Origin’s Ginzing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser.
- Whiten your teeth
Nothing ages you quite as quickly as yellow, decaying teeth, but guess what? When your teeth look bright and healthy, so do you!
For a quick fix and to make yourself look younger in moments, try 30-minute whitening strips to give your teeth a quick burst of brightness.
Or try a tooth polish, such as Carbon Coco’s Activated Charcoal Tooth Polish. Remember, though, that keeping up with your dental hygiene is important, for the sake of your health as well as your appearance.
If you really hate going to the dentist (we get it!), try to think of it less as a torture session and more of a youth-boosting treatment and we’re sure you’ll have no problem with your visits in the future!
- Get your brows right
While thin, scrawny brows instantly age you, bolder, defined brows give the illusion of a more youthful face.
In fact, according to a study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, the darker and more defined eyebrows are, the younger the woman is thought to be.
As we age, hair begins to thin, and this includes brow hair, particularly on the outer edges.
Luckily, it’s easy to mimic the look of real hair with an eyebrow pencil. A brand we really love is Glossier, and their Boy Brow is the perfect tool for the job. Go for a shade the same or a little darker than your natural shade, and, using soft, feathery strokes, fill in any gaps.
Finally, use a little brow gel to sweep the brows upwards to give them a lift. Et voila! Beautiful brows that take years off your face.
- Fake a glow with highlighter
Highlighter is every woman’s best friend, especially as we get older. When used with a light hand, this wonder product gives a glow and a youthful sheen that will instantly lift the skin.
Try placing a little liquid or powder highlighter on the high points of the face, including the tops of the cheeks, down the center of the nose, under the brow bone, and in the lip’s Cupid’s bow.
To really look fresh and awake (yes please!), place a tiny bit in the inner corners of your eyes and blend well.
We highly recommend Jeffree Star’s range of Skin Frost highlighters.
These highlighters are highly pigmented, so a little goes a LONG way. Just to be sure to use a very light hand and the effect will be beautiful and perfect for those days when you don’t quite get your eight hours of sleep!
- Wear a collagen mask
There is nothing quite as relaxing and skin-brightening as a sheet mask, but to really get your glow on and shed some years, chose one that includes collagen.
Collagen is a substance that is naturally produced by the skin, though its production slows down after about the age of 25. Collagen is the reason why everything is so nice and taut when we’re young, and when its production lessens, this is when we start to see fine lines and wrinkles appear.
The right collagen mask infuses your skin with collagen and makes you look instantly more vibrant, but beware, not all masks are created equally.
One you can depend on is the Fusion Naturals Elixir Facial Mask, which works in minutes to tighten, hydrate, and nourish the dullest of skins.
Add the vegan collagen booster that comes with the mask in the Glow Beauty Duo and you have yourself a powerful yet gentle youth-boosting treatment!
This duo works in synergy to deliver collagen deep within the skin and is clinically proven to boost collagen levels. The luxurious serum instantly delivers a glow, and the collagen booster, which you simply add to water and drink, works around the clock to ensure collagen continues to be built within your body. Nice!
So, next time you’re feeling blah and your skin looks dull and lifeless, use one of these hacks to perk up your skin and your mood in no time flat!