- Your chronological age which is based on your birthdate.
- Your biological age which is a measure of how well your physical body is functioning.
- Your psychological age which is dependent on how you see yourself and what your outlook is on life.
You can’t change your chronological age. Therefore, in order to “turn back the clock” you have to address both the physical and the psychological aspects of aging. So, having said this, I have assembled 5 “inside & outside” style tips that I believe will help you look youthful.
#1 Keep Your Body in a Youthful Condition
Nothing is more aging than being unhealthy, constantly in pain, and always talking about your health and your medical appts. You really do need to maintain your best possible health and then learn to deal with what you can’t change by having a positive attitude. As far as your appearance, don’t forget to keep your hair, skin, and teeth healthy. Good grooming can take years off your look. Try a modern hair cut – experimenting is good as you might discover that the cut you’ve worn for years has aged you. Take yourself out of your comfort zone! Take good care of your skin, properly cleansing and moisturizing it. And, finally, keep your teeth as white as possible. If you look healthy, you will look younger!
#2 Foundations First
Make sure you are wearing the right foundational garments. You would be surprised how many women over 40 are wearing the wrong bra size. Don’t just assume you know your size – take advantage of the many free bra-measuring services in any good store. Also, find the right pair of underwear. The trick is to find underwear that supports your bottom without creating a VPL (visible panty line). Personally, I have struggled to wear a thong for years – I just can’t get used to it. I feel like there is no support and sometimes the thong even shows. I’ve also tried Commando but they don’t stay in place. I have found that Soma’s Vanishing Edge Microfiber (bikini or modern brief) work the best for me. Once you find the right brief, you will see that your outfits (and you!) “sit” much better.
#3 Don’t Hide Your Fabulous Body
As we mature, we tend to cover ourselves up and hide our bodies under layers of clothes. We try to cover our neck, our arms, our legs. Don’t do this – open yourself up! Open up your neckline – v shaped looks good on most women. Roll up your sleeves! Watch the fabric you wear – jersey fabric doesn’t create the best shape as it clings – I know you think it is comfortable! If you really love jersey go for something that drapes your curves or has ruching so that it hides any perceived flaws.
#4 Minimize Black and Maximize Your Best Colors
Black is considered safe and forgiving – again hiding your perceived flaws. Black also puts those years on you. Save it for formal occasions. As we mature, our skin becomes paler and wearing black can create a dramatic contrast that will emphasize wrinkles and draws attention to dark circles under your eyes. If you must wear black, add an accessory near your face, a scarf or necklace, that will add a pop of color. Otherwise, use more color in your outfits. Make sure you know the colors that make your complexion look healthier and your eyes brighter. In addition, there is evidence that the colors you wear can affect how others perceive you. They also impact your own mood. Wearing the right colors can help to create a happier and more empowered mood.
#5 You Are as Young as You Feel
Smile, laugh, and show enthusiasm and excitement in your voice. Did you know the average child smiles 400 times a day and adults only 15 times a day? We need to be more light-hearted! Surround yourself with young people. Be interested in what they are doing. Need I tell you I was learning about Snapchat from a teenager just recently? Your attitude is the most important. When you feel young, you look young. It all starts from the Inside and works it way Outside!
How do you prefer to define how young or old you are – by your birthday years, by your appearance, or by your attitude to life? Or a combination? What makes you look more youthful? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!
LOOK GREAT | FEEL GREAT | DO GREAT!