1. Brighten your smile
A bright white smile is one of the best and easiest ways to knock years off instantly. It’s well documented that as you age, your teeth begin to yellow — so it’s only natural that a bright smile will will help you to look younger. In fact, a British study recently concluded that white teeth can not only make you look five years younger, but actually make you look 20 percent more attractive in general! Not only is whitening your teeth one of the most effective ways to look younger, but it’s also one of the cheapest. There are coupon deals almost every week on teeth whitening products, or you can try one of these home remedies.
2. Make that hair shine!
As we age, our hair actually becomes more porous, which not only causes it to be less manageable, but more dull. Making that head of hair shine is a simple, inexpensive way to help turn back the clock. In fact, you may not even have to spend a dime. You can actually get that shiny mane from a product that you probably already have in your kitchen – vinegar! To shine your hair with vinegar, mix one part water with three parts vinegar and apply liberally to your hair. Make sure to massage it in to get the roots. Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes and then rinse it out and shampoo like normal.
3. Find the perfect bra
If you haven’t been bra shopping in a while, it is very possible that you may actually be wearing the wrong size. Experts actually estimate that nearly 80 percent of all women are not wearing their correct size, which can not only make you look older and heavier, but can even cause shoulder or back pain. You can get a free bra fitting at numerous stores including Kohl’s, Macy’s and Victoria’s Secret, but if you don’t feel comfortable doing so, check out Nordstrom’s guide to measuring yourself. You can find a good quality bra for under $50 – or much less if you’re watching those sales! $50 to look a few years younger? Yes, please !
4. Loosen your hair
If you tend to pull your hair back in a tight ponytail or bun, it may be time to rethink that look. Tight hair pulled off of your face can instantly draw attention to those crows feet and fine lines that you’re trying to hide. Instead, try a playful, loose wave. Flowing hair that has a lot of movement to it is an easy (and free) way to create a more youthful appearance. Whatever you do, avoid hair that is stiff and doesn’t move, which will age you instantly.
5. Switch from lipstick to gloss
As we age, our lips start to lose their fullness — and don’t get me started on those little lines and wrinkles that start forming around the mouth! This makes it easier for lipstick to bleed, and lipstick bleeding into those lines is an instant tell of a woman’s age. Instead, swap that lipstick for gloss. A light, shiny gloss can instantly make lips look fuller and make you look younger. The best part? With those coupons and drugstore deals, you can probably score a new gloss for under $5 – or maybe even free!
6. Eat for radiance
It may not be instant gratification, but eating certain foods can help skin stay radiant, tight and more youthful. One of the best vitamins to build collagen is Vitamin C, which can be found in citrus fruits such as grapefruit and lemons. Other key components to youthful skin are beta-carotene and lutein, which can help protect the skin from wrinkles and promote cell turnover, leading to smoother, younger-looking skin. These are found in foods such as sweet potatoes (yum!), spinach, kale, carrots, and squash.
7. Have your eyebrows professionally done
For years I did my own eyebrows, and they always looked great. But after seeing a Groupon for an eyebrow wax, I decided to give a professional a try — and all I can say is “wow!” A clean, well groomed eyebrow can create an instant eyelift, and you might be surprised to see just how much younger you look after you let a pro do the job for you. The nice thing about this tip is that an eyebrow wax or threading is very inexpensive, usually running between $10-20. But you can often find these services on Groupon and other daily deal sites for as much as half off!