Tips For Looking Younger

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Amy McGorry from Prevention Magazine provides tips for looking younger and retaining that healthful, youthful glow no matter your age.

    Amy McGorry: At Prevention we are not afraid of getting older, but that doesn't mean we don't still want to retain our healthy, youthful glow. Many of us have spent decades pampering our faces with sunblock, serums and lotions, only to forget other areas of our body that are notorious age giveaways. Here are a few places you should be paying special attention to. First, take care of your neck. Like the face, our neck is extremely vulnerable to UV damage. It's also the thinnest skin on the body and one of the first to show signs of aging. Protect your neck by wearing sunscreen daily and look for moisturizing neck cream fortified with anti-agers and lightening agents like niacin, a B vitamin that helps inhibit the release of melanin, the pigment that colors skin. Also, look for the ingredient glycerin, it will hydrate skin and help to tighten, lift and firm your neck.

    Second, show your hands some TLC. Our hands can be dead giveaways of our age. Make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF to the tops of hands and forearms daily to slow collagen loss and prevent new brown spots from appearing. Treat yourself to a manicure. Researchers found that women who applied nail polish or jewelry were perceived as being younger than those who didn't. Third, brighten your smile. We subconsciously connect adult smile with age, as enamel wears over time causing teeth to darken. Cut back on teeth staining habits like drinking coffee and red wine or smoking and ask your dentist about professional bleaching options, or try an at-home smile brighter. Of course, continue to brush and floss regularly to keep stains at bay. And those are just a few easy ways to keep yourself looking your best at any age.