Many women fight the battle against aging every day, with expensive treatments and surgeries.
But the latest issue of Redbook magazine shares many
Redbook Beauty Director Cheryl Kramer Kaye filled "Early Show" viewers in on several of them:
They're simple, they don't require expensive purchases or drastic changes or surgery, and they might just take you aback!
There are several things you can do with your daily makeup regiment that might make the difference. Take a few years off your face by just thinking about your makeup a little bit differently.
WEAR A LIGHTER LIPSTICK AND COMBINE IT WITH GLOSS
Full lips are a sign of youthfulness, and unfortunately, lips tend to thin with age. That means a dark shade can be unflattering on mature faces. Another thing to remember is that dark shades make features smaller, make them look like they're receding, while lighter shades make things look fuller.
In order to stop your lipstick from looking severe, choose rosy reds or flesh colored shades, rather than dark purples or fire engine reds. Switch to a lighter shade and dab clear gloss just in the center of your top and bottom lips. It will make your pout look cushier, instantly. And remember: Applying lipstick with no other makeup on your face makes you look older than wearing no makeup at all.
BRUSH BLUSH ABOVE YOUR APPLES, AND TRY BRONZER AND BLUSH
Blush creates cheekbones, makes your eyes sparkle and warms up your face. For a cheek lift, you can place a large fluffy brush at the highest point of your cheekbone and apply in a circular motion. Go for warm pinks, apricots, or bronzes, they create less contrast and make you look younger. Or, if you really want some color, try a bronzer along the cheekbones then swipe a bright pink on the apples of the cheeks. Redbook's pick is Nars Laguna/Orgasm Blush and Bronzing Duo ($39) at NarsCosmetics.com. They also like Nars Loose Powder Brush ($50) at the same website.
LIFT YOUR EYES WITH PENCIL; TRY A LIGHTER SHADE
Instead of liquid liner, use an eye pencil. Its softness enlarges the eyes more than liquid liner. To avoid droopy lids, blend the liner up at the outer corners with a Q-tip. Also, if you line the inner rims of your eyes with a peach toned pencil, it will counteract redness to help eyes look wider and more awake. A good pencil for this is Smashbox Eye Beam Double Ended Brightener ($22). Combine this with a navy liner for your lower lid and you will look younger in minutes!
ANTI AGING HOME REMEDIES
REVERSE BROWN SPOTS
To diminish brown sun spots on your hands, try lemon juice diluted with water. You can apply it with a Q-tip or put it in a spray bottle and mist your whole hand at once. Just be sure to test a small are of skin first, since lemon juice can be irritating to the skin. Lemon juice works as a natural bleach and exfoliate (it contains natural fruit acids), so do beware of applying or spraying any lemon solution on your hands or body before spending a length of time in the sun.
Soothing skin and sensitive is a problem as you get older. The wear and tear of the everyday can wreak havoc on skin, creating wrinkles and lines that won't go away. A great way to get rid of that is a simple milk compress. Simply drench a washcloth with cold milk from the fridge and apply it to the sensitive areas. The coolness plus the milk's lactic acid have soothing properties. Once a week this can make you feel younger and give you fresh skin.
TRY FROWNIES INSTEAD OF BOTOX
Frownies are from the BB era -- Before Botox - but, believe it or not, they work the same way. They relax the muscles that contract and cause expression lines and wrinkles. Apply them in the areas you would get Botox before you go to bed. Frownies train your muscles to stay relaxed while you sleep (believe it or not, you make hundreds of facial expressions every night as you slumber). This keeps fine lines from becoming deeper. Frownies Forehead and Between the Eye Patches are $19.95 at Frownies.com
OTHER ANTI AGING TIPS
SHIELD YOUR WINDOWS
Did you know that the average commuter gets over 200 hours a year of sun just from their cars? And that about 75 percent of UV rays pass through glass? Now, none of this can hurt you, but it can age you. And that's a lot of sun damage. First thing to know: Sunscreen is a must at ALL TIMES. On cloudy days, winter days, even indoors, it's a pretty good idea. But if you can't always wear it, shield your windows to minimize the effects of sun exposure and invest in a clear window film such as Solar Gard, which eliminates 99 percent of the UVA and UVB rays.
EYE CREAM WORKS BETTER FROM THE FRIDGE
Keep your eye cream in the fridge for the quickest, best results. Cold reduces swelling, think about how you treat a swollen ankle. It constricts the blood vessels to help the swelling go down. The same holds true for skin de-puffers, like eye cream. Not only do products like these feel refreshing going on cold, but it will work that much faster. Keeping it cold will make it effective in two minutes, rather than an hour or two. And as an extra bonus, it keeps the ingredients fresher, longer. Mally Perfect Prep Soothing Eye Gel ($45) Skin Effects by Dr. Jeffrey Dover Glycolic Day Cream at SPF 30 ($17)