When the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon set out to find the Fountain of Youth he found Florida instead. He wasn't the first to look for healing waters that could restore youth, either. The legend goes as far back as the time of Alexander the Great, who was reputed to have searched for such waters in eastern Asia. Today, we're still searching for the magic fountain or pill that will keep us young forever.
While there is no "magic" involved, there are ways to look and feel much younger than your chronological age. Almost daily, news reports recount the results of new research covering all aspects of anti-aging, from advancements in lasers and skin creams that stimulate collagen to revolutionary discoveries for weight loss or the latest injectables that claim to take years off a person's face.
The rapid rate of advancements and the sheer number of new inventions are enough to confuse the average consumer. Here are some tips that almost anyone can use to start making changes that can lead to a healthier, more youthful and vibrant look.
- Exercise is the Fountain of Youth. Trick yourself into working out by dancing or jumping rope with your kids. You’ll have so much fun you’ll forget it’s good for you.
- Skip the fashion fads. Instead, try dressing in more simple colors and styles. Use accessories such as scarves, jewelry, belts and the latest shoe and purse styles to add pizzazz to your wardrobe.
- Try a virtual makeover absolutely free. TAAZ.com (http://www.taaz.com/) is realistic and fun. You can upload your own photo and try on all kinds of makeup and celebrity hairstyles with just the click of a mouse. Try on foundation, lipstick, blush, eye shadow, mascara and more, thin your eyebrows and plump your lips, shape the hairstyle you picked and change hair color too.
- Smile. The muscles used to smile lift the face and make a person appear younger. There are other benefits to smiling that go beyond looks. Research has shown that smiling, even fake-smiling, can lower stress levels, which in turn can lower blood pressure and boost the immune system. Studies have also revealed that smiling and laughing releases endorphins and serotonin, two chemicals that make us feel good.
- Hands can show age. Volunteers shown photos of hands without nail polish and jewelry thought the same hands looked younger with polish and bling. Add some tinted SPF 15 or higher to hide blue veins and imperfections and you’ve got instantly younger hands.
Looking younger doesn’t have to be overwhelming or time-consuming. Making just a few small changes can lead to big results.