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Aging Well

10 Little Changes That Take Off Five Years

If the Fountain-of-Youth Fairy came into your life and offered to wave her magic wand so you would look at least five years younger almost instantly, we’re betting you wouldn’t turn her down. Well, here we are with the next best solution. Read on for 10 surefire strategies to make yourself appear more youthful than you do right now.

Steal Anna Wintour’s Bob-and-Bangs Hairstyle

An ultimate icon of chic, “Vogue”‘s longtime editor-in-chief knows that a face-framing bob with eyebrow-grazing bangs hides any forehead wrinkles she may have, puts the focus on her eyes, and makes her neck seem longer. Copy her look and you’ll get those anti-aging benefits,

Go Blonde!

Whether or not becoming a blonde will guarantee that you’ll have more fun is debatable, but you’ll almost certainly take a few years off your appearance. Boomer celebs who know that lighter is better as the years go by are legion, including Helen Mirren, Sharon Stone, Jessica Lange, and Madonna.

Whiten Your Teeth

Yellow teeth that result from the thinning “dentin” layer are sure to give away your age. Our resident dental expert here at ThirdAge, James Eisdorfer, DDS, recommends whitening strips such as Crest 3D if you’re not up for a professional procedure. However, he says so-called whitening toothpaste and gum have almost no effect at all.

Wear Bright Lipstick

Dr. Eisdorfer also says that bright lipstick, especially red, makes your teeth seem to sparkle more. We’ll add that brilliant shades on your lips also give your whole face a fresher appearance.

Banish the “Mom Jeans”

If you’re a “curvy girl,” show off what you’ve got! Denim fabrics with some built-in stretch are a boon. Of course, too tight isn’t good, and skinny jeans may not be your best option, but baggy jeans can definitely age you.

Use Foundation Sparingly

Opt for a moisturizing foundation that’s formulated especially for older skin, which tends to be drier and more fragile than it once was. And while you’re at it, pick a brand with SPF in the mix. Or simply use a tinted moisturizer. Another good choice is mineral foundation that goes on with a brush. And consider applying whichever product you choose only on your nose and the areas of your face that have the fewest wrinkles. That way foundation won’t collect in the creases and end up emphasizing them.

Swear by Your Spanx

Yes, do your ab reps and all the rest, but you’ll almost certainly still have the inevitable “meno-pot.” Suck it in as much as you can, but why not let the smoothing miracle of Spanx help you out?

Rock the Stilettos

High heels are not meant for long days on your feet or for walking any distance, but they are undeniably sexy and they make your legs look gorgeous At least for special occasions, wear shoes that say you’re still in the game. After all, you can bring along sneakers or ballerina flats for a quick change at party’s end if you like!

Stand Tall!