Y: Younger Skin
Photo credit: Dan Lecca
Young skin renews itself every 28 days, but the aging process puts the brakes on natural exfoliation, collagen production, and moisture retention. Keep cell turnover moving with at-home exfoliators and brighteners.
Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.
Unless you have an excessively oily complexion, you must moisturize. Think of leather: Untreated, it gets lines and creases. And you don't want to look like a worn bag.
Makeup Tips for a Younger Look
"Too much powder can make a person look older, too," observes party photographer and Glamour Girls author Patrick McMullan, who has watched the world's most famous women grow up in front of his lens. "It's particularly hideous at the end of the night. Heroin chic [heavy black liner and powdery white skin] might have looked very cool on a 19- or 16-year-old model, but on a 30-year-old woman, it just looked worn out."
Be cautious, too, with contouring, which hollows out facial regions already losing their youthful plumpness. "There's a lot of volume loss with age," says NYC plastic surgeon Haideh Hirmand. Instead of shading, switch to highlighting. Using paler hues, accentuate under the brows for a mini lift, and dust a lighter blush along the cheekbone (carefully avoiding any crow's-feet under the eyes) to plump cheeks. "Between ages 25 and 35, women have lost their baby fat and have grown into their looks," Hirmand adds.