How to Look Younger and More Vibrant TODAY.

That title is a little misleading. I don’t know if “younger” is the right word, but I’m going with it. Let me explain: One of the main issues that I feel like I’m always fighting at my current age, is always looking tired. Even when I don’t FEEL tired, I LOOK tired. It’s a sort of “dullness” that I work constantly to shake off. I don’t feel dull. Far from it. So, I’d like my outside to reflect my inside! I’ve put together 10 things that you can do to look younger and more vibrant TODAY.

How to look younger and more vibrant over 40

In terms of budget, I don’t have an unlimited one. In fact I’d call it constrained at best! Most of my residual dollars go to skincare and hair. So getting some procedures to shave off a few years and perk up my look really isn’t going to happen right now. Instead, I put in a lot of research to come up with some things that you can do right now, that won’t break the bank, but will go a long way in helping women over 40 to feel and look more vibrant, youthful…….and less tired. I think we all want that.

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1.Brighten the whites of your eyes. This is a big one for me. My eyes are hazel and the whites these days, just look so dull. I hate it. I’d been using Visine, and while that did make a difference, it’s nothing compared to these drops by Bausch + Lomb! You guys- one drop in each eye and the whites are completely white and bright in less than 5 minutes! And the effect lasts almost all day. Brighten up those whites to look more awake!.

2.Whiten your teeth. I have crowns on my top teeth after having tetracycline staining as a child, so they do stay white now. But I’ve noticed that as people age, their teeth do get dingy and it’s a big thing that ages you. My husband uses Crest 3D White strips and they are amazing and super convenient. You can even grab some off brands now from Target that are a bit cheaper. This will brighten your look straight away and make you feel so good about your smile. (Can cause sensitivity for some people, so consider getting Sensodyne as well.)

3.Apply Self tanner. I wrote about my fool proof method and how to do this here. And while I’m not sure if this is just a “thing” in the U.S., there is something youthful and “blurring” about a tan. A good spray tan will give you the same effect, but you can easily do this at home for less than $25. It blurs imperfections and gives a more youthful glow. I also think it gives you a little more confidence to wear shorts and dresses! This one is my hands down fav.

4. Lashes– Of course getting lash extensions or a lash lift and tint will give you amazing results but if that just isn’t in the budget, try false lashes. I’ve linked the ones that I use below. I use these almost daily and just order these packs from Amazon. They are natural looking and really go a long way to make your eyes “pop”.

5. Fix your lips! I’ve written an entire post about this before here. Dry, cracked lips age us. Get soft lips again by using Treat Beauty lip scrub and lip balm. Organic and cruelty free this lip balm does the trick quickly. Then try lining your lips just outside the natural line with the perfect nude pencil. Then fill in your lips with the same pencil and add a touch of light gloss for moisture. The ones I use are linked below. They are all in nude shades that are great for really helping to make your lips more natural and more youthful.

6. Add the tiniest touch of highlighter. The tip here if you’re over forty is “less is more” and find a moisturizing, slight glimmer lotion rather than a bold highlighter. Add just a tiny dot to the TOP of the cheekbone, and then blend out and up. You can also add it above the brow, and a touch on the cupids bow of your lips. This will catch the light as you move and creates a more youthful glow on your face.

7. Use a Satin Finish Foundation. A matte finish can be drying on mature skin, accentuating lines and wrinkles, while the “illuminating” finishes can sometimes make you look too shiny. A satin finish provides more of a “dewey” look that can help minimize lines. My favorite drugstore and high end brands are linked below.

8. Deep Condition Your Hair. I wrote a post on how to get great hair over 40 here. Unmovable hair is aging. To give your hair some life and movement again, consider doing a deep treatment. I swear by this conditioning hair mask by Amika. You will notice a big difference the very first time you use it.

9. Fix the neck. While this is not permanent, it bares mentioning because it really does work. These neck strips attach to the back of your neck and under your hair. They instantly make your neck look lifted and smooth. These are great to have on hand for special occasions or for formal portraiture. Just keep some on hand and follow the directions.

10. Embrace High Tech Solutions. This one isn’t instant, but the results are great and worth mentioning here. I am firmly on the NuFace bandwagon. Its an at-home facial toning device that is clinically tested for improved facial contour, skin tone, and reduction of the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles through the use of micro-current technologies. I’ve been using it for about a year and I’m super happy with the results!

I hope that you will give a few of these things a try. These are my very best tips for helping you to look more “awake”, brighter and more youthful today. I think we would all like to look a little fresher and more vibrant. Often times it’s these tiny little things that we do that can make such a world of difference in our appearance. Let me know in the comments if you have any tips to add to these. I am always ready to absorb new tips and tricks from the Hive Mind, here. šŸ™‚ After all- we’re in this together. If we don’t help each other…..who’s going to?

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How to look younger and more vibrant over 40.

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18 Comments

    • melissa
      Author
      May 15, 2019 / 3:52 pm

      Oh yes! I’m still trying out setting powders and methods to help set my under eyes, etc. So far, I’m underwhelmed, lol but I’ll keep at it. I do love creamy everything now for my face!
      Thanks for commenting!
      ~Melissa xx

    • melissa
      Author
      May 16, 2019 / 9:58 am

      Caterina, it’s amazing what a big difference it makes for so little $$ and effort. I’m sold on these. I’ve never had anything make my eyes as white. Yay for small things that work! Thanks so much for stopping by!
      ~Melissa xx

  1. This Main Line Life
    May 16, 2019 / 4:28 am

    These are good tips. I never thought about eye drops, but that’s a good idea. I totally like to be tan too (in the summer). I really do think I look healthier with a tan.

    • melissa
      Author
      May 16, 2019 / 9:56 am

      Julie- the eye drops are a game changer. I can’t believe how bright my eyes look, with such little effort! I’m sold. Thanks so much for stopping by!
      ~Melissa xx

  2. May 16, 2019 / 7:54 am

    Awe such good tips! I have to try that tanner, mine is just not doing the trick lately. I have to say that I am kind of the opposite of you. I have tried a lot of things but don’t seem to see enough bang for my buck. I even used Retin A but every time I would get a few weeks in I would become severely depressed. Some reaction that is rare I guess. Lucky me. So now I use my tried and true products, mostly 100% pure rose hip seed oil. I use it for everything, makeup remover, face wash, moisturizer, etc. Then I use a CevaVe’ AM and PM. It has 3 essential ceramides, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. The AM has SPF 30. All these products are really inexpensive. This allows me to spend my money where I see the most difference the fastest. At 58 I don’t GOT time to wait! Ha ha. For the past year I have been getting Xeomin (Botox Like Product) injections and I really like the natural results. I still have movement and lines but I just look rested and more refreshed. I look my age still but less wrinkling. If I wasn’t so lazy I would go your route. Anyway sorry for the long post! Fun topic!
    Peace!
    Cheryl
    http://www.northwestmountainliving.com

    • melissa
      Author
      May 16, 2019 / 9:54 am

      Oooooooh Cheryl! Thank you for sharing! tell me more! I must know about the Xeomin injections because you look so fabulous!!! I use Cerave products too! I love them! But recently, the face wash has been stinging my skin, which is really weird, since I’ve used it for a long time. I’m using my catch- all the Clinique Take the Day Off right now, because it does the job and is gentle, but I’d like to try the rose hip seed oil- sounds like I’d get the same results for less $$, and I’m all about that life, lol. That is so crazy about the Retin A! How awful!Anyway, I’ll hit you up and pick your brain on the injections- I’ve yet to try anything and I like to glean from those who are obviously successful with what they are doing!
      Thanks again lovely!
      ~Melissa xx

  3. May 16, 2019 / 8:29 am

    Lots of great tips! I might have to try the eye drops. I feel like my eyes look bloodshot frequently. I had dull skin until I started using Reverse Brightening from Rodan + Fields. It made a world of difference (Yes, I’m a consultantšŸ˜‰) But seriously, my mom noticed how much better my skin looked and she was an esthetician for years, so that was a great confirmation for me.

    • melissa
      Author
      May 16, 2019 / 10:04 am

      Lisa,
      the eyedrops are a game changer for me. I’ve never had anything make such a difference (and for such little investment of time and money!). I immediately ordered another bottle, so that I’d always have one on standby. It’s awesome to find something that really makes the difference isn’t it? Retin A is my little skin magic, but it can definitely have its downsides for some people. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!
      ~Melissa xx

  4. May 16, 2019 / 5:28 pm

    These are great tips! I feel like I look healthier with a tan so once shorts weather hits, I’m all about the self tanner. I never thought of eyedrops. I wear contacts so my eyes are always extra dry and could use some hydration!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

    • melissa
      Author
      May 20, 2019 / 1:49 pm

      Jill- what is it about a tan (strictly artificial these days) that just looks better? The Lumify drops are my new go-to secret!
      ~Melissa xx

  5. Lori
    May 19, 2019 / 11:25 am

    Great tips! I was so excited to finally find a solution for my chronically red eyes, and I was ready to purchase after reading all the positive reviews. But one review made me pause and do some research on the preservative used in Lumify: benzalkonium chloride (BAK). Sadly, I will live with my red eyes as BAK is just too risky.

    • melissa
      Author
      May 20, 2019 / 1:48 pm

      Thanks for the comment Lori- I read that comment too and did some research. BAK is found in 70% of all over the counter(Like Visine) and prescription eye drops as a preservative. I ran it by an optometrist who said that quantity is a huge factor here and that one drop in each eye a few times a week- or even every day, was fine. I also saw that Lumify only contains 0.01% of the preservative and FDA allows twice that. I feel bad for the folks on prescription eye drops who are putting them in several times a day-forever- without ever knowing! šŸ™
      ~Melissa xx

    • melissa
      Author
      May 20, 2019 / 1:48 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by Jennifer!
      ~Melissa xx

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