Hands up who’d like to look a little bit younger? I don’t mean 20 years younger because that would just be unnatural, and I don’t know about you, but I’m far too squeamish to go under the knife. But how to look younger than you really are is attainable and today we look at 5 ways to help you achieve a more youthful glow.
If you’re anything like me, you want to preserve what you’ve got, for as long as you can (and if that includes a bit of pickling with wine, then fine!)
How to look younger – just a little bit anyway
There are also times when I’d like to look a bit younger than I really am.
Sometimes I enjoy going out with people in their thirties and I meet a lot of bloggers around this age at various workshops and conferences, and I think to myself at first glance and chat: “Heck … WooHoo … Look, I’m not that much different!”
Ahem, of course I haven’t got my specs on and we haven’t got deep into any banter yet.
They know I’m older, and in reality I know I’m older too.
It’s a case of … I often feel like I’m still 35, until I spend time with 35 year olds. We look different, we have different points of reference and we know different stuff. That’s just how it is.
But watch and learn, watch and learn. There are a few tricks I’ve picked up from some of these smart young guns I call friends to share with you today.
1. Be clever with your make-up
In my younger days make up was something I rarely used except perhaps to slap on in a novice way to go out somewhere special. Over the years I’ve become more savvy, and these days I can make-up my face in 5 minutes if necessary: Bronzer, Highlighter, Blusher, Concealer – hey I’m onto it 😉
At Problogger last year I was shown how to use concealer to its best effect. Don’t just use it for your undereye circles. No, no no! You can dab it on the inner corners of your eyes, on the top of your top lip in the groove by the lip line, on the outer sides of your nostrils – and everything will sort of just well, lift up a bit.
If your eyebrows are diminishing or gone, or turned grey, then buy a good eyebrow pencil and learn how to draw them on.
Find the right colour lipstick for your skin colour, and don’t choose something dark because it’s aging. I love a peachy rose lipstick and a natural or pinky lip pencil to outline my lips.
A little bit of blush on the apples of your cheeks will help give you a more youthful look. I love Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Blush.
Bronzer is every woman’s friend. This is the one I use all the time : Rimmel Bronzer
2. Choose colours that suit you
When we’re young, we can really get away with anything. Most styles, most colours – I know I just didn’t give a damn and mostly got away with it. Now though, the wrong colour or even shade of colour can drain my face and just make me look Bleuh. I’m beginning to understand which colours suit me, and trying to stick to a tighter palette, because when you get it right, you will look and feel 5 years younger.
You might like to check out my post on The Ultimate Guide to Fifty Plus Womens Fashion, and more fashion and style tips from professional blogger, author and fashion designer Nikki Parkinson in this post Clever Everyday Style Tips.
3. Use beauty products you love that work for you
I was an Oil of Olay girl for years. But I’ve come to realise life is too short to scrimp and save on your skin. I was introduced to some new products about a year ago, and to tell you the truth I was skeptical about their advantages.
Then over time I began to see a big difference in my skin. I won’t say that all my lines disappeared, but the deep ones seemed less furrowed and my skin began to glow. Actually I still didn’t believe it. Not until Dave took a photo of me one day and I almost outshone the field of tulips – I’d never seen my skin look so healthy. Sure, I hear you say, could have been the light, but there’s more to it than that. When you know, you just know. No trick photography required.
I use NuSkin products – I’ve been using them for over 12 years and people often comment that my skin looks youthful even though I’m now over 60 years old!
My Favourite Face Products
For beautiful looking skin
4. Pay attention to your body
Sorry, but there’s no way we should be losing weight quickly. Those “lose 5kgs in 5 days just in time for a bikini summer’ type of articles I used to read in Cosmo or Cleo or whatever, are just not going to cut it at our age and you know why don’t you?
Because you’re not going to lose the weight from your ass or your tum, but from your cheeks (facial, silly) and your boobs. Then you’re going to look all hollowed-out and witchey instead of slim and perky. So go slowly, eat well, do your exercise and cut down your portions – but don’t crash diet EVER AGAIN. Promise?
Keep up your exercise or take up exercise gently. I walk for an hour every morning, and intersperse my walks with yoga, pilates and bicycling.
Go on an active weekend away with friends – walk and talk! Here’s my best packing list for a 3 day trip to inspire you!
Our boobs aren’t the only things that head south to the Bermuda triangle never to be found again. Our butts lose their peach like padding over time and yep, sag. There ain’t no stopping gravity, dammit. So whenever possible look for pants and jeans with a bit of lycra in them because they’ll give you a bit of support in that area.
Am I preaching to the converted here? Do you wear a good bra? Make sure you are wearing comfy, supportive bras and bras that fit well .
Do you lift those girls up in well engineered over-shoulder-boulder-holders as they used to be disparagingly referred to when I was growing up? Sizes vary, so don’t get hung up on numbers. And if you were 36c for years, you could well be a 38d after fifty, because well, our shapes change. A good bra gives you a longer, leaner looking torso, and makes your waist look smaller.
Find a great pair of jeans – no matter what your age a great pair of jeans will make you look on trend and younger : Read … The Best Jeans for Women Over 50.
Don’t stick to outdated styles that will never suit your body shape again, but do play around with clothes. Boho chic is never really out of fashion and the flowy styles suits most body types – check out this post for the ultimate guide about how to put it all together: Boho Chic Clothing to Make You Sizzle!
Top Tip: Don’t forget that for dry confidence everyday you may need washable leak proof briefs. I love Modibodi. Check out the best washable incotinence underwear here or look at all the styles, and decide on your leak proof solutions at Modibodi underwear here.
And ultimately, try not to have too many clothes. Ironically too many clothes means you’ll always look in your wardrobe and declare you have absolutely nothing to wear. True! Also, outdated fashions just outdate you too.
In this post I asked a cross section of women How Many Clothes Do You Really Need?
5. Hair today gone tomorrow
I used to have such a thick shock of long lustrous hair which is sadly getting thinner and coarser by the year. So it’s imperative now, more than ever before to pay attention to cut and colour. Have your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks, religiously. If you need colour, then do it before you have roots or grey showing through – or if you want to go grey, then do, but get a great cut (regularly) to show it off.
Don’t pull your hair back severely even though it’s in vogue. Okay, if you pull it all back hard enough it can make you look as if you’ve had a facelift (I’ve tried) but actually a slicked back hairstyle is not going to suit you now you’re older. Believe me, I looked like a haridan … If you want to wear your hair up in the heat or for a special do, then try a loose, relaxed style with some tendrils falling around your face.
Bobs can be hip don’t you think? Either sharp clean lines which will draw attention to your eyes, or an angled cut perhaps, or a messy chunky layered bob with soft layers and a side fringe.
A good hairdresser will cut your fringe to a varied length which will give it a little bounce, so that it’s not totally blunt (think school girl) which means cutting your own fringe to save some money is out of the question.
Try not to go for wispy anything. Our hair is thinning anyway, darlings, and thick hair is a sign of youth and smacks of fertility and vigour.
Long hair is not only for the young. These days many women wear their hair past their shoulders and the trick is to think about good cuts and layering. Soft graduated layers can soften your face (and hide a developing jowl) and generally flatter your face shape. How about a longish side swept fringe to go with your longer look? Tip: longer fringes are more flattering than short ones.
Flat hair will add years to your face. Ask your hairdresser how to get some volume into your blow dry – perhaps buy a good product like a volumising mousse with which you can spritz the roots before blow drying to add a nice bit of lift.
In this post I share more tips, advice and fashion for older women.
These are some of my favourite face products.
I believe that Ponte Pants worn with long-line tops make for a very youthful silhouette. Check out this post How to Wear Ponte Pants and look a Million Dollars!
Too many clothes? A bursting closet is not a good way to feel good about your clothes! Declutter and gift some to a charity shop – here are 10 Best Online Thrift Shops on the internet to get you started.
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Johanna, Great post ever ❤️! There’s not much you can do, to curb your natural genetics but there are some things that can be done to make sure you yousrelf aren’t adding to looking older than you need to look. How I view it: Sunscreen is the absolute must of anti-aging skincare. Then tretinoin which is immensely helpful and really great but secondary to sunscreen. Very glad I googled ‘Ret247get’ and got retin-a. Arguably Vitamin C would be third, although quite a bit lower than tret.
Darlene Gray Kelly
Please tell me about your skin care product you use. Especially around the lips and the dreaded droopy jowl.
Darlene Gray Kelly
Please tell me about your skin care product you use. Especially around the lips and the dreaded droopy jowl.
What brand of make up products do you use? Thanks
I use NuSkin Melissa. Please get in touch with me if you’d like to know more, as I can get you some good discount on most products.
Would like to know about skin products for wrinkles above eyelids and under eyes
I would like to know the products you put on your face. Thank you
I use NuSkin Carol Please get in touch with me if you’d like to know more, as I can get you some good discount on most products.
I use NuSkin products Cathy. Please get in touch with me if you’d like to know more, as I can get you some good discount on most products.
If anyone wants to look younger one of the best things you can do is work on your posture. YES to Pilates! Shoulders back and down will help you look younger, more fit and more confident. It makes much more difference than Botox will!!
I would very much like to know the products you use on your face. Thank you for your blog.
I would like to know the skin care & makeup products you use. Send to [email protected]
You ate gorgeous! & could easily pass for 30 something!
Love to know the hair and skin products that you use. Loved your blog…good suggestions and information !
Don’t stop…we need your input!
I would like to know the products. You use for your face. And hair. I found your blog by accident and I love it. Thank you.
I would like to know your skin and hair products.
I would love to know your skin products!
Dawn Joanne Watson.
Enjoyed reading your ideas on how to look younger. Would love some more information about your skin care. Thank you Jo 🙂
Stacie J Kreitman
Could you please email me the products you use on your skin? I love your blog and tips.
Thank you for sending me your secrets. I like your blog.
I enjoy your posts. I’m interested in your face products and will google NuSkin. Thanks for the info and the chance for 20% discount.
Sending you an email, Lynda 🙂 And thanks for reading 🙂
Please email me your skin care products.
My tip is to fill your brows. It frames your face and draws attention away from under eye dark circles
I would like to know about the skin care products you use.
Great tip – thank you Lisa 🙂
Loved the article and would appreciate
information on the products you use.
Sending you an email Cathy 🙂
I would love to know what lroducts you use.
Mary Lou Freeman
Would love to know what products you use.
Sending you an email Mary Lou 🙂
I really like Your article ,I would love to know what beauty products You are using. I need all the help I can get. Thank You kindly
I use AgeLoc by NuSkin. Let me know if you’d like to access discounts.
Please let me know what skin care routine you follow. I would appreciate knowing all the products you believe improved your completion. Love your blog. Very informative.
Dear Judy, I have emailed you 🙂
Please email me a list of the products you use too.
I use NuSkin. If you’d like to access discounts please let me know.
Yes. I would like to try the face cream!
Sending you an email 🙂
I would like to get more information on your beauty products. What is you email?
Please let me also know what skin care routine you follow. I would really appreciate knowing all the products you believe improved your completion. Love your blog. Very informative. Thank You kindly
Yes please email your list of skincare products
I would appreciate learning more about what skin care products you use.
Always interested in tips to look younger. Please send me your tips for skin care products.
I use Nu Skin products, particularly AgeLoc. Let me know if you’d like me to get you some discounts.
I would love to hear about your skincare tips.
Mary Ann McKinney
As a life-long Olay girl, would love to hear about your new skin care products! Thank you! Mary Ann
Thanks Jo, I feel like I need the skin care tips as my skin seems to have changed.
Hello Sonia, I agree – our skin seems to change as we age. I feel in the last 6 months mine has dried out a lot more and I need more moisturiser.
You’re beautiful! I would appreciate knowing your skin care regimen and the products you use.
Hi Brenda, I use NuSkin products. Check them out online, and let me know if you like the look of any and I can get you some great discounts.
Hello! I’m interested in your skin care suggestions… thanks
Hi Melanie, I use NuSkin products. Check them out online, and let me know if you like the look of any and I can get you some great discounts. I love them and use the AgeLoc products.
Hi. I hate aging! Also diagnosed last year with lupus which skin rashes and they leave my face literally with new permanent lines overnight and discoloration. I’m 60 and think I look much older. Just 3 years ago o was a very young looking 57
I would love to know the products that you believe really work. I now have very dark under eye circle so if u have a go-to concealer please let me know that too! Thanks
I would love to hear about your skin care products. I’m always on the lookout for great skin care regimens!
I enjoyed reading all your tips. I have used a skin regimen religiously since mid 20’s. The biggest lesson I learned years ago was to use special facial pads to wipe off make up not cottons balls!. My face was always red and irritated until a cosmetician told me cotton balls had wood fibres in them! Everything changed dramatically when I switched!
I am very interested in the products you use.
Aside from using the appropriate skin care for your age I think the biggest factor in looking younger is having a youthful attitude. It comes through in your face! Having said that, these women who compete with their 30 something daughters and wear the spiky pink and purple hair , and ripped jeans are doing the opposite to what they think
Could you please email me the skin products you use
Hi Deb, that sounds terrible. I’m so sorry. I use NuSkin products. Check them out online, and let me know if you like the look of any and I can get you some great discounts. I love them and use the AgeLoc skin care products. But I love their cosmetic range too. Anyway have a look and let me know if you want more specifics.
So glad to get your tips. As we go through the stages in life we also need to keep up with new products to enhance our skin and our bodies. Would love to hear about the products you use. Also if they are available in new brand stores. Thanks for the tips.
Hi Barb, I use NuSkin. If you’d like to know more and get some discount if you buy, please email me. The products are not available at stores. (Email contact under Contacts in navigation bar at top of blog)
I am president of a singles club in a 55+ community in Wanaque, NJ and would love to have a speaker on this subject. Do you do this sort of thing or do you know anyone in this area that does. We have very little money but individually are big spenders on looking young products
Thanks Shelley, sadly I live in Australia. I hope you find someone local.
I never had the guts to wear red, orange or bright yellow after 50. You inspire me!
Terrific article, most of which I knew but sometimes we need a reminder to actually put the suggestions into action!
And, yes I’d love to know which products you use as, over the years I’ve experimented with many, sometimes finding a winner but would like your suggestions.
Hi Amanda, I’ll email 🙂
Would you please let me know what beauty products you use? At my age of 68 you’d think I would know but I’m still searching for good products. Thank you for the tips. I’ll put them to good use not necessarily to make me look younger but to make me feel good.
Sure will Jan 🙂
I also have used Oil of Olay for years and struggling to find the right new products. Please share what you are using
Hello Sandy, I use Nu Skin products. Please let me know if you’d like to try some as I can arrange up to 20% discount.
I’m just at that stage where I need to change up my skin care line.. I would love to know what line you found so helpful and foundation brand..thanks Micki
Hi Micki, I use NuSkin products. Please email me if you’d like a 20% discount code.
I just noticed you use NuSkin products and I too would like to take advantage of your knowledge and stop buying and trying every product I see advertise and not getting the results I’m looking for and spending too much trying to achieve, so if you could send me the link and discount I’d be most appreciative, Thank you
Hi Cathy, I’ll send you an email 🙂
I would love to have information on your skincare product
I would love to hear what skin care products you are using. Your skin does look great! Enjoyed reading your article as well. People do comment that I don’t look my age, but my skin really could use some brightening up. Thank you
Please tell me the skincare products you use now! Thanks!
You look amazing!! I’ve been an Oil of Olay girl (Regenerist now) since I was 19. I’m 49 now and I would LOVE to know what skin care products you use!! Thank you so much !!
Hi Shelley, thank you so much. I’m going to email you, but in the meantime you can find out more in this post https://lifestylefifty.com/products-i-love-1/
Interested in the products you use
I would like info on beauty products please
Sending you an email Linda 🙂
I’m interested in what kind of foundation you use? I can’t seem to find one that looks good and is not oily.
I would like more information on the facial products you mentioned.
Hi Phyllis, I’ll email you some information tomorrow.
What skin care product(s) caused the change in your complexion?
Hi Kathy, I’ll email you details.
I think I need to update my skin routine and makeup. Your skin looks great! Please let me know what products you use.
Hi Margo, I use NuSkin products. Contact me if you’d like to try some at a discount.
Love your article! “I often feel like I’m still 35 until I spend time with 35-year-olds. We look different, we have different points of reference and we know different stuff. That’s just how it is”. This is so true…
I also would appreciate more information on skin care productions.
Thank you in advance
Hello Mira, thanks for your comments. Absolutely will give more hints and tips on skin care products. Watch this space x
I would love information on the skincare products you use. Your skin looks great!
Thank you Babette. I’ll email you and let you know.
Hi! Great post! I would love to know your skin care products/regimen. Thanks so much!
Hello Keri, will email you 🙂
Good morning, this is very interesting, send information on the face products. Thank you!
Thank you for such great information. Please send me information on your skin care routine. Thank you! Brenda
I’d like to know a little more about the face products you use.
Hi Ruth, I’ll DM you 🙂
Thank you Anne, that’s very kind of you 🙂 I will email.
Love your posts Jo, could you please email me information about your skincare, your skin looks beautiful.
Please drop me an email on the facial products you are using. Thank you, Vickie
Great post Jo,now I have a question. How do you and any of your friends,subtly or otherwise get their husbands to groom themselves appropriately? We young things don’t want to go around with a hairy,saggy skinned guy. As for wardrobe choices. Have you seen Lowes stores, with their range every man looks like a bogan, but how do you steer them to the better stores for better fitting clothes? In other words how do you get your man to smarten up a bit !
Hello Lesley, now there’s a question. I wonder … and no I haven’t seen Lowes stores. Need to investigate and follow up!
Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
I’ve been told since getting eyelash extensions last week, that it makes me look younger! Gotta be happy with that 😉
I can’t wait to see them in real life, Janet, and you go girl!
Just stumbled upon your website, really good tips and I love your attitude. I would love to hear about your skincare products. Thanks!
Hello Maria, and Thank You! I shall email you directly about my skin products in a couple of days.
Loved your post! Want to share a good tip for under eye puffiness when you wake up. Apply a dab of Preparation H as you prepare for your day. You will notice a difference by the time you’re on your way to work.
A friend also used to do that Laura, though I’ve never been brave enough to try it 🙂
Great advice. I would love to know about your face products.
Thanks I will email you next week Chris 🙂
Hi Sherelee, yes it’s nice to be able to mix things up a bit
Thanks Chris. I will email early next week.
I am also interested in your skin care products. Thanks in advance for sharing.
Will email Val 🙂
HiVal, have sent you an email.
I am interested in learning about your skin care products. I have sensitive skin and struggle to find an SPF product that doesn’t make me break out.
Will email you details next week Andrea
What skin care product(s) caused the change in your complexion?
Could you send me what you are using on your face?
Hi Nina, I use NuSkin products. Let me know if you’d like to try them. I can arrange up to 20% discount for you.
I’d like to know your skin and makeup products too.
I use NuSkin Sue. Please get in touch with me if you’d like to know more, as I can get you some good discount on most products.
Great tips. Could you please email me details of the face cream? Thanks in advance. Robyn
Sure Robyn. Will email next week.
Good comments – but I think ‘less is more’ now when it comes to make-up. When I was younger I used to love wearing and experimenting with it but now I just add a subtle enhancement – and look better for it. Hair – well I wear mine ‘scraped’ back most days – (or in an upstyle), which may not work for everyone, but does for me. The reason? My hair which was always fine and thin has become even more so with age. I treat it very gently and only wash it once a week and only get it blow-dried at the hairdressers. And, I’m with you with a good fitting bra and some sensible foundation garments don’t go astray either!
Hello Hipsterette, thanks for chiming in with some great tips and observations. Treating our hair gently is such good advice. There are so many harsh and damaging hair products out there.
Great tips! I think I’ve gradually got a handle on what hairstyles and colours suit me, but my skincare and makeup know-how aren’t up to scratch. Any recommendations gratefully accepted
Hi Lesley, will email you my skin care tips.
I would appreciate more information on skin care productions mentioned above. I’ve gotten rather lax and lazy by using local store products instead of Macys, etc. I started thinking it was all the same stuff with different names. Thanks
Thanks for popping by Pamela. I’ll be back in the office Monday and sending details your way.
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fabulous tips Jo. I have nothing to add. I need all the help I can get now I have reached the next “O”!!
I might try that trick with the concealer on some of those lines…. I saw some pics of me at a recent event. hmm….. and a friend suggested recently about the eye-brow pencil, it certainly makes a difference.
I agree with Kathy a smile take off years! ps – can you send me the details of your beauty products Jo. Thanks.
ps – you are looking fabulous by the way 🙂
Congratulations on the next big ‘0’ Jill! Thank you for your lively words… but sometimes I think I look like Hilla the Hun, eek! Anyway if you’re still keen I’ll dm you my beauty products routine x
I think you’ve hit the nail on the head with this post Jo. It is all great advice!
Thanks Jan, sometimes we need little reminders I think 🙂
Love the article, Jo.Re hair. I read as we get older we need to watch our thyroid levels as that can contribute to hair thinning.
Thanks Denise! Yes that’s something else to consider, thanks for the tip x.
Yes I agree with all of the above. Good fitting bras and underwear that doesn’t give you vpl are very important. Also regular hair cuts and colours with so many options like foils and streaks to highlight your hair colour. But you can’t beat putting a smile on your face at regular intervals. It is nature’s natural facelift! 🙂
A smile on your dial 🙂 Yup, the best facelift ever Kathy! Thanks for popping by!