The Less Obvious (But Surprisingly Impactful) Signs Of Aging
It’s seems a bit strange looking back, but I was much more sensitive about my age when I turned 40 than I was when I turned 50. (I wonder if it’s like that for everyone, or if I’ve just personally mellowed out a bit?) However, even though I’m more at peace with my age now than I have been in the past, I would still rather avoid looking any older than I actually am!
And since I’m positive that I’m not the only one who feels this way, I think that today’s post will be useful for all of us! :-) Because there are plenty of sneaky culprits that are capable of making you look older than you’d like. But with the help of the tips in this post, you can rest assured that none of these culprits gets past you unnoticed!
7 Sneaky Things That Make You Look Older
1. Redness & Inflammation
As if redness and inflammation from sun exposure and rosacea weren’t already bad enough, it turns out that these symptoms can also amplify signs of aging! Inflamed skin can cause wrinkles to appear deeper than they really are, and make your skin tone appear uneven.
The simplest way to avoid redness and inflammation is to use gentle skincare products. A product with Vitamin C can help even out skin tone, and always, ALWAYS protect your skin from the sun, not just when it’s sunny out. Moisturizer is a must — choose one that both hydrates and moisturizes.
2. Dry Hands
Moisture is crucial for keeping skin looking firm and and vibrant, especially when it comes to your hands. The thin skin on our hands doesn’t produce as much natural moisture as the rest of our skin. So our hands are already prone to dryness, and we often make it worse through sun exposure, repeated washings, and wear and tear.
To keep your the skin on your hands looking nice and soft and healthy, make sure to moisturize them daily. Also, when you apply your sunscreen in the morning, apply some to the backs of your hands as well, to protect them from the sun. And before you go to bed, slather on a rich hand cream or body butter. (Grab the recipe for my favorite homemade body butter here!)
3. Droopy Eyes
Dark circles, bags, and fine lines around your eyes can all make you look older (or at least keep you from looking well rested and healthy). To combat these issues, apply an anti-aging eye cream every night to keep the sensitive skin around your eyes moisturized.
4. Saggy Skin
The skin on our necks is thin, and thin skin tends to lose its elasticity more quickly. Personally, watching the skin on my neck start to droop and sag was really disheartening. So I started looking for solutions online, and ended up learning about some simple neck exercises and skincare products that can help lift saggy neck skin.
A night serum with retinoids and antioxidants boosts cell turnover, which can help the appearance of wrinkles, and using it at night gives it time to renew your skin and minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles. (I’ve also written an entire blog post on the topic of neck skin, which you can read right here.)
5. Improper Cleansing
Failing to cleanse your face thoroughly can lead to clogged pores and sensitive skin. And on the other end of the spectrum, scrubbing your face overzealously or with harsh products can dry out your skin and amplify wrinkles. So it’s important to find that sweet spot between too clean and not clean enough!
If you haven’t already done so, I suggest trying my double cleansing method: an oil cleanse routine, followed by a gentle cleanser like my Purifying Daily Cleanser that won’t dry out your skin. This double cleansing method tends to be better for aging skin because it removes makeup and impurities without stripping the skin of its natural moisture.
6. Makeup Mistakes
I don’t pretend to be a makeup expert by any means, but I do know that makeup can either help or hinder your anti-aging efforts in a big way! Over the last few years, I’ve picked up a lot of useful tips that have helped me avoid the makeup mistakes that can make you look older than you’d like. Learn how to avoid those makeup mistakes in this post.
7. Bad Habits
While skincare and makeup both play significant roles when it comes to appearance, there are plenty of other factors that can make you look older than you’d like to! And many of those take the form of simple lifestyle choices.
Your body produces stress hormones in response to stressful conditions (like work stress, mental health issues, lack of sleep, etc.), and those hormones can actually speed up the aging process! Learn more about the choices you make that can contribute to aging here.
Looking For A Gentle Skin Care Line?
I’ve mentioned a few of my Timeless by Jillee skincare products, and they work together to help even those of us with sensitive skin to fight the effects of aging. You can read more about how to use them to take great care of your aging skin here.
Do you have a favorite anti-aging product, tip, or treatment that you use?