How to Look Hot Now and 10 Years From Now


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For lots of women the meaning of "saving face" isn't about their credibility, but about how young and sexy they can look, at any age. There's no question that youthfulness is connected to being sexy, and that losing that appeal is not a welcome part of the passage of time. Today, with superior skin-care products, the ability to look younger longer is more achievable than ever before.

Whether you're seeing your first fine lines or you've been dismayed by the appearance of wrinkles, sagging skin, and dark spots for years, there are steps you can take today to make your skin look more youthful, while also slowing the future signs of aging. Listed below you'll find our top six tips, which you can do at home, for looking hot now and 10 years later. Coupled with cosmetic corrective procedures, such as Botox, lasers, or fillers, it's easier than ever to recapture (or maintain) your youthful beauty.

  1. Apply sun protection, 365 days a year, rain or shine. Sun damage is the number one skin ager, leading to deeply etched wrinkles, leathery skin, dark spots, loss of elastin, and the life-threatening issue of skin cancer. If you're skipping this step, there's no way you are going to maintain youthful skin. And don't forget to protect your neck, décolletage, and hands—skin in those areas ages faster because they are constantly exposed to the sun! We promise, if you just follow this one tip, you will see impressive changes in your skin!
  2. Exfoliate to reveal younger-looking skin. We're not talking about gritty-grainy scrubs here. Instead, use AHA or BHA exfoliants, with a liquid, gel, or lotion texture, to reduce wrinkles, stimulate collagen, and firm the skin. Those who have never tried an AHA or BHA can see dramatic results overnight. When used daily, skin tone and texture improve for a radiant, smooth appearance year round. Use this guide to discover which AHA or BHA is right for you.
  3. Get on the retinol bandwagon. We've all been seduced by ads of a miracle product that promises to deliver amazing results … only to be disappointed when it didn't work (Creme De La Mer anyone?). So, is there an anti-aging superstar out there? No. Look for products with a combination of state-of-the-art ingredients rather than relying on just one ingredient; if the product contains retinol, you're probably on the right path.

    Retinol is an impressively effective anti-aging ingredient because it creates healthier cells, increases firmness, improves texture, and enhances the skin's barrier function. Although it is not the only ingredient to look for, it's an incredible anti-ager to consider if you want to keep your skin in tip-top shape now and through the years.
  4. You are what you eat. Eating right has obvious outward benefits, but there's more to it than that. Foods high in sugar cause inflammation, which damages the collagen and elastin that keep our skin looking firm and youthful. Limit your intake of sugary, processed foods and load up on anti-inflammatory/antioxidant-rich foods like these:
    • Green tea and coffee (without added sugar or flavored creamer).
    • Deeply colored berries and veggies.
    • Salmon and other cold-water, oily fish (a bountiful source of omega-3 fatty acids).
    • Walnuts.
    • Olive oil (also grape seed, walnut, rice bran, and canola oils).
    • Whole grains (fiber reduces inflammation).
    • Spices such as ginger, turmeric, curry, cumin, garlic, oregano, basil, and tamarind.
    • Flax and pumpkin seeds.
    • Yogurt (plain, reduced sugar, or sugar-free; aim for 16 grams or less per serving).
  5. Perk up your smile. Stained teeth make you look older than you really are. Shed years off your look painlessly and instantly with an at-home treatment like Paula's Choice Brighten Up 2-Minute Teeth Whitener. Follow up with a fresh shade of lip color to really make the results stand out.
  6. Makeover your makeup. If you're applying makeup the same way you did when you were a teen or in college, it's time for an about-face. Lots of us get lazy and stick with the same makeup look for years on end, but that can backfire as we get older. Today's best makeup can enliven your complexion, brighten your entire eye area, and add a dewy, fresh sheen to your face—all signs of youth and health.

When combined with your regular skin-care routine, these six easy steps can make a world of difference in keeping you looking and feeling younger. Taking good care of your skin and health now will bring you beautiful results, not only today but for years to come!

The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here: The same type of in-depth scientific research used to create this article is also used to formulate Paula’s Choice Skincare products. You’ll find products for all skin types and a range of concerns, from acne and sensitive skin to wrinkles, pores, and sun damage. With Paula’s Choice Skincare, you can get (and keep) the best skin of your life! Learn more at Shop Paula's Choice.

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Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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