7 Things I Do REGULARLY To Look 10 Years Younger

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My 7 Beauty Secrets To Looking Younger And Happier

There used to be a time when thoughts of getting Botox shots in my face were met with derision by this writer. "Don't people know that's botulism toxin?" I'd ask out loud.

But now that I'm 45 years old, I cast a curious eye towards doctors on Yempl who list their costs for Botox and plenty other procedures.

You see, a funny thing or two can happen when fast food drive-thru window salutations switch from "Thank you, Miss" to "Thank you, Ma'am!"

That's when I start appreciating the times that certain other folks mistake me for a woman in her 20s or 30s. That's when I started practicing these 7 beauty habits to try and look younger even more:

1. I keep my weight down.

I try my best to hit the gym as much as possible.

2. I prevent frown lines around my mouth.

You know how a person can lose weight and all of a sudden look older because their face has that sunken in appearance and their marionette lines can appear more prominent?

In order to avoid that look, I use those "Angel Lift" derma strips I saw on "Shark Tank".

3. I lift weights.

Muscles are better than flab and make my body stronger and appear more youthful.

4. I wear long and curly human hair weaves.

There's something about lengthy, fuller locks that immediately say, "Younger," at least from behind. Plus, if I’m taking care of business, from the front too.

5. I dye my hair blonde on the tips.

According to Charla Krupp, the late best-selling author of How to Not Look Old, blonde hair can cast a warm glow around our faces in ways that black hair — which can be too harsh when set against wrinkles — does not.

She also notes that a wispy set of bangs that have been swept across the forehead serve to make us appear less aged than severely brushed-back, pony-tailed hair.

6. I perform microdermabrasion.

Yes, I am a beauty product junkie. I purchased an at-home microdermabrasion machine from Trophy Skin that has rugged diamond chips on the end, just like in the salons.

It's sort of like scraping an expensive piece of sandpaper across your face with a powerful little vacuum cleaner. It actually feels good and leaves my skin softer.

7. I lighten my teeth and dark spots on my skin.

Yellow teeth can make people look like they just stepped out of the 1970s. I douse my toothbrush with hydrogen peroxide atop my toothpaste several times per day to brush away coffee and wine stains.

I also wear sunscreen to help prevent and fade away my dark acne marks and age spots — a task that I didn't always take seriously.

Now that I use popular skin tone-evening creams like Ambi Fade Cream — which contains a 2 percent hydroquinone solution — I've learned that protecting my skin from the sun is crucial to help it look better.

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