“There is so much pressure on women to look younger.” Writes Suzanne Ashley
“We are harassed by images of youth everyday- in magazines, movies, on television…even clothes stores are loathe to hire anybody over the age of thirty.
It’s a sad fact that many women worldwide are now resorting to cosmetic procedures to regain their youth, from full-blown face lifts to collagen injections. Whilst the latter may not sound as invasive, patients often suffer pain, discolouration, bruising and allergic reactions, because the collagen used is derived from bovine tissues, rather than human. Moreover, injecting parts of a cow into your face is expensive!
Looking younger with cosmetics is easier, cheaper and, most importantly, safer. Tried and tested beauty makeup products, such as Kollagen Intensiv, work by promoting the skin’s own natural collagen production, rather than simply inundating your face with more of it. Collagen is a large protein, and has difficulty permeating the skin when applied in a cream. That’s why Kollagen Intensiv does not actually use collagen. Instead, it has smaller peptides that are able to fit into pores, stimulating collagen production from within. This cream is also rich natural moisturising ingredients, like shea butter, to give skin a soft, youthful glow.
Anti-aging foundations are also great beauty makeup products, as they promote youthful skin at the same time as covering up blemishes. However, you may be tempted to opt for a thicker foundation, to try and mask your entire face, but these types of foundations are often rich in irritants like sulphates, petro-chemicals and synthetic dyes (which make it sound more like a paint that a cosmetic!) and can cause allergic reactions. Anti-aging foundations are deceptively light, with vitamins, antioxidants and marine-based emollients to hydrate and refresh the skin, making you feel and look younger.
Another way of looking younger with cosmetics is simply by practising the right makeup techniques. Women are often self-taught when it comes to applying makeup, but there is a whole wealth of information to be found on the internet, including product reviews and video tutorials. Alternately, you could attend a makeup class, which run from as little as £30 for a group session.
However, one of the key facets that is often overlooked is the lips. It is a known fact that lips thin as we age, so by ensuring your lips remain full and plump is an excellent way to look younger. Lip-plumping glosses usually work because their ingredients include an irritant, like chilli extract, that draws blood to the surface of your lips. Although it does succeed in making them fuller, this can often lead to an unpleasant ‘tingling’ sensation because, after all, the blood is flowing in response to a potential threat. Opting for glosses containing hydrophilic ingredients is one way to negate the mild irritation, as it draws water into the lips, rather than blood.
There are also many pumping devices on the market that give you full, Angelina Jolie lips. The device seals tightly around the mouth, creating a vacuum when you pump the air out. This is a great product because it contains no ingredients at all, but simply relies on the force of air to pull out your lips. When combined with a plumping gloss, the effects are definitely commendable.
It seems that looking younger with cosmetics has never been easier. With so many different beauty makeup products on the market, each with different applications and compositions of ingredients, there is something for women of all ages and skin types to try. Moreover, the prices start from as little as £5, so there’s really no excuse not to.”