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Starting to age - inevitably - and don't mind, but look like I could look better iyswim
It's a combination of being late 30s, being a bit grey/red of complexion, and it being the start of winter. And I had a haircut a couple of weeks ago that I thought would grow in ok, but in fact it is just a shit haircut.
If you're that age or older, what do you think are good things to make you not look younger, but look better? I don't mind looking my age but I need to look less like I've given up.
Yes I think I'm resigned to having my hair coloured, and a proper haircut would go well as well (that's fifty bleedin' quid I'll never see again, grr). I'm not grey at all (well I pick out the few I have) and have really dark hair - I'll just have to pick a new hairdresser and hope for the best, eek.
I've just always had a blushy sort of complexion, with some attractive red blotches as well. Tinted moisturiser does help a bit.
Yes, I second loads and loads of water and sleep, for a week if possible. I am the same age and in the same situation as you and if I don't drink alcohol or too much coffee and go to bed early for a week, it knocks off years, you get the glow back! The red/dull complexion improves enormously and you get cheekbones. Hard to do and boring but worth it!
Number 1 tip-Always use SPF under you make up. I have used Clinique City Block for 15 years factor 25/40- and 2 people inthe last few months said they thought I was 43- I am 55.
Other tips Use a good foundation- doesn't have to be thick cement but enough to cover blemsihes etc, and a light reflecting concealer under eyes. Glossy lips. Don't put weight on- instantly ageing as well as the 3 chins look. keep teeth white.
Go to a make up counter like Bobbi brown for a make over- you don't have to buy but they do good subtle colour.
An über-healthy lifestyle is the best way to look as young as possible... no late nights, very little alcohol, digestion-friendly diet, regular moderate exercise (walking, yoga, pilates). Make-up every day. And great clothes!
I had mine done at the dentist. Moulds made adn trays to wear with the bleach gel- they are like gum shields. It was expensive £400 so shop around. was annoyed to see my dentist had an ofer this years for £200! The benefit of the dentist is that they check your gums and teeth, give you the right strength gel, and offer you check ups- i went back twice for her to see the colour change. If you get the bealch on your gums it can burn them, as can too strong a bleach. My teeeth are not white andnever will be, but they are whiter- were very very cream- almost the far end of the shade chart and now they are middle to top end.
The feelings of well being definately start within - so getting a high from exercise - and enjoying the benefits of a toned body - is a good start. Clinique seems a bit out of fashion at the moment but I have used the dramatically different moisturiser for 29 years (I'm 54) and my skin is pretty good - I get compliments like pp too - I'm alergic to most sun screens, but always wear make up and work indoors.
Maybe you could use a less strong gel? I do have some sensitivity afterwards but it wears off and my dentist gave me some fluroide desensitiser to rub on- have never had to use it. i find that one tooth gets a bit sensitive in very cold weather of if i am ill, for some reason.
My dentist recommended using Fluorigard mouth wash in the 2 weeks leading up to the whitening as it really strengthens them.
I didn't and Dh did. I had a painful time - he didn't!
I usually do 1 night with the gel and 1 night with sensodine toothpaste and it helps. but I still find it - not a painfree process -but a process that I battle through for 3 or 4 days for whiter teeth. I got my gum shield made by the dentist and just buy top up syringes of gel every 3 years or so and give them a quick blast.