I truly believe that if we look good – we feel good….right ladies? I work hard on embracing the aging process, but I also want to walk out each day with my best foot forward and feel good about myself too.
I have a few things I do that really help me feel more youthful and confident as I move into middle age. I am sharing my beauty secrets to help you look 10 years younger. Be sure to browse the widget picture round-ups in each section to shop my favorite items!
WHITEN YOUR TEETH
Your smile is typically the first thing people notice about you. Nothing ages you faster than yellow or discolored teeth and it happens to all of us as we age.
I love red wine, tea and I drank my fair share of diet cokes in my 20’s and 30’s while yo-yo dieting. These dark drinks can really stain your enamel.
To keep my teeth white I have tried a variety of things. I brushed with baking soda for a week – it was pretty gross. I once tried UV light and it made my teeth very sensitive to cold. Crest white strips work really well for a home remedy but they can be a bit messy to apply.
My favorite way to whiten and maintain a bright color on my teeth is by getting prescription gel from my dentist and using whitening trays. I also use a daily whitening toothpaste for maintenance.
TIGHTEN YOUR SKIN
I hate my knees y’all. It’s one of the first places where that darn saggy skin showed up! We lose collagen as we age, so skin starts to sag and become crepey. I have noticed it more and more around my abdomen, knees and elbows.
I’ve started using a body tightening lotion from Skinceuticals twice a day on sagging skin and have loved my results. The difference is subtle, but this cream has also worked well on cellulite too.
I aint gonna lie – it’s pricey but it’s worth it! It contains ingredients that penetrate the epidermis to tighten my skin and make it appear more firm and youthful. Even though it is more expensive, it’s one thing I really believe is worth the investment.
If you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, a cream with caffeine also temporarily tightens skin. I love the one by Fab Girl Slim. Because it’s inexpensive, I lather my whole body up with this stuff before I hit the beach.
USE A RETINOID
I have been using one for years. It’s probably the most important product I use on my face for anti-aging. This product makes my skin look refreshed, youthful and vibrant and keeps blemishes at bay too.
Why? Because as we age, our cellular turnover decreases significantly. When we are babies, our cellular turnover is as quick as 2 weeks — but once you’re in your 20s-40s, it’s more like 1-2 months!
Be careful with this product! It will make your skin flaky and red a first… so start slow and work your way into a routine. I started using it once a week on clean skin after my moisturizer. I only use a small amount all over my face and neck.
Now I apply it about 3 times a week to keep away wrinkles and blemishes.
SAVE YOUR FACE
I went to a new dermatologist right after I had my first baby at 34. I remember him asking me if I slept on my right side. I said yes…how did he know? And he said, “I can see the lines on your face.” Yikes!
I’m sure it was a sales pitch – but it sure worked on me! He sold me this pillow and it truly has saved my face from the permanent wrinkles that come from smashing your face into a pillow all night long. It does take some getting used to, but nothing that I found myself losing sleep over – ha!
I place this on top of my regular pillow and even though it takes a couple nights to adjust to it and I can’t live without it.
I tend to keep a water bottle with me all the times so I never get overly dehydrated. Drinking adequate amounts of water is proven to make your skin appear less dull and less likely to have cracks, blemishes or irritations.
I love the ones by Swell – they really keep your drinks cold for hours. They are on the pricey side so I linked some other affordable alternatives. I use my kids school name labels and stick one on the bottom of each bottle – because I lose them constantly – ha!
We also often confuse thirst for hunger which can lead us to overeating. So drink your water – it is a simple habit that really makes a huge difference.
PROTECT YOUR NECK
My last tip is to prevent saggy skin around your jawline and neck. This is one of the first places we age, because we tend to neglect this area.
First thing I do everyday is wash and moisturize my entire face and neck with these product above from Revision. Then moisturize my skin and slather on Skinceuticals b5 gel for hydration. The most imporant thing I apply to keep the crepey skin away is Necktifirm by Revision. I totally swear it’s worth every penny. I have been using it for years, night and day, and I have almost no lines on my neck at all.
Complete transparency: I also do get a little bit of botox on my neck for wrinkles, but this stuff is the key to keeping your neck looking youthful long-term.
I hope this inspires you to create your own self care routine that helps you look and feel your best! I love sharing my beauty secrets and I hope this was helpful! Be sure to follow me on Instagram @donnatryba where I share more about fashion and fitness. Want more beauty tips? Check out this article about the best anti aging skincare for maturing skin.
Until next time my friends. Sending much love from downtown Austin, TX.