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Wardrobe Wake Up: How to Dress to Look Younger and Slimmer

After a certain age, a woman and her wardrobe just do not get along. The romance that once was simply dies off. The dresses you bought in your 30s or early 40s–which made you feel sexy, confident and beautiful–no longer fit or enhance your self-esteem. Changes in hormones, weight, finances, lifestyle and attitudes all impact your closet and style. In this guide, I will give you honest and practical styling tips to enhance your body, boost your style and revive your closet to bring out the Diva in you.

How To Dress To Look Younger And Slimmer – 10 Tips

 

1. Wear One Color From Head To Toe

It is often tempting to wear black pants with a crisp white top or a red sweater with beige skirts-but wearing sharp contrast does not work in the 50s. Contrasting colors sharply break the line at your waist or hips drawing attention to them. Instead, try to wear one color from head to toe. This is a quick, fool-proof formula that can make you look slimmer and younger by taking attention away from your problem areas. For example: match a navy top with dark blue jeans or a black cotton top with black cords to give you a sleeker vertical line.

2. Create An Illusion Of Height

The best way to do so is to wear lowish necklines that expose your upper chest and shoes that closely match your skin tone. For example, nude pumps or beige peep-toe heels. Both these accessories can add inches to your height. Always go for the tapered toe shoes to give you maximum stretching and slimming effect.

3. Dipping Necklines Work Best

Elongate your neck with necklines that dip below your collarbones. I am not suggesting very low, plunging necklines; I want you to keep things classy with cowls, scoops and unbuttoned shirts that form a v-neckline. If you go for too low necklines that reveal your cleavage, it will only sabotage the mission of keeping things classy.

4. Wear Belts

One super slim belt is all you need to add shape and definition to jackets, suits and sweaters worn over skirts or pants. Super skinny belts in black, brown or neutral beige leather, as well as vintage chain belts in gold and silver can accommodate anything from silk blouses and jackets. Just be sure to wear the belt around your waist and not at the hips.

5. Choose The Right Fabrics

Did you know that there are certain fabrics which naturally hug your body and make you look slimmer and younger? These include jersey, cashmere, fine cotton, matte crepe silk, wool rayon and vertical pinstripes. They all mold, shape and hug your curves. Other fabrics like denim, velvet, silk, lace and wool crepe are comfortable and wearable but they do not do much in particular to enhance your shape.

6. Wear Accessories Strategically

If you have a short neck and wide hips, then wearing a long necklace will draw attention away from these areas. Likewise, if you have thick flabby upper arms, sparkly cuffs and stacks of bangles or bracelets can draw the eye to the wrists instead of the problem areas. Also use vintage bags, scarves, costume and real jewelry to add one focal point at a time.

7. Use Shape-wear

Shape-wear can lift sagging areas around the thighs, tummy and hips and also smooth down bulges. If you plan on wearing shift dresses or pencil skirts, make sure to use shape-wear with extra firm tummy control. Also wear a good quality pushup bra to reduce sagging at the bust.

8. Keep These Fashion Must-haves In Your Wardrobe At All Times

Invest in the following fashion must-haves to create a svelte silhouette, hide the fat and slurp you up in all the right places:

  • •    V-neck sweaters with three-quarter sleeves
  • •    Pencil skirt
  • •    A wrap dress
  • •    Boot cut or skinny jeans
  • •    Pair of nude heels and knee length heeled boots
  • •    High waist opaque stockings
  • •    Control camisole
  • •    A-line shift dress
  • •    Full coverage bra

9. Mix Prints

Combining two or more prints can give a new spin to your wardrobe but there is only one way to pull off this look without looking ridiculous-you have to choose a single color theme at a time. First select one color group–say brown–pair it up with a brown dotted silk blouse and an artsy brown graphic print skirt, throwing on a brown cardigan to “gel” the look. Also remember: subtle, small scale prints are easier to work with than larger prints and suit all kinds of body shapes.

10. Be Yourself

This is the most important tip to help you look the Diva you are. It is never too late to update your wardrobe, but it is especially important to have a positive body image at all times. How you perceive yourself to be plays an important role in the message you send out to others around you. I have already covered some fantastic makeup and beauty tips to help you look younger here.  As a recap of that, I recommend using the Divas Never Age® – Vitamin C Serum With Antioxidants during the day to get rid of unsightly fine lines, age spots and dark circles and following up with Divas Never Age® Hyaluronic Acid Serum With Antioxidants  at night to reduce the sun damage caused during the day. This will bring out your true inner beauty by taking decades off your face.

As a parting tip: laugh and be happy. After all; a smile is the best thing you can wear!

For more beauty secrets, do not forget to download my book, Divas Never Age®-“Divas Are Beautiful”-Book 1.

Be happy, be beautiful, be a Diva!
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How To Never Look Old: 10 Beauty and Styling Tips To Look Younger

Aging sucks. Whoever says, “we will grow old gracefully” or “we should celebrate our wrinkles” is lying. The question is: What do you plan to do about aging?

This website is dedicated to Divas, and I always say “Divas never age.” We, you and I together, are going to fight aging and we are going to look great doing it! I am not suggesting that everybody should go under the knife and get cosmetic work done. No, I am talking about daily, weekly and monthly maintenance tips to help you stay in the game longer. Let us face it: the world prefers younger looking men and women–be it at a job or in any other field. Your chances of remaining employed actually go up higher, the slimmer and more attractive you look. So, I am going to help you level the field and ensure that you look 30 if you are actually 40, 40 if you are 50 and so on…

10 Beauty And Styling Tips To Look Younger Starting Today

 

1. Banish Factors That Make Your Look Old

There are many factors that make a woman look a lot older than she actually is:

  • Dark lipstick
  • Granny pants and mom jeans
  • Face caked with makeup
  • The wrong bra
  • Yellow teeth
  • Grey or white eyebrow hair
  • Too long hair parted in the middle

Promise me one thing: you will always be on the lookout for the above things and stay away from them.

2. Change Your Hairstyle

Changing your hairstyle to something more modern is the easiest way to look 5 to 10 years younger. All you need is a really smart stylist who knows the right length to add to your hair that suits your face’s facial shape. You hair being too short or too long will again make you look older. Also try and avoid certain hairstyles, which really age you considerably: up-dos, helmet hairstyles, as well as visibly thinning hair. Here are some things you can do for your hair:

  • Change your length seasonally
  • Select a new stylist if you are not happy with the old one.
  • Change your side part from right to left and vice a versa from time to time.
  • Cut the hair in angles and layers and add bangs to really open up the face and add a new look.
  • For thinning hair, apply 2% Minoxidil (Rogaine®) twice a day to prevent further loss.

3. Consider New Hair Color

This is another easy tip to easily look a decade younger. Go to an experienced hair colorist who can suggest the right color to make you look stylish and younger. For example, if you have mousy brown hair, instead of adding platinum highlights, lighten up the base shade and then add a handful of golden highlights. Likewise, if you have dark hair, go brunette and add some highlights to wake up the complexion.

4. Tame Those Eyebrows

Thinning, fading and graying eyebrows are a strict no-no. Use eyebrow powder to fill in thinning eyebrows. You can also use a brow pencil to draw thinning tails of the brows. Tinted brow gel can also achieve the trick.

5. Take A Look At Your Makeup

The wrong makeup can also age you considerably. Non-mineral based foundation powders enter your wrinkles and fine lines, making them more prominent. Never use too much foundation in one go; always add it in layers. Likewise, never use fingers to spread the foundation; use a clean brush to do so. Avoid foundations having grey and yellow undertones. Always select a foundation shade that is as close to your skin’s shade as possible.

6. Whiten Your Teeth

Try and give up coffee and wine completely to keep your pearly whites, white. Also seek help of a good dentist to fix dark spots and yellow teeth. You can also use over-the-counter whitening trays, which are very effective.

7. Use The Right Shade Of Lipstick

As we age, lips become thinner and acquire wrinkles so it is even more important now to select the right shade of lipstick. Fair-skinned women must go for nudes, apricot and pink shades and stay away from dark brown, wine and dark reds. On the other hand, women with dark skin tones could go for darker lipsticks-read, mauve, red, chocolate etc.

8. Update Your Wardrobe

You can get many style ideas in the latest styles from fashion magazines. If needed, seek advice from professionals who can help you buy the right clothes. Here are some fashion tips that can make you look younger.

  • Love belts? Invest in slim, shiny, metallic, leather or animal print belts.
  • Jeans are must-have for any wardrobe. Select a pair that fits you well. Skinny jeans are a great choice and they suit many body shapes and sizes.
  • Wear dresses and skirts above the knees.
  • Wear printed shirts and tees with plain skirts and pants.
  • Wear colorful accessories.
  • Invest in shape-wear to hide bulges and make your thighs and stomach look thinner than it is. And whatever you do, wear a pull-up bra to make your breasts look perkier.
  • An important point to consider: Avoid chasing trends. Stick to clothes made for your body shape and bring out your best features.

9. Wear Heels

A nice pair of ankle boots can make you look younger in any outfit. You could go for nice red heels which look more fashionable and trendier than darker colors.

10. Manage Wrinkles

Your face is the first place where signs of aging start to show. So, wear a good foundation that hides blemishes and fine lines. Also eat a healthy diet full of antioxidants (mainly fruits and vegetables) to eliminate free radicals that cause wrinkles in the first place. Drink tons of water to give you that inner glow. Wear SPF based lotions or creams during the day, both indoors and outdoors. At night, remove all of the makeup using a good cleansing-toning-moisturizing routine. Use serums which are easily absorbed by the skin and fight signs of sun damage. Look for skin brightening and polishing ingredients such as Hyaluronic acid, retinol and Vitamin C.

As always, I would like to recommend Divas Never Age® – Vitamin C Serum With Antioxidants for daytime use. Wear it under your SPF moisturizer to fight wrinkles and fine lines. At night, massage in Divas Never Age® Hyaluronic Acid Serum With Antioxidants, which will undo the sun damage done during the day. It has gentle ingredients that ‘add moisture, seal in moisture, and also enable your skin to produce more moisture’. Put it on while the skin is still damp and wake up looking younger, fresher and more radiant!
Looking younger does not have to be complicated or expensive. The above basic beauty and styling tips can help you look and feel great without spending a lot of time or money. For more beauty secrets, I recommend downloading my book, Divas Never Age®-“Divas Are Beautiful”-Book I.

Be happy, be beautiful, be a Diva!

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Secrets Of Great Skin: Important Skincare Regime For Mature Skin

The basic goal when formulating a skincare regimen for mature skin is to select an effective combination of ingredients which can be incorporated into one’s daily routine to address specific skin concerns. In order to reverse the signs of aging, an important cornerstone of facial skin rejuvenation is to:

  • •   Encourage collagen and elastin production
  • •    Increase moisture on the inside and outside
  • •    Provide the skin with the right ‘tools’ to rejuvenate itself
  • •    Neutralize skin damaging agents like free radicals
  • •    Stimulate skin cell renewal and repair

With this in mind, a simple skin renewing routine for women in their early 40s and beyond should ideally include the following ingredients:

  • •AntioxidantsTo repair old and worn out skin cells, fight free radical damage and protect the skin from further damage.
  • •AstringentsTo cleanse the skin and draw tissues together to join proteins to coagulate dry and harden the tissues. This gives the skin a younger look. Astringents can also make pores look smaller than they are and help protect skin from damage caused by environmental factors.
  • Demulcents– To heal and soothe inflamed skin.
  • EmollientsTo moisturize, smoothen and soften dry and sensitive skin.
  • ExfoliationA process required to encourage growth of new skin cells. It can be done in two ways: mechanical or chemical. In the first type, you use a scrub to remove the upper dead layer of the skin. In the chemical method, you make use of an acid to do so.
  • HumectantsTo lock and seal in moisture by creating a protective barrier on the skin.
  • MoisturizerTo hydrate the skin by adding to mature skin’s dwindling supply of moisture.

Based on this, let us discuss the right skincare regime and products for mature skin.
 

SKINCARE REGIME AND PRODUCTS TO USE FOR MATURE SKIN

 

Cleansers

Always use non-drying, alcohol-free cleansers since because mature skin is also dry and sensitive skin in most cases. Liquid milky cleansers work best for dry sensitive skin. You can also go for fatty substances like cocoa, lanolin and petroleum in your cleansers, for oily mature skin, look for non-drying cleansers and oil free products that help dissolve sebum. Use cream cleansers that rinse off easily; if you wear makeup, the cleanser should clean it off without you having to rub or scrub too hard. For women with oily skin wash the face no more than 2 to 3 times a day. Washing more than this can lead to excess oil production.

Steam Inhalation

Women with very dry and sensitive mature skin should avoid steamers, steam baths and saunas as these can irritate skin further. Also avoid using wet cloths and wipes that can further aggravate the redness on the skin. For women with oily skin type, once a week steam inhalation is recommended to keep pores clear.

Scrubs

I am personally against excessive use of scrubs, since most contain ingredients like walnut shells, silica or sand particles which aim to exfoliate the skin’s upper dead layer. However, the molecules of these substances are irregularly shaped, which could be abrasive to the skin. Instead, use products containing micro-beads that are more regularly shaped and help exfoliate without abrading your skin.

Astringents

If you have oily skin, avoid using harsh astringents containing more than 20% alcohol since they tend to backfire and cause your skin glands to produce even more oil. Instead, look for non-drying gentle astringents that contain ingredients like aloe vera, bisabolol, licorice root, witch hazel or burdock root.

Masks

I particularly recommend face masks for oily skin. Look for masks containing Milk of Magnesia or Clay, which can absorb oil effectively. Dry skin face masks could include avocado, egg white, cucumber and aloe vera.

Moisturizers

I am going to discuss moisturizers in detail since many women are known to feel utterly confused reading the long list of names on the bottles. If you are one of these, you aren’t alone.  Moisturizers are basically of two types: oil-in-water or water-in-oil formulations. The oil-in-water types are lighter and easily absorbed. The water-in-oil type moisturizers are heavier but also last longer on the skin. Most day creams are oil-in-water types and night creams are heavier water-in-oil types. Here are moisturizing tips based on different skin types:

Dry Skin
  • •Women having dry skin must apply moisturizer immediately after washing and cleansing their face, while the skin is still damp. This will help seal and lock the moisture in.
  • For extremely dry skin, look for heavier day creams with SPF 15 and follow up with heavier night cream.

In winter, the skin loses a lot of moisture-so install a humidifier or a cool mist vaporizer in your bedroom. Never ever step outdoors without having a thick protective layer of moisturizing cream on the skin.

Sensitive Skin
  • Look for products having fewer than 10 ingredients.
  • Avoid skin irritating ingredients like formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, glycol and fragrance.
  • When trying a new product for the first time, try a skin patch test first.
Oily Skin
  • •Choose silicone based moisturizing cream. For daytime, use oil free sunscreen with SPF 15.
  • •Use oil-free foundation to reduce the shine.
  • •Avoid moisturizers with heavy emollients like cocoa butter, linseed oil, sesame oil, oleic acid etc.

Women with combination skin may use different moisturizers on the dry and oily areas of the skin.

Serums

If you are still wondering whether or not to use serums, then it is high time you start. Serums contain active ingredients such as vitamins and antioxidants and have tinier molecules than regular creams that easily penetrate deeper into the skin. You can also layer your serum underneath your favorite moisturizer or use them standalone. A favorite trick I like to recommend for a super moisture surge is to blend our Divas Never Age® – Vitamin C Serum With Antioxidants with a light SPF based moisturizer and apply it on the skin during day time. This deeply hydrating serum gets absorbed quickly and leaves the driest skin looking velvety soft and supple. It contains Aloe Vera, Arbutin and Pomegranate extracts, which provide a protective breathable moisture barrier for soft glowing skin. For night time use, I recommend the Divas Never Age® Hyaluronic Acid Serum With Antioxidants. It contains Green Tea and Hyaluronic acid, which gently yet effective repairs damage and stressed skin by decreasing inflammation and absorbing free radicals.

Remember: Prevention is the most critical element to minimize aging of the skin. You must take the steps to reduce everyday effects of environmental aging. Starting a good skin care regimen, whether it is early or later in life, is important to how you look and feel every day.

For more beauty tips, do not forget to download a copy of my book Divas Never Age®-“Divas Are Beautiful©”-Book I.

Be happy, be beautiful, be a Diva!
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