mimagephotography/ShutterstockYoung, middle-aged, and older individuals studied thousands of photographs and were asked to guess the age of models with various facial expressions. Neutral expressions yielded the most accurate results, and fearful expressions made subjects look older; happy faces were rated as younger than they really were. (Here's how to smile for better health.)
Eat more grapes
All Around Photo/ShutterstockSorbitol, which gives grapes, berries, plums, and pears their sweetness, is a humectant, a substance that attracts water when applied to the skin, helping it absorb and retain moisture. That's one of the reasons why grapes are among the 30+ foods that are even better for you than you realized.
Touch up your hair
Nina Buday/ShutterstockAs we age, our hair changes. "It often becomes coarser in texture and more dry," says hairstylist Jenna Mast. Heat styling can damage hair, so try air drying an only use an iron around your face. Whether you have your hair washed at home or at a salon, use deep conditioning treatments regularly to combat dryness. Make sure you're not making these hair washing mistakes in the shower.
Frame your face
Olena Yakobchuk/ShutterstockKeeping your eyebrows well-groomed and shaped helps provide a frame for your face and draws attention to your eyes. Not sure how to groom yours? Here are the seven tips you need for perfect eyebrows.
Cleanse and moisturize regularly
TuiPhotoEngineer/ShutterstockCleansing and moisturizing helps protect skin and keep it healthy; but banish regular soap, which can be drying for older skin. Instead, use a cleanser that gently washes without stripping skin of its natural moisture. Avoid skin toners, especially those with a stringent or alcohol base. Follow with a good moisturizer, morning and night.
Conceal your problem areas
Bogdan Florea/ShutterstockIf you have a wrinkly neck or jowls, avoid tight-fitting or crew-neck tops, which squeeze skin upward. A shirt collar over a round-necked jersey is a better option. Wear dark-colored shirts if you have a large belly. Here are more outfit tricks to help you look instantly younger.
Give yourself a hand or two
Olga Miltsova/ShutterstockA study showed that people could accurately guess women's ages by looking at their hands. (These are the subtle signs your hands are begging for TLC.) Use a good hand cream frequently, preferably one that contains SPF for daytime. Brighten dull hands by exfoliating regularly: Mix sea salt with lemon juice and gently scrub into your hands with a soft toothbrush.
Eat more greens and reds
Kamila i Wojtek Cyganek/ShutterstockVitamin K—in kale and other green vegetables—helps your blood coagulate, reducing the impact of bruising. Lycopene in tomatoes gives the skin powerful protection against UV rays. Fruit and veggie consumption resulted in better skin complexion, according to a study. (Here are eight more essential foods for beautiful skin.
Wear less makeup
Voyagerix/ShutterstockInstead of heavy makeup or these other makeup mistakes that age your face, pick pink, radiant hues that mimic the look of natural youth, says makeup artist and What Not to Wear star Carmindy. "As we age our skin loosens and is not as taught as it once was, so the more makeup you apply, the more it can move, settle, and travel," she says. "Less makeup will adhere to mature skin much better so you stay looking fresh all day."
Eat oily fish
Dima-Sikorsky/ShutterstockSalmon and other oily fish are rich in DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol), a compound that boosts muscle tone and is one of the must-have ingredients in expensive "mature" skin creams. Eating oily fish twice a week offers the same benefits. Here are more foods that can help fight wrinkles.