YES, it is possible to look and feel 10 years younger. You can do it without breaking the bank. In most cases, it won't even cost you a dime.
The truth is, you don't have to be a model or superstar to always look absolutely ageless.
Sure, models and superstars always seem to look 10 years younger. We all know the reasons for that! And one of the biggest reasons is "Money".
When you have money for trainers, nutritionists and the latest and greatest cosmetic procedures, everything is possible. Including How to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger. Or more.
But what about the rest of us? Folks like you and me. What can we do? The answer is lots. That is why I wrote 10 Tips to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger Without Breaking the Bank.
So, right off the bat, I want you to have my #1 Beauty Hack. I use this treatment before special events or when I simply want to look 10 years younger! It costs just pennies and anyone can do this by themselves.
In this step by step guide, I give you 10 of my best, most affordable and in some cases FREE, do it yourself anti-aging tips. Simple, Ah Ha actions and techniques to help you look and feel younger without breaking the bank.
Let's dive in!
Look and Feel 10 Years Younger Tip Number 1: Lift and Firm
A right fitting bra and slimming garment can help you look and feel 10 years younger instantly.
I call both products time erasers and confidence boosters and a must have in your anti-aging protocol.
Bras and slimming garments of today are nothing compared to shape wear of yesteryear. All you have to do is imagine Scarlett O'Hara standing in her bedroom with Miss Prissy yanking and tightening the strings of her corset, trying to whittle her waist down.
Creating your ultimate shape and hiding any mis-shapes have been a common theme for women (and shape wear engineers) throughout the ages.
Let's start from the beginning. Bras.
An ill-fitting bra can make you look and feel old before your time. My wonderful grandmother was the poster child for this.
In my mind’s eye I can see her, my most wonderful, may she rest in peace, Grandmother standing in her beautiful dress with her ample bosom hanging down to her belly button. With all due respect Grandma. But true.
The definition of a poor fitting bra is one that:
a) Cup size is too small or large
b) Too little structure
c) Overstretched straps and back making your bust line drop. And sometimes to your navel. (Ask me, I know all about that.)
Take advantage of today's lingerie structural engineers who apply science to create the ultimate and comfortable lift and firm wear for you... today's woman.
To find the best fit and size for you, go to your local bra establishment such as Victoria's Secret or any local department store such as Macy's and ask to be fitted for a bra.
Ladies, this is a free service in most lingerie stores, so do take advantage of it. Either buy one on the spot or head off to one of your favorite Last Call off the rack type stores, take the free measurements and sizing info they gave you and go shopping. You might even be able to buy yourself two or three bras for the price of one at the fancy store.
New bra not in the budget? No problem.
Pull up and tighten your bra straps as much as you can plus move the hook and eye on the back of your bra to the very end.
Doesn't cost you a dime and another instant quick fix to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger without Breaking the Bank.
Now, let's talk slimming garments.
Slimming garments of today are not like your grandmother's girdle of yesteryear. Slimming garments of today are considered one of the top 10 to help you look and feel 10 years younger.
In fact, in today’s high wattage everyday world, wearing a slimming garment is cool and trendy; a fashionable accessory to have and to hold in. Plus on the top 10 in every gal's must have list.
Slimming garments also help to improve your posture by making you stand taller.
QUICK TIP: Gals, did you know that standing taller is an instant quick fix to look and feel 10 years younger? See how that doesn't break the bank.
Choose a slimming garment that compresses that extra bit of LOVE you have around your tummy. You want all that "lovin" to disappear not just push from one side of your body to the other.
Look for slimming garments made by Co'Coon. They are a South American company with a wide assortment of "pull me in and lift me up no nonsense shape wear" as well as "sexy make me look fabulous the real deal" slimming garments for gals of all sizes.
Skims by Kim Kardashian, is by far one of the most innovative and forward thinking collection of shape-wear and underwear available for women of all ages, the collection contains everything from thongs, briefs, bras and intimates to a solution oriented guide to choosing shapwear based on body parts. They are available in a plethora of colors and sizes to fit every body.
Spanx, by Sara Blakely, is another option that is available both on-line and in major department stores. Been around for a long time now and has been the number 1 go to for celebrities and people ust like you and me.
Look and Feel 10 Years Younger Tip Number 2: Whiter Teeth
Yellow, dark teeth are a tell-tale sign of aging. Have you ever seen an 18 year old with yellow, stained teeth?
Brightening up your smile is a sure-fire way to look and feel 10 years younger without breaking the bank. Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda will take you there.
Click on the box below for my personal teeth whitening formula. It is easy to make and easy to use. I use the same ingredients that teeth whitening strips use as well as some professional teeth whitening systems: Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda. And, my recipe is FREE!
Another way to get white teeth is to simply swish hydrogen peroxide in your mouth for 5 -10 minutes. Spit out remaining hydrogen peroxide and brush with baking soda. This is my 1-2 punch and all-time favorite EFFECTIVE and affordable solution to a whiter smile.
Whitening strips are another option to brighten your teeth and keep surface stains away.
There are a lot of great options available for you including Rembrandt, Crest and Glow. Most are available at grocery stores and on-line sites such as Amazon, drugstore.com and Vitacost.
The fastest way to have bright white teeth is to go to your dentist and ask for a whitening treatment.
Zoom Whitening (created by Celebrity dentist to the Stars, Dr. Bill Dorfman) is a fast, effective system to use. Can be pricey, between $300 and up to $500. So be on the lookout for GROUPON deals for Zoom teeth whitening.
QUICK TIP: Gals, here is another quick tip to make you look and feel 10 years younger: If you want to make your teeth look even whiter, use one of your lip glosses with red or blue tones rather than brown or orange hues. The red and blue tones enhances the whites of your teeth.
Look and Feel 10 Years Younger Without Breaking the Bank Tip Number 3: Shoes!
Worn out, tired and out of style shoes are one of the fastest ways to make you look older instantly.
First things first. With your existing shoes, make sure they are scuff free and polished with new heels on the back of the shoe. There is nothing worse than the tip of the heel being worn off so that the metal post of the stiletto is scraping the sidewalk. And if you are wearing loafers, same thing. Except for the metal post.
If there are laces in your shoes, take them out, wash them and put them back in. Do this even for your tennis shoes.
As for updating your look, look to see what your daughter or younger friends are wearing. Grab the latest fashion magazines or take a walk-about in a shoe store and see what is trending. Then JUMP right in.
I remember when I bought my first pair of chunky heeled boots. A very painful process and took me a while to finally JUMP RIGHT IN as I am advising you to do. And I will admit, once I finally did, it took me a while to get used to them. After I got used to the new look, I was pleased as punch, especially when the compliments came rolling in.
The only reason I purchased them 25 years ago was because the sales lady told me that this one pair of boots would contemporize me instantly! OK. Sold. And it worked.
Not so sure about the new looks??
I get it. I understand. So, just start slowly.
Find a comparable shoe to the hottest style that is comfortable for you and is in sync with the fashion thermometer of the day. Eventually the new styles will grow on you. I promise!
A few pointers:
1. A heel will always be more attractive for the leg line. You don't have to go for the 6 inches that I like. 2 inches is a good start.
2. Platforms are another good choice because they give you height without the heel. More stable. So you will feel like you are walking on flats except you are high off the ground. At least that is the feeling I get!
3. If you really love flats, then go for a ballet type slipper instead of a shoe that covers the entire foot. The look is softer and more flattering to your foot, your leg and also to your entire look.
4. No cash? No problem. Go through your basement bag of old shoes that you have never gotten around to giving away and search for a style comparable to today's trend. Remember, what is old is new again. Or, go to a re-sale store and see what they have kicking around that could blend in for today’s looks.
Or, do what I did. I raided my 90 year old aunt's closet and found comparable shoes from the 40's, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s to supplement the current styles.
COST? Lots of love, lunches and lazy Sunday's reminiscing about great memories we had had together!
Look and Feel 10 Years Younger Without Breaking the Bank Tip Number 4: Lips! Full luscious 3D lips are an instant indicator of youth!
As we get older, we loose collagen in our lips too! What happens is our lips loose volume, and recede, giving us the appearance of thinner, smaller lips, making us look older.
Our lips also get drier and the appearance of "smoker" or "raisin" lines start to appear on many of us.
So how can we tackle all of the above? Lip plumpers, moisturizers, sunscreen, proper lip lining and lip enhancing tools.
Lip plumping serum.
If you are really serious in having full voluptuous lips then a lip plumping serum is your best bet! In particular, 3D Lips - Lip Plumping Serum gives you results in minutes and long term plumpness.
3D Lips turns flat, thin barely there lips and turns into bombshell lips with curves and contour. Results in minutes and after 30 days, additional long term plumpness.
Next, lip moisturizer.
Lips are naturally dry and get more so as we age. Use extra moisturizer on your lips at night. Good ole Nivea or CeraVe Ceramide lotion works great.
Next, lip balm with SPF
And don’t forget to wear an SPF lip balm on your lips during the day on your lips to keep them soft.
All Terrain Lip Armour Lip Protection is one of my top picks. With an broad spectrum UVA and UVB SPF of 28, it protects naturally.
Beyond their moisturizing properties, they quadruple duty as an oil (which appear on the lips as a gloss) behave as a lip stain (Yves Saint Laurent), fulfill a fuller-looking pout (Clarins) and claim anti-aging benefits (Hourglass) without the oooie gooie sticky finish of most glosses.
Proper lining of your lips can also make you look and feel 10 years younger without breaking the bank.
Use one of your existing lip pencils to outline JUST the outer edge of your lip line, top and bottom. Your choice to fill them in afterwards with the lip pencil to help them look fuller. (Can't take it all away, now can I? At least not yet!)
The best pencils are ones that glide on effortlessly without tugging the lips. MAC pencils are good. Revlon is another great pencil at an affordable price. Choose a soft pink or pinky nude. Stay away from browns...and that includes my all time-favorite Spice. Follow with lip oil or a light shade of light reflecting lip gloss to give you a youthful glow.
And if you really want to go full throttle on the lips, use the DERMAWAND!
DermaWand was featured on the Dr. OZ show as one of the best alternatives to surgery for younger looking skin.
After applying your moisturizer, use your DermaWand in a circular upward motion on the border lines of your lips (top and bottom), plus the fleshy outer part as well as the inside of the lip.
Remember to push or lift your lips with your DermaWand in an upward motion.
If you have any fine vertical lines aka smokers lines that start at your upper lip line and go straight up to your nose, you can also use your DermaWand to plump up the area and help to minimize those pesky little lines. Remember to use in a circular, upward motion.
Check out the video I did with the DermaWand to give you fuller, luscious lips without any injections.
If you have any questions on how to use the DermaWand send me an email at Kellie@kellieolver.com.
Look and Feel 10 Years Younger Without Breaking the Bank Tip Number 5: Brows! Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful……… Beautiful Brows…
A thicker, well groomed brow can make you look more rested and better yet, can help you look and feel 10 years younger without breaking the bank.
Below are a couple of pointers I learned from the man behind the arches, Joey Healy, to get that instant 10 year younger look!
• Stop tweezing! Thicker brows mean a younger looking you.
• The highest point of the brow needs to be about two-thirds of the way out. Not in the middle of the brow.
• The tail of your eyebrow should extend to the corner of your eye, and can be even longer if it doesn’t end vertically lower than the point where your brow begins
Let me give you my best eyebrow tip ever!
How to give yourself the look of an instant forehead lift!
Directions: Take a fine eye shadow brush and dip into matte white powder. Take brush with powder and pat gently to apply the powder to the top outer side of your brow —from the outer top edge of brow nearest the center of the bridge of your nose to the outer end of the tail. This highlighting effect softens and opens your eyes at the same time giving you the look of just having a forehead lift!
Look and Feel 10 Years Younger Without Breaking the Bank Tip Number 6: Laugh. A lot.
Best FREE anti-aging tool on the market!
Laughing can make you look younger.
Laughter helps release pent up stress that has been accumulating throughout your days, weeks and months. That in itself makes you look younger because you are not carrying around the weight of the world on your shoulders.
Laughter can also soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles that have built up on your face due to the stress you have been carrying.
Have you ever been in a crowd filled with laughter? People just look happier and that in itself makes them look younger.
And it that is not enough, clinical studies have been carried out where test subjects were asked to look at pictures of people who were laughing. The test subjects guessed the ages of the people laughing as much younger than their actual chronological age.
Did you know that it takes as many as 15-20 facial muscles to make you laugh? And just as the blood flows to your muscles in your body when you exercise, making them firm and strong, the same is true for the muscles in your face.
The increased blood flow floods your facial muscles while laughing giving you that plump, rosy glow helping you to look and feel 10 years younger. Not to mention look and feel 10 years healthier.
Clinical studies have also been done on laughter supporting the fact that laughter has a positive effect on emotional health, physical health and overall well-being.
I like to say that laughter soothes the savage beast…and that beast is sometimes the beast within. Laughter has a calming effect and helps to bring together and create a balance from within.
I know. Sometimes you just don’t feel like laughing. I get it. So, what can you do to laugh when you don’t feel like it?
Watch funny movies for one thing. Did you know that Norman Cousins, author of Anatomy of an Illness: as Perceived by the Patient, cured himself from a debilitating disease by watching Three Stooges episodes?
How did he cure himself? He laughed. All the time. Read all about it. I have left the Amazon reference link here as well as below in the resource section.
Don’t like The Three Stooges? Ok. Here are some other suggestions: do a goofy thing, start thinking about a funny time in your life and how it made you feel, or simply just start smiling to get the giggles going.
Look and Feel 10 Years Younger Without Breaking the Bank Tip Number 7: Drink UP…Hydration, get your 8 glasses of water in.
I know, we have heard this so many times before, but water really is the fountain of youth. Drinking water is affordable, you don’t have to go anywhere to do it, you already know how to do it, and it works.
Hydrate. Drink Water. There are many reasons to drink water including increased concentration and focus, weight loss, more energy, easing of depression and yes, beautiful skin.
There is also science to support why we need water. Studies have shown that drinking 8oz of water enhances the flow of information between brain cells, improving focus and memory by 34 percent.
The first thing I do when I wake up is to drink a big glass of room temperature water with a squeeze of lemon. Both are great to help detoxing, alkalizing the body and getting all our bodily functions MOVING.
Also, when we are hydrated, our skin is noticeably plumper, feels fuller and firmer plus looks healthy and glowing.
After my first glass of water, it just feels like my bones, joints and my brain are working better. I stand taller, move quicker and I think better! At least I think so! Another good reason to drink that water!
Look and Feel 10 Years Younger Without Breaking the Bank Tip Number 8: Exfoliate-Buff your way to looking younger
Have you ever noticed when you put foundation on your skin, you skin looks blotchy? 95% of the time it is because you have dead skin cells on the surface of your skin drinking up the moisture of your new skin underneath as well as the moisture of your liquid make-up you have just applied.
How do you fix it?
Exfoliation is an instant way to get rid of the dead skin cells revealing fresher, newer, brighter looking skin so you can look and feel 10 years younger instantly!
You see, these layers of dry, dead skin sit on the surface of your skin accentuating the existing lines and wrinkles, making you look older than you really are.
As we age, the dead skin cells don’t slough off as quickly as they used to leaving your skin looking dull and grey. In our 20s it takes approximately 28 days for cell turnover-- or for the newest cells to appear at the surface of your skin. In our 40's it can take as long as 40 days.
So, give your skin a little helping hand by using a physical or chemical exfoliator to polish away the dry, dead cells sitting on the surface of your skin to reveal the newer cells waiting to see the light of day.
The end results? Exfoliating polishes your skin to a younger looking you. Instantly.
• better results from your expensive serums and moisturizers as they are not being absorbed by the dry, dead skin sitting on the surface of your face
• your make-up will go on better (little if any blotchy-ness)
• softer, smoother skin
• a younger looking you
You can purchase an exfoliator at your drugstore or department store or go into your kitchen, grab some sugar, take a pinch of sea salt, baking soda or some finely chopped almonds and blend with some Jojoba oil, organic coconut oil or your favorite creamy cleanser, and polish away.
For my double sugar home-made sugar scrub recipe, click on the box below! It is affordable to make and the recipe is free!
There are some pretty aggressive exfoliators out there with big chunks of exfoliating debris.
I used to like these aggressive exfoliators, now I just find they are too rough on my skin. I am older, my skin wants a little TLC I guess.
Now I prefer a more gentle exfoliating experience. I really like Aveno Positively Radiant skin brightening daily scrub and the Aveno Clear Complexions Cream Cleanser with gentle micro beads.
Always follow with your moisturizer.
Bonus TIP: And while you are at it, replace your existing foundation with a tinted moisturizer, such as a BB or CC cream and receive anti-aging benefits and a sunscreen to boot.
Look and Feel 10 Years Younger Without Breaking the Bank Tip Number 9: Sleep……Get more ZZZZZZ’s..
Getting a good 7-8 hours — another freebie — of uninterrupted sleep is one of my favorites within my Top 10 ways to look and feel years 10 younger without breaking the bank.
Sleeping is also one of the simplest ways to rejuvenate your soul and start feeling alive again.
Not to mention mentally focused and emotionally grounded.
Not getting enough sleep is also one of the things that ages you the fastest.
When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol. When cortisol is present in high enough amounts it can break down the collagen in your body. As a reminder, collagen is the protein that keeps your skin smooth and elastic.
As an aside, if you are having trouble losing weight or keeping it off, check your sleeping patterns and how many hours of sleep you are getting. Cortisol produced by of sleep also could be the culprit!
Need help sleeping?
No TV or internet 2 hours before bed. A constant bombardment of electricity from smart phones and computers interrupts your sleep cycles and makes it harder to go to sleep.
Also, if you have a TV in your bedroom, please make sure to either close the doors of the hutch that houses it or cover the boob tube with a blanket or towel. The TV still emits an electronic frequency and light that can interfere with your sleep patterns.
Speaking of which, blue light from computers, TV's and smart phones and tablets are big culprits that prevent you from having a good nights sleep. To counter this, there are now new eyeglass lenses that block harmful blue light and UV rays.
Sleeping in a cool dark room is the perfect climate for a good nights sleep. So is a sleeping mask which can give you black out curtain benefits.
When I worked overnights at HSN, I had a heck of a time getting to sleep at 10 in the morning. A sleeping mask was the trick that helped me sleep when everyone else was starting their day.
Top off your evening with some Chamomile tea or Valerian drops under your tongue and you are minutes away from some of your sweetest slumbers.
Look and Feel 10 Years Younger Without Breaking the Bank Tip Number 10: Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Grow Your Hair!
Long hair is a sign of youth and it costs nothing to grow your hair.
It’s ok to have hair to your chin or past your shoulders. At any age. I really don't care about the laws or the should's or shouldn'ts about hair length when we get older. Longer hair makes you look younger.
Talk to your hairdresser about creating a long style that is suitable for your face or which you can grow into.
Or, you can do what I did. Just let your hair grow.
Throw it in a loose ponytail and wait until it gets long. Don’t cut it till you want to.
VERY IMPORTANT: Hair pulled too tightly off the forehead into a ponytail can break fine delicate hair. Or worse, accentuate a receding hair line.
How do I know? It happened to me.
How to avoid? Wear your hair down and mix it up with styling your ponytail loose and off to the side of your face near your ear.
If you have the need for speed, try extensions. Halo, which offers not only tried and true clip on hair extensions but also their signature "no glue, no clips, not tape, just halo" SLIP ON'S is one of your best bets.
The picture below is an image of a gal after she had slipped her HaloCouture on, over her head.
Look to HSN or a beauty supply store for additional choices. HSN carries a wonderful assortment of realistic looking hair pieces.
Or, you can go whole hog and get professional extensions: individual keratin strands or weaves are the obvious choice. Pricey but worth it. $500 up to $2000.
FlatTracsTM, a system pioneered by Cindy Borella and founder of Addicted to Hair, is a unique process that causes no damage to your natural hair. FlatTracs are sewn to a thin section of your natural hair in a horseshoe like area.
And the results are amazing!
I tried FlatTracs many years ago after a chemical cut. You know, too much peroxide in the color and then left on the hair too long? My hair shattered and broke to a 1000 different lengths. I used FlatTracs for about 3 years as a bridge to hide the damage and keep my hair looking long until my hair grew back to its pre-chemical cut fuller, longer self.
So check this out!! Best thing I ever did.
Working on TV for over 20 years is really not that glamorous. The constant hair abuse from the hot lights on the set to the daily hair washings, plus daily hair blowing, daily styling products and use of finishing tools such as flat irons practically ruined my hair.
I tried it all including wigs, clip on extensions, individual strands plus various types of weaves to counter the beating my hair took.
That is what brought me to FlatTracs. I needed something that worked that would not damage my hair.
There are many things I like about FlatTracs. First of all the system is easy on the hair. No breakage. And supports long term hair growth.
FlatTracs gives you length and fullness until your hair can grow back to its normal healthy, shiny self.
Plus FlatTracs is best for anyone with an on the go lifestyle as getting your hair done is quick in and quick out. BIG plus for me.
First appointment is approximately 40 minutes, if that. Additional appointments are spaced 3-4 months apart and last only 15-20 minutes!
To keep your hair looking youthful, use a clarifying shampoo to remove product build up and smoothing oil to keep it shiny.
Check out Amazon's list of best clarifying shampoo's here.
Also use a scalp masque or sebum shampoo to remove built up debris from your scalp that may be choking the life out of your hair follicles making your hair appear thinner.
Be mindful of all the hot styling tools you are using as they can damage your hair.
I am giving you this tip from experience as I torched my hair with a sizzling hot, barrel curling iron, shattering and splitting my hair to pieces! My hair took years to recover.
I gave myself a 3 month hiatus on hot styling tools.
I recommend you give yourself at least 2 days per week reprieve to help keep your hair strong and healthy looking.
And of course…one tip for the road…
Gotta move to groove. The body is designed to move.
That’s it, bottom line, no getting around it. Exercise improves healthy circulation, which allows skin to look its best. And when you are in shape, you naturally look younger. And feel younger
Liking the exercise you are doing will help you keep on your program.
Find some activity that you enjoy doing and do it for at least 30 minutes three times each week.
Good news is studies now show that you can break exercise up into chunks of 5, 7 and 10 minute intervals throughout the day to receive benefits.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), a form of short burst of high intensity cardio and strength training, is a type of program where you work out for a short period of time, such as 30-45 seconds, raising your heart rate, and then change the exercise to slow down your heart rate has promising benefits. HIIT touts fat burning as well as muscle building as part of its whole body benefits.
Plus, HIIT stops aging in its tracks. For my personal do it yourself HIIT routine, please click on the box below.
Yoga is my plats du jour in the exercise department these days.
Power Yoga provides me cardiovascular benefits, strength training and a dose of mental clarity that no other exercise has given me before.
Being a working gal, I know how tough it is getting our exercise in. So I created a little cheat sheet showing you Yoga you can do at your desk. Just click on the box below to get your free copy.
Walking is my other exercise of choice. Good news, walking is free, easy on the joints and you can do it anywhere and anytime. Winter in the northern states and summer in the southern states.
Head out to the indoor mall and walk both the top and lower levels as you check out the latest fashion. Walk around your house, up and down the stairs. Any movement is better than no movement. An obvious bonus to exercise —keeps your waistline in line.
Remember, our mission, and I know you have accepted it, is to grow younger every day! The tips and tools I have given you are easy, affordable, take action steps you can implement immediately to help you Look and Feel 10 Years Younger without Breaking the Bank.
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Till next time…