Tips on How to Cover Wrinkles with Make Up

cover wrinkles with makeupHere are a few make-up tips that will help you cover wrinkles and have a more youthful appearance regardless of your age.  You will also learn about the value of a good facial moisturizer.  Using a moisturizer could be more important than you think.

Let’s start with your eyes.  By focusing on your eyes, you can draw attention away from problem areas.  If you have dark circles, you can use three dots of concealer to hide them.  Your concealer should be a shade lighter than your foundation.

You can use your fingertips to blend in the concealer, but you should never rub.  Constant rubbing pulls and damages this thin area of skin.

The next step is to apply a base to help hold the eye shadow in place.  Older women should use light shimmering colors, never dark ones.  Apply just a touch of the lightest shadow to the area between your nose and the corner of your eye.  This helps to get rid of shadows that make you look older.

Use mascara only on the upper eyelashes.  You can use a brush to define the lower ones if necessary, but you do not want dark mascara on your lower lashes.

Be sure that your brows are well-groomed.  Use a light colored pencil, not a dark one.  Remember that the key to a more youthful look for older women is to always use light glowing colors.

There is a tendency to try and cover wrinkles by using thick heavy foundation and powder.  That doesn’t work.  It actually highlights the wrinkled area.

You want to choose a foundation that is very close to your natural skin color and apply a very thin layer.  You can use your concealer to hide age spots and other dark areas.  When it comes to makeup as we age, less is better.  If you try to cover wrinkles with a thick layer of makeup, it will end up getting stuck in the crease created by the wrinkle.

Here is the first reason that a good facial moisturizer is so important.  There are ingredients that will help to keep your makeup from creasing.  Others will help to bend the light, so that a wrinkle appears less deep.  These ingredients can also help to reduce wrinkle depth with continued use.

Grape seed oil, for example, dries to a light film that keeps make-up smooth.  The protein keratin will help to cover wrinkles by bending the light and it will work to reduce wrinkle depth if you use it on a daily basis.

The antioxidant coenzyme Q10 is another good choice.  In several studies, it has been shown to significantly reduce wrinkling after three months of use.

Apply the moisturizer first and allow it to dry for at least a minute, before applying your makeup.  Use a good brand of makeup, ideally one that contains zinc oxide to protect against UVA light.  Most cosmetics provide protection only against UVB.

You can also use an eye contour gel to help reduce bags and dark circles.  While the current goal is to cover wrinkles, your future goal should be to reduce their depth by protecting your skin.  Learn more about how to do that.

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Tips on How to Tighten Sagging, Wrinkled Skin

Tighten sagging wrinkled skinTo tighten sagging skin, you need a cream or lotion containing the most effective ingredients.  This is an issue that often accompanies the aging process.  So, most of the ingredients are found in anti-aging creams.  Here’s a look at some of the most effective ones.


Keratin is a protein found in the skin’s outer layers.  If properly formulated, it can be picked up and used by the skin’s cells, according to researchers, when it is applied topically.

As it enters the skin’s cells, it pulls moisture along with it.  That is one of the functions of keratin; to absorb moisture and pull it into the cell.

Studies have shown that the special keratin formulations work to stimulate the production of new cells and new fibers.  As we age, the production of new cells and fibers slows down.  Fewer cells mean that the skin’s layers are thinner.  Fewer fibers mean that it is more likely to sag.

On top of that, you have decreased moisture content, which is a common problem as you get older.  The new keratin formulas can address all of those issues.  After about three weeks of use, a 40% improvement in firmness and elasticity has been seen.

Not only does it tighten sagging skin, it also increases the skin’s ability to retain moisture.  You can say “bye-bye” to dryness issues.


RIGIN is one of the new peptide formulations.  Peptides are being used for a variety of purposes.  They are something like protein fragments, in that they include amino acids, but only short chains of them.  Proteins contain longer chains of amino acids.

RIGIN seems to be particularly beneficial for people that need to tighten sagging skin on their necks.  The improvement is similar to that seen with keratin, but only on the neckline.  No one appears to know why that is the case.

RIGIN can be found in anti-aging facial masks.  Manufacturers typically recommend that you use the mask every two weeks in order to see continued improvement.

I found one mask that contains RIGIN and keratin.  I’m not sure what the combination of the two ingredients can do for you.  But I would definitely say it is worth a try.

Personally, I do not have an issue with lost firmness.  But, I have been using one of the best anti-aging creams on a daily basis for years.

What Doesn’t Work

Obviously, there are lots of ingredients that do not work to tighten sagging skin.  The best suggestion is to do the research.  Look for unbiased opinions about whether or not the ingredient is a good one.  Don’t take the company’s word for it.

Urea is one of the most common ingredients in the big brand names.  It actually does nothing to improve firmness.  It dries out the skin’s outer layers, which makes them feel tighter.  As far as appearances go, it usually causes redness and it does nothing to tighten sagging skin.  Urea is just one example.  You might want to take the time to learn about some of the others before you buy anything.

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The Secret to Keeping Naturally Radiant Skin

natural skin careWhat’s the secret to keeping natural radiant skin as you age?  That depends on who you ask.  The experts don’t seem to agree on much of anything, except that they are right.

It seems to me that a lot of the recommendations have to do with the expert’s specialty.  In a recent article, a doctor who specializes in prescribing bio-identical hormones for menopausal women said that the causes of the visible signs of aging are low estrogen levels and environmental factors.

That’s interesting, because dermatologists released a report last year saying that the primary cause was something different.  They found that there are more free radicals in older skin and that fewer antioxidants are present to quench them.  They concluded that the free radical/antioxidant imbalance was the primary cause of wrinkles and other visible signs of aging.

We know that we tend to lose the radiance we once had.  Our complexions look duller and splotchier.  Those symptoms are due to a lack of moisture and collagen; not a lack of estrogen.  I am not an expert on estrogen, but I can find nothing to support the hormone specialist’s statement.

I can explain why moisture and collagen contribute to natural radiant skin.  Moisture promotes a dewy, youthful look.  It is not particularly shiny, but the well-moisturized face seems to glow with good health.

Collagen contributes to the skin’s color or tone.  As collagen levels decline with age, the skin’s layers become thinner and more transparent.  What we think of as radiance is a glowing, evenly toned flesh-color.  A pasty white or pale complexion is just the opposite.  Loss of collagen, not estrogen, causes that pale pasty look.

Many dermatologists have said that we fail to recognize the importance of a good moisturizer.  I believe a good moisturizer is the key to natural radiant skin.  Of course, not all moisturizers are that good.  So you have to be selective.

You want one that contains plant oils and extracts.  You want to avoid the ones that contain petroleum-based oils and chemicals.

You want to avoid irritants and allergens as you age.  Things that might not have caused you a problem when you were younger could cause a problem today.

Irritants and allergens cause redness and itching, which are symptoms of underlying inflammation.  We need to avoid inflammation, because it is one of the known causes of cellular aging and it degrades the skin’s existing collagen content.

Creams containing collagen will not help you get natural radiant skin.  The thick substance tends to cake and crack.  It will make you look worse, rather than better.  It can’t increase the amount of collagen that is in your skin’s layers, because it can’t penetrate.

It’s a good idea to look for a moisturizer containing the antioxidant coenzyme Q-10.  It helps to correct the antioxidant/free radical imbalance.  It has proven to be effective for reversing wrinkles and sun damage.  It could help prevent them too.

While natural radiant skin is more common among the young, older women can have it too.  I don’t believe it is necessary to take hormones to get it.  Moisturizing is the key.

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