Want to look and feel lighter without having to, well, lose the weight? We have a strategy for you: watch the above video.
The video highlights several ways you can look slimmer by changing up what you wear. For example, pencil skirts are better than say items that are high-waisted. Side-zippered pants create a flatter look than pleats, which means you'll naturally look slimmer. Even the colour and style of the shoes you put on help -- strappy shoes are a big no-no.
Check out some of the tips and let us know if you have anything to add.
Complete the transformation! Here are 5 ways to cheat your age.
The earliest wrinkles usually develop around the eyes. To prevent and treat these dreaded crow's-feet, Day recommends starting a retinol cream as early as possible. "Retinol works on a molecular level to promote cell maturation and turnover," she says. "It also promotes the production of collagen, which makes the skin thicker, more resilient, and less wrinkled." Try a cream like Avéne Rétrinal + ($69). Use your ring finger to tap the cream gently on crow's-feet and around the eye area, taking care to not go above the bony ridge under your eye -- this potent anti-ager may irritate the sensitive skin around the eyes. For a soothing eye salve, look no further than the garden. Rosemary is rich in antioxidants and vitamin E and is a potent anti-inflammatory, says Day. For eyelid and under-eye puffiness, try applying Yonka Phyto-Contour Eye Firming Cream ($54), which blends rosemary with aloe vera and vitamin E for a soothing sensation. Stow the cream in your fridge to enhance its de-puffing action. You can also reap skin benefits by flavoring grilled chicken and salmon with the herb's pine-like leaf. Says Day, "Rosemary is one of my favorite anti-aging herbs for cooking!"
Hands bear the brunt of daily UV exposure -- think how they're exposed when you're driving -- so it's no wonder that the thin skin of the hands ages fastest by becoming mottled with spots. To the rescue is kojic acid, a mushroom extract discovered in Japan about 20 years ago. It's been shown to lighten skin by inhibiting melanin production. "Kojic acid is most effectively used in conjunction with other brightening agents," advises Day. Try Eraclea Lite and Brite ($80), which combines kojic acid with licorice root and resveratrol. And don't forget the backs of your hands when you apply sunscreen -- keep a travel-size tube of sunscreen or a lip balm with SPF in your handbag to remind you to recoat this delicate skin throughout the day.
"Yellow teeth make us look older because we associate white, bright teeth with youth," says Lana Rozenberg, DDS, a New York dentist. Eating staining foods like berries and drinking coffee and tea, along with the unkindness of aging itself, turn teeth yellow. Fibers from peelu bark, which comes from the ancient Middle Eastern tree of the same name, have long been used to whiten teeth. Today, says Rozenberg, you can find toothbrushes made of peelu -- you soften them with hot water and gently brush your teeth. Or look for toothpastes that contains peelu in health food stores; you can switch to one or alternate it with your regular toothpaste for its brightening effects.
You've heard of exfoliation for your face, but did you know your hair needs it, too? Styling products and impurities can build up in your hair, leading to dullness and limpness -- both of which age your appearance. Once or twice a week, massage a scrub like Redken Refining Sea Polish ($19) into just-shampooed hair in circular motions to help scrub away residue and increase smoothness and shine. Your scalp can also benefit from a scrub. "Your scalp is constantly shedding dead skin cells," explains Jet Rhys, a San Diego, Calif., stylist and salon owner, "and buildup occurs when styling products, environmental pollutants, and chemicals from shower water settle on the scalp. It's essential to exfoliate the scalp for healthy hair that looks youthful -- you'll get more youthful bounce from your hair too."
"Shiny hair is young hair," says beauty expert Eva Scrivo, owner of two salons in New York City and the author of Eva Scrivo on Beauty. Yet years of heat styling and processing can leave strands dull and parched. Rejuvenate your hair with natural amla oil, an ayurvedic beauty secret used by Indian women for more than two thousand years, according to Scrivo. Add a few drops to the scalp before bedtime, brush gently for five minutes with a natural-bristle brush like Mason Pearson's to distribute the oil through your hair, and shampoo out the next morning. Says Scrivo, "Brushing amla oil through the hair stimulates the scalp, increases blood flow, and encourages your hair to grow thick and full."