How to get a rosier complexion for mature skin

Oil-based foundations, moisturizing powders, and creamy blushes can make skin appear more dewy and give your complexion extra hydration. To find makeup formulated for mature skin, look for the words hydrating, moisturizing, or revitalizing on the product label.

A mineral oil-based foundation is recommended for women under 50 and any creamy foundation for women 50 and older. But the fitter your body is, the fitter your skin will be. Exercise keeps your skin in better shape. If you really exercise and perspire profusely, you are actually cleansing your skin from the inside out. So if you are a 65-year-old woman who plays tennis four times a week, you can use the base that a 35-year-old woman wears. But avoid oil-free foundations, oil-drying powders, and powder blushes, which can draw attention to fine lines.

If you wear little or no makeup, reconsider. Even a hint of color on the cheeks or lips can revive a sallow complexion. Mature skin turns yellow with or without sun damage. Wearing brighter makeup can give mature skin a more youthful appearance.

The key to brightening your face without creating an unnatural or overly made-up look is to select the foundation, powder and blush for your individual skin tone and go for subtlety. For example, mature skin is favored by muted shades of eyeshadow (a green shade with a hint of brown, rather than a bright green) and cream-based lipstick in strong, light colors like pink and coral. But avoid matte lipsticks (which don’t shine), which can make your skin look dry, and frosted eyeshadows, which can give your lips a crepey look.

Cosmetic surgery can take years off your appearance, increasing your self-confidence in the deal. But a younger face can’t make you happier, save a relationship, or change your life. So before even scheduling an appointment with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon, examine your reasons for wanting the surgery and make sure your expectations are realistic. After all, you are talking about a serious and expensive medical procedure.

You also need to make sure you are aware of all the available options (surgical and non-surgical) and what they can and cannot do. Collagen injections, facial peels, and dermabrasion remove wrinkles, but they don’t tighten sagging, loose skin like eye or face lifts do. All cosmetic surgery carries risks, which you should discuss with your dermatologist or surgeon in your consultation.

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