4 Simple Hacks That’ll Have You Looking Instantly Younger

Haggard isn’t hot. Use these strategies to freshen up your tired mug and look younger instantly

A man’s face is his autobiography, Oscar Wilde once said. Or if he didn’t, he should have. What does your face say? If it’s “No sleep, teething baby, big presentation, too many beers, need a nap,” then maybe a rewrite is overdue. “We admire people who look like they take care of themselves,” says Sylvie di Giusto, an image consultant and corporate trainer. “But image is all about the micromanagement of your eyes, skin, hair, teeth, and so many other seemingly minor elements.” Tick the following boxes and look instantly younger.

Check Your Bags

Fight dark circles and puffiness by daubing on an eye cream that has peptides to support and revitalize your skin and caffeine to tighten it, says dermatologist Dr Rachel Pritzker . Store it in the fridge and apply it cool, Pritzker says. Or use cold compresses on your eyes for immediate relief from puffiness.

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Bulldoze Dead Skin

Turn to an exfoliating wash that contains volcanic rock. It’s coarse, but lava particles are smaller and gentler than the walnut shells or apricot kernels used in other scrubs. Aloe and coconut water provide moisture. Then throw on a light-coloured shirt to brighten your skin even more, says Julie Rath, a men’s style consultant.

Stop Seeing Red

Dry eyes from lack of sleep may lead to inflammation, causing blood vessels to dilate. Using eye drops two or three times a day will replenish moisture and make you look instantly younger, says optometrist Dr Dennis Cheng. Just avoid tetrahydrozoline, Cheng says—it relieves, but doesn’t treat, the cause of redness.

Smooth Stray Hairs

Apply a dab of hair cream or wax to control any errant strands, and then tame wild nose, ear, and eyebrow hairs. Use small, curved scissors with rounded tips on your nose and eyebrows. Comb eyebrows up and trim excess hairs above but never below the arch. Shave downward on your neck for a cleaner look.

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Originally published on menshealth.com

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