Are you tired of looking older than you really are? One of the best things about social media is that you have some control over your image. And while you never want to lie, there’s nothing wrong with showing yourself in the best light!
4 Tips to Looking Younger and Healthier
When it comes to looking younger and healthier, there are dozens of levers you can pull at any given time to rejuvenate your appearance. Some are physical, while others take advantage of advances in technology. Here are a few of each:
1. Improve Your Makeup Game
Skin is known to thin and dry out as you age. This is part of the reason why fine lines and wrinkles start to emerge. One way to address this issue is by applying a primer before putting on your makeup. It works by filling in the fine lines and smoothing out your overall complexion. (Think of it as creating a blank canvas for your makeup.)
It’s also important to choose the right type of makeup. Stay away from thick foundation – which can sink into lines and wrinkles and create an uneven look – and instead use lighter products that can be applied with a sponge applicator for a smooth, well-blended appearance. (Remember – a little bit goes a long way!)
Eyebrows are another area of important focus. (It’s common for eyebrows to become thinner as you age.) You can revitalize their appearance with a simple eyebrow pencil that matches your hair color. Use it to fill in any sparse areas that contribute to an aging look.
2. Fix Your Receding Hairline
Millions of men and women suffer the ill effects of a receding hairline as they age. And while it’s not the end of the world, a receding hairline has a tendency to make you look older than you really are. And contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of ways to fight back.
One of the best ways to address a receding hairline is through a treatment known as low level laser therapy, or LLLT. Scientific studies have shown that regular use of LLLT for several months can result in thicker and healthier hair in both men and women. In fact, it only takes approximately 30 minutes per day (and can be done safely and painlessly from the convenience of your own home).
In addition to trying LLLT, you can also improve your diet and nutrition, switch up hair care products (swapping out harsh ingredients for more vitamins and nutrients), and practice smarter styling habits. (Fewer tight, harsh hairdos and more natural and relaxed styles.)
3. Enhance Lighting
Few external factors will have as big of an impact on your appearance as lighting. Poor lighting will hurt the quality of your photos and videos, while the proper lighting will ensure a warm, balanced appearance that makes you look young and vibrant.
If you’re doing a lot of live videos, you should definitely invest in some sort of ring light or kit lighting set. For $100 or less, you can totally change your appearance and eliminate the harsh effects of unbalanced lighting and intense shadows.
4. Choose the Right Angles
When it comes to pictures, angles matter. The same image can look dramatically different based on the camera angle and your position in relation to the camera.
“Understanding how your camera angle, or point of view, can affect your shots will go a long way towards improving not just your portraits, but your photography in general,” Digital Photography School mentions. “How you position yourself in relation to your subjects can have a dramatic effect on the resulting pictures.”
The ideal way to improve your social media shots is to play around with different angles. Don’t be afraid to take a bunch of different shots from different vantage points. Over time, you’ll get a feel for what works and what doesn’t. (And as a side note, what works for you won’t always work for others, and vice versa.)
Adding it All Up
It’s time to stop worrying about your appearance and start putting your best image forward. By addressing underlying issues and taking advantage of advances in technology, you can present your best self at all times and make the most of every opportunity that you encounter – personal, professional, or otherwise.