Plastic surgery is expensive, takes you out of commission while you heal, and the results aren’t always that good. Fortunately, there are a lot of perfectly-simple ways you can look better using natural ingredients you probably already have on hand. Here are 5 great ways to look younger in minutes and do it fast, naturally.
Standing tall projects confidence and makes you look younger.
Stand Up Straight
Your mother and your elementary school teachers were right: you don’t look good when you slouch. When you stand or sit up straight, you instantly look younger, more vital, and five pounds slimmer. To get into the good posture habit, imagine how you would sit or stand if you were on camera. You can even use your phone to send periodic reminders throughout the day to straighten up that spine.
Make a Natural Moisturizing Face Mask
Mix two tablespoons of mayonnaise with one teaspoon of sweet almond, grapeseed, or olive oil and apply to your face. You can even go an extra step and make your own mayonnaise for this mask. Using a hand mixer, beat one egg yolk. While continuing to beat the egg yolk, very slowly add 2/3 cup of olive oil and a few drops of fresh lemon juice. Continue beating until it forms an emulsion. Leave it on your face for 20 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Refrigerate any leftover mayonnaise and use within 24 hours. You can use this mask to soften your hands too.
Use an Avocado-Based Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment
Did you know that the oils in the avocado are very similar to naturally-occurring oils in the scalp? For this treatment, you need half of a slightly overripe avocado, one tablespoon of honey, and 1/4 cup of olive oil. Mash the ingredients together to form a paste, apply to dry hair, and cover with a shower cap and towel to hold in heat. Leave the mixture on for 20 minutes, rinse, and shampoo as usual.
Removing dull, flaky skin from your hands makes them look younger and feel softer.
Apply a Gentle Scrub to Revitalize Hands
Besides your face and hair, your hands give away your age the most. Keep them soft and free of flakes with a simple scrub paste. Mix 1/4 cup brown sugar with enough almond or grapeseed oil to form a paste. Apply the mixture to your hands as if you were washing your hands, and continue for about a minute. Rinse the paste off with lukewarm water and pat hands dry with a soft cloth. Apply two or three drops of almond or grapeseed oil to hands and distribute it as you would lotion. After a minute, it will sink into skin, leaving hands extra soft.
Make Your Own Lip Balm
Chapped lips not only look bad, they’re uncomfortable. You can make lip balm that’s better than just about anything you can buy. You’ll need a small, heat-resistant, sealable container, two tablespoons of olive oil, half a teaspoon of honey, slightly less than a teaspoon of grated beeswax, half a teaspoon of coconut oil, and a vitamin E capsule. If you have a particular favorite essential oil, you can use a drop or two of that as well. Combine all ingredients—except the vitamin E (and essential oils if you plan to use them)—in a small saucepan and warm over low heat while stirring just until everything melts and is blended together. Take it off the stove and let it sit for two minutes. Poke a hole in the vitamin E capsule and squeeze the contents into the mixture. Add a drop of essential oil if you want, and stir. When it’s blended, pour the mixture into your container.
Taking a longer view, you can look your best by ensuring you go to bed early enough to get enough sleep, moisturizing skin daily, exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet. You can also take two capsules of GetAwayGrey every day to help fight grey hair naturally. GetAwayGrey helps replenish levels of catalase, an enzyme that we produce less of as we age. Catalase breaks down hydrogen peroxide in the body, and hydrogen peroxide is what bleaches hair before it grows. You don’t have to resort to harsh chemicals or resign yourself to grey hair—you can fight it naturally with GetAwayGrey.
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For better or worse, celebrities are trendsetters, and men and women everywhere tend to take style cues from those who spend a lot of time in the public eye.
But celebrities, like everyone else, get older and develop grey hair. And while famous people have access to the most expensive stylists and grey hair treatments, some celebrities have stopped trying to stay ahead of grey with hair dye.
Here are five celebrities with grey hair. Do you think they look better with or without the grey? Be sure to vote and let us know what you think in the comments.
Perhaps the most famous model of the 1990s, Kate Moss still owns any runway she walks. A couple of years ago, Moss started showing up to events with blonde tresses streaked with grey. Never afraid of capturing attention, Moss has embraced a range of looks during her long career. What do you think? Does Moss rock the grey or not?
Kate Moss in 2005
Kate Moss in 2010 (photo: nypost.com)
When Bill Clinton became president 20 years ago, he had light brown hair with just a bit of grey mixed in. Today, his hair is mostly white, which makes sense for a man who is approaching 67 and who served two terms as leader of the free world. When men go grey, it’s not seen as that big a deal when compared with women who deliberately go natural as they get older. What do you think? Was Clinton more handsome before or after going grey?
Bill Clinton in 1993
Presidents Bush and Clinton in 2005
It’s hard to believe that Lieutenant Uhuru is 81 years old! Nichelle Nichols, who sang with Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton before boarding the USS Enterprise, has embraced her grey hair and always appears impeccably turned out in public appearances. Of course, nobody would expect a woman of 80+ to have the luxurious black dos she rocked back in the day. What do you think of Nichols’ grey and proud look?
Nichelle Nichols and Star Trek castmates at a NASA function in 1976
Nichelle Nichols in 2009
Now approaching 52, George Clooney has had a place on “sexiest man” lists for a couple of decades now. When he first shot to superstardom 20 years ago, Clooney had the kind of thick, dark hair that men want and women swoon over. Today he’s rocking a more mature look, with grey at the temples and an overall salt-and-pepper look. But according to women everywhere, he’s definitely still got it going on.
George Clooney and porcine friend in 1990
George Clooney in 2012
From The Godfather‘s Kay Corleone to Annie Hall to Erica Barry in Something’s Gotta Give, Diane Keaton has had an amazing career, playing beautiful, accomplished women at every stage of life. Now 67, Keaton has let a little grey blend in with her signature honey-colored locks. Her careers in blogging, real estate development, and motion pictures show no sign of slowing down. What was your favorite Diane Keaton look?
First Lady Nancy Reagan, Warren Beatty, and Diane Keaton in 1981
Diane Keaton in 2011
Very few people make it to 50 without some grey in their hair. While some go completely silver, others have more of a salt-and-pepper pattern, and still others develop one or two dramatic grey streaks. Hair coloring is a long-term commitment, and many people are starting to question the chemicals they regularly put on their hair to fight grey.
Now there’s another grey hair treatment option. GetAwayGrey is a proprietary anti graying natural supplement that helps your body break down excess circulating hydrogen peroxide, which is what causes hair to go grey in the first place. Many people have found that this natural way to combat grey is the perfect way to age gracefully, without hair dye and without looking older than the calendar indicates.
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