This story originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of Latina magazine.
From in-office treatments to expert tricks, here's how to look gorgeously glowy — FAST!
1. Ditch Dark Matte Lips
You know how black clothes make your body look slimmer? Dark lipsticks do the same for your pout by making it appear scrawny. Softer, light-reflecting glosses in nudes or pinks are the most flattering and youthful. Love deeper tones? Make sure it’s a moisturizing formula.
2. Bright Eyes
“The eye area ages earlier and faster than the rest of the face, meaning the skin looks up to 20 years older,” says Dr. Frauke Neuser, Olay principal scientist. We like Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream. It’s a 3-in-1 de-circler, de-wrinkler and de-puffer to reflect younger-looking eyes. $25, olay.com
3. Make It with Maca
This root, aka “Peruvian Ginseng,” is a mood and libido booster—two fun things that make you look and feel more vibrant. Add a scoop of this magic powder to your smoothie to add a spring to your step and a shine to your skin.
4. Bling It On
All that glitters can be gold! File this under “who knew:” Wearing nail polish and rings makes you look younger.
5. Let It Shine
Exfoliation is crucial for a youthful face, says Annet King Elemis, VP of Global Education Elemis. Other bonuses of shedding dead skin: even skin tone, balanced makeup application and better absorption of skin-care products. Try Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Gel Mask, which has enzymes that renew and hydrate. $79, elemis.com
6. Add More White To Your Closet
Simple style tweaks can make a world of a difference, such as adding lighter colors to your wardrobe. A classic button-down, dresses, scarves and even plain tees evoke freshness and are instant illuminators.
7. Give Yourself a Lift
If your face is looking a bit saggy, but the permanence, price or downtime of a face-lift scares the heck out of you—there’s a new option in town. With Silhouette InstaLift, a derm injects special sutures under your skin to lift and plump it up. The average price is $3,500 per treatment, and results are immediate.
8. Get Clothes That Fit
Items that are too loose or too tight are unflattering and ultra aging. Buy for your current size or opt for a tailor.