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17 Ways to Look a Decade Younger - Written by An Aging Specialist

Aging is the one guarantee in life that awaits us all. It is a natural process that we all must go through, but often times it can claim the confidence of many men and women who want to look as young as they once did.

When it comes to the signs of old age, there are a few major ways we begin to show them: 

  • Face 
  • Body
  • Mind

Keeping all of these very important parts of the body in mind when trying to look younger is essential to getting the results you are looking for. 

In this guide, I will address 17 Tips for Looking Ten Years Younger that you can begin using on a daily basis. Whether in your 40's, 50's, 60's, or beyond, these anti-aging secrets will help you to stay looking and feeling younger than your age. 

Let's dive right in!


I. How to Make Your Face Look 10 Years Younger 

The face is typically the first place people look when in a conversation, or simply passing by. For this reason, it is one of the parts of the body that can make us look the oldest, and really shows signs of old age prominently. 

Typically, this comes in the form of: 

  • Lost volume 
  • Lines and wrinkles 
  • Skin discoloration and scarring 
  • Sun damage 
  • Sagging skin 

These tips for looking younger will help you to combat these signs of old age in the face, in order to take years off of your appearance. 

Note: If you want to learn even more about the signs of an aging face, check out this comprehensive guide

1. Flattering Your Hair - Bringing Vibrancy Back to Your Face

Flattering your hair means cutting and styling your hair so as to minimize the signs of aging. If you continue to pursue hairstyles that are suited for someone who is younger, it can actually detract from your attempts to maintain a youthful appearance. This is why you will typically see women begin to change their hairstyle as they get older - usually to something shorter. 

As your skin loses volume and wrinkles appear, these fine lines are typically most prominent around the upper section of your face, sometimes the lower section too.

This change in hair color and style can be used in many different ways in order to take years off of your appearance. Here are a few examples of how flattering your hair can help you look much younger:



Camouflaging lines and wrinkles on the forehead or around the eyes

Use soft layering techniques and bangs to cover these features

Hide loss of elasticity in the skin and fine lines on the upper part of the face

Pull the hair back from the face and secure it with a hair accessory, to pull your skin taut and mimic a plumper appearance

To camouflage signs of aging around the lower part of the face and jowls

Use longer lengths of hair and layering techniques to mask the sagging jawline

2. Utilize the Power of the Color Wheel

As we age, the color of our hair changes. Some changes are subtle such as the lightening of our hair color over time. While some changes in hair color are rather dramatic, in the case of graying hair, or even white hair.

One technique you can use to fight this sign of old age and look younger, is to avoid using a hair color that makes your hair look much darker. Choosing too dark of a hair color can actually accentuate lines on the face, forehead, and neck, and also be easily spotted as coloring. 

When making your hair look younger, you want to choose a lighter color, so that it blends naturally with your gray hair. The gray hairs in this context appear like highlights, adding depth to your color.

It is important to accept that as you get older, you should start to brighten or enrich your hair color rather than try to maintain the same shade you have had most of your life. Lightening the hair with age helps you to offset the changes in your skin pigmentation by adding vibrance and shine compatible with your new skin tone.

This simple tip for looking younger can help you shave years off of your appearance, and also feel much more confident with your outward beauty as you age. 

3. Switch the Wardrobe Up - Accentuate & Dress Your Age 

With a classic, chic set of clothing you can accessorize in such a way as to distract from your visible signs of aging.

A simple silk scarf that flatters your ensemble can hide sagging neck skin while a stylish sweater can camouflage jiggling upper arms.

Eye-catching jewelry or sparkling pendants on the breastplate can be used to divert attention. But, be careful that the necklaces you wear to look younger are not too tight; necklaces need to be longer as you get older, hanging above the chest but as far below the face as you can get away with.

Also, be sure that when selecting clothing that will make you look younger, you wear clothing that is age appropriate. That same slimming dress you could fit into as a young woman may not have the same flattering appeal to it as you get older. In some cases, wearing clothing that is not age appropriate can actually add years to your appearance, by exposing areas of the body that show signs of age. 

4. Know These Secrets to Having Younger Looking Eyes

Do you have signs of old age on your face specifically that really make you feel uncomfortable? Don't worry, we all do. But, there are a few easy tips that you can follow to look younger by masking those signs of aging:

a) Tasteful Makeup Can Mask Crow’s Feet

Crow's Feet are those notorious wrinkles that appear next to the eyes as we get older. For many women, this is a confidence killer that they wish to hide in order to look younger and feel more confident. Using makeup properly can help you hide the following signs of aging in the face: 

  • Crow's feet 
  • Wrinkles 
  • Under eye coloring 
  • Deep lines 

While you can not completely hide your wrinkles with makeup, you can distract from them by dabbing concealer only where you need it in areas around the eyes. Warning: Using too much foundation or powder on your crow's feet can actually make them more visible than normal.

b) Know the Proper Treatments for Dark Eye Circles

For dark circles or any other discoloration around your eyes, a small, flat makeup brush can help you to apply concealer to the affected area. If you try to massage the concealer, or rub it into place to blend it, you will end up stretching the skin around your eyes which will only make certain signs of aging worse.

The reason for this extra skin and discoloration under the eyes is due to a loss of collagen over time. This is the substance responsible for plump, tight skin. There are also some natural remedies you can consider to add collagen to your diet, which can help you look 10 years younger or more. 

c) Combat Droopy Eyes 

As your eyelids get heavier with time, they start to sag. This can cause bags to appear around your eyes, causing your eyes to look smaller. As we age, we also lose the fullness and color in our eyelashes and eyebrows, which reduces the contrast necessary for you to look alert. A very thick mascara will stand in contrast to your lash line and open up your eye.

Some people also begin to experience sagging of the upper eyelids and forehead in old age. This can actually produce vision problems and cause you to look much older. Botox and liquid facelifts are an excellent way to help reduce these signs of old age, and help you to look years younger.  

For men and women who have tried everything to remove dark circles, or hide the other signs of aging below their eyes (such as droopiness), but nothing has worked - there are minimally invasive surgical procedures such as eyelid surgery that you can consider. To learn more about the different types of eyelid surgeries, and how they can help you look a decade younger, check out this complete guide.

5. Take Care of Your Skin - It Makes a Huge Difference Over a Lifetime 

As we get older, we need to take care of our skin and commit to a cleansing and exfoliation regimen. Doing so will not only encourage your face to produce more collagen and antioxidants to help new cell growth, but also help to remove excess layers of dead skin cells. 

This will continually reveal the brighter skin cells underneath, a natural way to add shine and vibrance to your appearance. This simple tips to looking younger can help you take 10 years or more off of the appearance of your face.

You can also improve on these results by staying hydrated so that your body can actively flush away toxins and bring better nutrients to your skin. Exercise has also been shown to help reduce the signs of aging skin in the face, as it allows for more blood flow, and sweat, which cleanses the pores. 

Lastly, there are a few other easy tips and tricks to looking younger that you can use daily in order to maintain that youthful appearance in your face: 

  • Moisturize daily
  • Wear sunscreen when necessary 
  • Eat foods which boost skin health 

Later in this guide, we will discuss in depth some foods that can help you to look and feel younger. After all, you are what you eat! 

6. Steer Clear of Toxins in Your Diet and Environment

Part of your skin care plan should be to steer clear of any avoidable toxins in your diet and environment. Obviously, some things are completely unavoidable. For example: you live in an urban area or work a job that gives you a high level of exposure to a increased levels of pollutants in the air. 

However, even in situations like this, there are steps you can take to look younger by detoxifying your skin and body of these unwanted, harmful toxins.  

  1. No matter the weather, it is imperative that you avoid excessive sun exposure. As part of maintaining that classic, chic clothing, you can integrate hats and other accessories that prevent sun exposure. You should also always put sunscreen on your face, or at the very least wear creams or makeup that contain some form of UV protection.
  2. Toxins can come at you from everywhere, not just the sun which is why it is important to avoid things like smoking or being around second hand smoke. Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 known carcinogens and chemicals, most of which look to latch to water molecules, making your skin a great home for them to wreak havoc.
  3. Driving in heavy traffic with the windows down, and otherwise exposing yourself unnecessarily to environmental toxins can expedite the aging process. If you work in an area or occupation that makes this unavoidable, be sure to exfoliate your skin regularly in order to get rid of these harmful toxins. 

There are also toxins in our diets which can affect the way that we age. In order to look a decade younger, it is essential that you try to avoid these foods and drinks: 

  • Alcohol 
  • Sweets 
  • Trans Fats
  • Caffeine

By following these simple steps to looking and feeling younger to reduce your exposure to toxins, you will definitely improve your chances of aging more gradually. 

7. Some Medicines Can Help You Look Younger 

If you really want to look years younger, consider taking your skin care treatment to the next level. You can nourish and repair your skin with prescription strength skin medicine. Remember that all of the modern medicines we used to treat our body have some plant-based or natural derivative. Don't be afraid of Mother Nature, let her help you in the form of a heavy-duty prescription.

Retinoid, for example, is actually a type of vitamin A which you can naturally find in beef, eggs, or dairy products. It is a vitamin essential for skin health and any creams or facial care products that contain this derivative will help to protect your skin from signs of aging. 

Pigment controllers can help reverse signs of aging like age spots or sun spots.

A hydrator can help add hydration to the skin when natural methods are insufficient.

Taking extra antioxidants can improve the effectiveness of the foods you are eating while sunscreen can help protect you against sun damage while allowing your body to get the right amount of vitamin D.

8. Tried Everything, But No Results? Non-Surgical Procedures Can Help

Everyone deserves to look and feel their best. If you are at the point where you have tried just about technique to look younger, and nothing has worked, there are a few non-surgical cosmetic treatments that can really help you get your confidence back - at a very affordable price. 

a) Let skin brightening treatments brighten your life…

Skin brightening treatments, like Microdermabrasion, Light Peels, Micro Laser Peels, or the Clear & Brilliant Laser treatment all help patients to look 10 years younger or more, with just a few treatments. 

These treatments can be used in order to combat the signs of aging in the face, such as: 

  • Wrinkles 
  • Age spots 
  • Lines 

Note: To learn more about each of these treatments, and how they may be able to help you, check out the following resources: 

b) Repair aged and sun damaged skin

You can repair sun damaged skin with laser skin resurfacing, or using chemical peels. Depending on your condition, these treatments can be used to heal medium to deep lines and wrinkles on the skin, as well as remove discoloration, and restore pigment in sun damaged areas. 

These treatments help patients to look younger than their age in quick, easy, and nearly painless non-surgical procedures that take just an hour or so to perform. 

Note: Want to learn more about chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing treatments? Check out these helpful resources we have put together for you: 

c) Restore lost facial volume

The face loses volume as we get older, which can cause the skin to sag and the face to appear hollow in some spots, specifically around the cheek bones. This can be combated with injectable fillers, dermal fillers, even a fat transfer to add volume underneath the first layers of your skin where collagen no longer exists.

Each of these procedures should be administered by a highly trained professional in order to make sure that they are performed right, and you get the best results possible. These treatments are ideal for patients who want to look younger without surgery. 

Note: Looking for more information about Injectable Fillers, Dermal Fillers, Botox, and Fat Transfers? Here are some very helpful guides we put together to help: 

d) Lift and tighten sagging facial skin

You can lift and tighten sagging facial skin with non-surgical or surgical procedures. Non-surgical procedures include a liquid facelift whereby a master injector injects liquid into the face to naturally compensate for the lost volume.

These anti-aging treatments only last about one year, before results begin to fade. However, they are often preferred to surgical facelifts by people who want to give cosmetic treatments a try for the first time.  

Surgical procedures like a facelift, neckift, eyelid surgery, or brow lift cut away excess skin, reduce wrinkles by extension, and hold the skin taut in such a way that the signs of aging are no longer as visible.

Note: To learn more about some of the surgical procedures that can help you look 10 years younger, check out these comprehensive guides: 


II. How to Make Your Body Look 10 Years Younger 

While the face is the primary way that people notice the signs of aging, the body also plays a key role in how old we look, and how people perceive us. In this section, I will outline some effective tips and tricks you can use to make your body look a decade younger. 

9. Move More - Exercise is Necessary for a Healthy Body 

Simple stretches and regular exercise has been shown to decrease the signs of aging in the body. Here are a few easy tips you can apply that will help you maintain a younger looking body, and restore your confidence: 

  • Exercising for 20 minutes per day
  • Regularly moving more
  • Standing instead of sitting at your desk
  • Going out for a walk
  • Making sure you get at least 10,000 steps per day

Each of these simple technique will work wonders to increase your blood flow and circulation. This provides more nutrients to the entirety of your body, which helps to:

  • Maintain depleting muscle mass that you lose with age
  • Brighten the skin
  • Help to remove toxins through your sweat
  • And much more...

Exercising and staying active is not just about looking younger, but also feeling younger as well. Maintaining a steady exercise regimen is essential to having higher energy levels, more confidence, and being comfortable with our bodies as we get older. 

10. Maintain a Healthy Diet - You Are What You Eat!

We have all heard the famous saying, "you are what you eat". Well, to be honest, this saying is true for the most part. If you constantly eat foods that are high in:

  • Carbs
  • Processed sugars
  • Trans fats
  • And other non-essentials

...you will likely be in worse shape than someone who maintains a healthy diet. 

As a result, this worse diet will also transfer into how old you look as you age. Those with poor diets throughout their 20's, 30's, and 40's, will likely not age as well as those who maintain healthy diets and exercise regimens. 

So what are some Vitamins and nutrients that your body absolutely needs to maintain a youthful appearance in old age? What should you be eating in order to look and feel 10 years younger? 

Well, diets that help you look younger all focus around 4 key vitamins: 

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C 
  • Vitamin D 
  • Vitamin E 

Let's take a deeper look in order to find out how these vitamins keep you looking young, and what foods you should be eating in order to maintain a youthful appearance: 


How it helps people to look younger

What foods contain it

Vitamin A

Functions as an antioxidant essential for treating wrinkles

  • Sweet potatoes

  • Carrots

  • Spinach

  • Mangos

Vitamin C

Helps to create collagen, a type of connective tissue and contains antioxidants which protect the skin from free radical damage

  • Bell peppers

  • Citrus fruits

  • Brussel sprouts

  • Tomatoes

  • Broccoli

  • Strawberries

Vitamin E

Oil soluble vitamin which protects the skin from free radical damage and helps to store vitamin A in the body

  • Nuts

  • Seeds

  • Vegetable oil

Vitamin D

Known as the sunshine vitamin body can synthesize it from sunlight and it helps to fight infections and other skin conditions like acne

  • Natural sources include mushrooms, fish, and eggs

  • Can be found in fortified products like breakfast cereals or milk

11. Stay Hydrated - Our Bodies Are 70%+ Water 

Proper hydration throughout the day will reduce fatigue, lower your maximum heart rate, and improve your physical performance throughout the day. 

On top of this, staying hydrated also improves your mood by reducing fatigue, confusion, and sleepiness. By reducing negative moods you can increase your calmness and your positive emotions. Stress is one of the leading contributors to aging appearance, having shown connection to: 

  • Graying hair 
  • Hair loss 
  • Lines and wrinkles on the brow 
  • Increased cardiovascular problems 
  • And more... 

Naturally, if you are stressed out on a regular basis, you will not be able to attain the younger look you are aiming for. Also, over time, increased stress levels can cause hormone imbalances that can also result in showing more signs of old age. 

Other studies indicate that hydration improves your brain power. Drinking more water while completing cognitive tasks will improve performance no matter your age.

Lastly, staying hydrated also helps to bring water to your cells, which includes skin cells. Drinking water will help you to maintain brightness, volume, and repair the skin over time, which can add up over the years - making it one of the best ways to get younger looking skin. 

12. Get a Healthy Amount of Sunlight - But Watch Out for Burns 

The sun keeps bones, skin, and hair healthy because it causes our bodies to produce vitamin D. This essential anti-aging vitamin helps your body to absorb calcium, a necessary component for regular bone growth.

As osteoporosis is a serious concern for the elderly and especially for women, 30 minutes per day of sun exposure with proper sunscreen can help to improve bone density and combat the signs of age.

The best part about this technique for looking 10 years younger is that it is entirely free. All you have to do is get outside, and enjoy a nice, peaceful nap in the sun. 

13. Sleep More - 7 to 8 Hours is the Standard

Sleep helps to support overall brain function and physical health. It supports development at all ages, and with proper sleep, you can: improve your mood, and boost energy levels throughout the day. This will in turn help you to:

  • Be more active and exercise
  • Reduce stress levels
  • Decrease the signs of aging

Overall, it is recommended by most doctors that people get anywhere between 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night in order to maintain proper bodily functions. This means that if you are getting less than this amount of sleep on average, you are literally missing out on your beauty sleep! 

This is another simple trick that you can practice to stay looking young even as you age. 

14. Balance Your Hormone Levels - They Change as We Age 

As we get older, our bodies stop replacing certain hormones with the same efficiency that it once did. This process begins as soon as we reach age 30, and continues throughout the rest of our lives. 

Many women experience this later in life, in the form of Menopause, as their bodies begin to change, and their Estrogen production is drastically reduced. For some people, this change in hormone production can have a serious impact on how old they look and feel. On top of that, this can make for extreme discomfort in some women throughout Menopause. 

For men, this change in hormone reduction can result in a lack of energy, and difficulty in sexual arousal. It can also result in a harder time putting on and keeping on muscle mass, as Testosterone levels continue to decline.

There is a solution to for both men and women that has been shown to help both aging men and women to get back some of their energy, confidence, and youthful appearance. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a treatment that can be administered by a qualified cosmetic surgeon. This treatment is designed to help older men and women get their confidence back.


III. How to Feel Younger as You Get Older - The Mind

I wanted to add this section because I feel that as we get older, many people pay so much attention to worrying about the physical signs of aging and fighting them, that we forget about one of the most important parts of the aging process - our minds. 

The following tips will help you to feel younger in old age, which can directly translate to your appearance, and the way other people interact with you on a daily basis. I believe that it is equally important to maintain a youthful mind as we get older as it is to maintain healthy diet and exercise. 

15. Minimize Stress Levels - It's Not Worth It 

Stress eats away at our minds just the way it eats away at the body. So keep your stress levels down. Too much stress will kill brain cells and eventually it will reduce the size of your brain. Chronic stress will shrink your prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain necessary for memory and or learn so keep your stress levels down.

A few simple things you can do to reduce stress levels on a daily basis are: 

  • Avoid consuming too much caffeine
  • Take a deep breath
  • Exercise regularly 
  • Maintain a good diet 
  • Remember what you are thankful for 
  • Take a break 

Put simply, stress is not worth it. It will make you look and feel older than you are, and will likely consume other parts of your life. Take a breath, realize all that you have to be thankful for, and take a break if you need it. 

16. Try New Things - Don't Be Stagnant 

The reason that certain signs of aging can happen so rapidly is because people stop staying active physically, spiritually, and mentally. These are all very important things and yet we often associate the rapid decline in our minds and our bodies with things like age itself.

As you continue to learn new things, you force the brain to clean out the plaque in between the neurons in your neural connections in the brain. This allows your cognition to remain as sharp as it was when you were younger.

Neurons can stretch and grow just like all the other muscles in the body. But, they won't do that if you don't exercise them. Trying new things is naturally uncomfortable at the start, but as long as you push yourself beyond that initial level of discomfort or apprehension, you will:

  • Achieve new neural growth
  • Remove plaque
  • Take steps to prevent things like Alzheimer's
  • And help to feed your mind

Just because you are getting old does not mean you have to stop doing things. Try something new every week or month in order to stay feeling young, and keep the mind sharp.

17. Be Confident - Age is Something to Be Respected 

It is important to be confident and accept your age. There is nothing that is going to completely reverse the signs of aging, but you should be proud of any success you do achieve at looking younger. The more confident you are in yourself and your achievements, the more that will show through from the inside out. Beauty is not just skin deep.

Sometimes I suggest to patients struggling with confidence that they should switch things up. Maybe go for a trip, try something new, or even try out a new look. 

Other times, confidence can be found in your partner. Perhaps voice to them how you are feeling, and look for reassurance from them about your looks. 

If you cannot seem to find your confidence, and really feel uncomfortable with how your body is aging, it may be time to consider some cosmetic treatments for old age. Everyone deserves to feel confident, and love their body. If you feel like you have tried everything, and nothing is working, it is worth speaking to a professional in order to find out what you can do to look and feel younger. 

Considering Cosmetic Surgery to Look Younger? 

At the end of the day, we are all getting older every second. For most people, this means also looking older too. However, just because aging is an irreversible process, this does not mean that you can't do anything about the way you look. 

In this article, we addressed a number of cosmetic treatments, both surgical and non-surgical, which can help you look a decade younger. If you are interested in learning more about these treatments, and how they can help you to have a more youthful appearance, take our cosmetic self evaluation below.

This quick evaluation will help you learn more about: 

  • What procedure is best for you 
  • What steps to take next 

Or, if you would like to speak to a professional about personalized treatments that can help you to look and feel younger, contact us today to set up an appointment with me - Dr. Larry Fan. I am a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, who has performed over 5,000 cosmetic surgeries on men and women from around the country in order to help them feel more confident in their appearance. I have also been voted one of America's Top Plastic Surgeons for 10 years in a row. 

Whatever your problem is, I am confident that I have the skills and experience to help you overcome them, and look younger today. 

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About the Author

Dr. Larry Fan is a Harvard educated, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in San Francisco, CA. He is a Master Artist who is known for creating beautiful, stunning, and natural results. Dr. Fan has been named One of America's Top Plastic Surgeons for the past 10 years running and has received several national awards for his work in Plastic Surgery. He has successfully performed more than 10,000 cosmetic procedures of the face, breasts, and body over a 20 year period. Dr Fan has been an invited speaker at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons, and has been featured in national media outlets such as CNN, NBC, and ABC.

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