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5 Simple secrets for looking younger now

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Top skin savers

Want firmer, brighter, younger looking skin? Of course you do, and we have some of the easiest ways to get it. Follow our five simple skin care tips for achieving the glowing, healthy complexion you covet – without having to add precious minutes to your skin care routine.

Woman applying eye cream

Brighten your eyes

One of the first places fine lines and wrinkles can pop up is around your eyes. Fend off fine lines, decrease dark circles and put a stop to puffiness with the right eye cream. We rounded up three of our favorites to keep eyes looking bright, youthful and vibrant.

Olke Henriksen ultimate life eye gel

Soothe

Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel: If you favor a lighter gel over heavier formulations, this soothing eye gel is an ideal choice. Formulated with cucumber and calendula, it minimizes fine lines, revitalizes tired and puffy eyes and firms the eye area for visibly younger-looking skin. $38
Clinique Repairwear Intensive Eye Cream

Repair

Clinique Repairwear Intensive Eye Cream: This multitasking eye cream does it all. Not only does the potent product target fine lines and wrinkles, it replenishes antioxidants and strengthens skin around the eyes for a firmer, more refreshed look. $40
Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Gel

Energize

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Gel: Say sayonara to puffy eyes. This fast-acting de-puffer energizes the eye area with stimulating caffeine, while fading fine lines and leaving eyes looking bright and vibrant. $50

Boost radiance

The easiest and fastest way to fake great skin no matter your age is with a highlighting or light-reflecting powder. These glow-enhancing products work to blur the look of flaws and ensure skin looks healthy and well-rested, not tired and dull. We love LORAC Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder ($32) for its silky texture and its ability to not only even skin tone, but also diminish the appearance of imperfections by optimizing the effect of the light. The result is brighter, younger-looking skin.

Say yes to serum

If you've been skipping the serum, it's time to embrace this important piece of the complexion puzzle. What may seem like just another form of moisturizer is actually a power-packed product full of skin-saving ingredients like antioxidants, plant extracts and vitamins. These ingredients are formulated with smaller molecules so they can be better absorbed by the skin. There are serums for just about every skin type and concern, not to mention that serums are a great way to kick your skin care routine up a notch as skin ages. Look for ingredients like retinol and humectants (which draw moisture to the skin) for a youthful glow.

Speed cell turnover

Oil, dirt, dead skin cells and other debris build up on the skin making it look dull, lackluster and older than it has to. Speeding up cell turnover with regular exfoliation helps keep skin looking younger by sloughing away the dead skin to make way for newer, brighter skin beneath. Once weekly should be sufficient, but don't skip this step if you want skin to look fresh and smooth. Exfoliating also improves skin tone and texture – equally important in the quest for achieving younger looking skin. Try Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant ($50) for a gentle but effective means of exfoliating skin and leaving it soft, smooth and healthy.

Fix fine lines

Keep skin looking its best and youngest by using the right anti-aging ingredients and ensuring you're getting the most bang for your buck. Top fine line fighters include retinols, glycolic acid, green tea, vitamin C, vitamin E, peptides and antioxidants. All of these ingredients work together to create a more youthful appearance and slow the signs of aging. When you do buy an anti-aging product, read the ingredients to ensure the ones you want are highest on the list (which means they will be more potent) rather than buried at the end.

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