When a study was conducted in which individuals were asked to guess the age of models based on their photographs, the study showed that models that looked happy were guessed to be younger than those who made more fearful expressions. Models who wore neutral expressions obtained more accurate guesses. What this study shows is that looking younger is possible with something as simple as a smile. The following are a list of other ways and/or strategies you can utilize if you are looking to achieve a younger look.
Maintain Hair Volume
Your hair can show aging through loss of color and volume. Counteract this by using products that will give your hair volume. Lightening your hair can even making any thinning less obvious. Furthermore, you’d be surprised what a regular deep-conditioning regimen can do to fight dryness, making your hair appear healthy and youthful.
Sport Fuller Eyebrows
Eyebrow hair, like the hair on your head, can show aging through thinning. Therefore, it’s important to not over-pluck your eyebrows. If your eyebrows are naturally thin, you can make them fuller by using an eyebrow pencil. Fuller brows will make your face look more youthful.
Keep Skin Moisturized
Your skin shows obvious signs of aging through wrinkles. To combat wrinkles, make sure your skin is always moisturized. Be sure to avoid soaps and toners with alcohol as its base as this can dry out your skin even more. Use gentle cleansers and moisturize your skin in the morning and evening. If your skin needs an extra boost, use an anti-wrinkle cream.
Keep Hands Moisturized
Hands, like the skin on your face, can show signs through dryness and wrinkling. Take care of your hands in the same way you would your face by moisturizing regularly and avoiding over-drying with harsh hand soaps. Additionally, you can make your own brightening hand exfoliator with sea salt and lemon juice.
Consumption of varying vegetables can help make your skin appear more youthful. Green vegetables are especially good at helping to reduce the impact of bruising, which makes your skin look dark and less youthful. On the other hand, red vegetables help protects the skin against UV rays, which are known for the appearance of aging skin.
Apply Grapes and Other Berries
Grapes and other berries contain Sorbitol, substance that attracts and retains water. Application of these berries to your skin will help it absorb and retain moisture. They can be applied to the skin using a DIY skin mask or by applying moisturizers with these ingredients in them.
Oily fish, such as salmon, are rich in dimethylaminoethanol, an ingredient commonly found in anti-aging moisturizers. Dimethylaminoethanol is known to boost muscle tone and will make any coarse wrinkles on your face disappear.
Be Wary of Tight Clothes
Signs of aging can show on your body through sagging and weight retention, since our metabolism tends to slow down as we age. To hide signs of sagging, avoid wearing tight shirts that will easily display this. Also avoid shirts with deep, plunging necklines as this will showcase any wrinkles you have as well as expose the delicate skin.
Exercise is great to incorporate into your routine regardless of your age. A good combination of cardiovascular and resistance exercise will not only make your body more toned, but it will make you feel more youthful, which is perhaps its most important advantage.
Gaming can be a fun way to connect with one another, but it’s important that children understand possible risks as well as how to handle certain situations, like bullies.
ESRB, which assigns content ratings to video games and apps gives a breakdown of games and apps as follows:
Boxed: These come on discs or cartridges that are purchased online or from a store. These are played on consoles, handheld device, or PC.
Digital: These are downloaded to a gaming device. Most devices have their own web stores where games can be downloaded. Some are full length titles while others are more casual and short, like puzzle and word games.
Mobile: Smart phones and tablets let gamers download apps from their mobile stores linked to a credit or debit card, an e-wallet, or a cellular account. Games are the most popular category for apps. Like all games, apps can vary in age-appropriateness.
Subscriptions: These are where one creates an account that lets them play a game for a short time for a small fee. These services eliminate the need to physically own a game by streaming it right to a gaming device, like a console.
“Free-to-Play” and “Freemium”: These are usually funded by advertisements instead of subscriptions. “Freemiums” let you play a small portion for no price but then requires payment to have access to new content and features. Apps, browser games, and others will often use these methods.
Social Networking: Played from social networks, these encourage gamers to share updates with others. These often include opportunities to buy in-game items with money, rewards players for recruiting their friends, and may leverage user’s information (in their social network profile) to tailor advertisements to their interests.
Gaming Tips for Parents:
Keep Clean Machines: Before children begin playing, be sure that the computer being used has security suite. This includes: firewall, anti-spyware software, and antivirus software. Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other threats.
Make Passwords Sentences: Be sure children have a password for all gaming accounts A good passcode is at least 12 characters long and are phrases that are easy to remember. On many sites, one can even use spaces!
Remain Positively Engaged: Let children know that they have someone to speak to when they are feeling threatened when playing. Try to play with them!
Check Ratings: Checking games’ ratings on packages, online, or on some apps, is a good place to begin in checking its appropriateness for children in the home. Many games that are rated by ESRB also have summaries for their ratings that say exactly what content parents should be aware of. You can even access ratings using ESRB’s free app.
Empower Children to Handle Problems: Make sure children know how to block or report bullies. Also tell them to keep records of conversations and let them know not to engage bullies. Adult’s can also notify the publisher of the game about offenders. One can check publisher’s TOS for instructions on how to file complaints about another player. One should be sure to include as much information and evidence as possible about a bully.
Protect Private Information: Make sure children do not give away their location, age, name or any other private information. Children should also use an avatar instead of pictures of themselves.
Protect your Identity: If your child is on a game that has voice chat, make sure that they are able to change their voice. If what they are playing does not have this ability, do not let them use the chat.