Secrets to looking younger

Tuesday, 30 April 2013
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It's been an interesting year so far. It seems that the closer I get to the big 4-0, the more shocked friends and acquaintances are when they found out about my true age. I've seen expressions ranging from speechlessness to the jaw drop effect to outright belligerence that I must produce my driver license for evidence.

All very flattering though baffling considering that it was only 2.5 years ago when my beautician in New Zealand let rip and told me that my then 37 skin looked a decade older due to neglect. It would've been better if my Korean sister in law wasn't there to translate because there would've been NO way she could communicate with me. Two hours later, I staggered out with my head reeling from the endless list of must dos, I vowed to look after myself better. I'm still pretty low maintenance (and I still don't brush my hair) but at least I've eradicated a few fine lines by hydrating my skin a little better. Here are my secrets to looking younger:

1. Live in the U.K because you will have minimal sun damage to your skin. Rainy days: 300 days. Sunshine: 65. Result: The pale faced Cullen family (Twilight). Downside: You may be subjected to SAD (seasonal affective disorder).

2. There are pros and cons to having a round shaped face because every ounce you put on goes straight to your face. It also automatically puffs up any fine lines without you having to resort to botox or getting fat from your arse directly injected into your face. Moon face is so in. Not. If you're Asian, your relatives will be the first people to tell you when you've put on weight.

3. Add a filter - preferably Amaro when you're instagramming. You look 10 years younger (at least!) at a click of a button.

4. Wear glasses to hide lines around your eyes. Don't bother with non-reflective lens. You want people to NOT be able to see your eyes clearly. Why not them see their own reflections on your glasses?

5. Dispense expensive anti-ageing creams or serums. Natural skincare works just as well if not better. And they're cheaper too........which means more money for shoes and bags. YAAAAY! (I use REN skincare and rosehip oil).

6. Find a mom and granny that do not have wrinkles. DNA rocks. My dad will kill me if he ever reads this......... he often gets asked if my mom is his daughter which pleases her to no end but the remark has the opposite effect on him.

7. Turn off anti shake or image stabilizer function on your camera or lens. Sharp and crisp images are detrimental to one's self esteem. You want blurry photos. I would also strongly advice you to overexpose every single shot before posting them anywhere. It eradicates any blemishes and wrinkles in a nanosecond.

28 comments:

  1. Haha, such a funny post! I especially like nos. 1,6 and 7 as I can so relate...
    But besides all these tips you mention here, you do look very young! Good genes! :)

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  2. Great tips Marlene, I woul have put you at 34/35. I've struggled with hitting 30 most people assume I'm 3/4 years younger but I'm not sure whether to believe them -I sense they may be knocking a few years off that they think for fear of over guessing. Although I do believe wearing make up ages most people, all my freshest faced friends wear v little make up - so thats my tip!

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  3. I know I've said it before, but you are gorgeous and you look very young. I never would have guessed you were near 40. I was completely speechless when I found out. So much of it is genetic...

    My mother and both of my grandmothers have no wrinkles, no fine lines, nothing. So I don't get that wrapped up in anti aging because the women in my family just don't age. My hairstylist was joking about it the other day. He's been doing my mom's hair for 30 years and he was saying that she hasn't aged or gained any weight in that time. It's funny.

    As for me, it can be frustrating when you look as young as I do and you're really little. No one ever believes I'm college age, let alone in my twenties. But everyone tells me that one day I'll be very grateful that I look young.

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    1. I threw a fit when I was IDed on my 30th birthday. These days, I would PAY people to ask for my ID. So yes, enjoy it while you can.

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  4. Fabulous post! I agree with you on so many levels! I'll need to look up that filter-thingie, though. Am very curious about de-aging my photos. :)
    x

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  5. I nearly spewed my tea over my keyboard reading that about your parents! Your poor dad! that is very funnythough.
    You forgot one extra rule - always take photos from a distance. I am systematically removing all close ups from my wedding album. They are awful!

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    1. You're absolutely right! From now onwards, I'm going to have my pics taken as far away as possible :P

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  6. Such a fun post Marlene, and I too have to agree with those who tell you that you don't look your age, because you don't! In many ways, age is definitely just a number. :)

    xxTheresa

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  7. Hahaha - I'm implementing all I can with immediate effect! Unfortunately, nothing much I can do about the genetics but I'm a rosehip girl too and that definitely helps. We picked a wonderful year to be born in - bring it on the big 40! x

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  8. Your sense of humor is awesome! The last tip was the BEST! ;) In any case, I often get asked if I'm a student. Very flattered and I can easily blend well on a college campus so, hey, I'm not complaining!

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    1. I meant in a college campus. Pfft. Typo!

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  9. Oh, I concur! I'll be walking around in big, reflective spectacles and using a shaky camera from now on. And finding an older-looking man to hang around with? Maybe not!

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  10. Woohoo...I love your tips. Need them! :)

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  11. this is absolutely hilarious. i'll be sure to keep it in mind.

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  12. Yes I am glad to be blessed with good slower aging genes. Unfortunately, I moved to sunny SE Asia so I suppose that is why there are so many SPF blocking and whitening products!
    I've just bought argan and coconut oil so we will see how that goes as well!
    I swear that good sleep, lots of water, no smoking, and good exfoliation help too!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  13. You look wonderful and several years younger. I meet more and more forty-something women who look several years younger, thanks to good habits, a lighthearted attitude and good genes I am sure.
    I think the best way to combat ageing too quickly is to keep anxiety at bay - meditate, laugh a lot, try and eat well, and do as little as possible to one's skin. And of course, win the genetic lottery ;)

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  14. If you ever saw me without having brushed my hair you'd walk away!
    Great tips and it made me laugh a lot!

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  15. Great tips and you certainly don't look your age. I'm curious about the Rosehip Oil .. I'm a huge fan also, but do you find that it wreaks havoc on your pillow cases? Maybe I'm putting too much on my face at night, but I've destroyed more white pillow cases than I'd care to count. The marks do not come out in the wash, no matter how much Vanish I use or how high the temp.

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    1. I tend to put my own at night but well before bedtime so I've never had that problem before.

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  16. Wonderful post! I've never thought you looked your age, I would have said at least ten years younger and you know i'm not trying to flatter because you seen my shocked reaction when we met at LFW. :D Thanks for sharing your tips because even though people say I don't need to worry about looking younger yet, I think prevention is better then cure and I like the idea of using natural creams and things. :)

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

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  17. This post is lovely :) Most of the time I hate living in the sun-deprived UK, but you've given me reason to enjoy it!

    B
    www.theflowergirlblog.com

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  18. Blurry photos! Lol!!!! As I've always told you, you look amazing! :)

    S in HK

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    1. So do you, S! You did not age one bit since our trip to HK so many years ago!

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  19. Ah - I'll just get the kids to take my photos then - instant camera blur when they are around. And they make you look really tall too as they are so low down.

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  20. This is really funny Marlene except you seriously don't look as old as you think you do (or did you know that already??) and being asian does help.. my mum looks like my older sister!

    steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

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  21. You do look so young - but it's also your young disposition and humor too - sometimes people age themselves by trying to hard to be more mature - what fun is that? xx

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  22. This is a funny comic strip. I think what matters is whats within and how you feel about yourself. There are certain foods that aid in providing younger lookin skin, I found them here http://www.skincarecounsel.com/how-to-stay-looking-young-with-food 95j2px8

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