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  • Writer's pictureFountain of Youth Staff

DIY for your own skin, plus an appointment with Lynne Worthington is a perfect combo for beauty.

Whether you are the reigning queen of the selfie or love an occasional night-out photo, we can all agree that the dreaded double chin can ruin an otherwise beautiful shot. Here’s how to avoid it using a few beauty tricks of the trade and an option for those of us whose descending and depressing double chins might require a bit more than trickery to disguise deftly.

#1 Tip: Make an appointment for a free consultation with Lynne Worthington - below are great ideas how you can take care of your skin at home, but we all could use a boast, come in and find out all the services we offer, customized to your individual needs.

Hair: Much like our hair can make us look younger or older, thinner or heavier, it can also directly impact how our chin appears! Avoid blunt cuts that make your hair end precisely at the base of your chin – this will only draw attention to the area! Keep your hair at a flattering length for your face shape that is either above the chin or a bit below. Bangs can also draw the eye up and away from the chin area.

Contouring: Facial contouring with makeup, which has recently gained popularity, is practically real-life Photoshop! When you wear makeup, learning some tricks can make us look younger, build facial structure where there was virtually none, and even create the illusion of solid and well-defined cheekbones. Contouring is also a great trick to implement to address that extra chin! By using chin-enhancing contouring techniques, you can trick the world into thinking your chin has more depth than it does. This gives the impression that the chin is thinner and further away than it is! I pull this off by using a slightly darker shade of cream (or maybe even a touch of bronzer) at the base of my chin. Make sure to blend well! The worst thing to do would be to create a look that makes you appear to have a dingy chin rather than a thinner one!

Clothing: If you are trying to draw attention away from your chin, don’t wear clothing that draws attention in that direction! This is common sense, folks – you never want to emphasize what you’re trying to conceal. Likewise, you may want to stay away from high-neck options like turtlenecks. Consider the opposite, like an excellent scoop, boat neck, or V-neck, drawing attention to your delicate décolletage instead! Accessories can also help draw the eye elsewhere. A pretty pair of earrings can play double duty as a chic ensemble addition and a distraction!

And these big pointers will help with that face of yours!

1. Avoid the Sun: Yes, avoiding the sun should appear in a neon sign at the top of this list. Sun exposure is the number one cause of wrinkles more than heredity. Numerous studies have shown siblings have considerable variances in the number of wrinkles they acquire later in life, which correlates to differences in the amount of sun exposure they’ve had.

2. Don’t Smoke: Smoking breaks down collagen and elastin in your skin, leaving it looser and prone to sagging and wrinkles.

3. Sleep on Your Back: The way you sleep does cause sleep lines which turn into wrinkles over time. It is best to sleep on your back. If that is impossible, swap your cotton pillowcase for a satin one. Alternatively, you could replace your pillow with a beauty sleep pillow made with a special foam, with a unique shape that alleviates pressure on the face.

4. Give Yourself a Facial Massage: Facial massage is an ancient Japanese practice which involves simply pressing and stroking the face. This small addition to your regimen will help slough off dead skin, increase blood flow, reduce puffiness, remove toxins, and help soften wrinkles. Tip: Use a light milky moisturizer, with your fingertips and palms always moving in a circular motion and directed upward with mild pressure and repeat daily.

5. Wear Sunscreen: We can’t strictly adhere to number 1 and live as hermits indoors. That would be depressing, and who would get to see our young fresh faces in the best natural light? So, the next best thing is sunblock. Wear it daily and unsparingly.

6. Use a Moisturizer with Retinol at Night: You should moisturize daily to keep your skin hydrated, but if you’re trying to prevent wrinkles, Retinol will add that extra oomph. It will help slough off the dead skin and promote the production of collagen, which will help keep those little lines at bay.

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