A little line here, a sag or bag thereyour body may be giving away your age, or even making you look older than you really are. (See some examples here.) But here we've got the best ways to tackle these trouble spots, with at-home fixes or with the latest medical technology.
At home: Beginning from the scalp, gently pull a small hank of hair all the way to the tips of the hair. If more than six hairs come out, you have a thinning problem.
At home: Jeannie Mai, makeup expert for TLCs 10 Years Younger, suggests this trick for covering thin spots: Use a small-angled brush (try M.A.C #266; $19) to fill in with soft strokes of pressed eye shadow (like M.A.C Eye Shadow; $14.50) in a shade that matches your hair color. False lashes are another option. “I put them on when Im having a tired day, and it makes a huge difference,” says Amanda Sanders of New York Image Consultants. Her favorites: Shu Uemera False Eyelashes S217 ($16).
At home: Prevention is the best treatment, says Tina B. West, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist in Atlanta. She suggests adding these basics to your skin-care routine.
Antioxidants. They help fight free radicals and neutralize sun damage. For a dose of soy, feverfew, and vitamin E, try Neutrogena Anti-Oxidant Age Reverse Day Lotion SPF 20 and Night Cream (both $19.99).
Sunscreen. Look for an SPF of at least 30 and physical sun blockers such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
Retinoid. “Every person should be on a retinoid unless they are pregnant, nursing, or trying to conceive,” Dr. West says. Derived from vitamin A, retinoids boost cell turnover to create a healthy glow. If you dont use a prescription formula, try RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum ($19.99) or Olay Total Effects Targeted Wrinkle Repair With Pro-Retinol ($19.99).
At home: Brush-on whitening gels in trays tend to work better than strips, says cosmetic dentist Debra Glassman. For quick touch-ups, try Rembrandt Whitening Touch Up Pen ($14.99).
Fixes for a crepey neck
At home: Pamper delicate neck skin with a moisturizer like Strivectin Neck Cream ($90), which contains peptides for collagen production. To draw attention away from your neck, look for tops with ruffles or prints or wear a long necklace, says Alison Deyette, wardrobe expert for TLCs 10 Years Younger.
At home: Stand sideways in front of a mirror with your elbows bent to 90 degrees. The fullest part of your breasts should hit halfway between your elbows and shoulders, says Patti Ficorilli, a bra fitter for Maidenform. If theyre low, tighten the straps. If theyre still dragging or if your bra hikes up in back, its time to get a new bra.
At home: Apply a sunscreen daily on the backs of your hands to prevent further sun damage. Keep hands well-hydrated; New York City cosmetic dermatologist Lisa Airan, MD, recommends CeraVe Moisturizing Cream ($14.99) and Ocean Potion Anti-Aging Sunblock Lotion SPF 50 ($8.99) for backs of hands. And ditch the dark polishpale shades look more modern and take the focus off your hands, says Rodrica Constantin, national trainer for nails at the Red Door Spas.
De-wrinkle knees and elbows
At home: Soothe dry skin with moisturizer containing ammonium lactate or ureaboth help moisture get through the skin barrier. Two to try: AmLactin Moisturizing Lotion ($12) and Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Body Cream ($8.49). Take the focus off wrinkly knees by giving your legs an allover glow. Deyette suggests Jergens Natural Glow Express Body Moisturizer ($8.99). And exfoliate elbows with your favorite cream or brush.
At home: Moisturize cracked heels at bedtime. Shop for comfortable shoe brands like Aerosoles, Söfft, or Cole Haan, which builds Nike Air cushioning into dress shoes and boots.