Your Secret Weapon To Look Ten Years Younger (And 10 pounds slimmer)

I’m often asked if I know of any secret weapons for looking younger.  Is there a special face cream or some cool, new fashion trend that women over 40 need to be wearing?  The answer is surprisingly simple, and can make an instant difference. Update your bra!

Picture a tired, frumpy- looking woman, and I guarantee that a saggy bustline instantly comes to mind. When you are hanging low, spilling out of the sides of your bra, or you’ve got a matronly uniboob going on, you look old lady.

Perky is youthful, which is why it’s so important you tweak your chic® and wear the right bra.

playtex bras

New bras from Playtex, in lace, floral jacquard patterns and Trusupport design.

Just so you know what to look for in a bra I’ve partnered with Playtex to bring you some bra fit tips.  Playtex recently came out with a new collection of the prettiest bras. Not only do they look gorgeous, but give you a fabulous fit with 4 way support.  And did I mention, the colors are soft and heavenly!

So here’s what you need to know to look your Breast!  (Oops, I mean best!) 

1. Get a Professional Fit

It’s no surprise that the breasts you have now are not the same breasts you had when you were younger, so your bra needs to be different too.  Changes in weight and fluctuations in hormones due to pregnancy and menopause make mature breasts more fatty and pendulous.

You’ve probably heard the stats that up to 85% of women are wearing the wrong bra size! Since no two busts or bras are alike it’s important to be fitted by a professional.  Believe me; you’ll be shocked at the difference this makes to getting the right fit!

mauve lace bra

A balconette bra is very elegant and figure flattering.

 2. Make Sure Your Band is Snug

A loose bra band will make your bust droop. Your band should be snug (you should only be able to fit 2 fingers inside of it), and it should be fastened on the farthest set of hooks.

As your bra stretches you can gradually tighten the hooks.  Also, be sure that your bra band doesn’t ride up your back and cause bulging.  It needs to lie flat, around the middle of your back, to keep your breasts from heading south.

mauve playtex bra

Lightweight foam cups deliver a natural, beautiful shape.

3. Say No to Oveflow

Do your cups runneth over?  You know that flabby tissue at the sides of your bra? That’s breast tissue and it belongs in your bra cup.  If  you find it spilling out you need to scoop it up and in, and if that doesn’t work, get another bra.

Space at the top of your cup? You need a smaller size.  A full cup appears more youthful.

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4. Keep to the Centre

Here’s a fit trick. As you dress, lean forward and spill your breasts into your bra. Slowly stand and adjust your nipples so they sit in the center of the cups. The center of the bra should lie flat against your breastbone. That goes for underwire bras too.

5. Hoist Them High

This is my favorite and most important tip.  Get the girls up and off you midlife tummy.  Not only will bust look livelier and more youthful, but you will look ten pounds slimmer.

Aim to have your bust sit midway between your shoulders and your elbows for maximum perkiness.

cream lace bra

The  wide cushioned gel –filled straps on this floral underwire bra ups the comfort factor.

 

Remember, a well- fitting bra not only makes your bust look perky, but it also actually improves your posture. The taller and straighter you look the younger and slimmer you will look too.

The Playtex bras featured in this post can be purchased at Macy’s.   

*This is a Sponsored Post. I received product/compensation in exchange for review. All opinions are  mine.

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If there’s one part of the body that gals our age are sensitive about, it’s our arms. I’m all for women having the right to bare arms at any age, but I have received a lot of letters from readers who would just rather not have all that wiggle and jiggle going on in public.

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