Author Unlocks Secret of Youth

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2008 5:45 PM CDT
Venus Williams of the USA looks in a mirror during the quarterfinal match against Dinara Safina from Russia at the Porsche Grand Prix tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Friday, Oct. 3, 2008.   (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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(Newser) – After a year tracking the American obsession with looking younger, veteran journalist Beth Teitell reached a sobering conclusion: "Age is the new fat." But the author of the newly released book Drinking Problems at the Fountain of Youth kept her head and her sense of humor. Teitell, 47, tells Time: "The real trick to the fountain of youth is not working on your own appearance, but actually blinding others to your flaws."

More pointers:

  • Dress for your age: "If you go too young, you look desperate. If you go too old, you go right to Queen Mum."
  • "The bad news is that it's very difficult, if not impossible, to look younger."
  • "The good news is that it's possible and actually relatively easy and inexpensive to appear more youthful."