Surprising Complexion Improvers

We're constantly barraged with new products to help our skin glow or fade past blemishes -- but there are easy ways to either cut back on these products or help them work harder for you. These unexpected beauty hacks take creams out of the equation with straightforward, start-today tips to put you on the path to perfectly luminous skin.

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Thicken Thinning Lashes

It's not your imagination. Your once lush lashes might actually be thinner these days -- a byproduct of aging and sometimes too much wear and tear. Fortunately, there are ways to thicken up your fine fringe instantly: makeup and over-time solutions that can promote new lash growth.

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Nail Art for Grown-Ups

Fun, colorful nail art doesn't have to be just for teenagers and celebrities. We asked some of our favorite bloggers and go-to industry pros to tell all when it comes to nailing the latest trends in nail art. With just a few simple tips and tricks, we know everyone -- including your friends and your teenage daughter -- will be coming to you for style advice!

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Banish Raccoon Eyes!

It's a common beauty complaint: In the a.m., your eyeliner and mascara look flawless, but by 3 p.m. it looks like you've slept in your makeup. Since you're probably not snoozing on the job, the source of your smudges is most likely liner or mascara that mixes with oil and sweat and migrates down to your undereyes. Here, easy tricks to clean up your act and prevent your next eye makeup meltdown.

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Goof-Proof Self-Tanners

If you like the look of a deep tan or even just a subtle, sun-kissed glow, sunless tanner is the only way to go (no skin-damaging UV rays!). But we all know application can be tricky. One false move and you can be left with an obvious streak that lasts for days. Fortunately, the latest crop of glow getters makes a faux tan faux pas free.

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Products You Need By 30

We're all for having fun and experimenting, but by the time you hit the big 3-0, you should be able to commit to a few reliable, no-fail beauty products. We asked top hair, makeup, and skin pros to reveal the stuff they think should be in every 30-something's bathroom.

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12 Beach Bag Must-Haves

Summer days are meant to be carefree, but that doesn't mean you can drop the, um, beach ball with your beauty routine. Here are our favorite warm-weather essentials to keep you feeling and looking cool, chic, and well protected.

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10 Sneaky Ways to Look Younger

When it comes to wrinkle prevention, you're willing to put in the hard work, slathering on sunscreen and retinol cream day and night. But did you know that you could make these measures even more effective by adding simple moves to your daily routine, diet, and lifestyle? Here, top skin pros tell us how these seemingly effortless tricks can help stave off the signs of aging.

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    • Sip on Green Tea

      Green tea is an antioxidant powerhouse, says Ava Shamban, M.D., a dermatologist in Beverly Hills. Rich in polyphenols, it's been shown to protect cells against wrinkle-causing free radical damage. It does contain caffeine, but less than coffee. So if you need a morning boost, start with a cup of joe, then switch to the green stuff, suggests Shamban. Another trick: Make green tea ice cubes and add them to your water throughout the day, suggests Francesca Fusco, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City.


    • Hit the Gym

      A daily sweat session is great for skin because it helps increase muscle tone, giving skin a firmer appearance, says Doris Day, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. Plus, exercise boosts circulation, which aids the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to skin cells so they can function more efficiently.

    • Spice Things Up

      Sprinkle your food with turmeric, Day says. “It’s one of the most potent antioxidants out there and it helps fight wrinkle- and redness-causing skin inflammation,” she says. Add at least a ½ teaspoon of the yellow spice to your diet daily.

    • Drink Your Greens

      Juicing may seem trendy these days, but it turns out there’s good reason to try it: A daily glass of greens including kale and spinach can help your skin stay taut, Fusco says. “Fresh vegetables such as these are rich in antioxidants including vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, and skin-hydrating omega fatty acids,” she says. Sure, you could eat them, too. But let’s face it, ingesting that many vegetables can be tough if you’re always on the go.  

    • Combine and Conquer

      “Buy products that multitask, for example, tinted foundations that contain sunscreen and antioxidants,” Fusco says. While you should still stick with your anti-aging bedtime routine, you can easily combine your day cream, SPF, and foundation in one step. Our pick: Lumene Vitamin C+ Illuminating Anti-Aging BB Cream SPF 20 ($15; cvs.com).

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    • Take Your Vitamin C

      You might add one of those effervescent vitamin C packets to your water bottle when you feel a cold coming on or before you hop a (germ-infested) flight, but Fusco says you might want to drink it daily to reap anti-aging benefits. "In addition to vitamin C (a potent antioxidant and collagen-stimulating ingredient), this packet contains zinc, folic acid, vitamin B12, pantothenic acid, and other vitamins that assist the immune system and clean up free radicals," she says. Try: Emergen-C 1,000 mg Vitamin C Dietary Supplement Fizzy Drink in Super Orange ($13.50; walgreens.com)

    • Slather on an Exfoliating Serum

      “The quickest, easiest way to get smoother skin is to exfoliate, removing surface dry skin cells that can cause the skin to look wrinkly,” says celebrity esthetician Renee Rouleau. For effort-free exfoliating, add a serum that contains exfoliating acids to your nighttime routine, so you can wake up with smoother, glowier skin. Bonus: “These serums continue to smooth out the texture of your skin over time, making you look even younger,” she says. Try: Olay Regenerist Advanced Night Resurfacing Elixir ($19; drugstore.com), with glycolic acid.

    • Smile More

      We know what you're thinking: More smiles will only lead to more smile lines. But according to Rouleau, this is a case where the benefits outweigh the risks. "As you age, skin drops and sags," she says. When your face is at rest, the corners of your mouth tend to turn down, creating a frown, which only adds to the droopy effect. In contrast, "A smile will lift the skin and cheeks instantly, giving you a brighter, younger appearance," she says. Bonus: Repeated grins may help tone the skin, so it always has a more lifted look, Rouleau says.

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      Get Some Sleep

      If you're not logging enough zzz's, it shows in your skin, Day says. "There's simply no replacement for quality sleep," she says. And now there's even proof: In a recent study at University Hospitals Case Medical Center commissioned by Estée Lauder, researchers found that those who skimped on shut eye show premature signs of aging (lines, uneven pigmentation, and loss of elasticity) and diminished ability to rebound after sun exposure. Keep skin healthy by getting at least seven or eight hours a night, Day says.

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      Power Up Your Cleanser

      Using a battery-operated, oscillating skin brush not only gives skin a deep clean, but it also gently removes dead skin cells as it cleanses, giving skin a brighter, more even appearance and allowing whatever topical treatments you layer on top to penetrate better. Try Clarisonic Mia First ($99; clarisonic.com), the brand's most basic (and affordable) version of the popular skincare brush.

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      The Best Makeup for Women Over 50

      Want to look younger instantly? Start by making some easy tweaks to your cosmetic bag. Find out why your current look might be aging you. Then, follow our easy, age-defying makeup tutorials to help you achieve more youthful, glowing skin, brighter eyes, and fuller lips.
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