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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Anti-Aging for the Body

When it comes to anti-aging, the face usually gets all of the attention. But the rest of your body skin ages just the same. Tackle brown spots and saggy, dull skin on your chest, tummy, arms, and legs with these simple dermatologist-approved steps.

Most of us layer on several facial potions a day in the pursuit of younger-looking skin, while slathering our body skin with nothing more than a thin coating of lotion. The problem with that: "Much like skin aging on the face, the body endures the same effects from sun damage, maturing, heredity, and hormones, including wrinkling, sagging, and spotting," says Marina Peredo, M.D., a dermatologist in Smithtown, New York. It's the same reason why we so often see women with facial skin that looks like porcelain, but a décolleté that resembles leather.

So should we use our face products on our body, too? Not exactly. "The skin on the body is thicker than that on the face, so facial anti-aging treatments don't penetrate as well," she says. Plus as we get older, cell turnover slows down. The result: a buildup of dull, dry skin, and uneven patches that further block the way for active ingredients. To remedy this, Peredo suggests exfoliating one to two times a week with a glycolic acid-based product. Try Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash ($30; Regular sloughing will not only leave skin smoother and more radiant, but it will also help any anti-aging products you layer on top penetrate better. Another benefit: Brown spots (an unwanted side effect of too much unprotected sun) will also fade with exfoliation.

Another (easy!) way to get younger-looking body skin: Upgrade your daily lotion. Peredo recommends moisturizers with skin-plumping hyaluronic acid, protective antioxidants (like vitamins C and E), collagen-stimulating growth factors, and firming ingredients such as caffeine, seaweed, or CoQ10. We like Jergens Age Defying Multivitamin Moisturizer ($5; with vitamins A, C, and E. If your formula doesn't contain at least SPF 15, layer it with a separate sunscreen. "While it's important at any age, as we get older it's imperative to protect delicate and exposed skin from harmful UV rays -- especially the skin on the chest, neck, and hands, which gets exposed most and is thinner than other parts of the body," she says.

Learn the secrets to younger-looking hands.


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