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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Banish Wrinkles: Pro-Approved Products and Treatments

Whether you've just launched your quest for younger looking skin or you've been on an anti-aging kick for years, it's important to know what works and what doesn't. Click through to see the wrinkle fighters -- including sunblock and Botox -- that skin experts swear by.

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    • Growth Factors

      They may be one of the newer wrinkle fighters on the block, but "they're quite effective at stimulating skin-plumping collagen production," says New York City dermatologist Debra Jaliman, M.D. And science agrees -- one study, published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, found that 83 percent of women between ages 35 and 65 who tried creams (like Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Growth Factor Extreme Neuropeptide Serum, $150) containing growth factors found improvement in their wrinkles after 60 days.

    • Lasers

      Dermatologists aren't shy about their love of lasers. One of Dr. Jaliman's favorites is the Laser Genesis, which uses heat below the surface of the skin to stimulate collagen, smooth lines, and shrink pore size. "It usually takes a series of three to six treatments done two weeks apart to see the full effect," Dr. Jaliman says.

    • Retinols + Antioxidants

      Looking for the perfect product combo? At night, pair a retinol cream (like Philosophy Help Me Retinol Night Treatment, $45) with an antioxidant serum (like Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum, $45). "This provides a 'reservoir effect,' that helps your skin recover and repair itself while you sleep," says Ava Shamban, M.D., a dermatologist in Santa Monica.

    • Sunscreen

      By now, using a broad spectrum SPF (we like Clinique Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50, $21) to prevent sunburn and premature aging should be a no-brainer. But if you need a reminder: "The sun causes the breakdown of collagen, elastin, and other substances in the skin which leads to wrinkling," says Susan Taylor, M.D., a dermatologist in Philadelphia. "Block the sun and you prevent wrinkles. Period."

    • Avocado Mask

      Nutrient-rich avocado penetrates deep beneath the surface layer of the skin for intense therapy, helping moisturize skin and calm any kind of inflammation. To make an avocado mask, Ludmila Milic from Lorien Spa in Alexandria, Virginia, suggests mashing a whole avocado with 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply the mask to your face with your fingers and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing off with tepid water.

    • Botox

      Injectable neurotoxins like Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, and Xeomin freeze targeted muscles in the face to smooth wrinkles caused by over-expression and sun exposure (think: between eyebrows, in the crow's feet area around the eyes, and on the forehead). "You want to look well-rested, not obviously frozen," says Robert Grant, M.D., a New York City plastic surgeon. Bottom line: Go to an experienced injector for best results.


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