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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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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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

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Does Your Hair Need an Anti-Aging Regimen?

You use anti-aging serums and treatments to make your skin look younger, but should you be applying them to your strands, too? Hair may not get wrinkly like skin does, but it does have its own telltale signs of aging: graying, thinning, and texture changes. Here's how to reclaim the crowning glory of your younger years.

Walk down the hair care aisle and you're sure to spot products labeled "anti-aging." While it's a relatively new category, it's meant to address an age-old problem: hair that seems to lose its luster, color, and smoothness over time. It's not the hair itself that's old, explains Liz Cunnane Phillips, a trichologist at Kingsley Clinic in New York. "Your hair is only as old as its length." But the aging process that occurs within our bodies and skin can affect the way hair looks and feels. Here are some age-related strand issues and what you can do about them.  

Going Gray?

At some point, the pigment cells in our hair follicles stop pumping out melanin, the stuff that gives hair its color. When this will occur is largely determined by genetics, but there's no denying that a head of silver strands (or even just a few) can make you appear older than you actually are. Gray hair also tends to feel more wiry and coarse, says Jenny Balding, grooming expert for Redken/Cutler salons in New York City. That's most likely because your scalp is also producing less sebum as you age.                               

Your Youthful Strand Solution: Ammonia-free hair color. It's no secret that hair dye can restore your hair to its original hue, at least temporarily. But new ammonia-free, oil-based hair color is especially good for graying strands, Balding says. "These oil-based formulas moisturize as they color," she says. Two to try: L'Oreal Professionnel Inoa Supreme (lorealprofessionnel-us.com for salons), and Redken Chromatics Beyond Color (redken.com for salons) -- both specifically formulated for gray hair.

Getting Thin?

As you age, the hair follicle shrinks a bit -- a process called miniaturization -- producing thinner strands, Cunnane Phillips says. "These finer strands take up less space and so hair looks and feels limp," she says.

Your Youthful Strand Solution: Protein. While you can't do anything about the size of your follicles, you can turn to ingredients that temporarily plump up the diameter of each hair strand, creating the feeling of extra fullness. Styling products that contain proteins (wheat, oat proteins, amino acids, etc.) bind to the hair shaft and temporarily bulk it up. Try: Nexxus Youth Renewal Blow Dry Spray ($16; walmart.com).

Feeling Frizzy?

Your strands were once smooth, but now they always look a bit fuzzy. What gives? As we mentioned, an age-related slowdown in sebum production at the scalp can lead to dry, frizzier strands that look dull.            

Your Youthful Strand Solution: Moisture. When you're frizz prone, it seems like you'd want to avoid moisture at all costs, but frizzy strands are dry strands that are craving hydration. Switch to a more moisturizing shampoo and add a weekly deep conditioning treatment to your regimen. Look for formulas that include nourishing botanicals such as coconut, almond, or soybean oils, which will help smooth strands back into submission, says Francesca Fusco, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. Try Clear Scalp & Hair Ultra Shea Treatment Mask ($5; walgreens.com).     

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