Beauty

Lois Joy Johnson is an award-winning beauty and style editor known for her down to earth accessible reporting and advice for women 50 +. She was a founding editor of MORE magazine and its beauty and fashion director from 1997 to 2008. She wrote "The Makeup Wakeup" and "The Wardrobe Wakeup."

Oh, Grow Up! Four Ways to Fight Ageism

Fuming fashionistas and bitter beauties, I feel your pain. Yes, it’s 2014 and ageism continues to plague the fashion industry. Older women may be driving much of today’s growth in social media and online shopping, but I dare you to find a single model who resembles us on any major retail site. (We do pop up in commercials and ads for sexual dysfunction, diets, probiotics and luxury cruises – big whoop!) A few forward-looking companies are bucking the trend. So …

How to Be a Sexy Grandma at the Beach

My daughter was horrified and my grandsons hysterical when Glam-ma Lo (me) showed up for a swim at the pool in a bikini: “Mom! Are you kidding?” “Glam! You look like Miley Cyrus!” I thought Goldie Hawn, Vanessa Williams and Jessica Lange had sexed up grannyhood to the point where anything goes, but apparently France remains the only place on the planet where it’s OK for grandmothers to bare a little boob or tush. If you, too, have felt the …

How to Survive a Summer Wedding

An outdoor wedding – on a beach, in a garden – sounds tantalizing when we first RSVP. But then we recall the likely gate-crashers: Steamy weather. Sweat. Hot flashes. Hormonal bloat. Relax and sip a glass of ice water with lemon, for we’ve devised a three-step survival plan: Panic-proof with primers. Like Spanx for your face, a primer smooths out flaws and holds your makeup in place, letting you say goodbye to those hot-mess days. Face primer follows moisturizer; eye …

The Sun-Protection Mistake We’re Still Making

Here’s a scary new fact to get you in gear: More than 10 percent of skin cancers occur on the eyelids. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, these tumors can grow deep beneath the skin (think icebergs waiting to surface) and increase the rapid growth of other skin cancers on your face. By now, of course, you know that wearing a broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every day (regardless of weather or location) is a must. (“SPF” stands for “sun-protection factor,” …

Tressed to Kill: Is Robin Wright’s Crop Right for You?

The beauty equivalent of the power suit was born the day Robin Wright cut her hair to play Claire Underwood on House of Cards. Now short, sexy crops – think Kris Jenner, Halle Berry or the newly shorn Sharon Stone – are on every woman’s mind. Fed up with “high-maintenance hair,” many of my 50+ girlfriends are also thinking about getting a major chop this summer. But is it a good idea? To answer that question, I turned to top …

Father’s Day Gifts for Sexy Dads Over 50

Guys our age self-tan, whiten their teeth and hit the treadmill, hoping to look youthful and healthy. They certainly don’t lack role models: Everyone from Denzel Washington to Rob Lowe is making 50+ sexy nowadays. On June 15 – yup, Father’s Day is approaching that fast – let your guy know he’s still got it with gifts that fit his style. A few gift suggestions for five lovable father figures: The tough softie. Is the man you have in mind …