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."

Spot On: Learning to Live With Age Spots

If wrinkles are welcome houseguests, adding dimension to my dimply smile, then brown spots and red splotches are uninvited couch potatoes, lounging on my cheeks and forehead. I’ve tried various eviction methods on these unwanted guests — laser removal, IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments, hydroquinone serums — but they show little inclination to vamoose. Though daily applications of sunscreen and retinol cream have lightened the color of the blemishes (which some insist on calling “age spots”), my dermatologists inform me …

The Mother Lode

My daughters, Alexandra and Jennifer (right), sure hit the gene jackpot: As heirs to my beauty and fashion sense, my steely self-confidence, my quick wit and collection of Chanel bags, these are two lucky babes, let me tell you. Along with those desirable traits, though, I worry that I’ve passed along some questionable ones: We share an addiction to eye makeup, over-the-top bling and I-could-smell-you-coming-a-mile-away perfumes. Look up “subtle” in the dictionary and there’s not a Johnson family photo in …

‘World’s Most Beautiful Woman’ Is 50 — What of It?

Hats off to the editors of People magazine for naming Sandra Bullock “2015 World’s Most Beautiful Woman.” Bullock wouldn’t have been my choice — I don’t consider her a “classic beauty” — but I find it intriguing that the ensuing media conversation centered on the idea she’s both beautiful and 50. Yeah. So? Showcasing Bullock in this fashion is an improvement over People’s previous stance, I suppose. In February 2014 the magazine put a swimsuited Christie Brinkley on its cover with the …

Summer Shoes: Achilles Heels?

Shoe shopping is my favorite aerobic sport: Stand up. Sit down. Twirl and strut at the mirror. Sprint from one display table to another, racing along the sales rack to snatch that rare size-5 find before the competition can their hands on it. I’m telling you, it’s a major workout! It’s also one I’d gladly do every day, yet this stylish exercise is fraught with danger: Choose unwisely when shoe shopping, and you’re headed for bunions, blisters or even a …

Don’t Rain on My Prada!

I remember Woodstock even though I was there. Still, I have no plans to mosh my way through any rain-soaked music festivals this summer. Instead, all I want for May Day is a watertight beauty-and-style plan. Why’s that? Because, according to the Farmers’ Almanac, we’ll be needing a rain check or three for the hot, humid months stretching ahead. If you’re like me — wondering, that is, how to prepare for “air you can wear” — consider these four protective …

Vive la Vie en Rose at 50!

Hydrangeas, lilacs, gardenias: Just name the flower, and I’m probably crazy about it. Ah, but roses — from cheapo supermarket buds to pricey florist-shop blooms — now those are my faves! This spring, happily, everything from skin care to watches seems to be coming up roses. If you’re a fellow blossom-head, here are five ways to boost your flower power: Meddle with some petals. Rose extracts and rosehips (the fruit of the rose) are super rich in vitamin C. Face …