Have You Been Cheating … on Your Sunscreen?

Women — even smart ones like you and me — cheat on their sunscreen. Only 40.3 percent of women ages 55 to 64 regularly use sunscreen on their face and other exposed skin, says a new CDC study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology on May 19. The timing is apt, for the Skin Cancer Foundation has designated this Friday (May 22) as “Don’t FryDay.” (Get it?) It’s a cute marketing ploy, but it’s backed by …

Mom’s Best Beauty Tips

One of my most vivid childhood memories is sneaking into my mother’s room to behold the wonders of her makeup kit: the glamorous gold Helena Rubinstein mascara wand the Max Factor pancake makeup she applied with a few drops of water and a sponge the red Maybelline combo eyebrow/eyeliner pencils in light brown, which she used down to the nubs and, of course, Pond’s Cold Cream to take it all off at the end of a long day   Quite …

Need a New Swimsuit? (I Do!)

Every summer my postmenopausal body and I play a little game I like to call Find the Swimsuit: I want one that will make me feel as sexy as Madonna looks. My body wants one that will make me look as confident as Madonna feels. We agree to disagree, then battle it out in the fitting room. No selfies are sent to chums for opinion polls. No bossy saleswomen are admitted. No fat- or age-shaming is allowed. Eventually, we find …

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 …

Look Cool and Current This Summer With These 3 Hair Trends

What is it about the top of a woman’s head that can send her into a tailspin? Almost every woman I know feels bad about her locks: They’re too frizzy or too straight — according to her, that is — too thin or too untamed. It’s a fact of female life that a bad hair day can tempt us to cancel appointments or torment us to the point where we’re snapping at our house pets. And I needn’t look far …