Wear the Best Colors to Brighten Your Look

My go-to cold-weather color has always been black. Since forever, it occurs to me now, my preferred way of dressing in fall and winter has been to pair a black sweater with a pair of blue jeans, or slip into a little black dress that hovers just above my knees. Is it because I’ve gone Goth? Or gone into perpetual mourning? Nothing of the sort; it’s simply that I’ve always thought the color black looks good on me (and, yes, …

3 Ways to Get in Shape – Fast!

My husband calls me the Queen of Empiricism: I don’t believe something works until I try it myself. For example, I didn’t think my body would ever bounce back after I turned 50. By that milestone birthday, I was almost 15 pounds heavier than I am today at 57. I was depleted of energy. I felt less than happy with how I looked. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter  I was also worried about the likely health effects …

5 Things That Probably Look Better on Your Daughter

After 50, certain styles you once threw on with abandon should probably be abandoned. Too many women continue to sport outfits and makeup in midlife that would look much better on their daughters (or on other young women) than they do on them. But the cause may not be what you think: It has little to do with size and everything to do with elegance. So even though I often wear the same brand of jeans as my two teenage …

Can Meditation Stop You from Looking Older Than You Are?

How many of these stressors have you encountered this week?: * Work obligations * Deadlines * A family member in need * Bank-account angst * Any front-page headline! Now, how did you react to those forces? Did you succumb to the stress, letting it do its dirty work on body, face and soul? Or did you consider a different path altogether? A new study shows that a simple technique for calming your mind – anytime, anywhere – can alter the …

Sweat Your Way to Younger-Looking Skin

By now we’re all familiar with the golden rules for keeping our skin from aging prematurely: Use sunscreen (at least 30 SPF), exfoliate, moisturize, use a retinol product, get enough sleep, eat well and don’t drink too much alcohol. Now it turns out that regular exercise might be as helpful to keeping skin from aging as it is to keeping the body youthful. A New York Times report about a recent study stopped me in my tracks – literally. I was …

Arms and the Woman: 3 Cool Ways to Cover Yours When It’s Hot

If you haven’t quite achieved Michelle Obama’s super-toned arms, is there a way to veil yours with style and confidence? That’s one of the most frustrating beauty challenges for women of any age. Even if you’re at your ideal weight, your arms may be, uh – let’s just call them “less than buff,” leaving you reluctant to show them off as the weather warms up. What to do? Here are three easy ways to look cool and stylish, no matter …