skin care secrets for women 50+

When Helen Mirren, 67, turned up with punky-pink hair at the BAFTA awards in London, we cheered. When Maggie Smith, 78, admitted to being "spiky" and using the f-word a lot during her 60 Minutes interview, we laughed. We adore Helena Bonham Carter, 46, for her off-beat ensembles like wacky Madame Thenardier's in Les Miserables.  Trudie Styler, 59, wears leather and clingy dresses to save the Rain Forest and  keeps Sting going after thirty years!  Even the Queen is cool and quirky. Think it's easy to color coordinate head to toe every single day in look-at-me hues? Maybe British girls are onto something when it comes to celebrating age. They don't seem to care what anyone else thinks is "age appropriate," they simply keep calm and carry on. Here's how:
Most of us will never walk the Red Carpet, dance at an Inaugural Ball or win an Oscar, but thanks to ramped up post-50 lifestyles, drop-dead dresses and full-on makeup, a stunning look can still be part of the game plan.  We do obsess now about how much skin to show. We debate baring a mature decolletage and wiggly arms. We worry about our bellies (I mean, who has a perfectly flat one anymore?), muffin tops and thighs.  We wonder if that good old strapless wedding guest/bar mitzvah dress can still work one more time (it can't). Looking like a celebrity is not that complicated and we're all perfectly capable (unlike celebs) of pulling it all together on our own. There are only three things you need to do:
Standing in the skin care aisle of any drugstore or mass marketer and it is easy to become overwhelmed as hundreds of anti-aging products claim miracles. Jars, tubes and pump bottles say they "sculpt and lift" saggy skin, provide "an immediate tightening sensation" or "instantly correct dark circles." Some boast having the highest percentage of collagen boosters or the most peptides or exotic ingredients like dragon's blood (don't worry, it's tree sap) or stem cells. Uh-huh. We weren't born yesterday so we know treatments take weeks to show results, but we don't know which to choose. Top skin care brands know words like deep-wrinkle, ultra lift, regenerating, repair and radiance boosting get our attention but do they work? I asked Johnson & Johnson's top chemist Samantha Tucker- Samaras for the naked truth. Here's what you need to know:
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