With an endless supply of new products and services flooding the market, it's hard to determine which beauty boosters to use — and when to use them. Here's a breakdown by decade, starting with your 50s:
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Pick bangs or Botox
The "11s" are vertical lines between the brows that make us appear angry and stressed 24/7. A syringe of botulinum toxin (Botox) freezes furrows smooth and lasts three to four months before a touch-up. Long, full bangs camouflage the lines forever. You choose.
Use broad-spectrum SPF 30+ daily
Aging UVA rays go right through glass, clouds, smog and cold weather. Simplify your daily routine with an SPF 30+ moisturizer under makeup, and wear hard-core sunscreen for longer outdoor activities.
Chill hot flashes with primers and dry shampoo
Use a pre- and post-makeup primer to control meltdown, and retouch shiny spots without cakey powder or a redo. Carry tote travel-size dry shampoo spray, and mist a sweaty scalp and roots to prevent post-flash frizz or flatness, especially around the hairline.
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Make retinol your nightcap
Vitamin A is proven to reverse sun damage, prevent new wrinkles — and prevent adult acne breakouts. In prescription form it's known as Renova, but the over-the-counter derivative, retinol (in serum, oil or cream formulas) does the job with less irritation. Just do it.
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