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Youth doesn’t have to be wasted on the young. Take it from these seven age-defying stars over 50. Here are the beauty secrets that keep these women glowing, both inside and out.
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The eyes have it. "Your eyes are your most expressive feature," says the legendary designer, "so accentuate them with color on the lids or brows. Oh, and distinctive [eyeglasses] frames — your choice says something about you without a word being said. My statement accessory is large cat's-eye frames [worn] with just a little natural mascara.”
Cardio is key. The former supermodel told The Telegraph that she didn’t start exercising until her late 30s, when she noticed her body starting to change. She tried step aerobics and then boxing, which she loved. “It makes you stay in the moment that is in front of you,” she said. She then turned to Pilates following a foot fracture in 2014. “It is very challenging, but I still find it boring. As I age, cardio is the most important thing. Feeling out of breath is the thing that I miss most.”
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Stay back, sun. “Sunscreen is my number-one thing. I've worn it every day since I was 23,” the actress told Redbook. “In the morning I use a face oil, then pat L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Day Lotion SPF on top.” She’s also big on daily moisturizing and doesn’t believe in wearing a lot of makeup.
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Crisco anyone? “Crisco worked very well,” Davis confessed to talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres in 2015, admitting she used the vegetable shortening to treat her bunions before the SAG Awards. She also turns to the Southern-cooking staple to smooth her dry skin, especially on her feet. “I recommend it. It keeps the friction away from the shoe and toe, and there you go,” she said. She told People that she’s addicted to skin care. “I can’t even tell you how many products I own! I used to think there was no difference between day cream and night cream; now I use both, plus an eye cream.”
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Less is more. “As I’ve gotten older, I realize that less really is more — especially when it comes to makeup. I’ve found that a huge mistake you can easily make that ages you instantly is putting on too-heavy foundation. All it does is define the lines you have,” the actress told NewBeauty magazine. “I’ve worked with the same makeup artist, Karen Kawahara, for 20-plus years, and she goes light, light, light on my foundation. It’s so key, and your skin looks great doing it like that. But the one thing I absolutely hate doing is taking my makeup off. I’m not someone who can fall asleep with my makeup on — that’s disgusting to me — so I have to take it off. But I really hate it!”
Exfoliate, exfoliate. “As a young model, I read in a magazine that men look five years younger than women because they shave — a form of exfoliating dead cells,” she told AARP in 2015. “At that time, the only exfoliating products available were at health food stores; they were harsh and really too abrasive, but I persisted. Unless you exfoliate, topical creams and serums can’t penetrate,” she said. “My Complete Clarity Exfoliating polish is gentle but strong enough to encourage cell turnover, which slows with age. I use it from the top of my forehead all down my face, neck and décolleté, then rub the leftover on the backs of my hands.”
Chug H2O. “Every night I take off my makeup really well,” Seymour said. “And I nourish my skin with a really good moisturizer, which doesn’t have to be expensive — sometimes the best products are the cheapest.” For her, drinking water is also essential. “I’m not against plastic surgery, but at the end of the day, I believe good skin comes from drinking water and moisturizing.” An added plus: Cold water and ice cubes are great for tightening the skin.