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In life, there are a few things most of us can count on:

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Our kids, at one time or another, will leave us wanting to pull our hair out.

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Our pets will amuse us and make us smile.

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And finally, age and gravity, will transform our faces in ways we never imagined.

After the age of 40, our skin begins to change in many ways. Due to a loss of estrogen, it becomes less firm and loses moisture. Once we hit menopause, a third of our collagen will vanish into thin air within the first five years (of menopause).

There are some things, like aging, that are out of our control, but there are a few simple steps we can take to have beautiful, glowing skin at ANY AGE.

We’ve put together a step-by-step how to guide, and even added a YouTube video to boot.

STEP 1 ~ CLEANSER {A.M. & P.M.}

Cleansing your skin is a crucial step on the road to glowing skin. In addition to removing makeup, it dissolves pollutants, dirt and the skin’s natural oils that accumulate on the surface of the skin. Skipping this step can lead to clogged pores and dull skin.

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STEP 2 ~ TONER {A.M. & P.M.}

Using a toner removes any makeup or oils that might be left behind (a very important step for oily skin), and preps the skin for anti-aging serums like Vitamin C.

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STEP 3 ~ VITAMIN C SERUM {A.M.}

According to The Dermatology Review, Vitamin C Serums are an important step in the anti-aging process and glowing skin.

Vitamin C Serums are efficient multi-taskers that:

1. Act as an antioxidant, which repairs cells and gives skin a healthier look.

2. Increase collagen production.

3. Restore and regenerate the skin, doing battle with old scars left behind by acne too.

4. Thicken the dermis layer.

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This amazing serum heals and repairs damaged tissue, rejuvenates the skin, nourishes and diminishes the signs of aging, while protecting against free radicals!

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STEP 4 ~ MOISTURIZER {A.M. & P.M.}

Since mature skin is losing moisture, using a hydrating moisturizer not only helps skin glow, skipping this step can actually increase wrinkles over time. Have you ever noticed how much more defined those “fine lines” become when your skin feels dry? Moisturize, darlings.

I recently discovered Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Organic Moisturizer Wrinkle Reducer and I’m obsessed! It’s uber hydrating, smells divine (a natural scent, not perfume) and contains a blend of fruit stem cells and Vitamin C infused into a resveratrol-rich grape formula to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
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STEP 5 ~ SUNSCREEN/FOUNDATION {A.M.}

While there’s nothing finer than a day spent outside in the sunshine, in truth, the sun is enemy numero uno to our skin.

According to SkinCancer.org, “UVA rays, which penetrate the skin more deeply, are associated with wrinkling, leathering, sagging, and other light-induced effects of aging (photo aging).”

They recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, and if you plan on being outside for long periods of time, you’ll want to reapply sunscreen.

I love this tinted primer by Tarte which leaves my skin looking so flawless, I use it as my sunscreen (SPF 30), primer and foundation. And that, my friends, is what you call a three-fer!

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STEP 6 ~ RETINOIDS {P.M.}

Retinoids are derived from Vitamin A and give the skin a jump start, reminding the cells to turn over more quickly. Retinoids increase collagen production, diminish dark spots and minimize fine lines and wrinkles.

Retinoids can be irritating to the skin, so you’ll want to ease into it if you’ve never used one before. Start out applying retinoids every third evening and slowly work your way up from there.

Let your skin be your guide as to how often you can use a retinoid product. If you skin starts to burn, looks red and irritated, give it a rest and try again in a few days. The most I can use Retin A is every third day, but it’s still enough to encourage skin turn over, etc.

HOW TO APPLY RETINOIDS
After washing skin and applying toner, allow skin to air dry for at least 15 minutes before applying retinoid product.

Most retinoids are prescribed by a doctor (your primary care physician can help you) but there are some over the counter products available too.

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STEP 7 ~ EXFOLIATION {3 TIMES PER WEEK}

Aging skin needs a little extra help removing the dead skin cells, etc. By exfoliating, we are sloughing away the old, dreary skin, revealing fresh, glowy skin cells, a crucial step in reclaiming our once youthful glow.

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STEP 8 ~ HYDRATION {DAILY}

According to the Mayo Clinic, women should drink 9 cups of water every day. In addition to flushing toxins from our bodies, a hydrated body = hydrated skin. Fine lines and wrinkles appear more exaggerated when our bodies are dehydrated.

I use this water bottle to track my daily water intake. If I drink three bottles of water, I’ve hit my daily water quota. Easy peasy.

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And, that my friends, are the steps to getting your glow on, girls!

Let us know your favorite products or tips to glowing skin. We’d love to hear from you in the Comment Section below.

Until next time, just GLOW, darlings!

XO, Jone’t

Jonet
Blogger, Editor at Fabulously Chic Over 50
Jonet Wooten is a 55 year old former investigative newspaper reporter/photographer. She's always in search of the latest and greatest in Fashion, Beauty and Travel, which she writes about on her AWARD WINNING blog. Creator of the popular global fashion series She's Got Style.
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