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    I'm curious what other/older women do for skin care - anything special? I have been a fan of Olay Complete SPF 15 for decades. Can put right around the eyes and it never stings. I've been using Night of Olay cream for night. (Just had to go buy some since I was almost out.) Both are very reasonably priced, everything else I looked at seems more expensive. I've been happy with them and people say I look younger than I am (surprised when they find out my true age.) Body lotion - I just use whatever lotion is handy and needs to be used up. My age probably shows the most on my hands - don't see how to avoid that.

    I'm curious what others do, what works, what doesn't work, is a product worth the extra cost?

    I'm also a convert to the L'oreal Elvive Total Repair shampoos & conditioners. I tried samples months ago - and WOW my (long) hair feels totally different than before. Got my co-worker to try and she was also impressed. It goes on sale at CVS frequently and there are coupons, so the price is reasonable if you shop the sales.

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    Everyone's skin is so different, I'm not sure that what works for one will work for another.

    I drink a lot of water. Plain ol' filtered tap water. Nowhere near the "8 glasses", just enough to stay hydrated. I wash a couple times a day with plain water to remove airborne dirt and oil. Sometimes use a washcloth for a little exfoliation. Once in a while in the shower I use a loofah for a good scrub.

    I don't use a lot of product on my skin. I'm not a big believer in magic face creams. Rarely need hand cream or moisturizer, and I'm allergic to some of it. I have both eczema and psoriasis and lotion irritates it. I can use Oil of Olay, but haven't in years. L'Occitane is my current brand, I bought some in 2014 and am still using it. It plumps up the wrinkles a little but nothing gets rid of them for good. Also, the Bath and Body Works lotions seem good.

    I don't use sunscreen, never have. Have never trusted that it was safe in the long term. Now a study shows it is absorbed into the blood. They say it is safe but we just don't know. I limit my exposure to the sun and tan sensibly so I don't get burned. I'm at the point now I am brown enough I can stay out for a long period without concern. That's just my skin.

    I've talked about hair before on this site. I shampoo and condition about once a week. Other nights I just rinse. My scalp has acclimated to that and doesn't get greasy. My hair is fabulous. Last time I had it cut the stylists were taking turns coming over to feel my hair because they thought it was amazingly soft, smooth and healthy. I grow it to waist length. I use cheap shampoo, and Paul Mitchell conditioner. Conditioner is key for my hair.
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    I use Olay as well. I wash with a cleanser and also use a citrus serum that clears up my face and gets the dry skin off. I also use a masque at night and whenever it feels dry.

    I'm told that I look like I'm in my 20's and not a day over 30. I'm 50 right now. Soon to be a year older...…

    People have asked if I'm my husband's "second wife" as they know he has older kids...Actually, they're my kids too. I gave birth to them...We went to the gym and one of DH's church friends saw us and told DH that he knew DH had 2 boys but didn't know he had a daughter too....LOL. Nope, I'm not the daughter and remain the first wife....

    I recommend any facial product for mature skin. It's better than nothing and keeping it moisturized is key.

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    I want to add that eating and lifestyle habits DO have an effect on your skin and appearance. You know that too many late nights and not enough rest leave dark circles and puffy skin under the eyes. If you smoke or have smoked there is nothing that gets rid of the lines around your mouth and on your face. The food you eat goes throughout your body, not just the stomach and too much sugar and processed food affects your skin, too. That's not just pimples; sugar causes premature aging of the skin (and other organs) depletes collagen and makes your skin saggy.

    Being sick will also do a number on your appearance. The body just doesn't have the resources to keep everything going. After my surgeries a couple years ago I looked like hell. Must have added 10-20 years to my face. I got all saggy, wrinkled, grey and puffy. It took a while to come back to looking healthy, and I am still working on it. Some of the wrinkles may be here for good, though.

    I don't look like I am in my 20s, lol, but I do get mistaken for being 10yrs or more younger than I really am. I was once mistaken for my husband's daughter, and once for my stepson's girlfriend. I don't think anyone is going to do that again, though.
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