Beau­ti­ful at ev­ery age!

It seems like the minute we turn 40 and our hor­mones start to go hay­wire, ev­ery glimpse in the mir­ror re­flects back a dif­fer­ent ag­ing aww… c’mon! And when new ones keep crop­ping up, well, we feel like just giv­ing up. But since we’re not quit­ters— and we

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Outsmart dou­ble chin, thin­ning hair, droopy eye­lids and more!

Oily, blem­ish-prone skin

It’s like pu­berty take two: The hor­monal flux in per­i­menopause send oils glands into over­drive, clog­ging pores and caus­ing break­outs, says der­ma­tol­o­gist Mar­garita Lo­lis, M.D. And since skin is more sen­si­tive than it was in our teens, find­ing a gen­tle so­lu­tion is key. Dr. Lo­lis’ pick: witch hazel. “This as­trin­gent sops up oil with­out sap­ping skin’s mois­ture and bal­ances skin’s pH to pre­vent fur­ther break­outs.”

TO DO: Swab skin with a witch hazel–soaked cot­ton ball daily for re­sults in three weeks.

Age spots

Estro­gen plays a role in reg­u­lat­ing the pro­duc­tion of melanin (skin’s pig­ment), so as estro­gen lev­els fluc­tu­ate, melanin syn­the­sis in­creases. That, plus years of UV ex­po­sure, cause dark spots to ap­pear on the face, hands and chest. What can help: licorice root. Used top­i­cally, the plant’s

liquirtin breaks down melanin to fade spots while also in­creas­ing cell turnover to re­veal fresh, even skin. Der­ma­tol­o­gist Rachel Nazar­ian, M.D., adds that an­tiox­i­dants in licorice root ward off sun dam­age to stop new spots from form­ing.

TO DO: In bowl, mix 3 drops of licorice root ex­tract (at health­food stores) with 1 Tbs. of plain Greek yo­gurt (its lac­tic acid sloughs off dead skin cells). Ap­ply to spots and let sit 15 min­utes; rinse. Re­peat daily for re­sults in four weeks.

“Estro­gen ac­tu­ally reaches its peak in our early 40s, but the body be­gins to be­come more re­sis­tant to it at the same time,” says en­docri­nol­o­gist Sara Got­tfried, M.D., au­thor of Younger (out March 7). That causes the body to act as if estro­gen is low. We also see fluc­tu­a­tions in testos­terone and a slow in fi­brob­last ac­tiv­ity (cells that pro­duce col­la­gen and elastin). Th­ese changes can lead to:

Thin lips

“A drop in skin-firm­ing col­la­gen is the main rea­son lips shrink,” says Dr. Lo­lis.

“And since lips lack oil glands, they de­hy­drate eas­ily, mak­ing them look even smaller.” Plump them up with a cin­na­mon and co­conut oil balm. Cin­na­mon in­creases blood flow to the area to “swell” lips while its cin­namalde­hyde boosts col­la­gen pro­duc­tion. And co­conut oil’s fatty acids pen­e­trate skin to lock in vo­lu­miz­ing mois­ture.

TO DO: In a bowl, mix 1 Tbs. of co­conut oil with 3 tsp. of ground cin­na­mon. Ap­ply to lips (store left­overs in a re­seal­able con­tainer) and let sit 2 min­utes; rinse. The in­stant plump­ing re­sults will last up to three hours, but us­ing the balm two to three times a week can help plump lips more per­ma­nently.

Crow’s-feet

The eyes are the first place peo­ple look when asked to guess a stranger’s age, ac­cord­ing to sur­veys. Un­for­tu­nately, our eyes are of­ten the first area to show signs of ag­ing. Der­ma­tol­o­gist Tsip­pora Shain­house, M.D., ex­plains that skin around the eyes is 10 times thin­ner than any­where else on the face, so it creases more eas­ily. To fight this, she rec­om­mends rose­hip oil. It’s rich in vi­ta­min A which stim­u­lates fi­brob­lasts to in­crease elastin pro­duc­tion. Plus, fatty acids in the oil in­stantly plump skin to “fill in” lines.

TO DO: Mas­sage 2 drops of oil (like Acure Or­gan­ics Rose­hip Oil, iHerb.com) around the eyes twice a day for re­sults in three weeks.

Kerry Wash­ing­ton, 41

Jen­nifer Anis­ton, 49

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