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Beauty for a Lifetime

How to look your best during each decade of your life

Your 60s

When it comes to your "golden years," experts agree there are two approaches to skin care.

The first is to live with the idea that aging is inevitable, and do what you can to make the most of what you have.

That means focusing on products with super-moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, as well as wrinkle-fighters like pentapeptides and idebenone. Firming creams may also work to streamline facial contours. And, of course, you should continue to use sunblock.

"Although most sun damage occurs when we are young, don't stop using sunscreen at any age," says Antell. "The more you protect your skin, the less you will see the signs of photoaging."

The second approach, say experts, is to enlist professional help in your fight against looking older.

"There are two things that happen," says Antell. "There are quality-of-skin problems like uneven skin tone and fine lines and wrinkles -- which can be helped by topical products -- and then there are quantity-of-skin problems, jowls and loose skin under your chin, and drooping -- which can only be corrected by surgery."

Makeup tips: If you're not ready to go under the knife, or simply want to accept the aging process with grace, makeup can help, Fazio says. The key, she says, is to keep your look simple.

"The older you get, the less you need to look gorgeous," says Fazio.

The biggest makeup mistake older women make, she says, is wearing too much eye make-up -- and still trying to find and darken the crease in the eye socket.

"By the time you reach 60, the only way you're going to find that crease is with the help of a good surgeon," says Fazio. "So instead, just use a soft pencil to smudge some color near the lid and leave the crease alone."

She also says to go easy on foundation, and to wear a pink-toned blush and moisturizing lipstick. If you want to color your hair, go lighter, not darker. And never darken your brows.

"Going darker with hair or brow color is a big mistake," says Fazio. "It creates a harsh look that emphasizes lines and wrinkles."

The best advice, she says, is to let your natural beauty shine, and "be strong and be confident!"

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