The secret to —no matter what decade you're in—lies in a few key tricks. Let these women's smart, inspire you.
Pamela Wilks, 49
For Pamela, an assistant high school principal, beauty smarts are in her blood. "Growing up, I saw my mom take such amazing care of her skin, so I did the same from a young age," she says. Pamela's routine includes and at night—"the cream and keeps my skin ," she says. She also swears by Bulletproof coffee in the morning, which she concocts with grass-fed butter and a type of oil called MCT (go to for a recipe). "I add a scoop of collagen powder; I believe that plus the keep my skin clear and dewy, and my hair ," she says. Pamela's other hair essential is a wee bit more mainstream: " makes my thick waves feel incredibly soft."
Tip: "I think fresh air does wonders for the skin, so I walk to and from work every day, even in the winter," says Pamela.
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Gia Henderson, 41
"My friends laugh because I work as a sales representative for a liquor distributor, but my !" says Gia, who embraces a true beauty from- the-inside-out lifestyle. "I eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies that are , and every morning, I sip hot water with lemon and apple cider vinegar to jump-start my . I've noticed that if my internal system is clogged, and looks dull, so I feel like this keeps it luminous." Staying hydrated is a top priority for Gia, who drinks a gallon of water every day. "I had to work up to that amount over time," she says with a laugh. "But I've been doing it for four years, and I've seen a huge difference in my complexion. Now it's supple and balanced, and I rarely get a ."
Gia pays close attention to what she puts on her skin, too, preferring mostly natural products. "I'm addicted to ," she says. "I use the extra-virgin, cold-pressed kind as my face and body lotion, lip balm, and hair treatment— I work it into my dry curls, then shampoo it out a day later. I even dab coconut oil on my lashes to make them shiny." At night, Gia applies and to fight off lines and spots. "I like that the eye cream is fragrance-free, too." Her hair regimen is equally low-fuss: "I try to avoid putting heat on my curls, so I work throughout my damp hair to nix frizz, then I let it air-dry. I find that the less I do to my hair, the better it looks."
Tip: "I like to throw on a ," says Gia. "It makes my skin look healthy, and it lifts my mood."
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Lela Edgar, 42
"I've never , not even when I lived in Los Angeles," says Lela, a professional photographer. "I've been slathering on my face and neck every morning since my 20s, and so far, I don't have spots or wrinkles!" Her daily formula is : "It sinks right in, isn't sticky, and wears nicely under makeup," she says. She likes to warm up her porcelain complexion with , "which adds just enough color, then I swipe [$39] along my cheeks, temples, and nose," she says. "Blush can look too bright, but this bronzer gives me a naturally ."
Lela dedicates time to caring for her body skin, too—she swears by dry brushing, an exfoliating technique in which you brush your skin from your ankles up to your shoulders using quick, firm strokes. "It makes my body so soft," she says. "I do it once a week before I shower using the . Afterward, I moisturize with . I'm a big believer in consistency: If you can stick with a solid skin routine, it really shows."
Tip: "My hair has gotten a bit darker and drab over the years, so I and get a few in the front," says Lela. "This helps my skin seem more vibrant."
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Anne Lynne Hutchinson, 69
This former yoga teacher is living proof that it's never too late to start good skin-care habits. "As a kid, I spent my summers at the New Jersey shore, so I have ," admits the mom of three. "About 10 years ago, I started applying a serum every day, and now my complexion is a lot more luminous and even." Her favorite is , which she smooths on in the morning, followed by , then . "Sometimes I blend a drop of foundation into the dollop of sunscreen so it gives me coverage." At night, Anne puts gentle, moisturizing products on her dry, sensitive skin. "I wash with a mild cleanser——then I dab on a serum and my same a.m. ." Every couple of weeks, she using 3 Tbsp Greek yogurt, 1 Tbsp wild honey, and 1 Tbsp organic coconut oil. "I leave it on for 15 minutes, and it gives my skin the most incredible glow," she says.
While Anne is clearly no skin-care slouch, her also plays a big role in her radiant appearance: She speed-walks, does yoga, plays tennis, and swims. "And yes, I eat healthy, too, but I don't count calories and I've never owned a scale. If you find fitness activities that you really enjoy, you'll stick with them for the long haul."
Tip: A couple of add brightness and dimension to Anne's silver hair. "It's just a few pieces, so the upkeep is a cinch," she says.
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Sabrina Macias, 38
"I spent my early career doing public relations for beauty companies, where I learned a lot of makeup shortcuts," says Sabrina, a single mom who has her down to seven minutes flat. "I rely on multipurpose products: is my moisturizer, SPF, and foundation all in one—it evens out my skin without looking makeup-y. under-eye concealer [$24] fills in creases while hiding my , and a swipe of along my brow bones and cheekbones gives my face a lift." To finish, Sabrina dusts all over her skin. "My other secret weapon is ," she says. "It's rich but not greasy, so I can get dressed immediately. I like anything that gets me out the door quicker."
Tip: "Taking a daily biotin supplement strengthens my hair and nails and helps both grow faster," says Sabrina.
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