The secret to looking and feeling great—no matter what decade you're in—lies in a few key tricks. Let these women's smart, simple advice 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 Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil and Nia24 Intensive Recovery Complex at night—"the cream faded my sun spots and keeps my skin radiant," 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 bulletproofexec.com for a recipe). "I add a scoop of collagen powder; I believe that plus the healthy fats keep my skin clear and dewy, and my hair shiny and strong," she says. Pamela's other hair essential is a wee bit more mainstream: "Oribe Signature Moisture Masque 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.
Pamela's must-haves: Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, $48. Oribe Signature Moisture Masque, $62. Bulletproof Upgraded Collagen Powder, $39.95. NIA24 Intensive Recovery Complex, $118.
Gia Henderson, 41
"My friends laugh because I work as a sales representative for a liquor distributor, but my go-to drink is water!" says Gia, who embraces a true beauty from- the-inside-out lifestyle. "I eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies that are rich in antioxidants, and every morning, I sip hot water with lemon and apple cider vinegar to jump-start my digestion. I've noticed that if my internal system is clogged, my skin breaks out 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 pimple."
Gia pays close attention to what she puts on her skin, too, preferring mostly natural products. "I'm addicted to coconut oil," 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 Burt's Bees Renewal Intensive Firming Serum and Renewal Smoothing Eye Cream 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 Ouidad Climate Control Gel 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 vibrant lipstick," says Gia. "It makes my skin look healthy, and it lifts my mood."
Gia's must-haves: Burt's Bees Renewal Smoothing Eye Cream, $19.99. Burt's Bees Renewal Intensive Firming Serum, $19.99. CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipstick in Sweet Tangerine, $6.99. Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel, $26.
Lela Edgar, 42
"I've never tanned, not even when I lived in Los Angeles," says Lela, a professional photographer. "I've been slathering sunscreen on my face and neck every morning since my 20s, and so far, I don't have spots or wrinkles!" Her daily formula is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid SPF 70: "It sinks right in, isn't sticky, and wears nicely under makeup," she says. She likes to warm up her porcelain complexion with Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude, "which adds just enough color, then I swipe Nars The Multiple in South Beach [$39] along my cheeks, temples, and nose," she says. "Blush can look too bright, but this bronzer gives me a naturally sun-kissed glow."
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 Yerba Prima Tampico brush. Afterward, I moisturize with Alba Botanica Hawaiian body oil. 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 lighten it by one shade and get a few highlights in the front," says Lela. "This helps my skin seem more vibrant."
Lela's must-haves: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid SPF 70, $12.49. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude, $44.Alba Botanica Hawaiian body oil, $10.50. Yerba Prima Tampico skin brush, $11.99.
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 sun damage," admits the mom of three. "About 10 years ago, I started applying a vitamin C serum every day, and now my complexion is a lot more luminous and even." Her favorite is Kate Ryan Vitamin C Daytime Repair Serum, which she smooths on in the morning, followed by Earth Pure Organics facial oil, then Coola Classic Face SPF 30 Moisturizer. "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—EvanHealy Rose Cleansing Milk—then I dab on a hyaluronic acid serum and my same a.m. facial oil." Every couple of weeks, she whips up her own hydrating face mask 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 exercise regimen 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 highlights around her face add brightness and dimension to Anne's silver hair. "It's just a few pieces, so the upkeep is a cinch," she says.
Anne's must-haves: Coola Classic Face SPF 30 Unscented Moisturizer, $32. Kate Ryan Skincare Vitamin C Daytime Repair Serum, $38. Earth Pure Organics Skin Synergy Oil, $31. Evanhealy Rose Cleansing Milk, $30.95.
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 a.m. regimen down to seven minutes flat. "I rely on multipurpose products: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream is my moisturizer, SPF, and foundation all in one—it evens out my skin without looking makeup-y. Benefit Fake Up under-eye concealer [$24] fills in creases while hiding my dark circles, and a swipe of Benefit Watt's Up! Highlighter along my brow bones and cheekbones gives my face a lift." To finish, Sabrina dusts BareMinerals Ready Bronzer all over her skin. "My other secret weapon is Vaseline Intensive Care body lotion," 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.
Sabrina's must-haves: Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant, $4.99 for 10 oz. 2 BareMinerals Ready Bronzer in The Skinny Dip, $25. Benefit Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter, $30. Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Cream, $8.99.