THE NATURAL LOOK
I will be 54 years old in February and I haven't worn makeup in 20 years, except lip gloss. I never have worn eye makeup but always wore foundation, blush, and lipstick or gloss. I was so busy with three kids, it just didn't seem important anymore and my husband never cared. We've been married 32 years and he has seen me a lot more years without it than with it. My 16-year-old daughter loves wearing it, and she didn't learn any tips from me, that's for sure. She's beautiful without it, but I can understand her wanting to wear it and experimenting with all they offer out there. My kids wouldn't even recognize me with it on.
Lynn Plazewski, San Antonio, Fla.
HE'S A BELIEVER
I am a 62-year-old male. I have always appreciated women who know how to wear makeup, but skin care was foreign to me. About two years ago, my wife started an online business and sells Amway Artistry cosmetics. I became intrigued and took a class to become certified in skin care. The more faces I analyzed, the more I started thinking about my own dry and flaky trouble spots around my temple. It's a male thing, but I finally tried a men's moisturizer on my face. I no longer have flaky, dry skin patches. Skin care is definitely for both men and women. Use your products to learn your products and you will promote them even more.
Stan Wurm, Pinellas Park
SCRUB AND SLATHER
I am a makeup junkie from waay back, and by makeup junkie, I mean for years and years, I only used junkie makeup — whatever my mom handed down or I found in a discount bin. Now at the age of 54, I am getting more compliments on my complexion than ever before so I will share the recent and not-so-recent things that I consider my regimen.
I never go to bed with makeup on. I wash my face and then I wash it again, using a Clarisonic that my husband got for me at a charity auction. Now, here's the thing that I have been doing for almost 20 years, every night, I wipe my face with a witch hazel and aloe pad, similar to the Stridex pads of days of yore. I have never missed a night of this, ever! I then apply a moisturizer mixed with a dab of Retin-A and an eye cream.
I am lucky to have a friend who works for a TV shopping network who gives me plenty of samples of new products, so I do not pledge allegiance to any particular brands. However, I have definitely noticed since I've begun using Clarisonic nightly, my skin seems to "accept" the products I am using, and hence, I am seeing amazing results! My only issue with the Clarisonic is that I have to resist the strong urge to clean the grout in my shower with it when I'm done with my face!
Mary E. Cassidy, South Tampa
A BEAUTICIAN WEIGHS IN
I am 60. I accept it gracefully — while fighting it all the way.
I have always kept a strict beauty regimen, especially on my face. My two grown daughters have done the same and have beautiful skin.
• Cleanse thoroughly using a Clarisonic
• Toner to exfoliate (we need to get dead skin layers off; men do it shaving every day)
• Moisturizer and always, always, always use a sunscreen whether working inside or out on face, neck and hands
• Remove makeup (whatever time it is or wherever I am!)
• Toner and moisturizer made especially for night
• A hydrating face mask and also a good skin refiner a few times a week
Looking and feeling good promotes a good mental outlook and a positive attitude.
Nancy Gregory, Land O'Lakes
OLE, YOU SAY?
I still remember a routine that Robert Klein did on the Ed Sullivan Show (I think) where he riffed on Oil of Olay asking, "What is in it? Squished matadors?" It must've been funny because I remember it and I think I was 5 or 6 years old.
Marianne Barnebey, Bradenton
I slather pure argan oil on my face and neck every night.
Argan oil is pricey. I was at Rollin' Oats buying it for my frizzy hair and the lady at the counter told me she uses it on her face and neck, so …
Alice Graves, St. Petersburg