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Three Women Over 40 Share Their Tips for Healthy, Glowing Skin

We asked three women over 40 to share how their skin-care routines have evolved over the years—and to reveal some lessons they’ve picked up along the way. From strong sunscreen to rich moisturizer, these are their go-to products for keeping their complexions healthy and glowing. The best part? You can pick up these staples during your next Target run.

No matter how many times we’re warned not to go over the top when it comes to caring for our skin, it can be difficult to resist the temptation of a constantly-rotating crop of buzzy new ingredients with which to play and experiment. The next thing you know, you’re already into hour two of a nightly regimen. So in case you needed another reminder, we spoke to three women over 40 about how their skin, and the ways in which they care for it, has evolved from their twenties into their forties and fifties. What we learned? You guessed it: Simplicity is key.

Fleure Presner

“The bathroom is basically my office,” laughs Fleure Presner. “It drives everyone in my house batty, but I like to really take my time with my skin-care routine. It makes me feel good.” The Toronto-born model and actress, who is now based in Jersey City, New Jersey, is a huge proponent of setting time aside each day to indulge in self care. “I’ve never rushed through my routine and [haphazardly] slapped some products on,” says Presner, who, by the way, has also never gone to bed without taking her makeup off. Well, almost never. “Not unless I’m in an airport,” she says.

Now a mom to a six-year-old daughter, Presner values her skin care more than ever. She starts with an invigorating facial steam to wake herself—and her skin—up, using essential oils like rosemary or lavender. Next up is cleansing, a step Presner takes seriously. (“I just love the feeling of clean skin.”) She reaches for gentle cleansers that don’t compromise her moisture barrier or strip her skin of its natural oils, since she feels her best when her complexion is hydrated and glowing. “I like layering products, so I’ll moisturize, then mist my face and let that sit for a little while before applying more moisturizer. Yes, I like to extra moisturize,” she laughs. “You need to let it really get in there.” And as for the final step, let’s just say it takes place outside the bathroom: “Yoga. When I’m being religious with practicing, my skin glows,” she says. “That’s the key.”

When asked what skincare advice she’d give her daughter, Presner responds with what she wishes she’d known when she was younger: “Do not pick at your skin. Don’t over-exfoliate. Just let it be.”

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser

Pacifica Rose Flower Hydro Mist

Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion

Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Oil with Coconut & Argan Oil


Simone Banos

“Before I had my now-teenage daughter, my skin-care routine [consisted of] sunscreen, sleep, and water,” says New York City-based model and digital marketing manager Simone Banos. These days, though, her routine is only slightly more involved. Having been in the modeling industry since she was 14, Banos has seen it all when it comes to beauty tips and tricks, but still prefers to keep things minimal.

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Today, her main focus is reversing existing sun damage with gentle exfoliators to promote cell turnover, and preventing any future harm with the use of antioxidant serums. In her younger years, agents often encouraged Banos to tan and get as much sun as possible prior to showing up to modeling jobs. “It was the look [back then],” she says. “Now I have to be more careful. I love vitamin C for targeting dark spots and counteracting all the shooting in the sun. And I always use sunscreen, even on cloudy days.”

And there is (at least) one skin-care tip she’s picked up on set: face massaging. “I was on a shoot in Tokyo years ago and a makeup artist introduced me to facial toning exercises,” says Banos. Using marble stones or an East and Southeast Asian gua sha tool, she still turns to the practice to help relieve facial tension, encourage lymphatic drainage, and boost blood circulation. “I sometimes get lazy with it, but I’ve been doing it on and off for the last 20 years. If you do these massages consistently, for just five minutes each day, you really see results.”

Simone’s Target Shopping List:

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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Lightweight Sunscreen Spray - SPF 30

St. Ives Fresh Skin Face Scrub - Apricot

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Mei Apothecary Jade Gua Sha Facial Massage Beauty Tool


Allison Brady

Allison Brady has always been a skin-care minimalist, she says, “even though I do enjoy trying new products.” But in the last few years, she’s become more “diligent” about researching which ingredients and formulas best complement her own skin type, rather than relying on extensive trial and error. Armed with a background in marketing, Brady now works as a fundraiser in Philadelphia, raising money for nonprofit organizations. “I realized that fundraising to help others—whether it be supporting medical research, educational scholarships, or helping to foster children and those in need—is where I wanted to dedicate my time and attention.”

With her busy schedule (“I tend to go from one Zoom meeting to the next,” she says), Brady has fine-tuned her regimen to include fuss-free products that keep her complexion healthy. Her skin is more acne-prone than it used to be, and she manages the occasional breakouts by using a less-is-more approach. “I just use a spot treatment that isn’t harsh and clears up my acne overnight—it’s simple and easy.” These days, she turns to science-backed formulas and ingredients that have proven benefits, taking the guesswork out of her daily routine. Some of her must-haves include chemical exfoliants, like salicylic acid, to treat and prevent breakouts, as well as retinol to stimulate collagen production. To prevent irritation, Brady opts for soothing, gentle formulas, such as hydrating creams and lightweight gels. The most non-negotiable step in her skin-care system? “Sun safety. Skin cancer runs in my family, so wearing SPF is a priority for me.”

Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Maximum Strength Spot Treatment Cream

Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunscreen - SPF 110

Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel

Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Facial Moisturizer

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