Every day that we live is a gift. But the more gifts we get, the more the wrapping gets wrinkled.

You know what I'm talking about, don't you, ladies? It's those pesky lines, wrinkles, and 'crepe'y skin around and under your eyes. Makeup settles there, and it makes them appear worse! What about the dark circles? I know mine seem to get worse as time goes on.

While I'm proud of all I have accomplished in my life, I also want to make sure I put my best face forward every single day. I want to look as good as I feel. When we do, we carry ourselves better and are more confident.

I searched for answers to try to reverse the effects that time and the sun had on my complexion. Those answers are as numerous as the lotions and products there are on market.

During this quest for knowledge I came to understand that we can't erase the lines without drastic measures, but we can minimize their appearance. And, yes, there are less invasive, non-surgical procedures that help do the job better than the products available over-the-counter.

Two ways to help your skin go without saying: cleanse your face every night. Never sleep with your makeup on! Also (and this is the most important), wear sunscreen every single day.

Building on those important foundations, if you want your complexion to look its best, especially if you're over the age of 35, you should remember to CHARM your skin.

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    Vitamin C

    Research has shown that using vitamin C serum help to brighten and tighten the skin. Several are available on the market.

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    Hydrate

    Drink plenty of water. Our bodies need water to function. Keeping your cells well-hydrated helps maintain elasticity.

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    Retin-A or Retinol

    Retin-A is available by prescription only. It has been available for over 30 years as an acne treatment. Doctors realized that, with its ability to encourage cell turnover and rejuvenate the skin, it helped to reverse some effects of sun damage and restore skin's elasticity and firmness. Retinol is an over-the-counter product similar to retin-A. It's less potent and less effective.

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    Rest

    The phrase "beauty sleep" is absolutely true. Aside from the circles under your eyes getting darker the more tired you are, your body and skin need time to recover and rebalance.

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    Moisturize

    No matter your age, you should be moisturizing your skin every day. Find a moisturizer that is right for you, and moisturize day and night.