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Greet your sixties with grace and beauty by learning to love a few lines but refusing to succumb to dull skin, sagging and age spots.

Because skin cells take longer to revitalize and repair themselves as we age, without help in the 60s and beyond, skin can look dry and rough. Any time spent worshipping the sun in your early years will continue to haunt you now, in the form of pigmentation, lines and wrinkles. Since skin also loses fat and elasticity around now, it's typical that faces sinking and sagging can be an issue. However, beauty is certainly not over at 60. A glowing, youthful appearance is still possible.

Plump and Repair

The GM Collin Collagen 90-II Facial is a pampering treatment that improves and regenerates cell metabolism and plumps up skin, leaving it looking youthful and radiant. Not only does the facial refine enlarged pores and provide intense hydration, but it also reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, it feels great: during the treatment, you'll be warm and cozy while cocooned under the warm thermal sheet. "We actually had a woman who had planned to get a facelift done, but after doing a series of the Collagen 90-II facials, she cancelled her surgical appointment," says Karen Asquith, National Training Director of Education for G.M.Collin Skincare. "It's got that 'wow' factor." The healing treatment, which was actually developed to aid burn victims, can be done at any spa or medi-clinic and costs approximately $125 to $175 per session. A series of five treatments spread out over seven weeks is recommended, in addition to once-per- month maintenance treatments afterwards.

During the aging process, natural collagen breaks down, which diminishes our facial volume and elasticity, causing fine lines and wrinkles. In days gone by, replacing collagen was the first course of action, but many people had allergic reactions to the substance. Today, a new product, Radiesse, is filling the gap. Radiesse Volumizing Filler immediately provides the volume and lift needed to diminish the signs of aging. The calcium-based microspheres and gel that comprise the product act as a scaffold under the skin, providing structure and stimulating your natural collagen to grow. Best of all, the natural results are clinically proven to last a year or more in many patients. Commonly injected to fill in around the lips, smile lines or cheek bones, Radiesse costs between $500 to $700 a vial, and one to three vials are usually used per treatment. The product is injected with a local anesthetic mixed into it, minimizing pain. "On a scale of one to 10, it's about a 1.5 [in terms of pain]," says Dr. Asaria. Results are immediate, but patients can expect two to three days of mild bruising or swelling.

TRY IT AT HOME: To maintain that freshfaced feel at home, couple the treatment with GF Advanced Repair Serum by G.M. Collin ($160, at skincare professional's offices). This anti-aging serum incorporates growth factors to promote the skin's natural repair and protection processes, which prevents and delays the visible signs of aging. Use it morning and evening and you should see a difference in 35 days.

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Exfoliate to refresh skin

Skin cells refresh themselves every 21 days, but as we grow older, the process slows down and needs a little help, which can come in the form of a microdermabrasion treatment. This 45-minute treatment gently exfoliates the skin with either crystals or a microdermabrasion brush. "Once the treatment is done, dead skin cells are cleared, revealing new ones underneath and preventing a higher turnover of new cells," says Dr. Jamil Asaria, MD B.Sc. FRCSC, a facial plastic surgeon at FACE Toronto. "Patients can expect redness and/or pinkness for about 24 hours after treatment, However, once the colour fades, your skin will look glowing and refreshed." Microdermabrasion can be performed at most spas and costs approximately $125 per treatment.

TRY IT AT HOME: Miracle10 AHA Gentle Exfoliating Cream ($58, miracle10.com) combined with Miracle10 Super C Pure Vitamin C ($89, miracle10.com). Says Toronto-based plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Lista, M.D., F.R.S.C.S., who created the Miracle10 line of clinical anti-aging skincare products. "For a really radiant complexion, recommend mixing the Miracle 10 AHA Cream (or AHA Gel) with the Super C. It is like 'rocket fuel' that leaves your skin radiant, glowing and bright. Pure Vitamin C is a great free-radical that works with the Lactic acid and Vitamin E in the AHA Cream to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, while improving the skin's texture."

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It's all in the Eyes

If you're fed up with people telling you that you look tired, even though you've had plenty of sleep, eyelid surgery might awaken your appearance. The upper and lower eyelids are composed of skin, muscle and fat. With age, the muscles weaken and can't hold up the skin as tightly. Skin also changes because thecollagen inside it degrades. With less collagen, the skin starts to wrinkle and sag. Beneath the skin and muscle, the main culprit for under-eye puffiness is fat. Eyelid surgery, otherwiseknown as blepharoplasty, can correct sagging eyelids, remove fatty pouches beneath the eyes and remove excess skin from the upper eyelids. The cost of the surgery, which takes 1.5 to 2.5 hours, starts at $2,500. Patients will experience puffiness and swelling around the eyes for about four to five days. Bruising can also last for about a week. Once the bruising, swelling and puffiness have gone away, your new, fresh-eyed look should last anywhere from 15 to 20 years.

TRY IT AT HOME: If you struggle with redrimmed, tired-looking eyes, brighten up with Tarte EmphasEyes Inner Rim Brightener ($18, at Sephora) and Tarte The Bright Side double-ended eye brightener ($20, at Sephora).

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