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Welcome to Ask The Makeup Diva™! Our resident expert, The Makeup Diva, answers makeup and skin care questions sent in by readers just like you.

Q: I am 48 years old and have begun seeing fine lines in my cheek area and around my eyes. I drink a lot of water and take good care of my skin, but are there newer products on the market that may help?

A: It sounds as if you're already doing the right things to take good care of your skin, but I think you would benefit greatly from the use of a gentle Alpha/Beta Hydroxy treatment.

AHA's and BHA's do a wonderful job of removing the top layers of the epidermis to reveal fresher, moister skin. Fine lines become less noticeable, and you'll probably notice a rosy glow. You don't need to spend lots of money either; I love Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream! You can't beat it for the price, and it is very effective! You might also want to consider Prescriptives All You Need cream, which has everything you need for wonderful looking skin, all in one formula.

Something to remember: always use a sunscreen, especially when using AHA's or BHA's. Because the skin being exposed is more delicate, you'll need to make sure it is well protected by using a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen. But you should be doing that already, and I'm sure you know that :) Sun exposure without proper protection does great damage to skin, and causes all sorts of problems like premature aging, wrinkling, discoloration, or worst case scenario, skin cancer. I like sunscreens by Peter Thomas Roth and Blisslabs, but Oil of Olay makes a fabulous Olay Complete UV Protective Moisture Lotion SPF 15 full spectrum sunscreen, if you prefer to spend less (and who doesn't?).

As far as drinking water goes, you should definitely be drinking at least 8 full 8oz. glasses of water per day, and even more if you are active or exercise regularly. I personally drink about 12 glasses a day, and cannot overstate its importance in maintaining moist skin. Water hydrates your body, flushes out toxins, and is essential to cell activity. Water consumption is the cornerstone of a healthy body!

Hope this helps, and thanks so much for writing!

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