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Actress Madeleine Stowe Explains Why She's So 'Comfortable' Post-50

Actress Madeleine Stowe knows all about aging gracefully. With her flawless skin and flowing hair, it’s obvious that the 56-year-old actress embraces her age -- and looks great while doing so.

Stowe joined HuffPost Live on Monday and shared why she is “more comfortable” now that she’s entered her 50s.

“Forties are great until about 43 or 44, and then it gets really hard because you start to see your mortality and then you start to see certain limitations,” she said. “And then when you’re in your 50s, it’s sort of like, screw all of that! This is wonderful … You just want to go for it, you know? And you’re happy.”

The "Revenge" star also dished on living a holistic lifestyle and how she keeps her skin looking fresh. Her secret? Facial exercises that she says are “too weird to do on camera.”

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Christie Brinkley
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Can you believe this gorgeous woman is 60? Neither can we. The former Sports Illustrated cover girl is still gracing covers and we can see why... and she's on to something: It's all in the hair.

Besides having a disciplined diet and exercise routine, Brinkley attributes her youthful look to her hair. We all know you can have less of it as we age, so Brinkley swears by clip-in hair extensions (she has her own line) to remedy thinning and to add a little volume. And that's not the only hair you should be paying attention to, she says. "Eyebrows can thin as we age. I use pencil and powder,” Christie told People.
Julianne Moore
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It takes work to preserve and maintain that glowing, alabaster complexion. Moore, 53, credits sun protection for keeping her skin wrinkle-free.

Even when she was growing up, Moore says, her mother kept her and her siblings from staying out in the sun too long for fear of sunburns. She says she's been wearing sunscreen regularly since she was 23, which seems to have paid off. Protecting herself from the sun, Moore has also been spotted on the beach, wearing floppy sun hats and says she also always makes sure to walk on the shady part of the sidewalk.
Kim Cattrall
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The 58-year-old actress may not be eating heaps of hummus and taking a cocktail of pills everyday like her Sex and the City character, Samantha Jones, but she does take anti-aging seriously. The actress who is the face of Olay, says anti-aging isn't just about your face. Cattrall says she scrubs her entire body with exfoliating mitts every day to slough off dead skin cells and keep her skin glowing. "I immediately saw that my skin was starting to feel healthier and fresher."
Cindy Crawford
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The secret to the soon-to-be 50-year-old supermodel's skin? Look in your refrigerator. According to The Doctors, Crawford mists whole milk on her face daily to keep it soft and supple. Dairy products contain lactic acid, which you'll often see as an ingredient in skincare products, which naturally exfoliates skin, getting rid of dryness and flakes, and leaving you with even, glowing tone. Since it's practically free, no harm in trying.
Sandra Bullock
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You'll never see Bullock, who recently turned 50, with tired looking eyes. The actress uses Preparation H, you heard it right, under her eyes, to keep them looking well-rested. The hemorrhoid cream contains anti-inflammatory ingredients which could explain its efficacy. "Putting butt cream under my eyes is one of my best beauty secrets, and stops me from getting lines," Bullock reportedly told Yahoo Shine. Just make sure you don't get any in your eyes!
Demi Moore
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Though Moore has admitted to going to some pretty extreme lengths to cleanse her body (the cayenne pepper Master Cleanse, and yes, even leeches), actually believes the secret to skincare is a pretty simple one. "I moisturize, moisturize, moisturize," Moore told Marie Claire."No matter how late it is, when I get home, I take the time to clean and moisturize my face. I'm a big believer in that if you focus on good skin care, you really won't need a lot of makeup."
Halle Berry
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Soon to join the post50 crowd, Berry's glowing complexion is her trademark. Her secret? After exfoliating her face each morning, she uses pure vitamin C on her face before putting on moisturizer. The vitamin, found in abundance in fruits, has collagen-boosting benefits and also can help repair age spots.