‘Black don’t crack’: Celebrating ageless women

The Defender is celebrating ageless beauties who tell us their secrets to making sure they stay healthy and looking younger. 

Brenda Shockley, 70

Beauty Regimen: Every morning I use Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Moisturizer; and every evening, Clinique Liquid Facial Soap and Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. 

Tips to looking great: I have to say partly thank God for my mother and her DNA…and just be sure to have a daily routine of cleansing at night and using a GOOD moisturizer. 

Victoria Christopher Murray, 64

Beauty regimen: I drink LOTS of water and make sure I stay moisturized. I don’t wear a lot of makeup and prefer a natural look, but I make sure I clean my face every night.

Tips for looking great: Make time to exercise. Not a day goes by that I don’t exercise. It leads to beauty inside and out.

Tammy Reed-Taylor, 59


Beauty regimen: DAILY face cleanse (Aveeno positivity radiant face scrub) followed by a regime I’ve being doing for 30+ years; olive oil & honey mask for 10-15 minutes, rinse with cold water.  ONCE WEEKLY ~ lemon, honey & pinch of sea salt mask for an hour, rinse with cold water. 

Tips to looking great: Starts on the inside ~ Love God, Love yourself, stay positive and accept change. A brisk walk at least 30 minutes, 4-5 times a week, (home treadmill works for me) eat anything I want IN MODERATION, drink plenty water, every weekend I blast my oldies and dance for hours and I ‘try’ to get 6-8 hours of sleep nightly.  ALL of the above keeps me looking and feeling great. 

Sophia Baker, 48

Beauty regimen: Drink lots of water, cleanse, tone and moisturize my skin 

Tips for looking great: Drink a lot of water, keep stress to a minimum, work out and mind my business.