Information & Advice
Protect, protect, protect! Never leave the house without a good SPF on exposed areas, such as your face, décolletage and arms. If you protect your skin from the sun you'll limit the amount of intervention you'll need later.
A healthy, natural look works best on mature skin. Aim for a smooth base and make a bigger deal of one great feature, such as your eyes or lips. Don't try to cover up your laughter lines or wrinkles by being heavy-handed with foundation or concealer as the product will clog into your creases. Less is definitely more when it comes to flattering mature skin. As the skin ages it loses radiance, so it's best to stick to warmer eye shades such as taupe, green and golden brown and avoid cooler tones that might bring out the grey in your complexion. Use a nude or pale pink eyeliner along the inside edge of your lower lid to brighten the eyes and enhance your brow and upper cheek bones with a good highlighter such as Touché Éclat by YSL to ensure light radiates off your skin in the right places.
Both SPF and moisturisers are essential parts of an anti-ageing skin care regime. There are some fantastic moisturisers out there that include SPF so there's no need to choose one benefit over the other. Try to find a moisturiser that contains anti-oxidants, which will work to prevent free-radical damage while stimulating cell renewal. I like No7's Protect and Perfect Intense Day Cream. Where possible choose a moisturiser with an SPF of 25 or more to ensure you're covered whatever the weather. Try Origins A Perfect World SPF25 Age-defense Moisturiser with White Tea.
It's really important to look after your eyes. When our skin ages we see a loss of elasticity, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles, particularly in the under-eye area where you can spot the first visible signs of ageing. Invest in a good eye cream to keep this delicate area really hydrated. Estée Lauder's Time Zone Eye Cream is incredibly hydrating and works to reduce the appearance of fine lines. Alternatively, for a more purse-friendly option, try Garnier's 2 in 1 Anti-dark Circles Roll-On, which has caffeine to brighten the eye area and a concealer to hide dark circles.
Avoid powder formulations. As we age the glow in our skin diminishes and we need to enhance it, rather than hide it, and powder can give a flat, lifeless look to older skin. Mature women may also develop fine hair on their face and powder clings to those hairs and makes them far more obvious, especially in bright light. Go for an illuminating foundation instead, which will soften out lines and wrinkles rather than enhancing them. And don't forget, "less is more". As a rule of thumb, the more you have to hide the less make up you should use.
A highlighter is an absolute must, great for an instant injection of radiance as well as disguising dark shadows or fine lines and wrinkles. Equally, a highlighter is fab for lifting a dull complexion throughout the day. My favourite is Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector. Mix a little in with your existing foundation for an all-over dewy glow, or dab it directly on to areas you want to catch the light (eg browbone, cheekbones and temples) for an instant lifting effect.
This is a great tip... Try to sleep slightly propped up. When we sleep flat all the hydration can pool around the under the eye area, which means you can wake up with a lot of puffiness. Sleeping propped up ensures you don't wake up with swollen and puffy eyes. I'm not suggesting you sleep bolt upright, but an extra cushion or two will do the trick. Alternatively, keep your eye cream in the fridge as this will help give your eyes an instant lifting effect in the morning.
Spring clean your make up bag and bathroom cabinet. Go through your key products and decide what is working for you and what just isn't. Don't be afraid to throw the old stuff out and start a new anti-aging skin care regime. Using the right products for your skin is an essential way to combat the signs of ageing. The key products to keep in your vanity case are moisturiser with SPF, serum, eye cream, radiance night cream, cleanser, exfoliator, primer, foundation and, of course, your highlighter. Just because you've used something for years doesn't mean it's still the best thing for your skin. Our skin's needs change as we get older and technology moves on too, so there may be something out there that will give you a much better result.
Watch this video:
Dr Nick Lowe on fine lines and wrinkles
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