Take time to cleanse properly
Cleansing is a part of your beauty regime that’s often overlooked. When you get out of bed in the morning, your mind and all your internal organs suddenly rev up so it’s important to ‘wake up’ your complexion, too. By massaging in a cleanser using circular movements with your fingertips, you sweep away all those impurities your skin has flushed out of your pores overnight. You also stimulate your skin so fresh blood and oxygen can transport nutrients to your cells for a more youthful glow.
In the morning I cleanse once with tepid water then at night I’ll double cleanse. The first cleanse gets rid of make-up then I rinse and massage a fresh layer of cleanser into my skin to deep clean my pores. This also ensures my skin is most receptive to the products I apply overnight.
The ‘new Botox’ is…
Hydrating from the inside out. Nighttime is when your skin is in rest mode. It’s not fighting off environmental aggressors such as pollution or UV rays, like it is during the day, so it’s able to repair itself.
To do so, your body uses up large quantities of fluid so it’s important to drink plenty of water during the day. Start as you mean to go on by drinking a tall glass of water (at room temperature) with a squeeze of lemon in it when you wake up. It’s wonderfully detoxing, too. Then use skincare and make-up that keep these hydration levels topped up.
The biggest beauty no-no
In your 50s you rely on mascara to beef up your lashes as they get sparser with age. But I’m always horrified at how many women don’t remove their mascara properly at bedtime and sleep in it. It’s not just the product residue that can cause sensitive eyes, but also bacteria, flecks from exhaust fumes and minute particles of dust that get trapped in your mascara.
I use Vaseline Original Pure Petroleum Jelly (£2.15) to remove my make-up. It lifts away mascara and lipstick and doesn’t dry the skin in these areas.
My favourite fragrance
Chanel No 5 Eau de Parfum (£67.50), because the moment I apply it my senses react. Many years ago I was trained as a clinical aromatherapist by Eve Taylor so I can appreciate and recognise that all the ingredients used in this perfume are of the highest quality and have been blended to perfection.
My bodycare routine
During the day I generally use creams that smell very natural so that I can add essential oils to them based on what mood I’m in at the time. For example, bergamot to uplift or rose to balance. I’m also a big fan of massaging raw organic coconut oil into my arms and legs.
My make-up must-haves
I keep my make-up simple as I really believe less is more on mature skin. I sweep Bobbi Brown Bronzer in Medium (£28) everywhere the sun would normally hit – so forehead, tops of the cheeks and bridge of the nose.
Because dark circles and fine lines under our eyes can be tricky to disguise as we get older, I use YSL Touche Eclat (£25) starting at the corner of the eye and blending outwards so the light reflective formula blurs away their appearance. I finish with two coats of Lancome Grandiose Mascara (£24.50) and a slick of Cosmetic A La Carte Cream Lip Lacquer in Candy (£23).
My hair heroes
Sunday evening is when I soak in a detoxifying bath of Epsom Salts. I use the time to apply various oils to my hair then cover it with a plastic shower cap and towel as it helps to strengthen the ends. But ultimately, the secret to great hair is a great cut. I recommend Nando at Nevilles, who knows instinctively how to style my hair, and for colour I always go to Sarah Farmer at Errol Douglas.
My mantra is…
“Don’t skip breakfast.” You are what you eat and the first signs of tiredness always show up on the face and around the eyes. I try to have either eggs for protein (great for skin, hair and nails) or porridge with blueberries for their antioxidant benefits.
My top beauty tip for women in their 50s
Don’t just use concealer under your eyes. Your hands often give away your age far more than your face does so use concealer to cover up any age spots or veins.
The next big thing in beauty is…
It’s a really exciting time to be in the beauty industry. I’m particularly interested in non-invasive treatments that produce similar results to surgical treatments without you actually going under the knife. In particular, I’m fascinated by the latest fat removal treatments for your body and the radio frequency devices that do everything from improving cellulite to firming saggy skin for a non-surgical facelift. The medical world is making huge headway with stem cell therapy and I’m sure one day we’ll see high-tech treatments in the beauty market based upon the advances and research in this field.