What your skin really needs - an article from dailymail.co.uk, Liz Earle’s secrets of a fabulous complexion.
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There’s bound to be some environmental damage to the epidermis. Look at your mother to see how particular areas age, then take action.
Have your eyebrows professionally shaped – it can be the equivalent of a nonsurgical face-lift.
Find a good hairstylist & colourist as well.
This is the time to really boost hydration outside – and from the inside – so sip at least eight large glasses of water daily.
I like drinking Evian or Fiji water. I loves Avene thermal spring water facial mist.
The basic products you need are cleanser, toner, day moisturiser, night cream and/or oil, eye cream, exfoliator and mask – and sun protection for every bit of exposed skin.
Mask, mask, mask; at least 3 times a week; alternates between hydrating & deep cleansing mask depending on the seasons. Origins has a decent range of mask that delivers, and smells divine too. Liz Earle’s range are affordable yet effective.
Choose a cream-based, detergent-free facial cleanser to work in harmony with the skin’s slightly acidic pH balance. Use a soft cotton muslin cloth to remove cleanser and whisk off dead skin cells. Follow with a sweep of skin tonic/toner sprinkled on a soft cotton wool pad. Choose an alcohol-free formulation for your skin type that is based on plant oils, not pore-clogging mineral oil.
All skin types will reap rewards from a nightly application of facial oil. Look for blends based on pure plant oils, including hazelnut, passionflower, peach and apricot kernel. Lightly massage into your face and neck, last thing.
Facial oil should be included in your weekly nocturnal treat. I loves Sarah Chapman’s overnight facial oil; an excellent skin nutrient packed with sophisticated skin saving molecules.
For small ‘age’ spots, massage in a little rosehip oil mixed with the contents of a vitamin E capsule every night; during the day cover with a concealer or sun block.
I believes in kojic acids, arbutin, lactic acids; have a gentle, at – home chemical peel once a month. You should be wise enough to use an SPF product religiously by now.
An eye cream will help to keep the finer skin around your eyes smooth. Look for one that contains natural skin plumpers such as GLA, antioxidants and richer plant oils, such as borage seed, rosehip seed, cranberry seed and avocado.
A decent eye cream formulated with antioxidants, anti-ageing ingredients is an absolute necessity; A tonic eye gel that de-puff is a godsend in the morning, since our metabolisms is a bit sluggish by this age.
If your skin is looking a little tired and in need of an instant ‘lift’, try Chanel’s Base Lumière, an illuminating primer that you can use under foundation or even on its own to give skin a natural luminosity: it looks as if you’ve had several nights’ excellent sleep.
Any primer / base with optical illusion / light diffusion technology will do. Remember the mantra: soft focus does hocus pocus to your complexion.
As a foundation, I suggest Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation; it’s oil-free, leaving your face matt but not dry (beauty editors have raved about it for years). L’Oréal’s oil-free formulations are also good.
Only use loose powder over your T zone.
Eye pencils add instant colour and are brilliant for travelling. Deep, soft grey works well on all colourings: I like RMK Deep Grey, and there are plenty of good, budget-priced pencils by brands such as Max Factor and Bourjois.
Avoid harsh jet black liner, unless you want to look 5 years older.
For make-up on the run, my instant kit consists of an eye pencil, plus a Stila Convertible Colour cream blush in ‘petunia’ for cheeks and lips, which I top with a Stila ‘Mango’ lip gloss.
You will need a blush to give you an innocent flush. Cream blusher is more forgiving than powder one ( remember those laugh lines and sagging, enlarged pores? )
To create a fabulous pout, dab a touch of white-ish highlighter, such as Benefit’s High Beam (or any pale pearly shade from your eyeshadow compact), in the cupid’s bow of your upper lip, to emphasise the lip line.
Only use lip product that has a built in plumping technology; Like eye cream, lip balm is a life saver and should be part of your skin care routine.
Use a lipliner to prevent feathering.