Dreading The Big 5-0?

Two years ago I felt myself forced to embrace the fifth decade of my life. Initially believing that it would be traumatic, depressing & life-changing, I can now report that yes, indeed there have been changes, but most are positive. However, I can't deny that it does take longer to apply make-up these days & I have a lot less enthusiasm towards exercise. That's why I've created this page. I've been talking to friends, beauty experts & medical advisors, to bring all you ladies of a 'certain age' some tips & advice to ensure that we all feel younger for longer. Here's to our fabulous fifties and beyond! 

The Big Secret....

I have my friend, Vanessa, to thank for this tip & believe me it really does work! Admiring her flawless skin over coffee one weekend, I asked my pal how she managed to keep her skin looking so radiant & young. We all know that pores are awful for ageing skin, making it look less smooth & more saggy, and tackling them is key to a wonderful complexion. Here's the big secret...

First cleanse your face with your usual facial wash & then use a good product to exfoliate. I've tested a few recently & find that I get the best results with 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant from Paula's Choice (priced around £22) purchased online. Next step is to cleanse with lemon juice. Yes, that's right, natural lemon juice & a bottle of Jif will do the trick. Apparently after the exfoliant has opened & cleaned the pores, lemon juice closes them & makes them less noticeable. Follow with your preferred eye cream (mine is Clinique Anti-Gravity) and day cream (I like Revitalist Red Cream by L'Oreal). Having tried this lemon trick now for two months, I'm hooked. Not only have my pores shrunk, my skin feels smoother & looks really clear. Try it & see!  



Test, Test & Test Again.

As we get older our skin changes every few years, especially in the loss of elasticity and the appearance of fine lines. Therefore, it's important to regularly evaluate the effectiveness of daily moisturisers & eye serums in order to get the best results. We're all different and what might work well for one person might not give the same results on another. For example, I have two friends who love Clarins double-serum but having recently tested it myself I found that it made my skin dry.

 It's not always true that the more money you spend the better the product either. It all depends on your skin type & personal preferences. I swear by Clinique Anti-Gravity eye cream which is a mid-range product, but I inter-change it with other brands occasionally. For everyday moisture, I like Bio-Therm, Elemis and Clinique products but often seek out new brands to ensure I'm getting the maximum benefit. When out shopping, always ask for tester samples to try at home & use them on a day when you don't intend to wear much make-up to see how you feel. You might surprise yourself & find a new favourite! 

The Importance of Vitamin D

According to my GP, doctors are now realising the importance of testing women for Vitamin D deficiency, something that was relatively unheard of a few years ago. You see, despite us absorbing this key nutrient naturally from the sun, we can only get a small percentage of our actual needs from sunshine. Living in the UK, this makes it all the more important to add a supplement to our diet. 

Vitamin D aids the immune system, tiredness, joint and back pain, depression, the healing of wounds, bone density, hair loss and muscular pain. 

Since receiving results that I was severely deficient in the magic 'D', I've been taking one tablet per day for the last six months & find that my energy levels have increased, as well as my joint pain being greatly reduced. 

Holland & Barratt do a great deal of 250 Vitamin D tablets for £18.49, with the second purchase for just 1p. That's over a year's supply for under £20, result! 

Sunshine is fabulous, but we can't always get enough...

The Grey Alternative

More & more women nowadays are embracing their grey hair, with tones of silver, white & ash coming into vogue. However, many of us will be at that awful inbetween stage, with lots of greying hairs but not enough for a full head. 

Most ladies will resort to dye, either at the salon or from a box at home but, on hair that is already brittle & dry without colour pigment, perhaps it's time to consider an alternative.

Much to my hairdresser's dismay, I haven't had a dye on my locks for three years. In fact, not since discovering 'Tigi Fashionista' shampoo & conditioner, and in all honesty I can't count the number of compliments received for my purple hues. The lilac shampoo attaches itself to blonde hair, creating streaks that blend beautifully & there's a fabulous brunette one for darker hair. Instead of unsightly grey, you'll end up with gorgeous streaks and tip top condition. 

Under £20 for both on Amazon!

Wear it any way you choose!

Dress Your Neck!

A sure sign of ageing is the skin on a woman's neck, sometimes in the form of looseness or in other ladies a double chin.  An easy fix is to add a pretty collection of scarves to your wardrobe as they draw the eye away from the neck area & also enhance any outfit. 

There are many ways to tie or drape a scarf, with dozens of online tutorials to show you how. 

In summer you might want to wear a light pashmina over a cotton dress but in winter a snood or woollen scarf in a bright colour will add zing to a leather jacket or heavy coat. Great places to find beautiful, affordable scarves are H&M, ASOS, New Look, Kanshi Collection (online only) & local artisan market stalls.