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As someone that considers themselves to be a full-on beauty enthusiast, I’ve read very few beauty books, and I must stress that I feel wholly ashamed about it. It is this reason that I now endeavour to delve deeper into the realms of beauty, as well as the science and background roots that support it – but where to start?
I thought it was a good enough time as any to pick up The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible from all-round beauty experts Jo Fairley and Sarah Stacey. I know that when the words ‘anti’ and ‘ageing’ appear in one sentence alongside each other, masses will let out a whopping sigh. I understand that there is a lot of stigma attached to the anti-ageing tag line, but – although I’m not the typical age to be directly targeted – I don’t consider it to be something that we should shun.
Anti-ageing doesn’t portray the message that we should all run, skip and jump to the nearest cosmetic clinic, nor does it suggest that ageing is bad, or unnatural; moreover, ageing is something to be celebrated and wanting to age gracefully is a positive tactic to obey. Needless to say, we all need a little help along the way, even at my ripe old age of 23.
As this book states, there are fabulous role models out there, and when I think of people who I aspire to be like at a certain age, the likes of Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep spring to mind; those that have publicly expressed their joy over ageing gracefully, without necessarily going under the knife and taking beauty to the invasive level.
Of course if you have a good set of genes you’re already laughing at the beauty industry’s marketing ploys that you simply don’t need to buy into, and sometimes less is more, but some feel less confident than others with the prospect of ageing. I am relatively fortunate that good skin runs in the side of my family I resemble the most; my Mother doesn’t look her age, nor did her Mother. I know I am deemed young, possibly too young to be talking about this subject, but my attitude to ageing is simply, ‘oh bollocks to it’. Why stress? It happens to us all.
An older woman in my life recently told me I was a pretty girl, and asked how I would feel if one day I woke up and lost that prettiness – how could I not want cosmetic surgery? I reaffirmed that age fails to define beauty, and although I may not look like my younger self, there would be other attributes to how I looked that would make me pretty in another way (not that I think I am aesthetically pretty by any stretch of the imagination, but you get my point).
And anyway, I already have darker eye circles, saggy eyelids and frown lines that could rival that of a 50 year old. I do, however, like to take care of myself as well as my skin to help the process be a little kinder; so when I reach those milestone birthdays, the ‘side effects’ of ageing won’t come as much of a shock.
I know that I will never do a full 360 with my views and go all Madeline Ashton on your asses, so I thought I would share with you some tips and tricks from this new and revised Beauty Bible that I have digested, and think are useful to follow at any age. An array of topics – including general wellbeing, beauty and lifestyle – are covered to help you from head to toe, with some really great suggestions of ways to help you feel better from within, as well as on the outside – it’s definitely worth a read.
001: Apply skincare products upwards. Always stroke upwards from your chin to your cheekbones, and then out to your temples. Rather than fingertips, use the big muscle in the cushion at the base of your thumb. Start by fanning out over and around your neck and then working round and up your jaw and cheekbones to the temples, then across and up your forehead to the hairline. Repeat, covering the whole face for five to ten minutes.
002: Turbo-charge your cleansing routine. You can spend hundreds of pounds on an anti-ageing cream, but it’s money down the drain if you aren’t cleansing properly. Whether a balm, lotion, cream or oil, always massage into dry skin; utilising pressure point massage and making firm, small circular movements before removing with a hot muslin cloth or flannel and ending with a cold flannel press.
003: Treat your hands with the same care as your face. Hands are the clue to someone’s real age so lavish them: shield them from sun damage, scrub every week, slap on a mask and use a rich hand cream overnight.
004: Drink plenty of water. For some women dark circles can be a sign of dehydration. Dark circles can also be targeted with products that utilise caffeine, or you can literally give your eyes a drink of tea (two teabags that are black, caffeinated and rich in nutrients kept in the freezer and placed on the eyes).
005: Don’t let your eyebrows fade away. Utilise the eyebrow face-lift: tint them or colour them in and avoid over-plucking. Extend the brows outwards, not downwards and use a mid-taupe/grey-ish powder to shade. There’s tweezing, waxing, threading, depilatories – a bunch of professional ways of shaping and tidying brows.
These are just a few of many things that stood out to me; I still have a lot to read and take note of.
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