The Anti-Ageing Essentials Kit
Post written by The Prosecco Diaries
A friend of mine recently put out a cry for help on Facebook. She’d seen her first wrinkles and wanted to know what products people swore by. Although I’m proud I still get asked for ID in Sainsbury’s, and people always think I’m much younger than I am, I owe much of my youthfulness to the marvellous products in my anti-ageing kit. But when should we start thinking about products that keep crinkling and sagging at bay? It used to be that you waited until well into your forties to crack open the de-wrinkler, but now beauty products designed to treat the very first signs of ageing are aimed at a surprisingly young market. Take Sisley’s new Youth serum for example, this is for people to start using in their mid-twenties. There’s no shame in wanting to hang on to that dying first flush of youth. Even her Duchessness, Kate Middleton, gets to grips with greying, frizzing hair and enjoys the youthfulness that sleek, glossy locks afford. So, have a look at what’s in my personal anti-ageing kit, and I’d love to know if any of these work for you, or if you have any faves to recommend.
1.) Weleda Skin Food
Oh my, this rich moisturising cream is a hard worker. It’s the gift that keeps on giving smooth, hydrated and radiant skin. It takes a while to sink it, and requires some massage. Therefore, it’s best as a night cream, but I’ve been known to wear it on lazy days at home too. The fact that the ingredients are a hundred percent natural, and it costs under a tenner just add to the amazingness of this product.
2.) Clarisonic Face Brush *
If you don’t have one of these, go get. I’m not talking about any imitation vibrating face brushes; this one is the original and best. My skin has never been the same since I got my Mia 2, and the improvement in tone and texture of my skin has surely helped to make look younger. The fact that this brush removes more make-up and helps your products work better makes it a must for beauty product fans.
3.) Face Masks
Exfoliation is important to help your skin renew cells and look younger. The aforementioned miracle Clarisonic does a good job at daily exfoliation, but I like to do a deep cleanse once a week too. Two masks I recommend – Eve Lom’s Rescue Mask for times when skin is a bit congested, and GLAMGLOW Tingling and Exfoliating Mask to get skin super scrubbed and radiant.
Product wise, Benefit’s Ooh La Lift is fab for banishing the worst face-aging offenders – eye bags and dark circles. I tried so many concealers in the past, but this pale pink wonder appears to turn back the hands of time. Whilst we’re talking about eyes, they really are key to looking younger, mostly because when we are tired or under the weather, the eyes reveal this more than any other part of the body. Mascara has long been the anti-ageing friend of many, but I hardly use this, and instead try to stick to eyelash extensions. They make my eyes look bigger and wide-awake, especially when paired with good eyeliner.
5.) Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme
You cannot underestimate how much your hair can age you. Think like Kate Middleton and work on colour and texture. My hair is frizz-central, and a mousey blonde. I know I look younger when I have golden highlights and I’ve hit the GHDs. It’s vital to improve the condition of your hair too, and just as your skin needs masks to look younger, your hair will love to soak in a mosituriser like Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer Extreme. I wear this two hours a week and marvel at how much softer and bouncier it has made my barnet.
This is a brand you should check out for power serums and eye creams, all targeted to renew skin and make it look younger. It’s not cheap, so I only pick up bargains in the sales. A little goes a long way, and the results are powerful. Their hand-cream is a game changer.
This has to be mother of all anti-ageing makeup. Some may prefer bronzer, but for me – peachy or rosy apples of the cheeks restore youth as well as skin luminosity. You don’t have to wear tons (although I like to), just dusting on a wee bit will transform your face for the better. I have way too many favourites, so I’ll just tell you the one I’m wearing right now – Shu Uemura’s FuchsiaFun-tasy a bright pink pop of colour that makes people tell me how well I’m looking.
Of course salon facials, exercise (not much, admittedly), drinking tons of water, and getting good quality sleep all contribute to successfully laughing age in the face. A little help from my anti-ageing kit doesn’t go amiss though…
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