How to Layer Your Skin Products?

Skincare can be confusing. From the toners, the serums, the a.m. moisturiser, the p.m. moisturiser etc ….your skincare regime can quickly turn into a nightmare!

Layering skincare products

Order Matters, Here’s Why

You might have the most amazing skincare products in the world, however if you’re applying them in the wrong order, you will NOT be getting the full benefits.  In fact not only will incorrect application diminish the overall effectiveness of your routine, it can leave your skin dehydrated, irritated or with break-outs!

Studies have found that matching a good skin care regimen with a healthy lifestyle is the best way to slow the signs of aging.

Think Thin-to-Thick

So which order should product be applied? An easy rule of thumb is to cleanse and then simply apply products with the thinnest consistency to the thickest.

This generally insures that:-

1) The products with the most important ingredients penetrate into the skin efficiently (eg antioxidants & active ingredients in serums).

2) You will finish with the products that help lock everything  in.

Step 1: Makeup Remover

If you wear makeup or sunscreen during the day, then a double cleanse in the evening is a must (you can skip this step in the mornings). SO either use makeup wipes, micellar water OR another gentle makeup-removing cleanser.

Step 2: Cleanser (or exfoliation)

Once your makeup is off, it’s time to actually clean your skin. You can start here in the mornings. In the evenings, this step will also ensure that you haven’t left any makeup remover residue on your skin (where it could lead to irritations or breakouts).

Starting the day with a gentle cleanser (or cleansing mask) will ensure the serums and moisturisers (that are layered on afterwards) will penetrate properly. It will also allow for a smoother make-up application (during the day).

An exfoliation product may replace a cleanser in this step once or twice per week.

Step 3: A Modern Day Toner

Back in the day, toners were harsh alcohol-based liquids that often irritated the skin. However today’s toners are filled with gentle ingredients to help clear pores and add nutrients to the skin.

Step 4: Serums

Remembering THINK to THICK!

Serums are usually super-concentrated and nutrient-dense, to address specific concerns (such as general aging, pigmentation or dehydration). SO it’s important that the skins pores efficiently absorb serums first.

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See here for a good example of a hydrating day serum. OR here for more information on Retinol serum (for night).

Step 5: Lock it in!

A Moisturiser cream ‘locks in’ all of the active ingredients and hydration that you’ve just applied. Preferably use a am cream in the morning and a pm cream at night. 

The best time to apply a moisturiser is while the skin is still slightly damp, so theres no need to wait until your serum is completely dry before applying a moisturising cream. 

Step 6: Optional add-ons 

Eye cream , foundation, additional sun cream 

Remember thin-to-thick!!

Fortunately Rodan + Fields has made all of the above super easy

Rodan + Fields skincare products are based on a ‘multi-med therapy’ philosophy. This means using the right ingredients, in the right formulations, in the right order. To see real changes in our skin, it is vital to use high quality ingredients in safe and effective amounts and formulations.

Rodan + Fields takes safety and efficacy very seriously. In order to achieve desired results (without adverse effects), each formulation has undergone months of rigorous clinical testing and has a clinical grade 99.9% purity. Did you know that other ‘cosmetic grade’ products are only approximately 70% pure (with no audits) and often contain bacteria.

With Rodan + Fields Multi-Med Therapy, great skin and the confidence and self-esteem that come with it, are within your reach.  To find out which product line is best for you please visit the Solution Tool …..& Write Your Own Prescription for Change.

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Cellulite Fast Facts

In a nutshell ….the dimpled appearance of Cellulite is caused by fat deposits pushing through the connective tissue beneath the skin.

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Physicians refer to cellulite as edematous ‘fibrosclerotic panniculopathy (EFP)’. It usually affects the buttocks and thighs but can also occur in other areas. Even thin women can have cellulite!

Contributors factors

• Weak collagen structure of the skin

• Hormonal changes

• Being overweight or having increased body fat

• Lack of physical activity

• Poor diet

• Fluid retention

• Dehydration

• Lack of circulation (blood flow)

• Smoking

• Genetics

Why does cellulite effect women more than men?

Cellulite can affect both men and women. However it is more common in females, due to the different distributions of fat, muscle, and connective tissue. Women’s fat is typically distributed in the thighs, hips and buttocks — which are common areas for cellulite.

As women age, their bodies produce less estrogen. Less estrogen can lead to poorer circulation. This can contribute to a decrease in new collagen production and the breakdown of older connective tissue.

People often think that getting older causes cellulite. However it’s more that the effects of mature skin make cellulite more noticeable. Ie ..it can ‘appear’ worse because as the skin ages, it becomes thinner and loses elasticity.

FACTS

Exercise can decrease the appearance of cellulite

Regular exercise boosts circulation and can help disguise cellulite by increasing muscle tone under the skin. Exercise also improves lymphatic drainage, which carries toxins away from cells. If drainage is sluggish it will contribute to cellulite.

Also, having more muscle makes your skin look smoother and firmer.

Hormones

Hormones can play a role in cellulite development. Estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin influence the cellulite production process.

Dehydration

Dehydration can causes thinner (as well as drier & weaker) skin – which has a much greater tendency to show cellulite.

It’s also believed that not getting enough water can cause toxic buildup in the fat cells (that is then difficult for the body to metabolise).

Smoking

Cigarette smoke reduces blood flow and circulation, which weakens and disrupts the formation of collagen. This causes the connective tissue to stretch, weaken and become damaged more easily. As a result, more cellulite will show through.

Genetics

Genetic factors can be linked to a person’s speed of metabolism, distribution of fat under the skin, and circulatory levels. These can affect the chance of cellulite developing.

Treatment?

Cellulite is a difficult condition to treat, there is no procedure on the market that effectively removes all cellulite permanently. However, the appearance of cellulite can be reduced using a combination of lifestyle changes and medical grade technologies.

Some procedures for cellulite really do work, however the results are often temporary.

Laser treatment – Also called Radiofrequency (RF)

May improve the appearance of cellulite for up to a year or more.

Cellfina – This Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared minimally invasive treatment is proven to improve the appearance of cellulite for at least two years.

After the area is numbed, a Doctor inserts a small device through the skin near each cellulite dimple. There is a tiny, rapidly vibrating blade on the end of the device, which divides the band causing the cellulite dimple. This is repeated for each dimple until the procedure is complete. The downside: It costs around $4K and you will have some temporary bruising.

See more about Cellfina here.

Cellulaze – Similarly to Cellfina, this procedure is designed to break down the structure of cellulite beneath your skin—except it uses lasers rather than blades.

This popular FDA-approved laser treatment involves a doctor injecting numbing solution (into the area to be treated), then a laser is inserted under the skin. It shoots heat in three directions. A 75% improvement is expected. The small laser helps increase skin thickness, release the bands that create dimples, stimulate collagen production, and flatten out fat. Results are supposed to last for about a year or two.

Cryolipolysis – This treatment can reduce fat by freezing the lipids in fat cells. While it can be very effective for getting rid of small pockets of unwanted fat, it will only slightly (if at all) decrease cellulite.

Velashape – This handheld device uses infrared light to help reduce fat layers. It’s FDA-approved, and is considered a non-invasive treatment (meaning it doesn’t require injections or cuts).  It involves a combination of infrared therapy and mechanical massage to increase lymphatic drainage, while reducing the actual size of the fat cells and fat chambers. The device is pressed on the surface of skin, with results starting to appear after about four treatments.

Subcision – Involves a specialist putting a needle under the skin to break up the connective tissue bands. Results can last 2 years or more.

Carboxytherapy – Involves inserting carbon dioxide gas under the skin. ‘Some’ cellulite might disappear. Side effects include bruising and discomfort after the procedure,

Endermologie – Involves a deep massage with a vacuum-like device that lifts the skin. The (FDA) have approved it as safe, however there is little evidence that it is guaranteed to reduce cellulite.

Skin-firming creams? – There is limited evidence proving creams or scrubs with stimulant ingredients (like caffeine, ginger and green or black tea), help by improving circulation and breaking down fat-cell stores. However products containing Retinol may help create a slightly thicker skin cover that can help camouflage cellulite.

Get Your Weekend Glow On

Spray on Tan allows you to look good and feel great all year round without the risks of skin cancer and the harmful suns ageing effects.

Many people associate the glow of a tan with youthful health. Yet as we know, research shows that the bronzed skin we get from the sun leads to premature wrinkles and skin cancer. SO it’s no surprise that alternative tanning is a big business.

Spray on Tan

Not only is it a safer alternative to sun baking and solarium use; Spray tanning allows for an even colour, any time of the year – rain, hail or shine.

It can also help disguise stretch marks, cellulite and uneven skin tone.

Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is the ingredient that creates the tanning effect. DHA is derived from NATURAL sugar cane. It has a long history of safe use.

TechnoTan Spray Tan is made up of naturally derived ingredients and is:-
• Cruelty Free 
• Vegan Friendly
• Alcohol and Paraben Free

The (2 hr) Bio Tan contains DHA + other exotic ingredients known for their anti-aging, moisturising and hydrating properties – such as Moroccan Argan Oil & coffee extract. It also contains the amazing Centella (famous for its skin repair and rejuvenation).

Tan Prep

For best results exfoliate the day before. This will help remove dead skin cells and to smooth and prepare the skin for an even tan.

On the day leave all deodorant / perfumes and moisturisers off the skin so the tan can absorb evenly.

Where to find the best spray tan on Sydney’s Northern Beaches?

Total Look Beauty Salon in Freshwater

For a great ‘at home’ tanning option see here

Victoria Isherwood (Registered Nurse)

Protection – A skincare step NOT to miss!

In a world where people are spending thousands of dollars on skincare products and treatments (for anti-ageing and pigment correction), it’s ironic that the most simple, yet neglected step is sun protection.

We know that the sun is a major contributor to aging skin. It causes sun spots, wrinkles, dullness, hyper pigmentation, broken blood vessels, enlarged pores, thickened skin and more.

Pigmentation is usually the result of too much sun, creating freckles, age spots or larger discoloured skin patches. Research has shown that it is one of the biggest contributors to looking older – equal to wrinkles.

Fast facts

The vast majority of visible signs of ageing or hyperpigmentation are a result of the sun …and its damaging UV rays. In fact, up to 80% of premature ageing is thought to be attributed to the sun.

Australia experiences some of the highest levels of UV radiation in the world (due to our proximity to the equator and frequent blue skies). 

MUST-KNOW FACTS ABOUT SUMMER SUN PROTECTION

1. What’s the difference between UVA and UVB rays?

Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays emit the same amount of radiation from sunrise to sunset, 365 days a year. Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays are stronger in the summer, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

2. Are UVA and UVB rays equally harmful to skin?

Yes, but they affect it in different ways. UVB rays are responsible for sunburn and skin redness. (Think “B” for “burning.”) They cause inflammation, surface dryness and excess dry skin buildup.

UVA rays are weaker than UVB rays but pass further into your skin. They stimulate excess pigment, resulting in dark marks, age spots and dullness. UVAs also break down collagen and elastin, causing lines, wrinkles and sagging. UVA rays can penetrate glass, which means they harm your skin even while indoors.

3. What does SPF stand for, and how does it work?

SPF is short for “Sun Protection Factor.” The higher the SPF, the more protection. But exactly how long a sunscreen protects you depends on your skin color and its tolerance to UVB rays.

To get a sense of how long you can stay in the sun, multiply your sunscreen’s SPF number by the amount of time it takes your skin to burn in the sun.

If your skin turns red in 10 minutes without sun protection, your math would look like this:

• SPF 15 x 10 minutes = 150 minutes (2 ½ hours) without getting burned

• SPF 30 x 10 minutes = 300 minutes (5 hours) without getting burned

…but there’s a little more to it than this. First, no sunscreen can block out 100% of the sun’s rays. Since you can’t rely on sunscreen for complete protection, be sure to cover up your body and wear a big hat and sunglasses.

4. What’s the difference between physical sunscreen and chemical sunscreen?

The two types of sunscreens protect skin in different ways and have different properties. Physical sunscreens, such as zinc oxide, reflect and scatter light and are gentle on skin — which is why Rodan + Fields UNBLEMISH and SOOTHE sunscreens are physical sunscreens. Chemical screens, such as avobenzone, absorb light and blend well with more ingredients. Rodan + Fields REVERSE, REDEFINE and ESSENTIALS sunscreens are chemical sunscreens.

Whether physical or chemical, all broad-spectrum sunscreens should be formulated to protect against damage from both UVA and UVB rays.

5. How much sunscreen do I need?

More than you probably think! Apply one tablespoon of sunscreen to your face and one ounce — the amount that would fill a shot glass — to your body for adequate sun protection.

6. How frequently should I reapply sunscreen?

One application of sunscreen won’t protect your skin for the entire day. You should reapply sunscreen every two hours — more frequently if you’ve been in the water. This is true even if you’re using a sunscreen with a high SPF.

See here for another great product which contains SPF

Victoria Isherwood (Registered Nurse / Skincare)

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Why Does The Beauty Industry Love Hyaluronic acid?

Have you ever wondered why when it comes to anti-aging ‘Hyaluronic Acid’ is at the top of the list??

Hyaluronic acid -is a molecule that is naturally found in our SKIN and connective tissue. This naturally occurring polysaccharide, acts as a hydrating and lubrication agent for our joints, hair, SKIN, nerves and eyes. The reason Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is so unique (and loved by the beauty industry) is because of its amazing ability to retain moisture. In fact in humans, Hyaluronic Acid is capable of holding 1,000 times its weight in water. This results in the binding of moisture in the skin. 

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Unfortunately our skins naturally occurring HA starts to deteriorate over time. This is due to general ageing, sun damage and environmental factors. Also, with age molecules in our skin lose some of their ability to bind and retain water. This not only causes dryness, and wrinkles but also a decrease in the skin’s volume.

A decrease in our skins moisture level is one of the main culprits of aging skin. This is why HA (which attracts moisture)—is a must-have when it comes to repairing the skin’s moisture barrier, preventing epidermis water loss and also restoring volume loss. It also helps retain collagen, and provide elasticity and flexibility.

Today, HA is incorporated into different anti-aging beauty and health care products — you can now buy hyaluronic acid serums and specialist Registered Nurses, Doctors and Dermatologist even offer HA in injection form (dermal fillers / Beauty Boosters). 

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Interestingly ….studies have shown that wrinkles and fine lines are usually more visible in low humidity compared to high humidity environments. This is because low humidity reduces the water-holding capacity and elasticity of the skin. 

Hyaluronic Acid Injections AKA Dermal Fillers

It is because of the depletion in HA (as we age) that specialists Registered Nurses or Doctors often inject hyaluronic acid fillers into the epidermis to replenish the loss of volume and structure. 

There are different types of HA filler’s ranging from ‘thicker / denser’ fillers which are used to mimic bone structure or restore volume to larger areas, and there are thinner / ‘softer’ fillers that are used to mimic softer tissue (such as lips). The longevity of a hyaluronic acid filler is determined by the amount of cross-linking of the gel molecules. The more cross-linked the product the ‘harder’ it can be and longer it will last. Typically Dermal Filler product longevity will range from 6 – 15 months.

There is also a more recent form of HA (which is combined with specific high quality skin nutrients) that can be injected more superficial into the dermis to hydrate and replenish. See here for more details.

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Note:- All HA injections must be administered by specially trained experienced Doctors or Registered Nurses only.

Topical Serums

Different brands contain varying concentrations and types of HA molecules. Studies have found that daily topical application of good quality HA serums can lead to significant improvement in skin hydration, wrinkle appearance and elasticity.

Victoria Isherwood (Registered Nurse – Dermatology)

Victoria Isherwood (Registered Nurse)

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The Anti-Aging Beauty Booster Treatment

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The Game Changer for Skin

 

Is your complexion dull? Is your skin dry? Or thinning with age? Are dreaded lines and wrinkles appearing? If you are looking for a treatment to repair, hydrate and plump up your skin, the Beauty Booster (by Mondeal Aesthetics) could be the solution for you.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is naturally present in our body and performs a fundamental role in keeping our skin healthy and looking youthful. See here for more amazing benefits of HA.

As we age, our skin can loose up to two-thirds of its hyaluronic acid pool. At age 35, the skins thickness has decreased on average by approximately 22%. This results in our skin being more fragile, thinner, less elastic and less hydrated.

What is Beauty Booster?

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The Beauty Booster is a unique skin hydration treatment which targets:-

  • dehydrated skin
  • tired-looking skin
  • fine lines and wrinkles
  • crepey looking skin
  • thinning skin

The Beauty Booster can be used to achieve healthier looking skin on the face, under eye area, forehead, neck, décolletage and hands.

Beauty Booster treatments have a plumping effect on the skin

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What does it involve?

The treatment involves fine micro-injections (by a medical professional) of a hydrating formula made up of hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, amino acids, minerals and vitamins. This unique formula stimulates ongoing collagen production, regenerating and nourishing the skin.

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A specialised The injector gun is the delivery device that allows the practitioner (a specialist Registered Nurse or Doctor) to efficiently place the product beneath the skin. It offers precise depth and accurate dosing for a quick and effective treatment with minimal pain and downtime.

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Areas treated

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Décolletage
  • Hands

What are the results?

The Beauty Booster treatment has a wide range of skincare benefits. The results are visibly lighter, smoother, and softer skin after a few treatments, while the effects are subtle and natural looking. Soon after the first treatment session the skin will appear less creased, more hydrated and supple. The treatment can asist those with Melasma

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For optimum long lasting results, it is recommended to have 3 initial sessions, at 3-week intervals. Then for maintenance, a treatment once or twice per year is ideal.

Does the treatment hurt?

The micro-injections are shallow and performed with very fine needles. For added comfort the product does contain lidocaine. This is a commonly used local anaesthetic. A topical numbing cream can also be applied prior to the treatment.

Downtime?

On average, there is fairly minimal downtime. Directly after treatment the skin will appear pink and blotchy. Some people will have absolutely no bruising post treatment; others, particularly with very fragile skin, may experience slight bruising and blotchiness which can take up to 4 days to settle. Downtime is reduced after each subsequent treatment of Redensity [I] due to the dermis being repaired. We recommend Oxygenetix, a breathable skin foundation, to mask any effects.

For more FAQs regarding Beauty Booster see here

For another amazing less invasive Hyaluronic product visit here

To book a consultation or treatmentwith Victoria (Registered Nurse) please contact:-

Laser Clinics Australia

Warriewood  ph 02 83192078

Brookvale ph 02 80148911

Or Contact Victoria

Please note;-

This treatment should only be performed by either a Registered Nurse or a Doctor.

As we are unable to advertise drug names in Australia the term ‘Beauty Booster’ has been used.

Victoria Isherwood (Registered Nurse)

Victoria Isherwood (Registered Nurse)

 

Makeup Tips for Mature Skin

Makeup can be a great way to further hide the signs of aging. However ….poor preparation, using the wrong products, colours, or application techniques can leave our skin looking older.

Prep your skin

1) Exfoliate once or twice weekly.

Dry flaky skin is not a good base for any makeup, especially foundation. If you’ve ever noticed your makeup starting to flake a few hours after you’ve applied it, chances are a buildup of dead skin is to blame. Add a gentle facial exfoliant into your weekly skin care routine. A great exfoliate, which is not too harsh -yet gets the job done is Enhancements Microdermabrasion Paste

2) Balance with a Toner

For many, the word “toner” brings to mind stinging astringents from the 1980’s. The original was an alcohol-based product that was used to dry up oily skin and remove any leftover dirt following cleansing. HOWEVER ‘some’ of today’s high quality formulas have completely evolved.

Toner

Toner balances your skin’s pH, which helps it build a healthy protective barrier. So apply an alcohol-free toner on your face after cleansing to keep your skin radiant. For more info on modern day Toners see here

3) Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate

Nothing plumps up the skin, making it look more youthful than a splash of hydration.

The secret to hydrated skin is to use a hyaluronic acid serum before applying moisturiser. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a renowned anti-aging and hydrating ingredients. This is due to its ability to attract moisture into your skin, to soften, soothe, and smooth your skin. This will help makeup glide on better.

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See here for all the amazing benefits of HA.

4) Don’t skimp on moisturiser

A good moisturiser will help lock the moisture in. This will further help balance aging skin’s natural dryness.

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5) Follow with a Primer

A good Primer is a game-changer if you want a smooth, long-lasting finish. It prevents makeup from creasing and comes in a variety of formulas — from illuminating to pore minimising — so you can find the right one for your needs and occasion. Using one with a radiant illuminating finish can give you a brighter look.

Specific primers for your ‘eyes’ can help eye shadow stay in place. As we age our eyelids become heavier as the skin above them becomes less elastic and starts to droop. This increases the risk of having eye shadow smudge and slide off. Eye primer will help prevent eye shadow from settling into fine lines and wrinkles. It can also help mask imperfections like veins and age spots, which become more obvious as eyelid skin thins.

Pass on the Powder

Powder can easily become trapped in wrinkles and creases. Fine lines then become more noticeable -as the makeup settles and cakes in. Skin can also then look flaky and dry.

Avoid heavy matt foundation and instead go lighter sheer formulas OR a tinted moisturiser that will give your skin a more hydrated (less crepey) look.

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Tip: You can turn any foundation into a sheer coverage foundation by applying it with a damp sponge. This technique thins out the product, and allows you to build more coverage only in areas that need it.

Also remember less is more when it comes to foundation.

For a good foundation option try MAC Face and Body Which is a lightweight fluid foundation with a unique blend of emollients that delivers low-to-medium buildable coverage and a natural satin finish. The moisturizing, long-wearing formula glides on well, is non-drying, for all skin types, including sensitive and dermatologist tested. Another great option for a light day coverage;- which is breathable, won’t clog pores and has SPF 25 is Dermacosmetics Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid.

There is an exception when it comes to powder …

If you occasionally get shiny in your T-zone, you can dust a bit of translucent setting powder around the center of your face. If you’re not oily, a liquid setting spray will do just fine. It will help set your foundation and will make you look less dry and more dewy.

Try a warm toned foundation

Whether you have a warm, cool, or neutral skin tone, a foundation with a warmer golden undertone has many benefits. It will give you a youthful healthy glow and (because yellow neutralizes redness) it will help balance out redness from broken capillaries.

No need to go too yellow — for example, if you usually wear the neutral shade N25, you could try a different undertone in the same color, such as warm W25. You’ll be surprised at what a difference a small change makes.

Conceal the under eyes

Concealing under the eyes helps to illuminate and makes your eyes look bigger and more awake. Choose a concealer that is one shade lighter than your foundation— this brightens a particularly shadowy area of our face.

As skin is much drier around the eyes (especially in our 40s and beyond), it’s best to choose a concealer with a more liquidy consistency, rather than a heavier or even waterproof formula (these tend to settle and dehydrate the skin.)

To apply, dab concealer underneath the lower lid and then blend out in an inverted triangle shape. This gives the illusion of an elongated under eye.

Fill in sparse brows

Unfortunately as we age our brows thin out. This can be made worse if you over-plucked your brows in the 80’s / 90s like I did. When gravity starts to take a toll, there is no greater instant fix than subtly filling in your brows. It’s one of the easiest ways to lift features and frame the face, helping make us look younger. Another option is to have your brows feather tattooed (ie natural looking brush strokes rather than solid block tattoo).

You can create the effect of an “eye lift” by slightly arching the brows and extending the tail.

If using a brow pencil, make sure the color is a close match to your own brows. Follow the natural shape of the brow and blend the color lightly so the brows don’t appear harsh and drawn on.

For a super natural look and easy application try Benefit Gimme Brow.

Choose eyeshadow wisely to make your eyes appear larger

When it comes to eyeshadow for mature eyes, it’s better to stay away from dark charcoal  (which can accentuate wrinkles and make your eyes look smaller) and also cool greys (which will make your eyes look tired). Look for neutral warm satin shades such as brown, beige, bronze, rose gold, cream, and peach.

Avoid dark eye liner on the bottom of your eyes, as it makes the eyes look smaller and can draw attention to dark circles. Stick to the upper lids to make your lashes appear fuller — you can make the line slightly thicker toward the outer corners, where eyes have a tendency to droop as we age.

Avoid sparkle and also ‘overdoing’ the shimmer. This can age you more by drawing attention to areas that are more creased than they use to be. SO avoid extending shimmer too laterally, as this can enhance the appearance of crow’s feet. Instead, when adding a touch of shimmer, try applying it to the corner of the eye—just enough to add a little pop when the light hits it.

A satin finish helps brighten and is more flattering than matte which can settle into fine lines more easily.

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Bring youthful colour to your face with BLUSH

In our youth, our cheeks tended to have a permanent rosy glow. Unfortunately as we age, our cheeks lose that flush due to decreased blood circulation to the skin.

Even if you like to keep your makeup routine to a minimal, skipping blush can wash you out and make you look tired. A gentle sweep will add a warm, healthy glow and can make a huge difference.

Stay away from cool frosty tones or a too-dark colour. Instead go for a warmer peachy pink shade with a satin finish – which flatters aging skin.

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Apply blush to the height of the apples of your cheeks (ie not too low). Blend it lightly back and up to define and lift your features.

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Highlighting the top of the cheekbones creates an instant lifting effect— making volume loss and sagging less noticeable. Look for a highlighter with a sheen — anything too glittery will look unnatural.

You can also put a little highlighter on your brow bone to open up the eyes and draw attention to your upper face. Some makeup artists also apply highlighter to the the bridge of the nose, forehead, and cupid’s bow. However, the cheek bones and brow bone will give the biggest wow factor.

Lips

First prep….

Daily lip conditioning is a must before even thinking about adding a splash of lip colour. As we age our lips loose volume, pigment and moisture. Adding colour to dehydrated lined lips will only emphasise lip wrinkles. To help your lips retain their natural moisture (for a smoother and healthier appearance) you should be prepping daily with a product such as Lip Renewing Serum. Ingredients to look for include:-

  • Shea Butter –  is full of fatty acids which hydrate and nourish lips, while also soothing irritation. Not only does Shea butter moisturize, it is also has healing properties and creates a physical barrier on top of the skin to prevent water loss.
  • Vitamin E
  • Peptides

Ingredients to avoid in lip conditioners / lip balms / chapsticks:-

  • Petrolatum (AKA Petroleum Jelly) –  because petrolatum is derived from petroleum (oil), it needs to be refined, and some refining methods use toxic compounds.  Petrolatum is considered potentially carcinogenic.
  • Parabens – are known to interfere with hormone function, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer.
  • Artificial Fragrances, flavourings & colours (esp red 33 & yellow 5). Fragrances and flavors are the “hidden chemicals” of lip balm ingredients. Unfortunately  the FDA federal law allows manufacturers to include nearly any ingredient in their products under the name “fragrance” without actually listing the product used.
  • Lip enhancing and plumping balms- these are usually drying and can contain mildly irritating agents, which can cause an inflammatory reaction and aggravate dryness.

Then for a splash of colour…

Avoid matte lipstick or long-wearing formulas, as they will contribute to dryness and settle into fine lip lines. Stick to sheer lipstick or lip gloss which will make your lips look (and feel) more hydrated and youthful.

If you have fine lips, avoid dark colours OR very bright shades as these can make your lips appear thinner.

Your natural lip line can begin to fade as you age, which makes lipstick prone to bleeding.  Lip liners can help your colour stay in place and also make fine lips look fuller. Avoid dark colours (so 90’s) which look harsh and can draw attention to fine lines above the lips.

Finish with a Spritz

Mature skin tends to be on the dryer side. So if you haven’t already, switch from translucent powder to a setting spray. Powder is really only suitable for mature skin that’s still a touch oily.

A few spritzes over your makeup will help balance dry skin and keep your makeup from caking or flaking off.

Oh and lastly ….Never go to bed without taking off your makeup

😊 Victoria Isherwood (Registered Nurse) – Skincare / Dermatology