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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Laser Hair Removal – The only way forward

Laser treatment for hair removal means fast and reliable, permanent hair reduction.

Laser hair removal is without doubt the most effective way to rid yourself of unwanted hair anywhere on the body. It’s quick, easy and offers instant results. What’s more, it’s a far CHEAPER alternative in the long run!

Over the last decade, laser hair removal technology has advanced significantly. However many beauty therapists and hair removal clinics are still using out of date technology, such as Beauty Grade IPL hair reduction. This is usually because it is a cheaper alternative than investing in the latest and most advanced technology.

Experienced therapists at Laser Clinics Australia use medical grade Candela GentleLase Pro and GentleYag Pro, the world’s most efficient hair reduction system.

Designed with sensitive skin in mind, these lasers are safe enough to be used on any part of the body and target different skin types – whilst ensuring maximum results. Candela GentleLase lasers feature a unique cooling device that helps to calm, soothe and protect the skin.

  • No more ingrown hairs
  • No more painful waxing
  • No more shaving rashes
  • Less expensive

How it works

The laser works by directing concentrated light into the hair follicle inhibiting the hair’s ability to grow without disrupting or damaging the skin’s surface.

These modern day lasers use a wide beam which allows the removal of multiple hair follicles at the same time.

Experienced Therapists will take your skin and hair type into account before creating a personalised treatment plan. Required treatments typically range from 6-10 per area, and the treatments are roughly 4-6 weeks apart.

The Candela GentleLASE Pro is designed to work for those with dark hair and lighter skin, while the GentleYAG Pro works best on a darker skin tone.

Laser Clinics Australia has the most affordable prices for laser hair removal and will beat any competitor by 10%.

Victoria Isherwood (Registered Nurse)

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The Link Between Chronic Inflammation & Our Skin

Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response. It is our body’s attempt at self-protection to remove harmful stimuli (such as bacteria) and begin the healing process. Inflammation can be beneficial in the short-term. For instance -let’s say we get a cut or a graze to our skin. Immediately, our immune cells step in to protect against pathogens and heal the wound. This is called acute inflammation. Your white blood cells step in to do their job and then go away.

However there’s another type of inflammation that sticks around way longer than it’s meant to. This is called Chronic inflammation and can cause harm to our bodies in many ways.

Chronic inflammation can be the root cause of common skin disorders such as acne, eczema, psoriasis & rosacea. It can also contribute to premature aging, some mood disorders, hormonal imbalances, certain autoimmune disorders and disease. 

Our skin is our body’s largest organ, and when inflammation is out of control, it can manifest in multiple skin problems.

Skin Inflammation

Numerous things may fuel chronic inflammation. This includes inflammatory foods we eat, certain medications, environmental factors and stress.  This then leads to systemic inflammation affecting the entire body. See gut blog for more information.

Triggers of inflammation

  • Stress
  • Viruses, bacteria, yeasts or parasites
  • Food allergies
  • Long term use of certain medications
  • Toxins such as mercury and pesticides
  • Lack of exercise
  • Mold
  • Lack of sleep
  • Environment allergies
  • Inflammatory foods

What FOODS cause inflammation and should be Limited?

  • Refined Sugar
  • Too much Omega-6 fatty acids – as mentioned above.
  • High-fructose corn syrup – not only increases inflammation but can also inhibit the anti-inflammatory effect of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Processed meat
  • Gluten
  • Too much caffeine
  • Dairy (ie non-fermented dairy)
  • Processed foods, especially those that are high in high-fructose-corn-syrup, sugar and sodium.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • See more on inflammation/ gut health here

Omega-3 Vs Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that the body needs for normal growth and development. However these two fatty acids compete for absorption. Our bodies need a healthy balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. It is Omega-3’s that help reduce inflammation in our bodies. So …an excess consumption of omega-6s (and not enough Omega-3) can trigger inflammation.

Omega-6 fats are derived from linoleic acid and are found in certain oils like peanut, corn, sesame, sunflower, soy, and safflower. These oils need to be limited in our diets. 

A recent study showed a significant reduction in psoriasis flare ups (ie reduced area of rash, and improved thickness and redness of psoriasis) – after supplementing with a high quality omega-3 fish oil supplement (containing EPA & DHA). The study authors suggested doses of 0.45 to 13.5 grams of EPA and up to 9 grams of DHA daily.

Foods which help reduce inflammation 

  • Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids – such as extra virgin olive oil, oily wild caught fish such as salmon, sardines, t rout, anchovies and mackerel. Flaxseeds, sea buckthorn walnuts. A good quality Omega-3 supplement can also help ease inflammatory skin issues. 
  • Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and kale. Also other colourful fruit and vegetables (the deeper or brighter the colour the richer it is in nutrients and antioxidants).
  • Fruit esp berries – berries (such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries etc) contain antioxidants called anthocyanins which have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Note:- Grass fed meat is better than grain fed meat.
  • Foods high in antioxidants help reduce damage caused by inflammation.
  • Probiotic rich foods (or supplements).
  • Turmeric root & ginger
  • See more anti inflammatory super foods here.

Victoria Isherwood (Registered Nurse)

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Protect, Glow + GO – with Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid

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DERMACOSMETICS Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid with SPF 25 – the last necessary step in your skincare regimen that protects and perfects!

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Introducing the new, groundbreaking tinted Glow Guard, Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid Broad Spectrum SPF 25. Formulated with dermatology-inspired skincare ingredients to deliver a radiant, healthy-looking complexion in six flexible shades.

What is Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid?

Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid is a multi-tasking Glow Guard that perfects the look of skin and protects your natural glow, delivering a radiant, healthy looking complexion. Formulated with R+F’s proprietary RD3 Complex, it provides skin with three types of defense: environmental defense, barrier defense, and photo defense.

This innovative product not only provides powerhouse protection but also instantly perfects skin, blurring imperfections without clogging pores or causing breakouts.

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Radiant Defense is available in six luminous shades. Coverage is buildable so you are in control of the perfecting process.

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Why Do We Love this New Product?

  • Environmental Defense: helps neutralize the harmful effects of environmental aggressors.
  • Barrier Defense: helps repair skin’s natural moisture barrier to defend itself against dry, irritated skin and the visible signs of emotional stress.
  • Photo Defense: Contains broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against sun damage caused by UVA and UVB rays and absorbs infrared light.
  • Rodan + Fields’ proprietary RD3 Complex combines a powerhouse of ingredients including an exclusive peptide, which acts as a shield alongside antioxidants such as Blueberry Fruit Extract and Red Algae.

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Who can use Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid?

This product is for all skin tones from fair to deep. It comes in 6 flexible, natural looking shades. It is also appropriate for all skin types, even for sensitive and acne-prone skin. It is non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic so it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts.

Use as the last step of your skincare routine to protect and perfect the glowing skin you’ve earned. ****LAUNCHING 2 OCTOBER 2018*****

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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)

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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