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MIRROR MIRRORSkin ageing cannot be reversed by products, but it can be disguised.


Maggie Gibbons

There are hundreds of products out there designed to help disguise signs of ageing – ‘disguise’ being the operative word. Once you’ve developed lines and wrinkles they remain forever. I have never found a product that removed a line, and believe me I’ve tried most of them. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking something is better because it costs more. Not true, and don’t believe all the hype either.
The sun is one of the most ageing things we can expose our skin to, and considering the recent heatwave, we might all be looking for something to make our parched skin feel a little more youthful right now.

The first lines appear around  the eyes, forming crow’s feet. They may be very subtle at this time. We are much more educated today about the danger of too much sun and the necessity of wearing sunscreen. In my 20s, 30s and even 40s I’d be prostrate on the beach grabbing every single ray – so dangerous. Try Vichy Ideal Soleil Protective Water (€20.95) in the sun and pool. It hydrates while promoting a great tan and provides high protection against harmful UV rays. La Roche Posay has launched a ‘Save your skin’ campaign with the Irish cancer Society. Their products are renowned for suiting even the most sensitive skin.

Frown lines appear between the eyes and on the forehead, and the lines from nose to mouth (nasolabial lines) deepen. Try Neutragena Hydrogel Recovery Mask and also the Instant Facial mask. These provide a wonderful boost and are a real treat. Brilliant value at only €4. I love them.

Life may well begin at 40, but skin starts to lose volume and elasticity, causing it to sag a bit. Time to lash on the moisturiser, making sure to keep body and legs hydrated also. The jawline can start to look a bit ‘jowly’. Clarins Extra Firming Day and Night creams (€68 each) are perfect right now. They promise improved, more-even skin tone and even a bit of lifting.

50s onwards
Now we’re really getting into it. Those with dull, thinning hair should go for products that add body and shine. Serioxyl by L’Oreal Thicker Hair serum is designed to thicken and nourish the hair. It certainly gave my hair great body and shine, but I don’t suffer with hair loss so can’t judge it on that score. Kevin Murphy has a range of haircare specifically for thinning hair (kevinmurphystore.ie). You could try the Plumping Wash and Plumping rinse, both €7. For a more substantial body-building experience go for the Body.Mass plumping treatment at €34.
When it comes to turkey neck (that loose, baggy skin, that hangs on the neck), well Elizabeth Arden may just well have the solution. Ceramide Lift and Firm Sculpting Gel (€79) can be used on the face, jawline and neck. It works by roller action, and I definitely felt a tightening sensation. I’d need to use it regularly I think to properly see the result. Recommended usage is eight weeks.
Enlarged pores generally appear around the nose and mouth, and we always think they’re worse than they actually are. Be aware that it’s very difficult to actually minimise pores, what most products will do is minimise ‘the appearance’ of them. There are plenty of products out there. NYX Professional Make up (€18) is a magical little cream that acts as a great makeup base while filling in pores.
Even our hands tell our age. A loss of collagen can leads to less volume, veins stand out more and ‘age’ spots make their debut. Try applying apple cider vinegar directly to spots, rinsing it off after 30 minutes.
Flucuating hormones and over-tweezing can make eyebrows and lashes sparse. Try Rimmel Lash Accelerator Serum to boost and treat lashes. Maybelline has introduced the Tattoo Brow Longlasting Gel Tint (€16.99), which gives natural-looking brows and lasts for three days.
To prevent those bleeding lips, NYX Professional Makeup Wonder Pencil (€5.99) is brilliant; just line your lips before applying lipstick.
There are, of course, certain things we can’t do anything about. Like knobbly knees. You could try a ‘Demi Moore’ and get a knee lift, but it’s far easier to just cover them up!

Maggie Gibbons is an Image/Style Consultant based in Louisburgh. She can be contacted at living@mayonews.ie.

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