Growing old gracefully
What on earth does that mean?
I think ‘growing old gracefully’ is subjective.
To some it may be allowing their hair to go grey, frown and laughter lines to develop and succumbing to purchasing their clothes from a more age appropriate store.
To others it may be having regular anti-ageing facials, using anti-ageing skincare and getting a few highlights to blend in the greys.
Then you have the ladies who do everything they can to delay the the ageing process by trying anti wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, and anything else that will help them hang on to their youthful looks.
I fall into the latter.
I’m totally unashamed to say that I have a multitude of treatments to delay the inevitable.
No way am I ready to sport salt and pepper hair, crows feet to my ears and lips that look like I’ve smoked 100 fags a week, and I’m certainly not ready to buy my clothes from Bon Marché or Roman. I’m haunted by the fact that I’m on Hotter Shoes mailing list as I order them for my mother-in-law online, those shoes taunt my gmail account on a regular basis!
The perspective that ‘ageing gracefully’ should only be used to describe women that grow older without any aesthetic help along the way is totally outdated in my opinion.
I really don’t think that it means you have to embrace the process, but that you’re approaching the process with a new found confidence that a few tweaks along the way can give you.
There is nothing more attractive than a woman who is confident in her own skin.
If you’re not ready to hit the injectables, the right skincare is really important when trying to ‘age gracefully’. I used to believe that expensive was best.
I was wrong!
When I began to notice a few fine lines and wrinkles developing, I went straight out and purchased Crème De La Mer, a super expensive face cream that was going to change my life with promise of increased radiance. Don’t get me wrong, it was lovely to use, but was it worth the £150 upwards price tag? The short answer is I didn’t really notice much difference.
Over the years, I experimented with a few premium brands, then I became a student nurse, so had to budget. This was really difficult for me, my past career as a department store Make-Up Artist has left me a total brand snob! Through budgeting, I came across a few star products that I’d like to share with you.
I loved Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish hot cloth cleanser but at £28 for a 200ml tube I just couldn’t justify it, so I looked for an alternative. Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser £5.99 for 150ml is just as good. It’s quite often on offer too!
Then, something amazing happened.
I saw a friend of mine instagramming a delivery of skincare called ‘The Ordinary’.
It was lots of little bottles of serums and oils that intrigued me. I simply had to have it.
The Ordinary website describes the line as an evolving collection of treatments offering familiar, effective clinical technologies at a good price point. They include a realistic description of what the product can help with. Integrity is a core foundation of the brand. The Ordinary is
“Clinical formulations with integrity”.
On first look, the products look complicated, I did my research on what to order, so I use a few key products every day.
Hyaluronic Acid 2%+B5
Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
Natural Moisturising Factors +HA
Magnesium Acorbyl Phosphate 10%
Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%
They are the magic ingredients that are often mixed in premium skin care brands in their purest form.
You can mix and match them according to your skin concern.
And the best thing, all of those products mentioned above are under £10!
I’m not going to review each of the products as there are so many. There’s lots of great information on the web if you’re after it.
These products have literally changed my skin. Since using, I frequently get comments on how radiant my skin is, even with a monster hangover!
Yep, I do have a little tweak with injectables, but they don’t change the look and texture of the skin.
My only bug bear is the massive brown age spot on my nose!
Yep! That’s sun damage.
That will be going soon, watch this space for an update.
In summary, there is nothing wrong with growing old kicking and screaming all the way to the aesthetics practitioners clinic!
Besides, If you still feel like you’re in your thirties on the inside, full of energy, vitality and fun, there is nothing wrong with having an exterior to match.