After my last post someone said to me, ‘you could stain your legs’, and described how her mother used tea, and then a brown pencil to imitate the back seam of those old-fashioned stockings. Wow, that was an evocative glimpse of the past that brought memories of my mother to the fore.
And yes, I could do that, not with tea, but with a good fake sun-tan. And I will, but I did think, that’s another maintenance thing to do of an evening before I get to bed. The list is an ever-increasing one. But on t’other hand I believe that a little effort pays dividends. Here’s a few things I consider essential – as far as I’m concerned, that is:
- Moisturising the face There’s no face cream ever, anywhere, that will prevent ageing or take away the lines from your face, but you still need to moisturise. I’ve tried a few in my time, including expensive ones, and I can never see any reason to buy expensive, as the cheaper, but really excellent, Boots No 7 products (and especially Protect & Perfect Intense) are just as good as any of the more costly moisturisers. The website says it’s all about anti-wrinkle technology. No, seriously, no need to say that – it’s a good moisturiser, end of.
- Serums I do like a good serum – they’re extra to moisturisers and their ingredients are so good for dry, mature faces. You put them on in the morning, and at night, before you moisturise. I use two serums: the first, which I use in the morning, is the Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum. On the website, again, there’s a lot of text on how anti-ageing it is. Actually, it’s just a very good thing to put on your face. In the evening I used to swear by Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair. I still recommend it. But I now use the slightly cheaper, but really lovely, Decleor Aromessance Neroli Night Balm. You need just the smallest amount so it lasts for ages.
- Tanning my legs Ah yes, the legs. Ok, Sali Hughes has written about self-tanning and she recommends Dove’s Summer Glo, which I’ve used. She also recommends Clarins Radiance-Plus Body Golden Booster, which sounds rather ingenious as all you do is add a couple of drops to your body lotion and a subtle tan appears – might try it. And as it would combine two procedures: applying body lotion and applying fake tan, it could save time – great!
- Nails and nail varnish varnish My nails used to crumble to the quick – awful. But this stopped since I’ve been getting the occasional Gel nail varnish. This is a stronger version of varnish, but not in any way damaging as I don’t use it all the time – my nails are so different since I started this. I also put organic almond oil (obtained from NHR organic oils – they ship worldwide) on my nails every night, and that’s helped my dry nails and cuticles a lot.
- Exercise – twice a week to the gym plus daily yoga plus walking All the creams and moisturisers in the world will be of no use if, like me, you’ve got pronounced tilt forward first thing in the morning, and don’t exercise to walk a bit straighter. Gosh, the joints are stiff (and slightly worse now after twisting my back in April) and I have to work really hard to loosen up. But I’m doing the yoga most days and intend to increase the (senior) gym sessions to twice a week.
No charity shop finds this post as, truly, I don’t go buying stuff every week. But I did go to London for a second visit to Savage Beauty (you’ll hear more about that in another post). So here’s a photo you’ve seen before, but it was exactly what I wore to the V&A.
Remember my ethos – that as we age there’s no need to spend buckets of cash to be smart and stylish.
That’s all for now
Penny, the frugalfashionshopper
P.S. This and last week’s post will, on my new-look blog, be put in a Health & Wellbeing page. The new-look will be launched in early autumn after I’ve returned from my summer holidays (I’m having a week in Scotland and a week in Suffolk).
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