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Beauty, timeless!

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Beauty, timeless!

Beauty, timeless!

Beauty is beauty, but not entirely free from ageing. Beauty does age, the secret lies in belying those years. We bring you beauty routine, tips and tricks through the decades – you may age, but you don’t have to grow old!

Trendy twenties:

Teenage has gone and so has the hormonal upheaval settled. Physiologically, you are a young woman and your skin – while may not have found its niche, has somewhat settled down to youthful rosiness. Carefree years, right? Wrong – the twenties are in fact the years to be “careful” in. Also, any of you with oily skins may still be having the odd breakout.

Skin right:

The sun and the environmental factors around us are key in making our skin age – so while we cannot shift to happier planets with more ozone, we can protect our skin the best we can. The first, very first thing for skincare in your 20s is SPF – protect your skin with the best and most effective SPF in the market – Vichy, Nuetrogena and Lotus Herbals offer good choices – you can choose the sprays, the matte sunblocks or even the “gels”.

Colours on my face:

Twenties, romantic twenties – let the colours of spring dictate your colour choices. Keep pinks and soft neutrals as your primary colours, jewel tones as accents for your eyes and perhaps a red or fuschia to adorn your pout. Stick, firmly, to less is more. Make-up in the twenties should highlight some features, but your youth is your biggest asset and should shine through.

Bohemian thirties:

Time to pull out the stops and straighten your act – weight and gravity further make you age and so do hormones. This is usually the time of upheaval – especially with pregnancies, babies and general settling down – make sure your skin is functioning at its optimum. Consult a gynecologist if your skin reacts a certain way on certain days and do visit a dermatologist to figure out your skin’s age.

Skin right:

Dullness is an enemy

The right SPF tackles any and all sun damage, while a good CTM with focus on exfoliation keeps your skin looking bright and in all its true glory. Try the Body Shop vitamin C microdermabrasion that can be used twice a week for glowing skin. A good anti-ageing regime is number one on your list – you can choose a good serum, if your skin needs a lighter dose; or a combination of a day cream and a night serum if dryness is also an issue – the Clarins Double Serum is an excellent product – suiting any and all skin type and addressing all skin problems at once – a month’s use should make your skin look and feel noticeably brighter, younger and happier. Keep 3-4 face masks handy and use a different one every time – basically use them twice a week – a deep cleanser with clay (Lotus Herbals Clay White Black Clay Skin Whitening Face Pack), a peel-off one (VLCC Gold Peel-Off Mask), a moisturising mask for those dry days (Ofra Moisturising Mask or the Lakme Face Mask Nourishing Glow) and a multi-tasking one that brightens in a jiffy (Nivea Pure Effect Total Face Cleanup).

Colours on my face:

Classic black liners, kohl, 4-6 shades of eyeshadow, a blush, a bronzer, 4-5 different lipsticks and glosses, sundry nail paints and most importantly – a really good BB cream and foundation plus a mascara make your kitty complete. For day wear – do simply lined or kohled eyes, with a good shade of lipstick, layered over a BB cream a

Classic black liners, kohl, 4-6 shades of eyeshadow, a blush, a bronzer, 4-5 different lipsticks and glosses, sundry nail paints and most importantly – a really good BB cream and foundation plus a mascara make your kitty complete. For day wear – do simply lined or kohled eyes, with a good shade of lipstick, layered over a BB cream a a soft blush gives you a youthful look. For evenings, play with combinations of light lips and dark eyes or vice versa. Matte red or vermilion for the lips is very in as is flicked cat-eyes liner in jewel tones. A fuschia, rose brown or red blush, used to contour your cheekbones into better shape is also the need of the hour.

Fine forties:

They say a woman looks her best, when she reaches her forties. She’s well-settled, well placed and has found her style and niche in the world. But this is also the time when age starts to show in all its vengeful glory. And often, skin dehydration, is the root cause.
Skin right: Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! While underlying factors and age itself will make your skin age somewhat, there’s no need for you to keep it dehydrated and deepen those fine lines and wrinkles. A good moisturising serum and/or a rich night crème will keep those wrinkles at bay and keep the skin plump and younger looking – the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules are a great resource as their Prevage skin care range. Another super range would be the L’Oreal Revitalift Deep Set Wrinkle Repair Night Lotion – couple this with a good 8-hour night sleep for skin’s that noticeably plumped out. Along with with the usual SPF – the forties skin should be smoother sailing for at least a few years, till you hit the big ‘M’ of menopause. Other issues many include broken capillaries and under eye issue – a healthy lifestyle, good sleep, some exercise and a really good undereye cream – the La Priarie Cellular Eye Contour Cream comes in really handy – should effectively tackle this.

Colour in my face:

By now, you should have switched to crème-based products (shadows, blush) rather than powder-based ones that can get into skin creases and highlight the wrinkles. Lipsticks too tend to feather a bit due to the fine lines around lips – ensure you use a flesh-coloured lip liner first and then add in the lip colour! Do not skip the blush, and you do not have to go overboard with a surplus of browns. A bright shade on your lips, maybe in matte and a bright blush that contours your cheeks can take years off your visage.

Fantastic fifties:

By now, age has become a part of life – and it’s not just your skin any more is it? So stick to a good skincare regime on the whole – CTM does not change, but it’s a good idea to use a complete anti-ageing skincare routine to boot – and look for words like deep moisturising, intense hydration, anti-wrinkle, anti-ageing or for mature skin. Main skin problems in the 50s could be age spots, deep set wrinkles and skin folds as skin loses elasticity.

Skin right:

Layering – two to three anti-ageing products will give you the edge over age. Begin with a gentle foaming cleanser (pick from the prevage range or basically just choose one that says gentle and moisturising). Then use an anti-oxidant based serum for the day (Elizabeth Arden Prevage Face Advanced Anti-Ageing Serum) and then use an AHA-based night cream containing retinoic or glycolic acid that first exfoliates the top dead skin cell layer and then penetrates deep into the layers of the skin to strengthen the elastic bonds as well as lock in the hydration of the skin – you can actually ask your dermatologist to prescribe one for you, such as the Ranbaxy Yugard retinol cream or the tretinoin-based Retino-A. And, SPF still holds true – your skin is now rapidly thinning – protect it from sun damage always.

Colour on my skin:

Only and only crème based products is your mantra, matte (other than for a lipstick or two) is out. Go softer with colours, a coral red might look better than a slash of brilliant red on lips that do have their share of fine lines. Always layer a good plumping serum underneath your moisturising foundation. Remember not to “cake” up your skin – no amount of layers can make you resemble a 20-year-old, so refrain from trying to hide the years. Instead, let your well-cared and well-kept skin shone through with make-up that enhances your beauty, rather than hiding your decades.

Only and only crème based products is your mantra, matte (other than for a lipstick or two) is out. Go softer with colours, a coral red might look better than a slash of brilliant red on lips that do have their share of fine lines. Always layer a good plumping serum underneath your moisturising foundation. Remember not to “cake” up your skin – no amount of layers can make you resemble a 20-year-old, so refrain from trying to hide the years. Instead, let your well-cared and well-kept skin shone through with make-up that enhances your beauty, rather than hiding your decades.

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