Do You Want the Perfect Face?

Don’t ever smile or laugh, in fact keep your face as still as possible – too many facial movements will give you wrinkles

Yes? OK here’s what you need to do; just 10 simple steps that will keep your face looking young and beautiful for years to come……..

  1. Don’t ever go out into the sun – it will ruin your complexion
  2. Don’t ever smile or laugh, in fact keep your face as still as possible – too many facial movements will give you wrinkles
  3. Drink nothing but water maybe with a little added lemon juice on special occasions
  4. Make sure that you get 8 hours of sleep every night
  5. Have a facial at least once a week and make sure you take off every last scrap of make-up before you go to bed at night
  6. Wash your face in ice water last thing at night and first thing in the morning
  7. Use eye cream, cleansers, toners, moisturisers, face packs, eye masks and lip creams
  8. Never eat sugar, junk food, processed food, street food, high fat food, dairy, caffeine, shellfish, bread, pastries…….just eat salad and vegetables basically.
  9. Always make sure that you have your personal make-up artist with you at all times
  10. Make sure that a photograph of you is never published without it having been photoshoped

Alternatively, you can forget all that crap and just smile, laugh and enjoy life – it’s too short to do anything else ;O) xx

 

Keeping it Firm

think about what you can put inside your body so that it looks better on the outside.

There’s no doubt about it, the first place that we notice we are losing the first flush of youth is our face; little lines around our eyes and mouth, crinkles on our brow and a certain dullness to our skin. This is because our bodies stop producing collagen (the protein that maintains the strength and elasticity in our skin) as we hit our lates 20’s or early 30’s and subsequently our skin starts to degenerate leaving us with saggy and/or wrinkly skin. Fortunately there are things that we can do about it:

Firstly, if you smoke, try to stop;  it’s not easy but, if you want your skin to look and feel better, you really need to knock it on the head

Secondly, use a good sunscreen. I’m not suggesting that you don’t sunbathe or go out when it’s sunny, our bodies get essential vitamin D from sunlight, but do be aware that it’s really not good for your skin to burn.

Next, think about what you can put inside your body so that it looks better on the outside. Vitamins are vitally important if we want to maintain younger and healthier looking skin, particularly vitamins A, B, C and E; you can take supplements but it’s better to get them naturally from the foods that we eat:

Eggs, milk, cheese and fresh fish are all great sources of Vitamin B12

Sweet potatoes and spinach will stock up your levels of Vitamin A and almonds and oranges will help you out with Vitamins E and C.

Too much?

‘wow! You look well’ not ‘hmm you look different’

Let’s be honest, none of us likes getting wrinkles or sagging skin but what can we do about it? These are perfectly natural signs of aging and will happen to everybody at some point but, women especially, are constantly bombarded with media images that promote youth and beauty and therefore it is ingrained in many of us that we must strive to keep both for as long as possible. A healthy lifestyle, diet and exercise can certainly help keep the signs of aging at bay but, for some of us, that’s just not enough and so we turn to surgery. Many years ago surgery meant a facelift; pretty drastic and, if not done well, it can leave you looking like you’ve been standing inside a wind tunnel for too long.

20-worst-cases-of-celebrity-plastic-surgery-gone-wrong-1Believe it or not these two pictures are of the same woman. Some of the facial changes will be due to aging but most are due to excessive plastic surgery. In the picture on the right hand side you can see remnants of the original face but it looks weirdly distorted and completely unnatural.

Her brow has less lines than in the original picture and her lips have more volume but, in the original picture, she was maybe 20 years younger. This is not how our faces are supposed to age and, because other signs of aging are evident, hooded eyes for example, the whole effect is just a little bizarre.

However, if the recipient of the surgery is happy who are we to criticise?

You don’t have to opt for face-lifts to look younger these days, you can go for Botox or fillers instead; they are far less drastic and don’t leave you in a darkened room for a fortnight whilst your scars heal. Botox, a toxin which is injected into the face and reduces lines and wrinkles by paralysing underlying muscles, is incredibly popular with millions of treatments administered every year. Dermal fillers are also injected but they are designed to plump certain areas of the face which lose volume over the years such as lips and cheeks. A good treatment should result in comments like ‘wow! You look well’ not ‘hmm you look different’

images (22)Unfortunately, as with everything else in life it’s easy to get carried away. You make a subtle change but then, for you, that becomes the norm so you make another change which may be less subtle but then, eventually, you become accustomed to that look and so it goes on.

If you decide to opt for botox, fillers or any kind of surgical enhancement, take the time to find the right practitioner and make sure that you have a consultation before undertaking any procedure, more than one if you are in any way hesitant about the process.

You can expect to pay between £150 and £300 for each session and it can be much more, depending on what you have done so make sure that you are clear on pricing before you go ahead. A good practitioner should be completely open and honest with you, explaining risks and potential results very clearly. The procedures can be uncomfortable (after all someone is injecting your face!) but they should not be painful as such. The practitioner should use an anaesthetic cream on the area before they start so that you are more comfortable.

With botox, the results are not immediate so you need to wait a few days to see the full effect but with fillers you will see the changes immediately. You may find that there is a small amount of swelling or bruising around the site but this will usually disappear within a couple of days.

Any kind of surgical procedure comes with risks so you need to do your research before going ahead but the results can do wonders for your self-esteem. Just bear in mind that the results don’t last forever so you will need to go back to see your practitioner maybe a couple of times a year

Making it Up?

It would be wonderful if all women in the world had the confidence in themselves to go every day without any make-up but, until that day comes,…..

Is there any such thing as ‘natural beauty’? Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so they say, and what is attractive to one person will not necessarily be attractive to another. Women are lucky because they have the opportunity to use make-up to disguise their flaws or, more accurately, what they see as flaws. Using make-up to feel better about yourself, more confident is great but to use it to try and be beautiful for someone else is a bit of a waste of time because of the laws of attraction. Older women often use make-up as a disguise to try and recapture what they see as their ‘lost’ youth but is it really effective?

In these two pictures of Nicole Kidman, a truly beautiful woman, we can see how make-up can change our appearance. In the first picture the make-up is soft with colours blended perfectly, not applied to try and make the actress look younger but to enhance her natural beauty. In the second picture, the colours used are harsh and separate from each other leaving poor Ms Kidman looking a bit clown like and definitely older than her years.

Unfortunately many of us stick to the make-up habits we have acquired over the years and, as a result, we may be doing ourselves a disservice. Our faces change as we get older and so what we need to enhance and what we need to disguise will change as well. Many of us used make-up, when we were teenagers, to try and look older and more was definitely better – heavy foundation covering our pimples and heavy eye make-up to try and create and air of sophistication and mystery. Once you are into your 40’s and 50’s heavy foundation will settle into the lines on your face making you look much older than your years and heavy eye make-up will enhance crows feet and can make hooded eyes look far worse.

Try using a tinted moisturiser rather than a foundation; the coverage will not be quite as good but your skin is being moisturised, the product won’t settle into the lines on your face, it will give a healthy glow rather than acting as a mask and you won’t need to worry about applying it perfectly as you do with foundation so it will save you time too! As the products are moisturiser based they also contain anti-oxidants which help to fight free radical damage which leads to signs of aging. You may decide to use foundation for an evening out where there will be no natural light but for every day a tinted moisturiser is definitely the way to go for a healthy, dewy look.

This make-up tutorial shows how to make hood eyes appear wider and less sunken. The skin on our eyelids and around our eyes is very delicate and, over time, it will become wrinkled and will start to sag making us look older than we really are. Cosmetic surgery is always an option but it’s painful and expensive so why not get good with a make-up brush and see what a difference you can make.

As we get older black is bad; black eyeliner, black mascara etc etc. will not make us look any younger, they will just look harsh and make our eyes look over done. Stick to subtle, neutral shades which blend well together.

It’s also worth asking an expert. We don’t mean spending an hour on a stool at a cosmetics counter in a department store necessarily as, in this environment, you often feel pressured into buying things that you don’t really want but it is definitely worth getting an objective opinion. We are often very critical of ourselves and don’t really see our faces as other people do therefore it’s difficult to know what to enhance and what to disguise – what we think of as a flaw others may see as the thing that really brings character to our face.

Try a consultation with a make-up artist, yes it may be expensive, but a trained professional may be able to help you really make the best of your features and will teach you how to apply make up properly.

It would be wonderful if all women in the world had the confidence in themselves to go every day without any make-up but, until that day comes, find the products that work best for you and take the time to learn how to apply them properly. Also bear in mind that pretty much everyone looks better when they smile!