Beauty Trends any women over 40’s will love!
I was a little hesitant to age-ify this post but if, like me, you’re the wrong side of 39 then there are occasions when the current beauty trends are best left to the young and the 1980’s when you were first experimenting with blue mascara and Bodyshop Kiwi Lip balm in the safety of the local roller disco.
Don’t take my word as gospel though, if you want to bush up your over plucked eyebrows and draw tangerine blusher up to your temples then go for it. Just remember that by 40 most of use will have some tell-take fine lines, <note to self, get Botox price list> so all I’m saying is sometimes it’s better to not to draw attention to things which could otherwise be ignored. And highlight your best bits.
Here’s a few things which you can do at any age:

Gloss those lips

Great for hiding lines and plumping out thin lips, I for one never truly embraced last years trend for matt lips so I’m glad to see that lip gloss is making a come back. I tend to stick with a neutral colour which I can apply on the go and then a slightly pinkier one for evenings. And the best thing for me is it doesn’t stain my ceramic braces!

Smudged eyeliner

I tried and tried to go on tend with the perfect cat-eye flick,  and failed. Whether it’s my wonky eyes or just lack of hours spent watching YouTube tutorials I assigned myself to a life of looking on enviously at the young and beautiful, then convinced myself I was too old anyway. So hurrah for the return or smudged eyeliner which is set to be a popular look this season. I managed to create the smudged look effortlessly by 11am most morning.

Dewy skin

Just like glossy lips, the dewy skin trend this year helps give a healthy, youthful glow which is always a good thing. Getting advice or a mini makeover from beauty therapists who have access to products and salon supplies is a  start if you’re unsure. I’ve been adding a highlighter cream to my normal foundation or using it on its own on the days I don’t want full coverage.

Contouring 

I’ve added this after reading a great article on 5 minute make up tricks and realised that there is a place for contouring for us with a longer back history in makeup. As you age, you tend to get more definition on your face, Mother Nature is not completely cruel (I’ve got a feeling she added that one in as she got a little older herself) but adding highlighter under your eyes and either side of your nose will work wonders. I’ve found a great piece on The Daily Mail which should give you an idea.

So nothing too scary there, more a relief I’d say!

beauty trends that women over 40's will love

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Holding Back The Years With Tria Beauty Age-Defying Laser

So there I was studying eery crevice and line on my face as wondering if there really was any truth in the concept of growing old gracefully. Magnifying mirrors are both a gift and a curse. I totally get that there is no shame in sporting the odd line here and there, laughter lines, to me,  are a trophy of happiness which should be worn with pride. It’s those pesky frown lines which I can’t abide though, hate the bloody things but I’m a prolific squinter on a sunny day and at the grand age of 41 mine are proving a permanent feature along with a few tell tale signs of  a miss-spent youth.

I’ve actually got quite a good skincare routine which was given a boost 8 weeks ago with the introduction of a  Tria Beauty age defying laser. It has never even occurred to me that there was an option of tackling fine lines with an at home laser promising to

 restore the natural luminosity of your entire face, reduce discolouration, improve skin texture and smooth hard-to-treat wrinkles in the comfort of your own home. Penetrating beams of light continuously rebuild collagen beneath the skin’s surface for a more youthful, radiant and refreshed look in as little as 2 weeks.

Was I nervous to try out something which was usually only available in a salon? Yes, yes I was.

But none the less I was keen to see exactly what it could do.
So after a thorough cleanse of my face to allow the laser to really work it’s magic I sat in front of the mirror, put it on the lowest setting and glided it over my face in an up and down motion concentrating on each area starting with the forehead, each side of the face and then the chin and lip area.

The laser beeps when it’s time to move on and feels like a hot finger nail running along the surface of your skin. Nothing uncomfortable but the sensation did feel a lot more noticeable as I moved up through the settings over the weeks, especially around the lip area which tended to be more sensitive.

As the weeks turned into a months, the effects were starting to become more and more apparent. Initially there was just a general smoother appearance but after 8 weeks of daily use I’ve noticed my freckles have faded along with some larger areas of pigmentation making my skin look a lot clearer, the fine lines around my eyes and mouth a lot less visable and my deep frown lines much less apparent.

 

I’ve changed the way I’m using the Tria now that I’m use to the sensation and concentrating on the deeper lines. It’s still very much part of my evening skincare routine and will report back after a full 11 weeks of continuous use.

turning back the years with Tria age defying laser

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I Found It! The Perfect Skincare Routine

So, hands up. What’s your most annoying skin complaint? Wrinkles, spots or just dull, tired looking skin? Maybe it’s all three. But here’s the thing, you don’t have to settle for it. I’m totally in the whole you are what you eat  camp. (unfortunately that means I’m a walking bottle of Proseco after a week with my sister staying. Everything in moderation I say, and if Mama aint happy, ‘aint nobody happy, last week Proseco made me happy but I’m back on it with a detox and health kick ahead

Anyway, I digress. The point I’m trying to make is that sometimes you don’t have to settle for what nature gave you, that you can tweak what you don’t like if you fancy it. And back along,  I wasn’t loving the dull, tell-tale signs that the ageing process and months of stress was doing to the skin on my face.

You see I’m in the midst of a midlife changeover and will take anything I can, within reason, to help boost my confidence and point me in the right direction of a whole new world I’m just discovering. So I’m well up for testing out the Bravura London skincare range of acid peels. Initially I thought no way hosé am i waking a load of chemicals on my face with the danger of looking like a zombie run attendee. But after reading through what this actually entailed I was swayed.

I've trialled the range of acid peels from Bravura London and found the perfect skincare routine!
It’s not acid in the strongest, scary sense of the word, far from it, these are carefully blended potions of face transforming, do-at-home wonder pots.

Glycolic Acid is an Alpha hydroxy acid which performs at the base of the stratum corneum (the top layers of your skin), dissolving the ‘glue’ that holds dead skin cells together. Because this increases cell turnover, skin becomes smoother, more elastic and more even in tone and texture.

At the same time Glycolic Acid also stimulates your skin to produce more collagen. Collagen is the main structural protein of the skin and keeps it elastic and line free; when this starts to disintegrate, skin begins to sag and wrinkle. Replacing the collagen your skin has lost with age can help diminish crow’s feet around the eyes, frown lines, and vertical lines around the lips.

It all started with a flurry of emails asking which skin type I was and what did I want to rectify. Then a parcel arrived containing my recipe to fabulousness. I’m guessing by now that you’ve realised that I am seriously impressed by how effective the Bravura range is.

I've trialled the range of acid peels from Bravura London and found the perfect skincare routine!
I received two different types of acid; glycolic and lactic. A pot of moisturiser, a fan brush to apply the acids, facial cleaning oil, toner and some hyaluronic acid serum. Along with a full and thorough leaflet explaining how each worked along with some safety advice, like a reminder to use an spf while using them as your skin is more susceptible to UVA/UVB damage.

So tentatively I sat down at my dressing table, following the instructions to the later.

You begin by giving your face a good clean with the cleansing oil, the evening cleanse took a couple of cotton wool pads worth. Man does this stuff shift the grime! You then clear the skin of any left over oil and dirt with the deliciously smelling toner. Then it’s on with the acid.
The recommendation is to alternate between each one every other days (so one day doing neither) and log it on the back on the leaflet so I knew which day was which. I decanted the acid into empty glass pots and then dipped the brush in and swept it over my face for 5 minutes. You feel a very slight tingling sensation but nothing uncomfortable. (Those 5 minutes are perfect timing for my daily planking exercises) and then wash away with warm water, pat drying gently with a towel. Next step is the serum, which helps get the moisture back in as well as pup up your skin, and then you follow with the moisturiser,

The effects are almost instant, with brighter, softer, clearer skin but the real benefits are seen after a month or so. I’m quite freckly and the excess pigmentation is reduced. Fine lines are much less visable too. This is one skincare routine which I am sticking with and have been recommending to friends and family. It’s not too pricey either (£9.59 for 1 bottle of glycolic acid) and after a months continued use I’ve only used half a bottle.

Huge thumbs up from me ladies (and gents, I’ve tried it on my son’s face to help with a few acne scars) my skin has never looked better.

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Getting My Teeth Straightened – The Story So Far

While this isn’t the most exciting post title I could think of, I still thought there was a place here to share the nitty gritty of having fixed braces fitted, whether you’re an adult or teenager, I imagine the process is pretty similar. And judging by the questions I’ve had since I started straightening my teeth there’s quite a few of you out there thinking of doing the same thing, so here goes;

First appointment 

Book your assessment, get recommendations & ask what’s involved. This first appointment is crucial to your teeth straightening journey. All dentists aren’t the same, the first I visited made a decision in 10 minutes. My gut feeling wasn’t good so I went for a second opinion at the Exeter Dental Centre which was much more thorough.

X-rays and moulds were taken with a full explanation of the pros and cons. I had the utmost confidence that Alex,my dentist, knew what was best and honestly could have cried when I realised I was on the right track to getting my wonky teeth un-wonkied.

The discussion then centred around which procedure would be best for me; a removable retainer or a fixed brace. Initially I was looking at a retainer which I could take out to eat and clean my teeth. It seemed the quickest, cheapest and most convenient option. But this meant having to do some extra work filing down the 2 front teeth (or something along those lines) so Alex, recommended fixed braces. To be honest, I wasn’t too concerned on how they were straightened, I just wanted them fixed.

The Fitting

Sitting in the dentist chair, listening to the radio, it actually dawned on me that this might not be as pleasant experience as I imagined. With a device in place to hold back my lips (think Wallace from Wallace & Gromit) my teeth were cleaned and that was pretty much the most uncomfortable sensation. The rest was absolutely fine. You have one of those devices in your mouth which blows air & water and you feel a little prodding and pushing but that is about it. I think it was about 30 minutes, possibly less, in all. It may have been longer but I was super relaxed so my judgement might be out. The strangest feeling is when you feel the brace for the first time and trying to talk. I just didn’t know what to do with my lips!

First Few Days

I was warned that I would feel a little discomfort, to take paracetamol, cut up all my food into small pieces and to put wax, which was provided, on the brackets at the back and the wires which could dig into my cheeks. Mouth ulcers were a big possibility and chewy foods, such as pizza crust, sweets and crusty bread were off the menu. I dutifully rolled up small ball of wax and tried to cover the offending and uncomfortable parts but that’s really tricky!

And chewing food was uncomfortable for about a couple of weeks afterwards. With day 4 being one of the worst, each time i tried to eat the wires dug into my cheek causing pain so I stuck to smoothies, yoghurt, porridge and soups. gradually introducing solid food back in.

I’m not going to lie and say it was fine, it wasn’t. I was conscious of how I talked, whether there was food stuck in them (I carried mouthwash, toothpaste & a small interdental tooth-brush everywhere.) by the end of the first week I was fed up having to veto every food I was about to cook or eat and constantly obsessing with making sure the wax was in place. Even mid sentence, with friends, is find myself stopping to fish the wax back in place as the wires were digging in each time I spoke.

But at no point did I regret it.

3 weeks on

You’ll be glad to know that I’m doing fine. I’m no longer using the wax, don’t ask me why, I think the skin inside my cheeks have admitted defeat and built up a resistance. I’m eating normally again, minus curry – they dye the braces yellow, red wine – not a problem as white’s fine, and overly chewy foods. I’m still obsessing about cleaning my teeth, the thought of stray food particles or having badly stained teeth once the brackets are off is a constant niggle but that’s no biggy.

Ever wondered what happens when you get your teeth straightened? Here's what goes on during the first few appointments.
I’m holding conversations normally, every now and then I’ll remember as my lip gets caught as I’m deep in telling someone the latest toddler adventure.  I go back in a couple of weeks to get them tightened and have been warned that there may be a little discomfort. But the strange thing is that I’m looking forward to it as I know that they’re doing what they should be doing.

And, and this is a big and, I’m smiling more! I’m no longer trying to hide my wonky cross over away, even beaming in photo shoots showing the world I’m proud of my braces. There’s a slight change already as my dad stopped me mid conversation to tell me, totally gob smacked at the difference.

So that’s my story so far, if you’re thinking of getting your teeth straightened, do it. I’ve wanted to do it for so long now, and now I’m on the right path, it’s really quite exciting.

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I’ve only gone and got braces fitted!

Everyone has something about their body they would like to have fixed, right? Some have lots of niggles, some have one or two. It’s human nature to strive for perfection, it’s what make successful people successful and there’s no harm in that. And before you start hitting me with the whole ‘we should all love our bodies the way they are’ stick. I know that it can be damaging, but right now I’m on a little bit of a caterpillar type transformation, a journey to a fitter, healthier, happier me. And part of that journey is to fix a few of my niggles.

Starting with my wonky teeth. (the other one will be revealed soon)

Many, many moons ago I sat in my dentist chair as he extracted my wisdom teeth to rectify a little mild crowding at the front. A procedure I have now been informed doesn’t work. And as the years have gone on my little wonky front tooth has got worse and worse, something which happens as you age, so I’ve been told, and I’ve started to hate it with a passion. I know it’s there and it was all I could see in any photos.

Which takes me right up to where I am now, at the start of my teeth straightening journey.

It began with an assessment at a private dental centre. A quick in and out, being told I needed teeth removed at an extortionate cost. I left delated and wondering if my vanity was worth the cost of a small car? So I got a second opinion at the Exeter Dental Centre, smack bang in the middle of town.

the `Exeter Dental Centre where I' getting my ceramic braces fitted

Here’s where I realised that not all private dentists are the same. After a long telephone conversation with Mike, he talked me through what an assessment there would involved and all the different options and prices. There was no hard sell, like the previous dentists, and the decision was left totally in my hands.

When you’re considering doing something so drastic, it’s important you feel comfortable with your decision. And when I walked into the large modern reception I was immediately greeted my 2 friendly receptionists, and felt totally at ease. Even the telephone booking appointment was more like a chat with a friend.

I've started my journey to straighter teeth with some ceramic braces!

My assessment this time was worlds apart from my previous one. I had photos taken of my teeth and every option explained to me in a way that I felt so reassured that Alex, my dentist, would be the perfect person to help me sort my smile out. (I got quite emotional at this bit too!) 14 years of wanting to straighten my teeth was in reaching distance.

So that takes me to where I am right now, the morning after the day before. The day my ceramic braces were fitted. 3 weeks after my initial appointment, I sat in the dentist chair as Alex gently fixed each bracket to my teeth and attached the wire which will pull everything into place. Half an hour of listening to the radio, knowing I was one step closer. It wasn’t in the slightest bit painful, or uncomfortable. All you feel is a gentle pressure, the strangest thing is when you first feel them on the inside of your lips.

I’ve been warned that there will be rubbing and a little pain for a couple of days as I get use to the wires and other lumpy metal bits at the back of my mouth but was sent home with a care package of wax to place over them as well and some inter denatal tooth brushes.

I’m already feeling a little more confident as in a strange way it feels better showing people I’m doing something about my wonky teeth rather than trying to constantly hide them. Pizza, apples, crusty bread and chewy sweets are off the menu for the next 12 months, but that’s no biggie. And soup, yoghurt and porridge are all that’s on the menu for a few days as I get use to the feeling of the brace.

All that leaves me to say is that for anyone who’s thinking about doing the same, find a good dental practice, ask around, get recommendations and if your within travelling distance of Devon I can seriously recommend the Exeter Dental Centre!

on my way to the dentists to get ceramic braces fitted

On my way to the Exeter Dental Centre

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