How to look your best in your 40s
Heading towards the big 4-0 (or watching
it disappear in the rearview mirror) and determined to make this the decade you
look your best? Mumsnetters share their tips on how to go about it
Consult an expert
"Get a style consultation - knowing what to wear can take years off and save you some money. Alternatively, if cash is tight, try buying Trinny and Susannah's book, The Rules."
"I have my make-up done at Mac twice a year so I can keep up with the trends and find out which colours suit me."
Don't be afraid to brow down
"I've had a eyebrow make-over: I let them grow out, then had them dyed and shaped. It's made a huge difference, lifting my whole face. I look younger and it's very inexpensive."
Make the most of fringe benefits
"Get a fringe! I had several fine lines on my forehead and had one cut on a bit of a whim - it really does take years off your face."
Follow the rule of three
"Make sure that all your clothes (including your accessories) have no more than three colours - it's such an improvement. I'm slowly weeding out the older stuff in my wardrobe and replacing it with navy/black/brown basics and light shirts."
Invest in the best lotions, potions ... and toothbrushes
Mumsnetters' tried and tested age-defiers.
"There was a dramatic improvement in my skin within days of starting to use this. I honestly can't believe how much fresher and brighter my face looks."
"This stuff is amazing; I couldn't live without it. My lips look fuller and feel smoother - I'm definitely an addict!"
"I'm 44 and still quite prone to monthly bouts of spots. My complexion has really improved since using this, and it's a great organic product."
"The only product that's proven to combat aging (and reverse it a bit, too). It's perfect for fine lines and brightening up the skin."
"I love Retin A but you need to be careful applying it. Build up very slowly, using it a couple of times a week before moving to every day after a couple of months. You'll only need a pea-sized blob and you'll need to wear high factor sunscreen too, as your skin will be sensitive."
"Looking after your teeth is essential to keeping a youthful appearance. I ended up buying this one and couldn't get over how amazing it is - my mouth feels SO much fresher and my teeth are about a hundred times brighter. It goes a hell of a long way towards making you look better groomed."
"Fantastic for beating that
dreaded grey frizz - or white frizz in my case!"
"Take one of these a day, just to get some good fats in your system. My skin has really improved since starting on them."
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