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Don’t neglect your hair when it comes to your anti-ageing routine as glossy locks can knock years off your look – just ask Audrey Hepburn, the epitome of timeless style.
It is a little-known fact that Hepburn was the inspiration behind Philip Kingsley’s Hair Elasticizer, with the wonder product being created specifically for the Hollywood actress.
Like Audrey, go for a deep-conditioning, at-home hair treatment to ensure hair strands stay well moisturised. Our beauty ed’s faves?
For Replenishing Moisture:
Oribe Intense Conditioner for Moisture & Control, R788 for 200ml, enriched with shine-enhancing plum seed oil, plus moisturising shea butter and olive oil.
For Fighting Frizz:
You can’t go wrong with John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Intensive Masque, R115,95 for 150ml.
In addition to being a huge fan of Zumba (a dance fitness programme), the 52-year-old House of Cards femme fatale is a fan of the Orlane skincare range.
Robin Wright’s makeup artist Tricia Sawyer told InStyle that she uses Orlane’s Anti-Aging Oxygenation System on the actress to get Wright’s luminous look.
But her ageless look is not all down to skincare products. She told The Telegraph she goes for “just the tiniest sprinkle of Botox twice a year,” something that most celebs do but don’t ever admit to.
“I think most women do 10 units, but that freezes the face and you can’t move it. This is just one unit, and it’s just sprinkled here and there to take the edge off.”
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In addition to being a devotee of the Tracy Anderson Method in which she trains two hours per day every weekday, 46-year-old Gwyneth Paltrow is an advocate of organic beauty products and has even launched her own Goop range, which is 99 percent organic.
She told Vogue that her two go-to products are Vitamin E-packed face oil (“I love face oil, and I use a ton of it,” she says) and a replenishing night cream that she even uses in the day and is always in her makeup bag on long flights.
While the Goop range is not available in SA, there are several organic beauty ranges that are, like Dr Hauschka. We recommend the fast absorbing and sweet almond oil infused Clarifying Day Oil, R593 for 30ml.
The 64-year old TV host always looks radiant on screen. Her secret? According to her dermatologist Dr Harold Lancer, publisher of Younger: The Breakthrough Anti-Aging Method for Radiant Skin, it’s all about exfoliation, a high quality skin care regimen, sleep, sunscreen and eating whole unprocessed foods.
In an interview with AARP, Dr Lancer says too many women opt for the surgical route, before trying the basics. “Aging is multi-faceted and affected by diet, exercise, lifestyle, sleep and your psychological state,” he says.
According to the dermatologist, “the most important skin de-ager is consistent exfoliation – speeding cellular turnover so the skin begins to repair itself”.
Getting enough sleep is also paramount as it revitalises your skin, says Dr Lancer who advocates staying away from caffeine after 7pm and switching off all electronic devices an hour before bed to “help your body fall into the restorative REM cycle where the most serious repair work happens”.
It’s an old favourite for many of us but if you haven’t yet discovered Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream, R299 for 50g, perhaps the news that 44-year-old Spanish beauty Penelope Cruz is a fan of the wonder cream will convince you. As well as a rehydrating moisturiser, try on lips, cheeks or cuticles to really moisturise.
One of the world’s most famous red heads, 57-year-old Julianne Moore unsurprisingly swears by sunscreen. She told Red Book “Sunscreen is my number-one thing. I’ve worn it every day since I was 23”.
Her skincare routine involves a facial oil followed by L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Day Lotion SPF 30. While the product is not available in South Africa, the equivalent is L’Oréal Revitalift Bright Reveal Day Moisturiser SPF 30, R349,95 for 30ml.
Her final weapon in her anti-ageing makeup routine is to apply a “pink-berry cream blush” on her cheeks that’s close to her natural skin colour. Our go-to cream blush? Mac’s Cream Color Base is a makeup artist fave, R320.
Forty-nine-year-old Jennifer Aniston and her 54-year-old friend Courtney Cox are reportedly big fans of a new facial treatment that’s causing a stampede at salons worldwide.
The A-Lift Facial uses painfree ‘nano-currents’ which are delivered into the skin via probes and is said to stimulate blood circulation, reduce excess water and remove toxins, bad bacteria and cellular waste through lymphatic drainage.
So far, so A-List. But wait, the really exciting news is that this facial is available in South Africa, takes 30 minutes, and costs from R900 for a Near Infrared Full Face Treatment.
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An interesting beauty trend was spotted at the recent Grammy awards with celebs using sheet masks ahead of their red-carpet appearance.
Sheet masks, hailed at “the lazy girl’s facial” are thin cotton sheets soaked in skincare product that claims to moisturise, brighten and even reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Forty-three-year-old Drew Barrymore is a convert, as you can see by this Instagram pic she posted of herself getting Grammy-ready.
Commenting on her Instagram account on beauty products she uses, Barrymore says: “There is no end to masks. Don’t mess with your face. I’ve not used fillers or tricks yet. So I turn to innovation in skin care and beauty. Let me turn you on to attainable solutions. Be your best YOU!”
Can you believe Christy Turlington is 49? If you are now lusting after her wrinkle-free skin, glowing complexion and luscious hair, we can reveal her readily available beauty secrets to you for the first time.
Christy is probably best known as the face and body of Calvin Klein, from 1987 to 2007, and she credits her fabulous physique to yoga, but her youthful look is down to Imdeem supplements, a brand Christy is now spokesperson for.
Expensive moisturisers and serums will only do so much, but a skincare supplement like Imedeen Prime Renewal, R1 010 for a month’s supply of capsules will repair and protect your skin from within, giving deep nourishment where it matters most.
Sarah Jessica Parker
While it might sound like a no-brainer to some, Sarah Jessica Parker puts her youthful guise down to slathering on the SPF.
Come rain or shine the Sex and the City star ensures she’s wearing a high factor sun screen to avoid environmental damage. “I can’t live without it. It’s also essential to drink lots of water and moisturise regularly,” says the star.
Looking for a new sunscreen to try? Gotta love Eucerin Sun Crème SPF 50+, R250 for 50ml.
The best advice in the beauty book? Play to your advantages and for 49-year-old Nicole Kidman that means highlighting her gorgeous auburn locks. The Aussie actress says rinsing her famous tresses in cranberry juice really brings out her highlights and there’s nothing like a glossy style to anti-age your look.
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Oscar-winning actress, Dame, wife – and she still looks fabulous in a bikini at 73! Her secret? An exercise plan designed by the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Seventy-three-year-old Helen follows a routine designed by a Doctor in the 1950s. It comprises 10 exercises for women including push-ups, sit-ups, running on the spot and arm circling to work all of the muscle groups.
Talking of the plan, Helen said: ‘Each day, you have to do the exercises within the 12 minutes and until you can, you can’t move up’.
Just 12 minutes a day? This is one celebrity exercise plan that could really work for us! You can try something similar in South Africa with British Military Fitness which offers classes in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Pair that with plenty of sleep, and Dame Helen thinks you have the perfect recipe for looking great, no matter what age you are: “When I’m working hard, I don’t party. I just go to bed. If I’m on a film, I even try to catch some sleep in my trailer at lunchtime. I really try to sleep as much as possible…it’s very important.”
By Beauty Editor, Martinique Stevens