We should all now be savvy enough to realise that women whose jobs include having to keep up to Hollywood’s insane beauty standards (particularly with mature skincare) have a few things that most of us don’t;
- Time – whether it’s because they have Nannys or it’s in their contracts, they have more time than the average Joanne.
- Money – like quadrillions of dollars to put into their skincare/surgery/botox etc. funds.
- Lighting, a ‘Glam Team’ and Photoshop – they look incredible because a large team of people are dedicated to making them look incredible.
- Unsustainable Beauty Standards – their jobs are still ultimately tethered to their appearance as well as their talent and hard-work.
It goes without saying (but I’m going to say it anyway), that women should regularly remind themselves of the brand they’re comparing themselves to. I like to think of it as a type of strange 20th-century art. We can admire all the hard work but not aspire to look like them ourselves. I wouldn’t look at Picasso’s Buste de femme (Dora Maar), 1940 and think; “maybe I should get another chin to place my nostrils?”. Admire the work and beauty but understand that it’s not a representation of reality.
So with all that being said, here are some of the top mature skin tips. They come from women whose job it is to tell incredible stories, make us see the world differently and admire their flawless skin.
Cate Blanchette – Facial Massage
“Mary [Greenwell] is a great makeup artist, and before she does anything, she will massage your face to wake your muscles up. So before the makeup goes on—we started at 6 a.m. this morning, after having slept for only three hours—you feel like a shrivelled-up old lady, and it really does just waken the muscles up.” — Cate Blanchette
Jade rollers have been trending this year and both Cate Blanchette and Tracee Ellis Ross swear by the power of facial massage. The jury is still in on whether it makes a noticeable difference. It does feel amazing (#self-love) and can be very helpful for those of us with allergies and associated puffiness. Just don’t go crazy, particularly around your eyes where your skin is much thinner and sensitive to pressure. Bonus tip; if you have a stone roller, you can pop it in the refrigerator before using it. Yasss for added cooling during your massage!
“Oh my god, it’s so good. With every swipe I get younger … SWIPING AWAY THE YEARS with face massage/de-puffer tools … Just to be clear, I have no interest in going back in time, but I’m always game for some self-care or a beauty treatment!” — Tracee Ellis Ross
Nicole Kidman – SPF
“The really big thing for me is sun protection. Because I’m so outdoorsy—I love playing tennis, and I love working out outdoors. I love going for a run and swimming, and I just want to be able to do all of that and protect my skin because I get burnt.” — Nicole Kidman
This isn’t rocket science but if you live in New Zealand or Australia, a high-quality and every-day use of an SPF sunblock is a must. Even outside of these countries it shouldn’t be optional. If you’ve already had sun-damage over the years then it’s not going to repair your skin but it will prevent further damage. Mature skincare shouldn’t just be about looks, but the overall health of your skin aka skin cancers etc. Even in Winter, even when you’re not outside all day, even if it’s cloudy – SPF!
Gwyneth Paltrow – Oils/Serums
“In general, I love serums and face oils and body oils. I’m a real oil kind of girl. There’s a myth that oil is not good for your skin. I don’t believe in that at all.” — Gwyneth Paltrow
After the rockin’ coconut-oil-slathered-on-your-body-whilst-sunbathing days, most of us were taught to avoid oils on our faces. But no longer!! It turns out that oils don’t make your skin break-out or making you a shiny mess. The right oils can make your skin the hydrated, soft pillows of gorgeousness you’ve always wanted (or at least a bit less dry). The key is testing different oils on your skin (mine is super sensitive so some oils can be irritating to it).
And in quite the coincidence, we at Bees Brilliance also create a fabulous serum that’s definitely worth a try 😉 Our Bees Brilliance Skin Brightening Corrective Serum is a potent serum packed with a powerful triple brightening complex. It addresses uneven skin tone and dark spots caused by ageing, sun damage, and acne discolouration. And it boosts the skin with an infusion of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The heroine of mature skincare. Phew!
Thandie Newton – Water/Less Caffeine
“I have found that as I get older, I need more hydration. I try to stay off coffee because it sucks moisture from my skin.” — Thandie Newton
A pretty simple tip for mature skincare (or any skincare) is to be careful what you put inside your body. It will most certainly show on the outside. Your skin is your body’s largest organ and listening to it can be your best bet to keeping it in the best condition possible. Water it! Feed it lots of delicious nutrients, slather it in oils, SPF and give it a good ole massage if that floats your boat.
Give it the love you and it deserve. xo