We did a reader survey recently and asked our audience what their biggest style concern was. While the question related to fashion, it turned out, their style concern also extended into beauty. Because it doesn’t matter how good your outfit is or how much you spent on a handbag, if you look tired, it’s what we naturally focus on...
I know myself, when I look exhausted, even my most loved pair of shoes won’t make me feel better. I still remember once taking a seat at the hairdresser and being told by the young apprentice how tired I looked. Sigh. I looked in the mirror at my slackened skin. I could have cried. Or yelled: “Of course I’m tired – I haven’t slept properly in, like, 785 days”). More than anything, these days, I want radiant, dewy skin. I want to fight these persistent little wrinkles! What I wear comes second to looking after my skin.
I don’t want to sound too ambitious – I’m well aware of the fact that looking fresh-faced is no mean feat when you have small children. And that I will never, ever, look 18 again. That’s fine. I just want to make sure that what I’m using on my skin works – that’s it’s powerful and does what it says it will. This is where I turn to my mother for advice. She is, without question, my skin guru.
Georgie wears Ephemera dress
My mother always looks effortless – as if great skin is just something that happens. Genes have a part to play, sure, but in actual fact, there’s a lot of effort that goes into skin to make it look effortless. My mother is extremely disciplined when it comes to her skin. The brands she uses, she has used for years. She started using French luxury skincare brand Clarins when she was in her 30s and hasn’t stopped (she’s now in her mid-60s).
Once, when she was at the airport in Rouen, France, she was buying some Clarins products and the shop assistant asked for her passport. The woman looked at my mother’s photo and started chatting to her colleague in French. The age on her passport had confused them – they couldn’t believe she was in her 40s. Hooray! There’s a light at the end of the tunnel – here was my mother, who had birthed two children who didn’t sleep for years (which she regularly reminds me of), looking so radiant that these French women were bewildered by her age. The lesson here? Looking after your skin pays off.