Upset about your ageing complexion? Here’s how to give your skin a radiant glow 27



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The dew of youth is gone, but let’s not be down about it, instead let’s explore some ideas that will improve the appearance of our complexion.

Coarsening skin and open pores are just a normal part of ageing and no doubt caused by that mature women’s nemesis, gravity. The most common areas of the face to be affected by open pores are the chin and the area above the nose and between the eyes. if you don’t mind making an effort, you can minimise the appearance of open pores which give our complexions the coarse appearance.

Try this routine – It works for me:

  • Exfoliate the open-pored area. Do this every morning. I know that that is more frequent than recommended by the beauty industry, but if it helps, who cares?
  • Use an exfoliant cream or baking powder and massage well with your fingers. Rinse off with warm water and a face washer.
  • Now dab on some astringent lotion using a cotton ball or make-up pad. Extreme measures are necessary because we can no longer buy an alcohol-based astringent. I suggest that you dab on some neat vodka. Once again, I doubt that the beauty gurus would approve, but probably few of them are aged in their 60’s and 70’s.
  • When applying moisturiser to your face, miss the opened-pored areas.
  • Gently pat a tiny, tiny amount of liquid powder over the open-pored areas.
  • Follow up with the merest touch of pore minimising lotion or cream.
  • Now a faint smear of concealer or foundation.

Because that adds up to three layers and there is more to come, keep the amounts really, really minimal to avoid a caked-on appearance.

  • Brush over with mineral powder as you powder the rest of your face – just a light waft of the brush.
  • If you are not satisfied, use some pressed powder, once again practically zero powder on the puff; press firmly onto the face.
  • Finish by misting your fully finished face with a make-up setting spray.
  • Use pressed powder to touch-up during the day.

Do remember that this look is just cosmetic and won’t lead to a lasting improvement, but you will be so pleased with the more refined appearance of your complexion that your happy and confident smile will return.

Share your thoughts below.



For other great Health & Beauty Tips For Women Aged Between 60 & 80, Margaret Woodberry’s book is available for $24.95 here.

Margaret Woodberry

Since publishing her book Health & Beauty Tips for Women Aged Between 60 & 80, Margaret Woodberry has been contributing style and beauty articles to a variety of publications especially for the mature aged. There is little beauty advice to guide woman through their 60’s and 70’s – a time of dramatic changes in appearance. “We may not look young anymore, but we can still look beautiful” is Margaret’s motto. Author of "Health & Beauty Tips for Women Aged between 60 & 80"

  1. I agree.. most beauty routines are for younger ladies. loved these tips.. have never heard of them before, worth a try, nothing to lose hey!! 🙂

  2. Vodka will definitely diminish the visible signs of ageing…a lot! Cin cin, bottoms up. 😆

  3. I exfoliate every other day, use metho as astringent. Exfoliate with a glove or coarse salt – lol – very inexpensive, but my complexion is the best it has ever been 🙂

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  4. I had the Fluorouracil (Efudex) treatment to the face which is a 6 to 8 weeks process to remove both BCCs and SCCs and the last thing which happens is all of the skin defoliates so In the end one looks 15 years younger.

    That was six years ago yes everyone at the time said I looked 15 years younger. Now I look older than I did prior to the treatment.

    If people judged the book by the cover I’d be stuffed. Just accept what you have and be happy. B|

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  5. I won’t be bothering I have earned my few laughter lines. I have never put soap on my face and am not out in the sun much. I have only used makeup for very special occasions like a wedding for the past forty years. I have never ever worn makeup regularly like every day. To me it’s unnecessary war paint…..

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    • I don’t use soap either Marg, and avoid the sun as much as possible. Nor do I wear makeup very often – especially in summer as it falls off!

    • I have lived in Far North Queensland for the past 23 years so I never use makeup to humid runs off and makes me feel hotter sadly though I have also worked out doors in the sun on a farm not good for the skin. I have been using an Enjo exfoliateing glove lately and it has made my skin look a bit better and now I’m not working I try to keep out of the sun as much as possible.

    • Robyn Dowley I worked on a small crops farm when I was a kid but not since then. I firmly believe that using makeup on a regular basis is detrimental to our skin.

  6. You can buy ISOCOL lasts forever and cleans every bit of anything out of your face it is fantastic lasts for ages and ages keep the Alcohol for drinking. It is sold in supermarkets it is a rubbing alcohol but put it on cotton ball and magic cleanser.

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