When I was about 14 I spent a lot of time lying on my bed, (which for a while was a mattress on the floor because I was bohemian like that and too cool for a bed), staring at my face in a mirror. Already at that age I realised that lying on your back was a flattering angle – a bit like a facelift, only less painful. It’s the same with legs – they look better when you lie down and stick them in the air because the fat falls backwards and doesn’t hang over your knees.
I’m 40 next year and I must admit that the prospect of examining my face close up in a mirror feels somewhat less appealing now. I’m not going to say ‘Oh my God, I look so old!’ or anything annoying like that because I think we both know that I don’t particularly, but just over the last year I have started to notice changes. My hair has started to dry out, my tummy is round even when I’m lying on my back, the fat around my elbows is squishier and the skin on my face is definitely looser.
I notice it most around my jawline. I’ve always had a decent jawline, but over the last 12 months it has noticeably softened and I’ve started to get a little pouchy bit under my chin. I can feel the softness under my jaw and up to my ears – I feel like I can pull my skin up behind my ears a little bit and get a squishy area around my earlobes that wasn’t there before. My skin tone isn’t as even as it once was either.
This is me, under harsh light, no editing. So basically how I look every day.
(Try not to look at the eyebrows.)
Now I’m not going to pretend that I am super anxious about ageing – I know it’s just one of those things that happens, and we have to embrace it. However, I do feel like perhaps now is the time to start taking care of my skin a little better, just as a way to be nice to myself. I don’t normally wear make-up and so perhaps I need to take steps to make sure the basics are as good as they could be?
I figure it’s a bit like taking care of a plant. (I have a lot of plants and I love them.) I could just leave them to get on with things and chuck a bit of water in them every now and then, but if I want them to look as healthy and beautiful as I know they can, I have to pay a bit more attention. I have to make sure the humidity and hydration levels are right, I have to expose them to the right amount of light, and sometimes I have to feed them. (And chat to them a bit. And stroke their leaves.)
When I showed Belle all of my goodies from the No7 Lift & Luminate range she laughed.
‘You’re never going to remember to do all that,’ she scoffed. ‘Can I have them?’
‘No,’ I said. ‘The whole point is that it’s about looking after skin as it ages and you’re 14.’
‘Well I could show how beneficial it is for teenage skin?’
Belle definitely doesn’t have to worry about wrinkles, firmness or tone – the three most common signs of ageing, which these products are clinically proven to tackle. Her main concern right now is getting her eyeliner on fleek.
She is right to be concerned though, as I’m notoriously rubbish at beauty regimes. Even I can manage to slap on a bit of moisturiser though surely?
I think so.
I’ve not made any New Year’s resolutions this year, but what I do want to do is make small, long term changes. Looking after my pelvic floor is one of them, (which I’m sure you’ve noticed), taking care of my skin is another. No7 is the number one serum brand and so I have high hopes for their new day cream, night cream and eye cream, all of which include the same triple action technology as the famous Lift & Luminate Serum.
The key is getting into the habit of using the products in the morning and at night time, and combining the serum with the day and night creams. 88% of women apparently saw even better results when when they used the L&L day cream with the L&L serum.
This is the bit I need to get into the habit of – having a proper regime. Products like this can have much more powerful results when used together, hence the hashtag – #BetterTogether. Get it? I mean sure, they are good on their own, but the idea is a bit like when you meet your soul mate and bring out the best in each other – the whole is bigger than the sum of its parts.
I started using it this week and I’m already enjoying the ritual of it. Even just the fact that the creams come in jars, rather than the cheap plastic bottles that I’m used to, makes the whole thing feel somehow more decadent. I unscrew the chunky lid, take a blob of cream on my finger and massage it into my face. I feel like I’m making time for myself, taking care of myself. I may have to wait two weeks for younger looking skin, (only two weeks!), but already I feel a bit more like a princess.
That’s what beauty is really about after all isn’t it? It’s not just about looking good, it’s about feeling good too.
Check back in with me in four weeks and I’ll be able to tell you exactly what I think about the new Lift & Luminate range.
Win your own set of No7 Lift & Luminate skincare
If you’re a fan of No7 I’d love for you to give these products a try at the same time as me – that way we can compare results! Will our skin feel firmer? Will our wrinkles be reduced? Will we feel like fully fledged princesses? There are already nine other bloggers taking part in the trial (I’ll be sharing their posts soon – you see, we really are better together!) but you can join in too as I have FIVE sets of No7 Lift & Luminate products to giveaway!
To enter all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me why you think you deserve a treat. Register your comment in the widget below and you’ll open up some bonus entries too. The competition is open to UK residents only and will close at 11.59pm on 25th January. You’ve not got long to enter as I want to make sure you can trial the products with me.
The No7 Lift & Luminate TRIPLE ACTION Day, Night and Eye Creams are available in Boot stores and on Boots.com from 18 January 2017. (You can find individual product links in the post above.)
If you’d like to hear more about other bloggers’ experiences with the No7 Lift & Luminate range, here are the first posts from the other bloggers taking part in this trial:
Hayley Carr – http://www.londonbeautyqueen.com/2017/01/skincare-is-bettertogether-why-you-need.html
Kate Marten – http://www.katelouiseblogs.com/2017/01/no7-lift-luminate-triple-action-range.html
Tracey McAlpine – http://www.fightingfifty.co.uk/beauty/no7-lift-luminate-triple-action-range-%E2%80%93-skincare-proven-work
Alex Garman – http://iheartbeauty.net/2017/01/new-no7-lift-luminate-range-review/
Jane Cunningham – http://britishbeautyblogger.com/sponsored/boots-no-7-lift-luminate-ad/
Louise Woollam – http://www.getlippie.com/2017/01/boots-no7-lift-and-luminate.html
Lisa Barrett – http://glowology.co.uk/beauty/beauty-newsflash-no7-lift-luminate-range-new-launch-bettertogether/
Fritha Strickland – http://www.tigerlillyquinn.com/2017/01/growing-older-lift-and-luminate.html
Sareta Fontaine – http://kikiblahblah.com/no7-lift-luminate-bettertogether/