Sarah Gillespie looks at all the latest skincare options and lifestyle tips for MOBs
CALM DOWN, DEAR
At a recent wedding, I was taken aback when the doting mum looked totally unmoved as her daughter walked up the aisle. After a little bit of digging, I discovered it was botox that was keeping her face straight – she’d had more work done than Jackie Stallone in the run-up to the big day. As the pressure to look good increasingly affects the mothers of the bride and the groom, more and more of them are willing to get ‘a little something’ done before the wedding. But with the right health and beauty regime, you can put the needles down, mamas!
“Looking good starts with good skincare,” says Kylie Macbeth of The Aisle (the-aisle.co.uk). “Vitamin C is a great ingredient to look for, as it is an antioxidant and has anti-ageing properties,” she adds. There’s a lot to be said for more sleep and more fruit and veg, and less alcohol, sun and smoking. “As we age, our skin dries out,” explains make-up artist Angela Mills (angelamillsmakeupartist.co.uk). “Avoid oil-free foundation as it dries out the skin further, becomes ‘cakey’, and feels tight on the skin,” she adds.
Instead of invasive (and expensive)procedures that might leave you with that tell-tale taut look, focus instead on having clear, radiant skin. Your daughter is old enough to get married – it’s okay if you don’t get asked for ID at the bar! “I rate microdermabrasion,” says Stacey Campbell of Jaks Hair and Beauty (jakshairandbeauty.com). “It’s a deep clean for the skin, so two or three treatments ahead of time and you’ll be glowing!”