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Anti-ageing Options Part 2

In the final part of her series, Sue Moxley samples seven more anti-ageing treatments

7. Clairol nice and easy root colour Priced from £3.99 from (www.boots.com)

This simple yet brilliant product lets you increase the interval between salon appointments. Just part your hair in the usual way, then brush the colour along the visible roots and temples. Ten minutes later rinse off and all grey is covered; always do a patch test first.

8. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer £21, from John Lewis

I am obsessed with this new concealer. As skin ages, it usually becomes uneven in colour, more lined and rougher in texture. This is the first cover-up I’ve come across that is sympathetic to all three. It’s opaque enough to cover dark circles and sunspots, but light enough not to look thick and cakey over lined skin. The inclusion of hyaluronic acid means it keeps skin hydrated and smooth all day. Genius.

9. Laura Mercier Radiance Primer £28, from John Lewis

As I get older, I find I’m using primer more and more. It gives a very smooth base for makeup, hiding uneven colour and patches of flakiness. This is the one I use every day: it has added light reflectors that work wonders on older skin, flattering it without naff sparkle and glitter. On weekends, I skip the foundation altogether and just pop some concealer over this.

10. Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels £25, from Marks and Spencer

An actress got me on to these, and now I am never without them. They do as much for the dehydrated fine lines around my eyes as any facial or salon treatment. Just pop the sticky gels under each eye and relax for as long as you can stand before peeling off. They reduce puffiness, plump up lines and leave a wonderfully moist base for makeup. They're brilliant for travel, and men love using them, too.

11. Astalift Intense Re-Plumping Mask £10, from: (www.debenhams.com)

I am a big believer in quick fixes. If you have a special occasion or party, pop on this wet paper mask for 15 or so minutes, or until your skin has soaked up its serum. When you remove it, your face will look younger, healthier, pinker, plumper. Follow with moisturiser before applying makeup.

12. Footner Exfoliating Socks £19.99, from (www.boots.com)

These are brilliant. Wear the socks (basically gel-filled sandwich bags) for an hour, remove and rinse. A few days later, in the most grotesque and satisfying manner, all the dead, coarse, calloused skin will peel off in large pieces, revealing soft, young-looking feet. There’s no need to file, scrub or go under the chiropodist's knife. I use them every month or two, especially in sandals weather.

13. Philosophy Miracle Worker Anti-Ageing Retinoid Pads £62, from John Lewis

Chemical peels administered by a doctor can be hugely effective on sunspots and wrinkles, but the period while you look too awful to go out, discomfort and cost are prohibitive. This at-home alternative uses retinoids: Vitamin A derivatives, and one of the ingredients we know for sure works on signs of ageing. Each night, you stroke a soaked pad over the area to be treated: face, décolleté, neck, back of your hands, and follow with moisturiser.

Have you tried any of these? What do you think to these tips? Do you have any of your own?

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