Midlife beauty: Tips on How to look (really) good for your age

Claire Coleman of The Times speaks to some beauty experts about How to look good for your age.

She writes: “As a beauty journalist for more than 20 years, I’ve had access to some of the most experienced people in the industry. All of them have at least one ritual that they follow every day that they believe keeps them looking their best.

For me, after years of writing about the ageing effects of daylight on the skin, it’s applying broad-spectrum SPF 50 every morning, even in the winter. An estimated 90 per cent of the visible changes that we see on our skin are down to exposure to UV light. That’s because UV stimulates the production of melanin, causing uneven pigmentation as well as damaging collagen — the protein that makes skin firm — and the DNA in skin cells so they can’t reproduce efficiently.”

She spoke to Dr Uchenna Okoye, aesthetic dentist and she give her tips:

“I floss twice a day without fail. Your teeth are the scaffolding for your whole face. As we get older teeth lose enamel, stain more easily and get thinner, which can result in the skin around
your mouth and jaw losing volume too. Plus, you’re more prone to gum disease. I brush (don’t scrub) my teeth for two minutes, twice a day, every day – before breakfast and before bed – using an electric toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, which hardens enamel and makes teeth more resistant to attack by plaque
bacteria. But crucially I always floss afterwards. I follow the mantra of “floss the teeth you want to keep” – a toothbrush can’t get in between your teeth, so flossing is so important to remove any leftover debris to help prevent gum disease, plaque buildup and cavities.”

Dr Uchenna Okove is the clinical director of London Smiling and founder of the

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