travel and beauty journalist who writes under the name of Rosie McKechnie has found some great products for all you yummy 40 somethings to try.

Rosie, who has worked all over the world, likes to be behind the lens sometimes too and enjoys keeping an air of mystery about her. Read her tips for all of you in your forties. We also have a new columnist Louise Scott, who will be writing for 30-something skin too.


The long, hot days of summer (yes, even in Scotland ) might be over that doesn’t mean it’s time to forsake the well-honed beauty routine we’ve been practising for the past few months. Well, yes, back in the real world, let’s just say the regime we attempted and dreamed of doing if only there were a few more hours in the day.

The point is, as we get cosied up in scarves, coats and tights, don’t forget to take a bit of time out for pampering. Your skin will thank you, especially come spring when it’s time to unwrap those layers again.

What better way to prepare the bathroom for a home spa treatment than a fabulous scented candle? If you really want to push the boat out, nothing holds a flame to the wonderfully indulgent, rich notes of the Lemongrass, Amber, Tiare Flower Layered Scented Candle from Jo Loves

Fragrance queen Jo Malone says she wanted to evoke memories of holidays in Thailand with a bouquet I think is the perfect accompaniment to a long soak in the bath. Zesty lemongrass blends with warm amber and the creamy scent of the tiare flower to transport you to a five-star Thai spa.

Don’t balk at the £75 price tag, with 60 hours of burning time this hand-made candle costs a budget-busting £1.25 per soak in the bath. Now that’s money well spent.

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I love a cream cleanser in the evening, taking a couple of minutes to massage it in removes all traces of make-up and gives skin a real boost. Dove Spa For Starters Rich Cleansing Cream gives skin a wonderfully deep clean. Ideal for normal to dry skin, the evening primrose and herbal borage oils are delicate enough for sensitive skin yet tough enough to thoroughly cleanse.

Follow this with Dove Spa Rejuvenating Mask. I use it once a week, leave on for 15 minutes, lightly patting it in to make sure it is all absorbed. You can also use it as an overnight intensive treatment for gloriously glowing skin, giving ectoin, vitamin E and natural plant oil ingredients time to work overtime.

Dove Spa Rich Cleansing Cream, £14.50, and Rejuvenating Mask, £27, from

Don’t know about the rest of you but I’m always relieved when the weather turns cooler and all talk of beach-ready bodies is forgotten. Phew, pass me a glass of wine and a bowl of chilli crisps and let’s hear no more of cellulite, flabby abs and bingo wings.

Even though I’m unlikely to be revealing any more than my earlobes for the next few months, I have to admit I do still like to luxuriate in buffed, polished skin. My favourite product, summer and winter, is Clinique’s invigorating Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator. The gel smoothes skin without being too rough or abrasive and leaves me with a healthy glow – even if I’m the only one to see it.

A little goes a long way and at this time of year it’s just a once a week treat. Well worth the investment. Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator, £18.50, from

After a couple of months in sandals and flip-flops our poor tootsies are crying out for a little TLC. When that suntan has faded, all that’s left are dry, cracked heels and blisters. Before you hide them under socks and boots, give your hard-working feet a treat with Reinventing the Heel by Origins.

The super-rich formula is packed with rose fruit and jojoba oils to soothe skin, exfoliating salicylic acid and softening shea butter. And the fresh, minty fragrance gets 10 out of 10 on the feelgood factor. Use it at night to leave skin soft and smooth in the morning. Origins Reinventing the Heel, £22, from