Donna White is a national newspaper and magazine journalist, blogger, and mum to Brodie, aged seven, and five-year-old Blake.
Her beauty regime used to consist of soap and water, followed by a quick swipe of lip gloss. Since entering her 40s she admits Mother Nature needs just a bit more of a helping hand. You can find her general ramblings over at www.mummycentral.com
A couple of months ago I went back to work.
I have to say, although I miss my boys, I could barely hide the enthusiasm for returning to the world of grown-up conversation and cappuccinos. But eight years in the wilderness – wiping snot and being forced to watch The Wiggles – has seen a lot of changes.
In 2006, when I waddled heavily pregnant out of the office doors, I’d never even heard of Facebook. Now we’re all social, sharing our views online by Tweeting, Tumbling and Stumbling. Blogging has helped me to keep up, meaning I’m not a dinosaur in the professional world.
But my face tells a different story….
Being a 40-year-old, thrust into an office with 20-something whizzkids, I’ve looked a little closer in the mirror these days. The dark circles and fine lines, from so much sleep deprivation and interrupted nights, are starting to take their toll.
So it’s time for a little damage control, before the only bags for life I’m carrying around with me are the ones under my eyes! And as we all know too well, being a mum is all about putting others first. We’re all guilty of neglecting ourselves.
Early nights, drinking more water and regular moisturising are making me feel a little fresher – and I’m hoping the effects might start to show soon too. I’ve even changed my sleeping position, since I’ve read that sleeping on your side or stomach can lead to gravity causing eye-bags.
The husband isn’t too chuffed, since I tend to snore on my back. But I’m hoping I’ll get used to it and eventually stop sounding like a freight train coming into the station – otherwise he might need to invest in some earplugs. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not seeking eternal youth but we all want to look good for our years, don’t we?
Personally, I’d rather be a Helen Mirren, pictured right, when I get older – rather than a dead ringer for Madge from Benidorm! So with my new anti-ageing regime in mind, I’ve been trying out a few products to help freshen up my skin.
Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Serum, £60.50 for 22mls
Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Serum (£60.50 for 22mls) promises dramatic skin repair, with vitamins A, C and E to decrease fine lines while stimulating collagen. I’ve found it sinks into my skin really well, not feeling as thick and greasy as a lot of anti-ageing products, which can leave you with a shiny complexion.
It’s part of the AGE smart range, and quite pricey, but a little really does go a long way. It’s kind to my sensitive skin and makes it feel baby soft. If you’re not on a budget, I’d say it’s well worth investing in a tube. www.dermalogica.co.uk
Nivea Visage Q10 Plus Anti Wrinkle Eye Cream, £11.05 for 15ml
To keep me feeling fresh throughout the day, I pop a little Nivea Visage Q10 Plus Anti Wrinkle Eye Cream in my make-up bag (www.nivea.co.uk). With just a swipe from the corners of my eyes outwards, it cools the skin and is designed to reduce puffiness and signs of fatigue.
It’s perfume-free and suitable for contact lens wearers. I certainly feel fresher, and I reckon the dark circles are starting to fade – I’ll keep you posted.
DHC Coenzyme Q10 neck cream, £34.50 for 35g
I am loving DHC Coenzyme Q10 neck cream, which also has the magic anti-ageing vitamins A,C and E.
Made with shea butter, it feels a lot thicker, but contains 10 times more antioxidant coenzyme than DHC’s previous version. So it might take a little longer to sink in, but it’s not sticky and I reckon it’s worth the wait for it to dry.
Clinique Full Potential Lip Plumps Shine, £16 for 4.7ml
When it comes to make-up for the office, I don’t like to look as though I’m trying too hard. Clinique Full Potential Lip Plumps Shine gives me a little colour – I even rub some onto my cheeks for a rosy glow.
It comes in a variety of shades, but the peachy Soda Pop is my favourite. It smells almost good to eat too, although that would defeat the purpose wouldn’t it?
Can’t say I notice any particular plumpness to my lips, but the colour lasts a long time and it’s still visible come home time.