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Wrinkle Free at 49 : Part I

So… you are in your twenties and your skin is flawless so no one believes that it is not just genetic inheritance, but daily care that makes it fabulous? I remember thinking, you just wait till I’m 40 and my skin is still fabulous and wrinkle free… well, those years have swooshed by and here we are… yours truly is chronologically 45 (or as I say 30 with 15 years experience) yet my skin still looks flawless and is completely wrinkle free.

So those of you that are in their 20s; pay attention because you must start now! Those of you in your 30s; It is not too late! 40 somethings; If you smoke(d), have been baking in the sun and eating a poor diet… well, you still can vastly improve the condition of your skin.

My momma taught me about skincare from a very early age and I have been following her three cardinal rules since I was a teenager.

CARDINAL RULES: Cleanse. Exfoliate. Hydrate.

Today I shall divulge momma’s secrets regarding cleansing. She has been removing all her makeup with baby oil since the mid 60s. I was tad rebellious when I was a teen; I was removing my makeup with soap and water. I can hear you gasping and I am here to assure you that a bar of soap is perfectly fine. My skin did not peel off or dry out. 

Soap has been in use for so many years and it will do the job. Your skin will be squeaky clean and makeup free.


A few years ago I was on location filming and left my whole toiletries bag at home. I ended up using the hand soap (it was a liquid one on this occasion and antibac). Survived! 

Once I went on a road trip with a few friends and being Miss Flaky that I was in those days I forgot my makeup remover (I was an Esteé Lauder gal in those days coz they had the best goodie bags one got with two or more purchases).

Anywho, you know the ye ol’ saying – necessity is the mother of invention?

Well I “invented” that Femfresh is just a fabulous foaming makeup remover.

Yes, the feminine wash.  

So controversial! 

I was even quoted in the mighty DailyMail saying so.

You are wondering which train of thought had led me to that conclusion so here it is:

Train of thought: Makeup on my face → no cleanser → femfresh? → hm (hand on my chin, deep in thought) → it is scientifically formulated for intimate use → if it can go on my cha-cha it can go on my face → BAM and the makeup’s gone!

It was a good train that serves me well to this day if need be.

Soap and feminine intimate washes can be an alternative way one can try or adopt. I was perfectly happy using either for the best part of 20 years. 

Then I discovered Space NK.

In the name of science and my curiosity I simply had to subject myself to endless experiments with up market cleansers and low and behold I found that the results of the above mentioned experiments were rather incredible. Three of my favourite brands are: NUDE, ALGENIST and REN.

Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly from NUDE Skincare is lovely and velvety and breaks down the makeup immediately. It is packed with omegas, orange extract, and annato seed extract that transforms from an airy gel to a soft milk, melting away all the gunk from your skin. NUDE was founded in 2007 by ethical entrepreneurs Ali Hewson, yes Bono Vox’s wife and Bryan Meehan. That does inspire confidence.

Algenist GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting CleanserThis little genius is a fabulous combo of both Alguronic Acid and Microalgae Oil. The best that biotechnology can offer. Microalgae Oil is insanely nourishing and Alguronic Acid is super-dooper hydrating! First it feels like thick honey on your palm but when you gently apply it directly over your makeup it turns into a lightweight oil that lifts away all the traces of makeup. When ready, rinse with warm water and it will turn into a milky emulsion that rinses clean and leaves your skin singing.

REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial is a weird smelling little thing and the texture is squidgy come jelly with some bits in the mix but boy oh boy does it ever take the waterproof eye makeup off in less than a minute! And long wear lippies! It contains very potent water-activated Vitamin C and we all know Vit C is the key antioxidant whether applied or ingested! And it kinda is a facial too as those bits I mentioned above gently exfoliate and my skin does look brighter, firmer and fresher. My absolute favourite waterproof makeup remover!

What is of utmost importance my curious ones is to keep in mind that your skin is your biggest organ and the skin on your face is constantly exposed to the elements. Skin on your face also moves the most what with around 60 muscles that work tirelessly in expressing your emotions, thoughts and are actual tools in your vocal expression A.K.A. speech.

So follow these super basic yet essential rules and you too will stand a good chance of being the proud owner of fabulous skin.

Stay tuned on my following post on EXFOLIATING!


I cannot guarantee that all the skincare products I suggest will work for you. The same applies to the make-up recommendations. I only write about the products I personally have tried and use on myself and my clients. Please keep in mind that the skin is our biggest organ and everyone’s is different. It is possible to be allergic to anything. Whenever possible test products out on yourself before purchasing. 

My views are my own.

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Written by issidora

Usui Reiki Master Teacher | Meditation Guide | Award winning makeup artist and a skincare expert. Co-founder of Nina's Hair Parlour. Compulsory truth teller, history buff & a science groupie. Founder & Editor-In-Chief @ Skin Odyssey.

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