Embodying this ethos perfectly is TV personality, Anthea Turner, a Bodyvie client who exudes vibrancy and beauty (inside and out) and we are delighted that she is sharing some of her tips on ageing well with us…
Bodyvie: You look incredible and we can’t believe you’re 56! How much does looking youthful and polished mean to you?
Anthea: It means a great deal, like I’m sure it does to most women – we always feel so much better when we are looking the best we can. I do admit though, it takes a little bit longer as we get older, but I have a few tricks that really help with that: I have my eyelashes dyed regularly and I also have semi permanent makeup in the form of a very thin line close to my upper lashes; it makes a huge difference and saves time with makeup.
I only ever wear mineral makeup from PUR or Jane Iredale now as it suits my skin type and has some sun protection. I also love all the lip plumping glosses from Studio 10 – they really seem to know what women of a certain age need from their makeup.
Bodyvie: You’ve been very open in the press about having a breast augmentation and Botox and we find that refreshing. So many women in the public eye put their pert boobs, full lips and smooth skin down to ‘great genes’. How do you feel about Botox and what would you advise somebody who is thinking of having it done?
Anthea: When you look at a lot of celebrities, most have had a little something done, whether nonsurgical or surgical – they have access to the best products and treatments available so sure, they are going to look fabulous.
And if we need a little bit of help, why not? As far as Botox is concerned, I strongly believe in doing lots of research, not cutting corners and going to the best doctor you can find. Your face and body are too important to go for a cheap fix and I truly believe that cheap deals invariably lead to problems.
Bodyvie: What is your favourite non-surgical treatment and why?
Anthea: I’ve been going to Bodyvie for two treatments – CACI and Endermologie. I’ve been having CACI treatments since the 90s, when they first came out, and have always stuck with them because they give such great firming and lifting results.
As technology has improved, the latest version of the treatment, CACI Ultimate, combines so many other elements to improve the complexion. Apart from firming and lifting, it comprises microdermabrasion and LED light therapy and it’s a must have before a night out as it leaves the skin really firm and glowing.
Endermologie works by giving those cellulite prone areas a really deep massage, draining away toxins and stimulating circulation. It’s a great pre-summer treatment but I get it done whenever I’m feeling a bit sluggish and want to perk up my body a bit.
They’re my favourite clinic treatments because they work for me and they’re something I couldn’t do for myself at home.
Bodyvie: What is your daily skincare routine?
Anthea: I haven’t got a very extensive at home routine and I keep it quite simple by washing my face with a gentle cleanser and then moisturising. Since discovering Dr Andrew Weber and Obagi, both pharmaceutical grade skincare lines, I’ve incorporated these into my routine. I’m particularly fond of their products with Vitamin C, which I feel has improved the texture and brightness of my skin no end.
I also love Heaven Skincare by Deborah Mitchell – so I do switch it up now and then as I think it’s good to give the skin a change every few months.
Bodyvie: Have you had any particular skincare problems as you’ve aged and how have you dealt with them?
Anthea: My skin type is quite fine and normal so I haven’t really suffered with any particular problems, though I am one of those women who goes red very easily in the heat. This means I make sure I’m always wearing SPF and a hat when there’s a bit of sun.
In my early fifties I noticed my skin wasn’t looking as good as usual and this came along with mood-swings and lacklustre hair, but as soon as I started taking HRT I bounced straight back to feeling and looking like me again.
Bodyvie: Leading a busy life, it’s essential for wellbeing and health that you take time to switch off. How do you relax?
Anthea: I tried meditation but it didn’t do much for me as I just couldn’t switch off the to-do list that was running through my mind but I do find taking my stress out in the gym works for me. And being organised prevents stress too.
Bodyvie: We can tell you workout as you’re in great shape – are you a gym bunny?
Anthea: Not as much as I would like to be! It feels as if there aren’t enough hours in the day sometimes. I try to go when I can but like most of us, I feel I should do more.
I am naturally a slim size 8 and that’s quite light for my height of 5ft 6, but I am a great believer that our size, shape and looks are 75% genes and 25% what we do with ourselves. I may be naturally slim but I work with what I’ve got and don’t abuse my body.
Bodyvie: Do you follow a particular diet?
Anthea: I’m fairly sensible and enjoy eating healthy but I also love a couple of glasses of lady petrol (wine!) but I try not to have more than that as apart from the health implications, it makes me fall asleep. And I adore chocolate but see it as a treat. Everything in moderation is a really important lesson.
Bodyvie: Do you combine any particular supplements with healthy eating?
Anthea: I do find Rejuvenated Collagen Shots help give my skin and body a healthy boost. As we begin to lose the collagen that keeps our skin firm from our mid 20s, I like to think that taking these shots is helping to keep mine topped up!
I also have an intravenous drip at Reviv every now and then to replenish minerals and vitamins that get depleted during strenuous times – or after a run of nights out!
Bodyvie: We’re really enjoying your new lifestyle blog full of great tips and tricks for the home.
Anthea: Thank you! It’s great to have a platform where you can write about your projects and the things that interest you – and hopefully, my advice helps others too. I think my home de-cluttering tips are well received because many of us are tempted to hang on to things that we don’t really need.
Bodyvie: We think that prevention is better than cure, so what beauty advice would you give 20 year olds who want to stay looking great as they age?
Anthea: Put out the fags and get out of the sun! Honestly. Smoking and laying out in the sun for long stretches is the number one recipe for ageing quickly.
I enjoy the sunshine as much as anyone, but I do make sure I’m well protected with a high SPF and I limit exposure. A doctor I know once told me that smoking and sunbathing is like burning yourself from the inside out. So don’t do it!
Thank you for sharing your beauty tips with us Anthea!
Love Bodyvie xx