Top tips: looking young

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 June, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 June, 2008, 12:00am

Nikky Hambleton-Jones, host of BBC television show 10 Years Younger, talks about the basics of youthful looks:

'Hongkongers are well-groomed and immaculate, but they sometimes lack the confidence to experiment and develop their own style.

'For skin care there are certain basic things you have to do before you do anything else.

'Don't lie in the sun and wear sun protection every day, especially in Hong Kong where the sun is intense and it's polluted. If you don't do this then don't bother spending thousands on anti-ageing creams.

'Don't smoke. If a woman smokes 10 cigarettes a day, by the time she hits 40 she will have the same amount of wrinkles as a 60-year-old.

'Drink water and hydrate the skin from the inside out.

'Have a good skin-care regime. Cleanse twice a day so you don't leave residue makeup and pollutants which will break down the collagen in your skin. You can also help your skin by exfoliating, using micro-derm abrasion or active exfoliation, for example.

'Women are becoming more obsessed by anti-ageing. So many people go from doing nothing to buying expensive anti-ageing creams. But if you use basic brands like Nivea or Ponds, and do all of the above steps, you will be much better off than someone who bakes in the sun and uses an expensive cream.

'I have always looked after my skin. I'm from South Africa and I've been aware of SPF [sun protection factor] since I was 15 years old. I've never been someone who believes in anti-ageing creams. But I do believe in cleansing, moisturising and exfoliating. I also use a moisturising mask once a week and a serum at night. And I don't do anything cosmetic at this stage. I'm 37 now. That's not to say that I won't do something when I get older.

'Your hair can also be incredibly ageing and jet-black hair is incredibly stark and draining on any skin. You can soften it by going for a dark brown or warm brown so it takes the edge off the black that's so popular in Hong Kong. As you get older you lose the colour in your skin so it's especially important to stay away from black as it can drain you and make you look tired.

'We've had some rough-looking people on the show and I have wondered how we can help them.

'The most difficult body shape to style is the barrel - someone who has broad shoulders and a thick apple shape through the waist. It's difficult to create a waist without making them look top heavy or pregnant and it's not easy to work with.

'But there are tricks for everyone to look better and I do think that everyone can be rescued.'

Nikky Hambleton-Jones will be in Hong Kong for a seminar on June 19.

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