In our “Ageless Beauty” series, we’re celebrating the natural journey that comes with getting older, while also learning about affordable skin care, hair care, and makeup options that will keep us feeling healthy and beautiful.
No matter how many times we’re warned not to go over the top when it comes to caring for our skin, it can be difficult to resist the temptation of a constantly-rotating crop of buzzy new ingredients with which to play and experiment. The next thing you know, you’re already into hour two of a nightly regimen. So in case you needed another reminder, we spoke to three women over 40 about how their skin, and the ways in which they care for it, has evolved from their twenties into their forties and fifties. What we learned? You guessed it: Simplicity is key.
“The bathroom is basically my office,” laughs Fleure Presner. “It drives everyone in my house batty, but I like to really take my time with my skin-care routine. It makes me feel good.” The Toronto-born model and actress, who is now based in Jersey City, New Jersey, is a huge proponent of setting time aside each day to indulge in self care. “I’ve never rushed through my routine and [haphazardly] slapped some products on,” says Presner, who, by the way, has also never gone to bed without taking her makeup off. Well, almost never. “Not unless I’m in an airport,” she says.
Now a mom to a six-year-old daughter, Presner values her skin care more than ever. She starts with an invigorating facial steam to wake herself—and her skin—up, using essential oils like rosemary or lavender. Next up is cleansing, a step Presner takes seriously. (“I just love the feeling of clean skin.”) She reaches for gentle cleansers that don’t compromise her moisture barrier or strip her skin of its natural oils, since she feels her best when her complexion is hydrated and glowing. “I like layering products, so I’ll moisturize, then mist my face and let that sit for a little while before applying more moisturizer. Yes, I like to extra moisturize,” she laughs. “You need to let it really get in there.” And as for the final step, let’s just say it takes place outside the bathroom: “Yoga. When I’m being religious with practicing, my skin glows,” she says. “That’s the key.”