I’ve been lucky to work with some wonderful magazines and clients over the years and one that I have huge respect for is Bodyvie Medi-Clinic in Richmond, Surrey. Its professionalism, high-tech non-surgical treatments and friendly, experienced aesthetic and medical team makes it a favourite among local mums and celebrities alike and it was while working with them, I got to find that one of their regular clients is television presenter Anthea Turner. Watching her on Loose Women recently got me thinking – even with her busy working life and being a regular at glittery, celebrity events, she seemed so down to earth and fun. Perhaps, I thought, she would be one of my fabulous Women Like Us. Serendipity stepped in when Bodyvie asked me to contact Anthea to write about her beauty tips for their blog and I was thrilled when she said she’d be happy to be featured on Glowology too. Thanks Anthea! So less faffing from me and more goss from her…let’s go!
Glowology: How much does looking youthful and well turned out mean to you?
Anthea: Like for most of us women, looking and feeling good means a lot but I’m not going to lie, it takes a little bit longer as we get older! I’ve got a few fail-safe tricks up my sleeve to make it easier though: I have my eyelashes dyed regularly and I also have semi-permanent makeup in the form of a very thin line, drawn close to my upper lashes – it makes a huge difference and saves time with makeup in the morning. I only ever wear mineral makeup from PUR or Jane Iredale now as it suits my skin type and offers some sun protection. And I also love all the lip plumping glosses from Studio 10 – it’s a fabulous range that really seem to know what women of a certain age need from their makeup. I highly recommend it!
Glowology: You are quite open about having a little bit of Botox and keeping things perky 🙂 What do you think of celebs who put it all down to ‘good genes’?
Anthea: Haha, most celebrities have had a little something done. Whether non-surgical or surgical – you have to remember that they have access to the best products and treatments available so yes, they are going to look fabulous. I strongly believe that if we need a little bit of help – whoever we are – and it makes you feel good, then why not? As far as Botox is concerned, I advise that before having it done, you should do lots of research, never cut corners and go to the best doctor you can find. Your face and body are too important to go for a cheap fix and cheap deals invariably lead to problems.
Glowology: I know you have your favourite non-surgical treatments at Bodyvie, can you tell us a bit about them?
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.
Glowology: Do you have a particular skincare routine?
Anthea: I like to keep it quite simple by washing my face with a gentle cleanser and then moisturising. I use both Dr Andrew Weber and Obagi pharmaceutical grade skincare lines and am 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 the luxurious brand, 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.
Glowology: 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. I know that HRT gets a bad rap in the press now and then but for me, it’s been a life-saver!
Glowology: 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!
Glowology: You’re in great shape – what’s your favourite exercise?
Anthea: Just the gym really, but I don’t go as much as I would like – there aren’t enough hours in the day! I know I’m lucky being a naturally slim size 8 but I’m 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. As far as dieting is concerned – I just don’t do it, though I’m fairly sensible and enjoy eating healthy but I also love a couple of glasses of lady petrol (wine!). I try not to have more than that as apart from the health implications, it makes me fall asleep. I adore chocolate too but see it as a treat. Everything in moderation is a really important lesson and so is learning not to compare yourself to anybody else and focusing on your positive points and not the negative. Often, we can’t change what we were born with but we can work with it and channel our energies on being the best we can and making ourselves happy.
(Glowology: Do you know how much I love that answer? You can probably hear me screaming ‘hear hear, Anthea!’ and punching the air 🙂 )
Glowology: Do you take any particular supplements?
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!
Glowology: I really enjoy your new lifestyle blog www. antheaturner.com As well as giving us an insight into your life and work, It’s full of great tips and tricks for the home. Being a domesticated nightmare (as Stressed Husband calls me) I was born without a tidy gene, but your website has definitely inspired me to get organised. Thank you!
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 – as I’m sure it’ll help you, haha. 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.
(Glowology: Yeah, tell me about it :-s)
Glowology: So, Anthea, as a woman of 56 who looks incredible, can you share your most important ‘stay young, feel great’ tips?
Anthea: Put out the fags and get out of the sun! Honestly. Smoking and laying out in the sun for long stretches is a recipe for ageing quickly. I enjoy the sunshine as much as anyone (especially with a cocktail in hand) 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!
It was such a pleasure to chat with Anthea and I love her ‘everything in moderation’ and ‘work with what you’ve got’ advice. Now let’s put it into action!