It's not often that I a) write about a skincare line in it's entirety and b) about something that someone else has been trialling. But hear me out. The "someone else" is my mother, and the skincare line is an anti-ageing line created specifically for someone of my mother's age. And in anycase, norms are made to be broken, don't you think?
As you probably know, I very sadly lost my father six months ago and the effect on my mother, married to him for almost 45 years, was devastating, in so many different ways. The lovely Alicia at Dr Nick Lowe very kindly sent over a whole collection of skincare products from the "The Secret Is Out" range for my mother, to give her a little boost. Formulated specifically for the mature skin, this was just for her, not for me, along with a few other bits from the Dr Nick Lowe range for my mother too.
Now let's be clear about this. My mother is not someone who ever really took care of her skin in any fashion. A little wash and pat dry, and a dab of E45 cream and she was pretty much done. So I really didn't hold out any hope for her to follow a skincare regime at all, let alone one that needed her to follow five to six steps morning and night. And even if she felt she could be bothered, I was pretty sure the (apparent) complexity of the routine would have her baffled and confused and she would give up before she'd even got to Day 2.
But she's not my mother for nothing! I'm so proud of her I can hardly contain myself. Five months down the line, she's followed the programme to the letter and it shows. Her skin is clearer, smoother, softer and more radiant than it's been in years. We're really lucky in our family in that our skin ages really well (MA), so even before she started using the skincare products, she looked a good ten years younger than she really is. But with the consistent use of specially formulated skincare, she now looks around fifteen years younger than her true age, and even my mother, the cynic that she is, can't help but be super-chuffed with the result.
A little tip to those in the same position as me: if you look carefully at the photo above, you'll see I labelled each and every product with the a number, in order of when it should be used, along with creating a little checklist of what to use morning and night. After a couple of weeks, she had it down pat, but it gave her the confidence to follow the regime when I couldn't be around to tell her what to use when.
Normally, any sort of compliment would be rebuffed as soon as it was offered, but now, there's a huge grin to accept the inevitable comments that come her way. And the very fact that she has been showing off her arms and hands is testament to the effects she can see of the Double Duty SPF15 Hand Cream.
The true test? She's asked me to go out and buy the whole lot again as she doesn't want to be without any of the products from the range. That from a soap-water-E45-cream gal? I think we all know what that means.
What does your mother use on her skin? Any other recommendations for my mother?
P.S. Can you guess her age from her skin? Bet you can't!