Ursula Nicholls works in health and social care. She lives in Oxford with her husband, Steve, and has two children, aged 26 and 32.
GET AN INSTANT GLOW
I’ve worn make-up every day since I was 17. I can’t live without blusher — it’s amazing for getting back the glow that fades with age. Go for cream, not powder-based versions — the latter look too caked on older skin. My favourite is MAC’s Cremeblend Blush in Posey (£19.50, johnlewis.com).
Ursula Nicholls, 59, lives in Oxford with her husband. She works in health and social care
HEALTHY HAIR DYE
If your hair looks good, everything else falls into place. My natural shade is very dark. I started going grey in my mid-20s, so I’ve been colouring it every two months for more than 30 years.
This can take its toll, so to keep my hair in condition, I always go to the salon for a professional, oil-based L’Oreal Inoa dye (free from ammonia, which can strip away shine).
TIME TO WORK OUT
The key to exercise is understanding whether you’re a morning or night person, then tailoring your regime. I love going for an early morning run or cycle, but if I do the same at night it feels like I am running in flippers.
TAILOR YOUR TAN
A bronzed look is one of the best turn-back-the-clock cheats. However, too much sun can be very ageing, particularly around the décolletage. I use tailored sun protection on different parts of the body. On my face and neck, I use Piz Buin Sun Sensitive Skin Face Cream SPF 50 to prevent sun spots, then compensate for the lack of tan with L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tan. On my arms and legs, I use Piz Buin Tan & Protect SPF 15 to allow a natural, even tan.
ART OF BODY CONFIDENCE
I took up life-drawing classes three years ago as a way of keeping busy after my children left home. I was nervous at first, but soon started to enjoy the classes — though I never expected the models to offer such a boost to my body confidence. It is empowering to see people of all shapes, sizes and ages comfortable in themselves. If you have any body hang-ups, book yourself in.
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