On a complete beauty routine for mature skin…


Liz Earle Cleanse, Polish and Tonic Set

Q: I'm 58 and my face has the lot! Lines and wrinkles, sagging, dull skin, dark circles, and crepiness - sound beautiful? NOT! I'm going back to the cold cream days now, that's when I was a teenager! Since then I've not had any spare cash to indulge myself, as the children's needs had to come first. I'm a complete novice and would appreciate any advice.
I lost my mother in 2000 and lost all interest in myself totally, thankfully this year I've finally come through the darkness and would love to look better, but I do need a step by step routine. I have dry skin with a greasy T-zone.


Alison: This is a common problem - where people have tried skincare when they were younger and it didn't work. And where there wasn't much choice, other than cold cream which would have brought you out in spots as it's really heavy and wouldn't have been suitable for you at that age.

I understand that you have put your family first and then suddenly when you look in the mirror, you feel like you should be looking a lot younger. This is often found by women in their 50s and 60s, where the reflections in the mirror seem to be of an older version of you.

I want to give you a very simple routine that's quick, easy and enjoyable. All you need to do is get yourself into the routine of following it every single morning and every single night.

I recommend you use Liz Earle, because the products smell gorgeous, they have lovely luxurious textures and are enriched with natural ingredients. Your skin at the moment is craving moisture, which a lack of a proper routine and the ageing process has prevented it from having.

Start with Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, followed by Liz Earle Instant Skin Boost Tonic (these come in a great-value duo set), Superskin Concentrate and then Superskin Moisturiser on top. You can use the Superskin Moisturiser on the face, neck and around the eyes. 

Follow these four steps morning and night to improve the condition of your skin and to keep it feeling comfortable and well hydrated. If you want to go further, I can suggest more products for you.


  1. lynn October 11, 2009 at 11:38 am -  Reply

    i agree alison the liz earle is good, however when i started using it it made my skin worse and brought me out in spot breakouts, which from reading other peoples comments, this has happened to quite a few people so it is very much a perseverance product, not always getting such good results as other makes.

  2. Janet Madill November 13, 2009 at 11:35 am -  Reply

    I’m 56 yrs of age and have found Liz Earle products quick to use, smell devine, worked wonders on my dull skin & the prices are fabulous for the benefits to your skin. Would not change my cleanse & polish & skin tonic for any other brand. Sorry the lady who’s skin got worse, maybe she bought the wrong type for her skin & ahlould have had the dry/sensitive one?

  3. Mrs. Elizabeth Yerolemides November 25, 2009 at 1:03 pm -  Reply

    Since becoming an avid watcher (and customer) of all the beauty programmes on QVC my skin, hair and general all over appearance have improved to the extent that people do a double take head swivel when I tell them I am 62 years of age. Not only do I look outwardly young, I feel so positive on the inside about myself. The only let down are my eybrows. There is not enough information about eyebrows and yet they are so important. Mine have become grey,thin, and their shape has changed pulling my face down in an anti-gravity direction – what can I do?!

  4. Gwyneth Wood December 10, 2009 at 3:55 pm -  Reply

    Alison please help I am 60 work as a nurse on nights my body skin is fine but my face is dry full of lines I am going to a xmas party have got the full out fit but my face lets me down can you suggest some thing as a quick fix I am haveing eye make up and lashes put on but will leave face make up til last as will be putting line creame on all day so I don,t look as bad in the evening

  5. Kathleen Donnelly December 17, 2009 at 11:28 pm -  Reply

    Hello Allison
    I am 60 and started to get a red line in the crease of my mouth, you know where it tends to sag with age.. not nice!.. toothpaste irritates it.. and I have to be careful what I use..Ive never had this before, my skin is dry and I use cleanse and polish for cleaning my face and Liz Earle skin repair moisturiser for dry sensitive skin. I have been using tinted spackle, wondering if this has irritated my skin? I dab t.tree oil on the corner of my mouth and downward line twice a day.. this helps but as I still work, I need to look presentable and have to have some form of make up on, I am using bare essentials at the moment. I leave my skin make up free at weekends and use the t.tree oil, Can you advise anything else Alison please apart from a face lift for saggy drooping mouth..( and I used to be so pretty)

  6. Sue January 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I would really love your help. Just turned 49, have used Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish for 10+ years. I’ve recently noticed my skin feels red and very sensitive after using it. I’ve just found out the formula has changed, now I’m scared to use it. My fine lines around my eyes are greater and my eyes are more puffy. I’ve ordered the Decleor Cleansing Wash, as it removes eye makeup too and looks good for sensitive skin. Do you think I’ve ordered the right thing? Daren’t use Liz Earle again. Thanks you.

  7. Julia McCarthy January 24, 2010 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Iam 47 work full time and teach High Energy Aerobics, Body Conditioning and Steps with very dry, sensitive, fair skin. Iam very busy and have a hard life style. Iam still getting spots on my chin (Painful), and I have a greasey forehead. Iam using Gatineau cleanser and toner and I just love it, but what else will help me. It may be hormonal but it is getting me down. I thought this will stop at my age. I have used most of the products on qvc but may not have got the right combination to suit my skin.

  8. julia January 27, 2010 at 7:37 pm -  Reply

    Help please.
    I am 39 with terrible skin on my face. Its lined around the eyes. the real problem is that i dont know what kind of skin i have. my t-zone becomes oily through the day. but my cheeks and forehead are red with lumps under the skin. these lumps will break into dry flaky patches. it feels very tight and itchy. please help. i dont know what to do.

  9. Lorraine February 7, 2010 at 11:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I use Elemis religously but at the minute I feel that my lines around my mouth area are sagging Im 49 and going through the menopause.Can you suggest anything different than Im already doing.

  10. Donna March 26, 2010 at 9:11 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    I would be grateful for some advice about Judith Williams’s products. I have problem skin that I keep under control with nightly benzyl peroxide and Retin A. This, of course, leads to dryness, but I have found the Judith Williams Phytomineral cream to be a very good moisturiser. To counteract simultaneous signs of ageing, I’m thinking of moving on to the Life Long products by Judith Williams when my Phytomineral cream runs out, but fear this line won’t be compatible with my cystic acne-prone skin. Would it be possible for you to advise? Many thanks

  11. Kathleen Dempster April 7, 2010 at 10:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I am 58 and I have small lines around my uper and lower lip and no matter which cream I use they dont seem to be diminishing at all, is there a cream I could use to help this problem, also I have a few necklaces on my neck and it is also very creapy, I know this all comes with age but is there anything at all I could be doing to help these problems? Many thanks

  12. Margaret Russell April 29, 2010 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    HI Alison
    I wonder if you have heard on The cream Athena ans Life Cell.
    If you go onto their website they claim that these are miracle creams.
    All my life I have tried brand after brand but reaching 58 it is time for a cream that will reduce fine lines around my eyes and lips.
    Please advise
    MAny Thanks

  13. Sheila Newman May 14, 2010 at 9:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I am 64 and have a problem with my neck it is so wrinkly and creapy my face is not so bad, is there anything I could use to help make it look and feel better, I am ashamed of it. Please help.
    Thanks in anticipation.
    Sheila x

  14. carol noel June 7, 2010 at 3:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I would be grateful for you help. I have developed some dark patches on my face which seem to be getting darker nor matter what I try. I am in my 50’s, my friend seem to think they are age spots. I am afro-caribbean and overweight, some people think being overweight has something to do with it also. I desperate to get rid of these horrible marks, please help. I one on both cheeks, right worse than left. Can you recommend something please, please.

  15. irene appleby June 14, 2010 at 12:40 am -  Reply

    hi alison i wonder if you can help me.i am 63 i have deep 11 lines and sagging on the neck.i have got elemis decleor gatineau and sarah chapman.i have a tua trend but i think it stretches my skin.i am on a lot of medication and had a stroke after i lost one of my daughters.since all of this my skin has aged.i dont have lines etched all over my skin because i do look after it.i just want to slow up the aging process.thank you.

  16. Bev July 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    hi Alison I wonder if you can help me.I am 51 years old and still have greasy skin all over my face but worse on the forehead nose and chin which means I get blackheads and have open pores. I have lines on my forehead and my skin is now sagging around the chin and neck area. can you suggest a routine I can use

  17. mary August 30, 2010 at 8:09 pm -  Reply

    hi allison please help i am 62 years old have wrinkles around mouth and chin getting worse very quickly thankyou mary

  18. Ali Smith November 6, 2010 at 4:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I turned 50 this year. I have normal/oily skin. I use a good moisturiser day and night. I would like to know how do you use serum is it before you moisturise or after you moisturise. A bit confused when its best to put it on.
    Thanks Ali

  19. mandy March 6, 2011 at 10:01 am -  Reply

    Hi Alision,
    am having a problem with breakouts on my chin. I use liz earle c&P and decleor foam cleanser but still feel my chin in congested. what do you suggest?

  20. Jean Walsh April 26, 2011 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I’m 54 and have very dry, fragile skin. Have looked after it religiously for years so it’s not too bad. I have always spent money on Gatineau, Decleor etc. but need to economise. What day and night moisturisers/treatments can you recommend in the under £50 ranges.

  21. Jackie Birt May 3, 2011 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,I am coming to the end of my Prescriptives Super Line Preventer, and as the brand has now ended, can you please recommend an alternative with similar ingredients as I have found this to be really good for my skin.
    Thanks a lot. Jackie

  22. barbara paley June 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I’m 64 and have in the past looked after my skin , cleansed moisturised and never went to bed without doing these things however I have got smokers lines despite the fact I’ve never smoked and it’s really ageing and getting me down I really have good skin apart from this can you recomend anything as I don’t wear lipstick now as it sinks into the lines even if I wear a lip liner please can you help?

  23. debi warner July 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm -  Reply

    please help im nearly 49, my eldest son is getting marriend at the end of august and i wont to look nice for a change and not the usual haggered person that ive become , i have a younger son whos just lost his transplant and is now on dialysis, so ive have really aged in the in last few years and really cant be bothered i feel a mess sallow skin , dull hair and no life in myself anymore please help real soon

  24. LYNDSEY SEXTON October 8, 2011 at 12:36 am -  Reply

    hi alison
    i am only 29 but i have a few problems.1st proplem is that for years since i was a teenager i had terrible acne on my face an back and now i have acne scaring,but alot of them are little holes on the face and decolate,what can i use to help get rid of them,i am using liz earle superskin concentrate at the moment.2nd problem is that my jaw and chin doesnt have much shape to it,it feels like it needs tightining,i was thinking about using the rio 60 second neck toner with a neck cream,i do use mosturiser and oils on neck already.and my last problem is that i feel over the past year the skin elastisity on the eyes and eye lid has gone less tight what can i do,i do use eye cream.
    thanks Lyndsey

  25. linwestley@aol.com October 23, 2011 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison – I am 64 years old and have recently started coming out in agreat number of spots. Not white heads, but hard lumps which are very red. Also have something that looks like blistering on the cheeks/ Have been using Lis Earle cleanse and polish and also a serum from Clinique. Anything you can suggest would be great.
    Many thanks

  26. Dora January 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    Recently, I have bought the Alpha-H clear skin set for my son. He is 22 and has been suffering from acne and scarring for a long time. The set has helped and now I am looking to buy the full sizes. However, the set comprises a cleanser, a moisturiser gel and an anti-blemish gel. I have ordered the anti-blemish gel but I cannot find the other two products in the QVC site. Any suggestions?
    Also, would he benefit from using the Liquid Gold?
    Thank you in anticipation for your help.

  27. Elizabeth February 9, 2012 at 10:49 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I bought the Elemis Tri-Enzyme collection the other day, this product is fantastic. I suffer from achne and scaring, the spots has really disappeared,but my scars still remain. What can I use to help with the scaring. I have also bought Elemis Tri-Enzyme facial Detox, my question on these products is how long can I go on using these products.

  28. heather amies June 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, please be a friend to us, and tell us what you have been using recently as you look absoloutely fabulous!!! seriously, i know you cant be too biased, but there has been such an improvement that it has to be something very special. Please spill the beans as us wrinklies are needing something more!!!

  29. samantha March 31, 2013 at 5:32 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison I am 50 years of age and have noticed around my mouth is sagging and that I have very dark sunken eyes. Can you please suggest what routine I should use? Thank you

  30. Janet Chappell May 12, 2013 at 11:51 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I have just found out the redness I get on my face is rosacea and it is also affecting my eyes, I have to clean eyes with baby shampoo and then apply viscotears twice daily or more if required, the doctor wasn’t very helpful about my face which is affected by heat even being too warm in bed can cause it to flush up, so on reading qvc product types I sent for and am using Alpha H balancing cleanser and moisturiser, I would like advice on which sunscreen to use as I have both alpha H 50 and ultrasun 30 for face and neither prevented my red face when on holiday in February,pre diagnosis of rosacea, any help would be great,also I have stopped wearing make up at present and have disposed of all eye make-up until eyes are better,thank you

  31. Karen Griffiths August 27, 2013 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I love watching all your shows and find your tips and knowledge brilliant. I am 53 with relatively good skin but I do suffer quite badly now with spots under the skin & lumps and bumps. Sometimes they have a small white head but most are just the bumps – please help!!! I have just returned form a month in the sun and my skin is now worse on the corners of my chin under the skin it feels like heavy duty sand paper and on my cheeks/forehead and jaw line. I have been using Cleanse & Polish and Alpha H Balancing cleanser/ Elemis Marine Collegen moisturiser but they have not really helped. What can you advise me to do – feel so awful in myself with this horrid skin problem – thanks so much I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks so much Karen

  32. Cally September 22, 2013 at 2:14 pm -  Reply

    I am 60 and had “bad” skin all my life. Still get lots of blackheads even though I use a dedicated scrub twice a day. Help please.

  33. Shiela Patel September 23, 2013 at 2:01 pm -  Reply

    Hiya, good morning Alison Young. I have never grown my nail, tell a lair, I tried to grow mi nail, but cannot! I have a daughter with special needs, and she wear continence day and night pads, and I have to change her… I’m going to turn 40 in January 14. And I have to lose some weight, because my doctor said am overweight,so I want to look gorgeous and sexy for next year. So I can be here for mi daughter? Could you please email me on what product to use to grow beautiful nail? Thank so much for taking time for reading my message! Luv She!x

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