By Guardian Weekend magazine’s All Ages model Pam Lucas, 68
I read somewhere once that you shouldn’t put anything on your face that you wouldn’t put in your mouth, and I’ve tried throughout my life to stick to that. That’s why I like all my skincare products to be pure and natural. My usual routine is to wash with Dr Bronner’s soap, and follow that up with a pure vitamin E oil or apricot kernel oil. Even though I’ve always had good skin (I put it down to living in the country as a teenager and having an Indian mum who couldn’t bake sweet desserts), as I’ve got older, I have started to look for products that will brighten my face, lighten any discolourations and smooth wrinkles.
The This Works Stress Check Face Oil (£40) has a lovely smell, is very relaxing, and a little goes a long way. It contains no synthetics, and it really smoothed out the dark patches around my mouth. I loved the Neal’s Yard Rejuvenating Frankincense Oil (£32). It took about 30 minutes to sink in properly, but it felt soothing, had a gorgeous smell and made my skin look really healthy.
The Boots No7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil (£15) had quite a nice scent, but contains a few chemical ingredients, and I needed more than the two to three drops recommended. Aesop’s Fabulous Face Oil (£39) sinks in well, and three drops covered my whole face and neck; plus its scent of juniper berries, ylang ylang and jasmine petals is delicious.
If I had to pick a favourite, I’d be hard pushed to choose between the Aesop oil and the Neal’s Yard.
• Next week: Kelvin Bueno tests men’s moisturisers