Thursday 29 September 2016

Joanna Lumley reveals the secret to looking 'ab fab' at 70... It's €4.99 and you'll probably find it in your local chemist

Amy Mulvaney

Published 13/06/2016 | 10:19

Joanna Lumley, seen playing Absolutely Fabulous's Patsy, at an awards ceremony
Joanna Lumley, seen playing Absolutely Fabulous's Patsy, at an awards ceremony
Joanna Lumley
Joanna Lumley has given her voice to an album of seasonal poetry set to classical music, called Christmas Words For You
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Joanna Lumley has revealed her must-have beauty product and it's only €4.99.

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The Ab Fab star is best known for her love of luxury in the comedy series, but in reality Joanna Lumney chases the best bang for her buck.

Astral cream
Astral cream

Joanna looks absolutely fabulous at 70-years-old and says it’s down to a skincare steal she has used for 40 years.

The bargain buy is Astral, a moisturiser that retails for less than a fiver in Boots.

Eddy and Patsy are back for Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Eddy and Patsy are back for Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

“It comes in a little blue pot, cheap as chips – adore!” she told The Sunday Times Style magazine.

“It has never been tested on animals and is about the only thing I’ve never developed an allergy to,” the animal rights activist said.

Since rising to fame as Patsy in Ab Fab when the show began in 1992, Joanna has always denied having any work done.

“There is no real point in me making a pathetic attempt to look like Kristen Stewart’s sister,” she said.

Joanna Lumley at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Joanna Lumley at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy

The former model admitted that she watches her wallet and prefers high-street buys to high-end splurges, saying: “I don’t usually buy expensive products because I’m mean.”

Another of Joanna’s bargain favourites is Elnett hairspray, which keeps her bouffant blonde hair in place all day long.

Ab Fab: The girls are back
Ab Fab: The girls are back

“Almost everybody I know has a long-standing love affair with Elnett. The strong version is like having an iron bedstead on your head.”

The grandmother-of-two even cuts and dyes her own hair, much to the anguish of hairdressers.

“I cut my hair myself and colour it,” she told the magazine.

“I know everybody in the hairdressing business despair of me, but it’s so much easier to do it yourself. The hairdresser costs a lot of money and is a treat.”

Joanna Lumley has given her voice to an album of seasonal poetry set to classical music, called Christmas Words For You
Joanna Lumley has given her voice to an album of seasonal poetry set to classical music, called Christmas Words For You

One of Patsy’s most famous quotes is when she claimed she was drinking Chanel No. 5, but there’s no sign of Joanna even dressing in Chanel any time soon, admitting that she’s shocked at the price of clothes.

“You see a nice little mackintosh and think, ‘That’s adorable and will be about £170,’ and it’s £1,000.”

Joanna sat with her other half from the hit show, Jennifer Saunders, for the interview.

Jennifer (58), who starred as Edina, agreed with Joanna’s frugality: “Just wait until Zara does a knock-off.”

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is set to hit cinemas this summer, 24 years after the show first aired.

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