Spring is here in full swing, and it’s got us thinking about the Summer. We are here to help you prepare your skin, body and face so you can take off that long sleeved top, slip on your bikini and feel fab in your own skin. Are you ready to turn up the heat? You certainly will be with a little help from us… here are my favourite tips to get you Summer ready!
GOODBYE TO CELLULITE – Cellulite is a problem that most women suffer with. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how hard we try to get rid of it- it just doesn’t go away. For cellulite and skin tightening, Viora Reaction is a non-invasive treatment that delivers maximum results in minimum time. The result shows a minimised appearance of lumpy skin, improved skin texture and a reduction in circumference.
LESLEY’S TOP TIP! Have you still got an old hula hoop in the loft? Dig it out and start spinning to tone up your waistline. This easy exercise can be done at the gym, in the garden or even in your living room whilst watching TV!
Have you ever dreamed of the time when you’d never have to get the razor out ever again? That day has come. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is an easy and effective way to remove unwanted hair permanently… so you won’t have to waste anymore time shaving! Sounds brilliant, doesn’t it? And that isn’t all IPL does… it also treats age spots and sun damage which will leave your skin clear and younger-looking, It’s fantastic!
At-home face masks are very popular, using superior ingredients and giving similar results to that of a professional facial. Look out for more body specific masks for the chest, arms and breasts becoming the next big thing.
Self-dissolving micro-needle masks are another one to watch out for – these masks contain tiny micro-needles formed from ingredients such as hyaluronic acid. When applied to the skin, these needles create microscopic pathways in the skin and over time, the needles slowly dissolve, infusing the skin with ingredients.
Try Medik8 Ultimate Recovery Bio Cellulose Zinc Mask (£60 for 6 masks www.medik8.com) a soothing and nourishing sheet mask that calms skin and delivers moisture and hydration to the skin and great to use after any cosmetic procedures.
Q: I’ve noticed that my skin is much drier and thinner than it used to be. I regularly exfoliate and do at home peels. Could these be thinning my skin?
No. The layers of skin get thin by sun damage and ageing. However over-cleansing the skin or using harsh exfoliators can harm the skin. Your skin naturally acts as a barrier, meaning it keeps out what it’s supposed to (dirt and free radicals like environmental pollution) while keeping in the good stuff (moisture and some oils). When you over-cleanse your skin, you can strip your skin of the oils that keep skin healthy and balance so it feels taut and tight. Use a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (£7.19 boots.com) and only use a scrub once a week. To improve dry skin there is a new treatment called Profhilo, which is designed to hydrate your skin from the inside out, using moisture boosting hyaluronic acid. The treatment takes around ten –minutes and involves having five tiny injections at special points on each side of the face but instead of going deep into the tissue, the injections are placed underneath the surface of the skin .The hyaluronic acid then gradually spreads through the surrounding tissues over the following weeks when you will see a radiant glow, a much improved skin tone and texture and healthy plump skin. Two sessions are necessary for the best results. There is no downtime, and results last up to nine months Expect to pay around £500 – for more info 0207 436 4441
A Suspicious Mole?
Everyone has moles, little areas where the skin cells have made more skin pigment than usual, and while they are generally harmless, occasionally they can become pre cancerous or cancerous.
If a mole is growing larger, changing shape or colour, it can be a sign that it needs checking. Other signs to look out for are moles or patches of normal skin that change, shape or colour a mole or spot that won’t heal, hurts, bleeds, itches or scabs or a new mole. If you are worried about a mole do see your GP. There are also specialist clinics where you can have mole checks. I recommend Dr. Mike Tee, 020 7436 4441 for a private screening.
Sun damaged skin
For sun damage and uneven pigmentation including those dreadful brown splodges a really effective treatment is Photodynamic therapy (PDT). PDT is an established procedure for non-melanoma skin cancer and one of the benefits noted was the rejuvenation of the skin in the treated area.
It’s a relatively simple procedure and quite painless but does take time. First, you have a microdermabrasion to slough off dead skin cells and prepare the skin. Then a cream containing a light-sensitizing chemical, 5 -aminolaevulinic acid (ALA), is applied to the skin. The treated area will then be covered for up to 3 hours to allow the cream to penetrate into the sun damaged skin cells. The ALA makes the skin very sensitive to light. After it has been absorbed, you will have a strong PDT light shone on to the treated area. The light will then target the damaged cells, but not the normal cells. The body then replaces the damaged cells with new healthy skin cells. After the treatment you may get a little redness for up to a week. You must keep the treated area covered and dry for 36 hours, but after that it is fine to bathe or shower if you treat the area gently. It may rarely scab or scale and you must use SPF50+ to protect against further sun damage. But you will only need one treatment and the results are permanent Costs £1,500 Dr. Aamer Khan specialises in this treatment, 020 7436 4441 for an appointment.
The skin on the décolletage is very delicate and particularly prone to photo ageing. Years of sun damage combined with the natural thinning of the fat layer under the skin, leads to thinner skin, and a crepey, texture. Sculptra will make a huge difference to cleavage wrinkles. A course of treatments will also combat hyperpigmentation issues and tightens the skin I recommend three to four treatments eight weeks apart. Results generally last two to three years, and the cost is around £750 per treatment. Dr. Mike Tee is an expert in this treatment 020 7436 4441
Deep wrinkles and age spots
Laser resurfacing will deal with more severe, long-term issues seen on the face, hands and chest. Smartxide CO2 laser uses points of light that penetrates deep into the dermis to remove old, damaged skin cells and stimulate new cells. It¹s particularly good at evening out a patchy skin tone. It is designed to tailor the treatment to the scale of your damage, so recovery can depend on the level of treatment, but expect red, flaky, swollen skin for up to a week from £500 a treatment Dr Mike Tee 020 7436 4441
Viora Reaction is ideal for the face and hands and tackles fine lines and loose skin by using radio frequency energy. A gel is applied to the skin and a hand-held wand is used to heat the area treated, causing the skin to tighten and stimulate collagen production. Results can be seen immediately, with skin continuing to tighten over a 3-6 month period. A course of six treatments weekly is recommended. There’
Young beautiful and relaxed lady taking spa treatment
s no downtime and any redness experienced usually fades within an hour. From £150 per treatment
Here Comes the Sun. Here comes Sun Damage.
There’s no doubt a bit of sunshine and a glowing tan makes us look and feel better, but there are numerous consequences from prolonged periods in the sun, so we always recommend a spray tan. A tan is really sun damage that will age your skin prematurely.
An immediate sign is sunburn, simply from too much sun exposure without adequate protection. Burning may only seem like a short-term issue as your body naturally sheds the damaged skin but deeper down you will have caused lasting damage. On a long-term basis, sun damage is also one of the primary causes of premature ageing. This sort of damage goes unnoticed at first, and then manifests itself years down the line. That¹s wrinkles, hyper pigmentation, and dehydrated and leathery looking skin.
Sun damage is one of the most common ageing complaints I see, most often affecting the face or décolleté.
When our skin is exposed to the sun it increases melanin production as a form of protection, which shows itself as a tan. But, over time UV rays damage the elastin skin fibres so skin begins to sag and stretch. It will bruise more easily and take a lot longer to heal. Depending on the type and extent of sun damage, there are a number of treatments available to remedy premature ageing caused by sun exposure but taking simple precautions every day of the year, even during the winter, by always wearing a minimum of SPF 30 on exposed areas (face, neck, chest and hands) will also help prevent extensive damage.