EYE OP

A month ago, I had a facelift and eyelift (upper and lower). I was told to expect scars only in the eye folds, but I also have very visible red scars in the crow’s feet on either side of my eyes. Will they fade?
The scars from a Blepharoplasty are in the upper eyelid crease, sometimes with a short extension into the crow’s feet, (this is called an extended blepharoplasty) otherwise if the scar stopped at the corner of the lid you would be left with a little hooded pouch that would look very unnatural.
It is not unusual for eyelid scars to be noticeable at this early stage – the redness will settle down. Your surgeon may suggest that you massage the scar area to encourage the tissue to soften. You can also ask if you can wear camouflage makeup while the scar heals but do avoid direct sun exposure, which can cause scars to thicken.
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HAIRY PROBLEM

I’ve recently noticed hairs sprouting at the sides of my face and on my chin. How can I get rid of them?
As we get older rogue hairs can suddenly sprout all over the face but if you’ve experienced significant growth over a short period you should visit your GP, as occasionally it’s a sign of a hormone imbalance disorder. For sporadic hairs or those witchy, long ones, tweezers will do the job quickly painlessly and privately but for anything more troublesome try a course of IPL. This works by sending the light down the shaft of hair. The light hits the bulb of the hair and shatters it. You can’t have a tan when you go for this treatment because the light targets pigment and you could end up with some nasty brown marks that can last up to 18 months. Expect to pay around £100 for treatment depending on areas treated.
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KEEP YOUR COOL

Is it okay to store my anti ageing cream in the fridge during hot spells?
Yes, lower temperatures are usually much better for creams and gels, particularly if they can contain vitamin C, as it can help prevent oxidation. Eye creams and gels are particularly good when stored in the fridge as the chilled cream will constrict blood vessels, helping to ease any under eye puffiness. Keep after sun lotion, sunscreen and body moisturisers in the fridge too, as these will give hot skin a soothing touch. However, please don’t store any facial oils in the fridge as cold temperatures can thicken the oil and ruin the consistency.

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NO SWEAT

I suffer from sweaty feet and it’s very embarrassing during the hot weather. Can you suggest anything to help?
There are over 250,000 sweat glands in our feet producing up to half cup of sweat a day. Excessive sweaty feet – the medical term is hyperhidrosis – can be extremely embarrassing but is easily treatable with Botox.
A few strategically placed injections can stop sweating at the source, give guaranteed results and protection within 2 days of the treatment plus results should last up to six months. Expect to pay around £400 and the treatment is available at most aesthetic clinics.

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LASH OUT

Chemotherapy treatment has damaged my eyelashes and they are now very fragile and sparse. I don’t want to wear falsies or extensions. Is there another treatment I can try to make them grow thicker?
Yes, try Revitalash Advanced, £94(dermacaredirect.co.uk)
an eyelash conditioner which will encourage regrowth. The Rolls Royce of lash conditioners, it contains nourishing ingredients like green tea, ginseng, and biotin to help grow stronger lush lashes and prevent them from breaking. Both dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested, it is non-allergenic and in clinical trials, results showed thicker, longer lashes in only 3 weeks. Simple to use, after removing eye make up apply a thin line of the eyelash conditioner directly to your eyelashes – like applying eyeliner – once a day, at bedtime.

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VEINS

Unsightly leg and facial veins are a pain and can also be every embarrassing especially during the summer. But there are a number be of different ways they can now be treated.
Make Varicose Veins Vanish
Approximately 40 per cent of women suffer from varicose veins and although they can be made worse by pregnancy or being overweight, your genes are usually the main culprit.
Varicose veins can be painful as well as unsightly and it’s important that the underlying problem is treated first, so do go to a practitioner who is qualified and experienced in dealing with veins.
Nowadays many varicose veins can be treated without surgery. One of the latest methods is EVLT, – Endovenous
Laser Treatment – a minimally invasive procedure carried out under local anaesthetic –  it has many advantages over the old and out of date stripping method of surgery including minimum downtime. A laser fibre is threaded into the treatment area and then activated, obliterating the length of the varicose vein. Expect to pay around £2,000 depending on the severity of the veins.
Blitz Broken Veins on the Face
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is the best treatment for those pesky broken veins on the face which mostly appear around the nose, cheeks and jaw area.  During treatment, they are zapped by an intense pulsed light and the veins collapse and are then absorbed by the body. You may need three to six treatments to completely remove them. It’s not a painful treatment, and is often described as a stinging sensation, similar to a rubber band pinging against your skin. However, do not have IPL five weeks before or after a sun holiday as the light targets the pigment in the veins and you could risk getting hyperpigmentation. Always wear a minimum SPF 30 after treatment. There’s little or no downtime, only brief slight redness after treatment, and the results are permanent.  Costs vary but expect to pay from around £80 per area.
Tackle Spider Veins on the legs
Fifty percent of all women will have thread veins by the age 50.  They mostly appear on your legs because of the pressure from sitting and standing for long periods and can be red, blue or purple and often develop in clusters, like little spider’s webs, hence the name.  Micro-Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution known as sodium tetradecyl sulphate at several points along the veins which combined with wearing a compression garment after treatment causes the vein walls to collapse. Over time the body absorbs the veins resulting in more youthful, clearer legs. Most people need four to six sessions four weeks apart. From £200 depending on the size of the area being treated.
AND DON’T FORGET
*Staying active boosts circulation and will help prevent problems like varicose veins and heavy, aching legs. Avoid standing for long periods to stop pressure in the veins building up and try to keep your legs raised above the level of your bottom when you’re sitting down, which encourages blood to flow back up. Crossing your legs can result in varicose veins. Instead, sit straight up. By doing so, you’ll improve circulation to your legs which will keep blood pumping evenly through your vessels.
* Stop smoking as it affects your circulation.
*Include plenty of vitamin C and substances called bioflavonoids, as these strengthen the walls of blood vessels, protecting them from the weakness and bulging associated with varicose veins. The best sources of both are dark red berries, such as cherries and blackcurrants – tinned is fine – and citrus fruits, especially grapefruit. *Avoid high-fat, high-sugar foods, as well as putting more pressure on the veins, being overweight is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, which is linked with poor circulation in the legs.
*Research has found red vine leaf extract can help reduce swelling linked to poor circulation, helping to prevent varicose veins. The herb ginkgo biloba is also useful for boosting circulation.
*Support hosiery can be a real boon to leg health. It maintains optimum circulation, with graduated pressure massaging the ankle, calf and thigh, which improves blood flow back up to the heart. Try Scholl Light Legs, £14.99  – a world away from those old stye granny tights.
*A good concealer or a fake tan can help mask veins on the face and legs. Try Vichy Dermablend Corrective Fluid,£16
 
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EYES BRIGHT… Don’t Forget…

*The only permanent solution for lots of loose skin around the eyes is an eyelift – called Blepharoplasty. A simple and safe op often performed as a day case under local anaesthetic and scars are hidden in the natural crease line. Expect bruising and swelling for up to two- three weeks after the procedure and eyes may feel tight, dry and itchy for a week or so.  Results are permanent and can transform your looks, your life and the colour of your eye shadow! From £3000.
* When applying eye creams, tap a small amount around the orbital bone – never take it right under your bottom lashes. Remember, less is more. If you can’t afford to buy a separate eye cream then it’s not always necessary as long as your day cream is light and easily absorbed, but use sparingly and don’t slather around the eye area.
*Look for ingredients like Coenzyme Q10, retinol and peptides which will help to strengthen skin while products containing Vitamin K and Caffeine can help improve the look of dark circles.
* Shrink bags in a few minutes by wrapping an ice cube in cling film and gently rubbing over puffy skin.
*Tone down, or completely avoid, using shimmery eye shadows. They reflect the light, illuminating any imperfections.
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EYES BRIGHT

Concealer can only do so much! Open up your eyes to these clever options to put the sparkle back.
Banish Bags – with RF
Eye bags are partly down to genes and get worse with age. Hit 45 and they seem to magically appear.  They can also be due to an allergy or a sinus problem. Pelleve will instantly refresh baggy and saggy eyes. It delivers radio frequency energy to the skin via a special hand-held device. This stimulates collagen production and gives an instant lift to the skin as well as softening lines. You’ll see results immediately but a course of four to six a week apart will make sure results last longer as well as give a lift to the eyes. A course from £499.
Lift Droopy Eye Lids  – with Smartxide
Saggy loose upper eyelids often run in families and occur when the skin becomes looser causing hooding, which can affect vision. Smartxide is the latest laser resurfacing procedure which can shrink skin by up to 30 per cent. It can be done in a lunch hour using a topical anaesthetic but you’ll be red around the eyes for a week. Results last 3 years, cost approx. From £300.
Lighten Dark Circles and Shadows – with PRP Therapy
Most of us have these and they have many causes including a build up of pigment, hereditary discolouration and blood vessels showing through skin. Thinning skin and loss of fat can also make dark circles and hollows more obvious. PRP Therapy, which involves having blood drawn from the arm, which is then spun in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets. These are then injected into the area to stimulate the regeneration of skin cells and new collagen. Results are natural with no downtime. Results last 6-12 months when one top up required.  From £400
Erase Crow’s Feet – with Botox
According to research, our eyes age about 36 per cent faster than the rest of the face due to repetitive movements like squinting and smiling, which we do even when we sleep but a few carefully placed injections of Botox at the sides of the eyes will erase lines and crinkles like magic. See results within five days, results last up to six months from £200.
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SHOULD YOU SHARE YOUR MAN’S MOISTURISER

We’ve worn his shirts, used his aftershave and even have our own style of boyfriend jeans. And now, it seems, we want his grooming products.

According to the latest reports, more and more women are raiding men’s bathroom cabinets and using his skincare products instead of their own. And one product in particular is causing a stir. Beauty bloggers and reviews left on Boots website and You tube swear by Nivea Men’s Post Shave Balm as the new must have make up base. Although the £5.35 bottle of Nivea is designed to soothe men’s skin post shaving, when used as an alternative to primer it can help make up last longer.
The secret ingredient? High amounts of glycerine, which makes the perfect base for foundation. Glycerine is often found in women’s hand creams and cleansers (but strangely it’s not in many make up primers – manufacturers take note!) and is known for its ability to trap moisture so that skin remains hydrated and looks more radiant.

It also acts as a type of ‘superglue’ and makes whatever is put on top of it stay put, so is the perfect base for make up to stick to. However, with the male skin care market growing rapidly and more men than ever using their own moisturisers, serums and even blemish balms can women safely share their beauty products? There’s no denying that men and women have very different skin. A man’s skin is around 20% thicker than a woman’s, is rich in collagen and elastin, making it firmer and giving it an advantage in the aging process. However, it is oilier, due to increased testosterone production has larger hair follicles, has a tendency to sweat more, and is prone to dehydration due to daily shaving.

Although it’s well worth trying his shaving balm as a primer (do check that it’s alcohol freebecause alcohol dries your skin) not all men’s products will be suitable to share as some skincare will contain stronger ingredients designed specifically for men’s thicker oilier complexions.

Men also usually prefer fragrance free all in one products whereas a woman usually prefers layering and pretty smells. Women’s products also take into account that they have thinner skin and tend to lose moisture more quickly. However, there will be some products you can happily share so if you want to man up your make up bag, always check the label first and look for great ingredients, like AHAs, hyaluronic acid and glycolic.

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Here’s what you need to know before swiping his products. Post Shave Balm Besides doubling up as a primer, a Post Shave Balm, especially one formulated for sensitive skin is perfect to smooth on areas like armpits and legs after shaving to help prevent irritation and red blotches. Try Bulldog Sensitive After Shave Balm (£3.66 boots.com), the paraben free formula contains aloe vera so will calm and soothe sore skin and is suitable for all skin types. Soap Bars Men are often guilty of taking super hot showers and using soap bars .Yes we know they’re quicker especially for a quick rub it all over in the shower but they’re not good for a woman’s complexion – or his for that matter – as they can strip the skin of its protective barrier causing dry and flaky skin.

When it comes to cleansing your skin avoid soap bars and stick to your facial cleansing lotions or persuades him to switch to a cleanser with ingredients perfect for women, Try Monroe Daily Cleanser For Men (£35 MrMonroe@MonroeofLondon.co.uk) which doubles as a shaving gel and contains antioxidants to combat signs of ageing, Vitamin C to boost collagen production and Vitamin E to repair sun damage Razors/Shaving Brush Men’s razors are designed to tackle thicker hair. This is why there are more men’s razors available with multiple blades than women’s on the market. But according to Lloyd Hughes one of the country’s leading educators in men’s hairdressing and shaving if a woman also has thicker hair on her legs and is looking for a closer, smoother and a longer lasting result she may want to try a switch from the budget disposable razors. Make sure you ‘borrow’ a new razor as opposed to a more worn used blade for best results and do not use if you have fine hair.

As for his shaving brush, which helps whip up a creamy lather as well as stimulating the skin, don’t tell him but it’s great for shaving your legs and under your arms. Shaving brushes also help generate a low aeration and make shaving crème go further says Lloyd Hughes, which means less irritation and less nicks. Try Pro Black brush (£19.95 www.men-u.co.uk) Deodorant The major differences between male and females stick deodorants are all quite superficial. It’s more about the smell and the packaging than anything else as active ingredients are present in much of the same amounts in most sticks for men and women.

If you’ve run out of your usual deodorant there’s no reason not to try his, but watch spritzing on your favourite floral perfume after, as the aromas may not mix. Exfoliator A woman uses her a face scrub to brighten, decongest and smooth her complexion. It’s the same for men although they usually have an extra reason to exfoliate: stubble that sometimes gets stuck under the skin.

It’s fine to share his exfoliator but make sure it is suitable for your skin type as most men’s exfoliators are designed for oily skin. Some are grainier than others so can be too harsh for a woman’s finer complexion so try it on the back of your hand first. If it ‘s not too rough then it should be fine for your complexion – if not use it on your legs and arms! Try Monroe for Men No 3 Exfoliator (£29.50 as above) which contains glycolic acid to gently dissolve dead skin cells, glycerine to plump up skin cells and help retain moisture along with chamomile to soothe and calm sensitive skin, making it perfect for everyone Moisturiser A big difference between men and women’s moisturisers is the way they smell.

Men’s moisturisers usually play it pretty low-key when it comes to fragrance. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t borrow a man’s moisturiser as many of the latest ones are formulated with the same key ingredients like Matrixyl, AHA’s and hyaluronic acid. Boots No 7 Men Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Day Moisturiser contains the same ingredients as No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Day Cream for women Both cost £24.95 and the only difference is the packaging. Fragrance-free or sensitive skin male moisturisers are also just as suitable for women’s skin while Cetaphil Moisture Lotion (£8.99 boot.com) is a great his and he’s moisturiser as it is good for all skin types and it doesn’t look girly. Jack Black, the men’s skincare range has jumped on the trend for sharing and introduced a new collection suitable for men and women using ingredients like botanical oils to deliver moisture with a sheer, light feel. Try Jack Black Epic Moisture MP10 Nourishing Oil (£27.50 www.mankind.co.uk) which can also double up as a hair frizz tamer, shaving oil and a dry skin smoother.
However before using your man’s moisturiser check the ingredients list and look for antioxidant rich ingredients as well as SPF protection to keep skin soft and supple. Bear in mind, that you don’t always have to use his moisturiser on your face – smooth some on your décolleté , hands and arms. Try Monroe No2 Moisturiser & Shave Balm which also has an SPF20 and contains hyaluronic acid to keep skin plump and dewy (£38). But for longer term anti ageing benefits, stick with women’s skincare formulas which are designed to boost collagen and treat fine lines and wrinkles and target your specific skin type and needs– men’s skincare still has some way to go to compete with women’s superior wrinkle busters and advanced anti ageing technology.

– One thing most men overlook is sunscreen which increases their risk of getting sun damage and skin cancer. If you can’t persuade him to buy a moisturiser with an SPF of 15 or higher that provides broad spectrum protection make sure he uses yours – bonus, it will also keep him looking younger for longer *Yves Saint Laurent Touché Éclat (£25 from most stores), the iconic gold pen will conceal dark shadows and bags and works just as well on his skin as yours. Just make sure he rinses the brush afterwards. *Lip Cream – Lanolips 101 Ointment (£10.99 boots.com) contains medical grade lanolin which not only soothes your parched lips but will treat his dry, itchy shaving and nasal patches *Eye Cream – whether male or female, the skin around the eyes is the thinnest on the body. Be generous with your eye cream and let him share.

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THE CURSE OF CELLULITE

Fat or thin, short or tall, the dreaded cellulite is the bane of most women’s lives. Supermodels, athletes and pop icons …no one is immune.  In fact about 85 per cent of British women over 20 suffer the condition and there’s even evidence of it in paintings from as early as the 17th century.

What causes it?

No one knows for sure but age and lifestyle usually trigger cellulite in most women but it can also be hereditary so blame your mother! Often described as cottage cheese or orange peel, this lumpy, bumpy skin is most often seen on the thighs and hips but can also appear on the tops of the arms. It is actually bulging fat cells enveloped between layers of fibrous tissue. As these fat cells become larger, because of weight gain, hormonal changes or water retention, they squeeze the connective tissues causing the skin to pucker. The amount of fat in your body is, of course, an issue too and even the thickness of your skin can determine how visible one woman’s cellulite is next to another’s.

How to fight cellulite

Most women think liposuction is the only permanent way to fix fat but traditional liposuction only removes excess fatty deposits from under the skin using suction and does not touch cellulite In fact, it can make it worse. A combination of laser, vacuum, massage and/or radio frequency devices may smooth out problem areas. but there are now  a number of new non-surgical methods to melt fat and tighten skin

VIORA REACTION

What is it This new non-invasive treatment uses CORE technology, which incorporates radio-frequency energy with vacuum therapy to attack the irregular fat cells on the multiple layers of skin

How does it work The hand piece has four treatment modes that targets different tissue depths, from the superficial layers of the skin to the hypodermis. and subcutaneous fat cells.  The deep tissue heating breaks downs the fat while the vacuum therapy stimulates lymphatic drainage to reduce cellulite contour and tighten skin. The treatment takes around one hour and is suitable for hips thighs, abdomen and underarms.  Three to six sessions are required and patients see significant results after 2 or 3 treatment sessions while most individuals have continued improvement for approximately 6 months.  A single maintenance treatment is recommended every six months to maintain results.

Cost from £200 per treatment http://harleystreetskinclinic.com/cellulite/

CELLUTITE

What is it. An offshoot of the BodyTite procedure, and uses the same high energy RF technology.

How does it work A cannula is inserted under the skin which cuts the fibrous tissues that pull the skin into dimples, leveling out the bulges of fat. At the same time the RF energy warms the skin making it tighter and smoother. The procedure is carried out as a day case under local anesthesia. Support garments are worn for 4 weeks afterwards, Only one treatment necessary, results are seen immediately and   results are permanent.

Cost from £2500 02074364441 http://harleystreetskinclinic.com/cellulite/

THE DIMPLE DIET

Junk food, alcohol, smoking and caffeine all have an impact on cellulite but did you know that according to the latest research there are a variety of foods that contain ingredients thought to help decrease the dimpled appearance of the skin thanks to their circulation-boosting properties  – add these to your shopping list:

Asparagus: Helps strengthen veins and capillaries and controls blood pressure. It’s also a good source of vitamins A, and B

Bananas: A good booster for blood vessels and great for assisting in healthy circulation, they’re also a good source of potassium, vitamin B6 and magnesium. Broccoli: Contains alpha lipoic acid, which helps prevent the hardening of collagen caused by sugar. It’s also a good source of selenium and calcium.

Citrus Fruits: All are excellent sources of vitamin C. Orange contain bioflavonoids, which can improve circulation and strengthen capillaries.

Oily fish: Salmon, sardines, tuna, trout and bass are all low in fat and high in cellulite-fighting proteins and minerals. Also good sources of essential fatty acids.

Pears: A good detoxifier, pears can help reduce the effects of pollutants in the body, assisting the lymphatic system. A good source of fiber and potassium, too.

Pineapple: Has an anti-inflammatory action in the body that can help fight fluid retention and aid in the healing of damaged collagen fibers. A good source of vitamin C as well.

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