THE LATEST ‘SKINNOVATIONS’

The skincare market thrives on innovations. Skin quality will be the new buzzword along with products and treatments that will foster good health. Here are some key trends to look out for:

 

Pollution protection

Over half of UK residents (52%) are worried about pollution and would like to learn more about how to protect themselves against it. Last year saw the rapid rise of anti-pollution skincare and this will grow even stronger over the next 12 months Look out for anti pollution eye, skin and hair care. 

 Try Rosina’s Kale and Pomegranate Enzyme Exfoliating Mask  (£20 rosinaslotionspotions.com) can be used daily as a cleanser to remove pollution and dead skin cell build or as a once a week skin booster.

 

Toxic free skincare

 Following clean eating, and as we all become increasingly aware of the substances we are applying to our skin and bodies, the 2018 buzzword will be clean beauty and natural products.   Last year, 37% of UK consumers considered whether a product had been animal-tested before buying it, while nearly 60% of US consumers didn’t buy from a company they deemed unethical. 

Try Tropic Super Green Nutrient Boost Serum (£42 www.tropicskincare.com)

 

Smarter skin ingredients

*Bacterial-laden skincare using probiotics will become more popular promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the skin and help to maintain the natural skin flora, as well as cannabis skincare after research discovered how certain cannabinoids (an ingredient derived from cannabis) have a calming and anti-inflammatory effect on the skin

Try Love Hemp Body Salve £29.99 www.cbdoilsuk.com)

 

* Polyhydroxy acids – an exfoliant which work similarly to alpha hydroxyl acids, breaking down the bonds that hold dead cells to the skin’s surface. But their much larger molecules keep them from penetrating too deeply, so they’re less irritating than traditional hydroxyl acids and better suited to sensitive skin.”

Try Eucerin Dermopure Skin Renewal Treatment, £14.

 

Environmentally friendly packaging

 The cosmetic and beauty industry is not known for its eco credentials, but as we all become more aware of the harmful impact of plastic on the environment, we can expect to more plant based plastic packaging as well as glass, too.

Try Lush ‘Naked’ range, which packs the ingredient into solid bars  www.lush.co.uk

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Strictly Personal

It seems that these days there is no end to the things we are able to customise.

 Requests for labiaplasty are up by 23 per cent and the trend is showing no signs of slowing down this year. The stigma is fading and more women are looking to increase confidence and comfort for their private parts. All women experience some degree of laxity in the skin or tissues and as we get older, the onset of the menopause, along with the loss of oestrogen can also leave its mark on the vagina.  In some case, the loss of tone can also lead to discomfort during sex as well as making women self-conscious about their bodies.  

 The non-surgical procedure uses controlled radiofrequency energy and the treatment requires no anesthesia with little or no discomfort and no downtime.

 I have said it before though….it is important to do your homework and find a practitioner who has plenty of experience in the procedure you are interested in.  They should be able to show you a certificate from a training body to prove that they are qualified in that treatment.

The General Medical Council has a leaflet outlining what you need to know before undergoing any cosmetic procedure.  Visit gmc-uk.org for more details.

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The Trend for Face Tightening

There are many things that make us look older but sagging skin is one of the main bugbears of ageing, particularly when it affects the face.  Non-surgical skin tightening procedures have been rapidly growing in popularity and are set to be one of the biggest trends as rejuvenating not reversing the signs of ageing becomes the way forward.

Technology has also vastly improved and now uses radio frequency (RF), ultrasound energy along with infrared light to tighten the skin below the surface. Most devices can also used on all areas of the face, including around the eyes and work by heating the dermis, so that new collagen growth is stimulated to help tighten skin from the inside out and restore it back to a more youthful position.

The perfect option for those who don’t want surgery or injectables most treatments are quick, painless with no downtime but require a course to see best results. Expect to pay around £150 per treatment.  www.harleystreetskinclinic.com

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My Favourite Innovative Treatments

The world of cosmetic surgery is constantly researching innovative treatments and procedures and here are a couple of my favourites from the new ones on offer.

Facial stem cell rejuvenation.  Stem cells are a hot topic and the future of anti-ageing.  They are the body’s cellular building blocks and have amazing regenerative potential.  Facial stem cell rejuvenation involves harvesting stem cells from the patient’s own fat and these are then injected into the skin to restore volume and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  From £6000.

B-Lite Breast Implants.  2017 saw the launch of the world’s lightest breast implants.  They are made from a gel that contains microspheres, making them a third lighter than traditional silicone implants.

Larger traditional implants are often heavy which can put a strain on the back, causing sagging, poor posture and pain.

Breast augmentation with B-Lite implants costs from £6000 but results last significantly longer than the standard 8-10 years.  Visit b-lite.com for more details.

Remember though, it is important to do your homework and find a practitioner who has plenty of experience in the procedure you are interested in.  They should be able to show you a certificate from a training body to prove that they are qualified in that treatment.

The General Medical Council has a leaflet outlining what you need to know before undergoing any cosmetic procedure.  Visit gmc-uk.org for more details.

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THE ANTI AGEING TRENDS AND TREATMENTS MAKING WAVES IN 2018

Liposuction? Old hat. Wrinkle fillers? So yesterday.

In the world of anti ageing, we Brits are constantly on the lookout for the latest wonder treatment that promises to keep us looking our best from top to toe.  

And this year could be the most exciting yet, with new technology ushering in a new wave of procedures.  Face tightening treatments will be a rising trend along with chins chiselling and using the body’s own fat and stem cells to renew and rejuvenate.

The cosmetic industry has come a long way in the last couple of years, as the science behind surgical and non-invasive procedures has dramatically improved with less down time and more natural results now the norm. There’s also much less stigma about undergoing cosmetic work thanks to the rising trend of celebrities being more open about their tweaks and regularly posting them on social media.

Here’s a couple of the hottest cosmetic treatments and skincare trends that are tipped to take the next 12 months by storm.

 

The  Age of Fat Grafting

Every tissue in your body is constantly repairing itself.  and the body’s adipose tissue (fat) is well known for its healing potential. The use of fat was even documented during World War I to aid in the healing of soldiers’ battle wounds and since then there’s been much research into using fat to regenerate damaged tissues. This year fat grafting (autologous fat transplantation procedures) will be big news as more patients use their body’s own fat as a natural alternative to fillers to restore lost volume under the eyes, plump thin lips as well as reshaping, breasts, sagging bottoms, ageing hands and even the calves.

The benefits of fat transfer where’ spare’ fat is harvested from one area of your own body by liposuction    and transferred to another by injections include a lower cost than man made fillers, no allergic reaction and a more natural result. The procedure is performed using local anesthesia with little bruising or discomfort and little recovery time The only downside is how much fat stays in the body so most patients will need a top up treatment after three months and then annually as not all the fat will stay. Cost from £2500 depending on treatment area. 0207 436 4441 for more details.

 

Stem Cell Skin Rejuvenation

 Stem cells are special ‘master’ cells that can turn into any type of cell the body needs and research shows that when transplanted stem cells can help repair or regenerate damaged tissue.

Predicted to be the biggest anti ageing trend this year, stem cells can help rejuvenate improve ageing skin, and are also being used to give men bigger penises and enlarge women’s breasts and bottoms.

 During the treatment, a doctor takes fat from fatty areas like the stomach or inner thigh by liposuction. It is then treated and the stem cells extracted and then mixed with the treated fat it and injected back into the treatment area. There are many stem cells in fat and by transferring this fat plumps and restores a gentle lift to sagging areas . From £5k …phone 0207 436 4441 for more details.

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Fast Fix for Flab

Need to shape up but want to do it fast?  Then cut down on carbs and sugar, limit the alcohol intake and book a course of TiteFX..a non-invasive fat-busting procedure.

This 45 minute treatment uses radio frequency and electroporation to destroy fat cells and can be used on the stomach, muffin tops and podgy thighs.  Best results are seen after six weekly treatments.  Costs from £200 a session

Forma  can also help.  It is a painless skin-tightening treatment using radio frequency energy to help stimulate new collagen.  You will need to commit to at least six weekly hour-long treatments for the best results.  From £150 a session.

And don’t forget, there’s no point spending cash on treatments only to continue with bad habits.  Junk food and a lack of exercise will leave its mark.

Two of the belly’s enemies are sugar and carbs.  Cut back.

A daily plank will strengthen the core.  Rest on your elbows, feet on tiptoes and hold for 30 seconds.

Bloating happens when your body holds on to too much water or bad backteria, so consume natural diuretics such as cranberries, beets, cucumber, lettuce, green tea and carrots.

High levels of the hormone cortisol can cause fat to store on the stomach.  Meditating regularly for 15 minutes can help to reduce stress, lowering cortisol production.

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Triangle of Youth

Not many people have heard of this…but it holds the key to a youthful look because  in a young face, the widest part is the cheeks, tapering down to the chin….this is the Triangle of Youth …but over the years skin begins to droop, wrinkles appear and the magical Triangle changes shape,  so we look older.

But it‘s not all doom and gloom because it is possible to restore volume with a Liquid Lift to make you look fresher as well as treat wrinkles and sagging skin.  During the 45 minute procedure, various fillers are used according to the facial area being treated.  A hyaluronic filler is injected under the cheekbone muscle to give your lower face a lift.  The hollows under the yes are injected with a finer filler, smoothing the area.  It’s painless and you’ll see instant results, lasting up to a year.  Prices start at £350

A wider, smoother forehead can open up the face and make you look younger too because as we get older the temples can sink inwards, causing an imbalance. But once ‘reinflated’ the entire face looks lifted.  Sculptra involved injections of poly-1-lacic acid to stimulate collagen productions.  Up to five treatments to give  a natural look to hollow areas.  Results last for up to 2 years and cost is from £450.

A couple of tips too:

Give your face an instant lift by dabbing light concealer on the outer corners of the mouth.  Its an old technique of Max Factor’s from the days of black-and-white films.

For a quick fix to freshen up your makeup, rub moisturiser into the palms of your hands and pat over your made-up face.  Your skin will look dewy and refreshed.

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Post Party-Burnout

If you are still recovering from Christmas and New Year celebrations and your skin is looking frazzled,  then here’s a fairytale fix which guarantees great results.

At the clinic we have a great procedure called The Cinderella Lift which transforms a tired, drawn face instantly.  It’s a non-surgical, 60-minute procedure which uses a combination of different-sized threads to lift the lower face and jowls.  We combine it with Botox and the latest skin rejuvenation treatment Xela Rederm…which helps to re-energise the skin cells.

The result?  Instant volume to jowls and cheeks, softened lines and plumper skin.  You will need to allow three to five days downtime afterwards, but the results can mimic a surgical facelift.  Price from £1800

And a couple of Home Remedies for you:

Got a spot?  Try pressing the inside of a fresh clove of garlic onto the pimple because garlic has anti-inflammatory properties.

If you wake up with a blotchy skin, break open an evening primrose oil capsule  and apply to cleansed skin.  It’s very high in gamma linoleic acid which helps reduce redness.

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#AskLesley

My friend has just returned from the USA and said she developed  Margarita sunburn? What is this?
This is a skin condition called phytophotodermatitis, which happens when oil from some plants or citrus fruits, commonly lime (hence the Margarita tag), grapefruit and some oranges, gets on the skin and is then exposed to UV light. This can cause a chemical burn reaction, resulting in stinging blisters and hyperpigmentation which can take weeks to fade. All skin types can be affected. To avoid, always wash hands and skin if you are eating or handling citrus fruits, especially limes, in the sun and wear sun protection at all times.
STAY SAFE
New standards for doctors carrying out cosmetic procedures designed to help drive up standards in the cosmetic surgery come into force this month. The new guidelines cover all procedures from breast augmentation to Botox  and are there to protect patients Later this year the RCS will also launch a new certification scheme, allowing patients to more easily search for a surgeon who has the necessary skill and experience to perform the procedure they are considering. In the meantime, stay safe and know the rules- or for full details visit the GMC website.
*Do not have any cosmetic treatments which are on a special offer, like two for one  or  are discounted if you have multiple treatments. There should be no  inducements whatsoever.
*You must have a minimum two-week cooling off period before undergoing any surgery so you do not feel rushed or pressured.
*When you go for a consultation make sure you are well informed on all details of the procedure, including risks and downtime and are given written information about any procedures.
*Always  ask about  aftercare, continuity of care must be provided so patients know whom to contact if they experience any complications and full details of any medicines or implants being used must be made readily available.
* Details of all UK doctors, including any specialisms they have, are published on the GMC’s online List of Registered Medical Practitioners
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#AskLesley

I’ve got a wedding  soon  and  I’m looking a little jaded. Is there a  one-off  facial that really delivers results?  I don’t want injectables or a treatment  that has too much downtime.
There are  many new hi-tech facials  which can deliver healthy radiant skin, boost collagen production and soften lines and wrinkles all without surgery or using needles. Most , however, like a laser facial or Hydrafacial  need a course of  at least three treatments every  three to four weeks to really see an improvement in skin tone.  But for a  speedy one treatment  which delivers great results try The LA facial. Actress Sarah Parish is a huge fan of this new cutting edge treatment which uses  the very latest technology – dual modality  Fractional and Thermal radio frequency to product visible results – improved skin tone, lifted  features, softer lines and wrinkles in one 90 minute session . It’s totally painless and feels like a warm massage and the therapist will concentrate on problems areas.   You’ll have two to three days of redness which can be easily covered up  so have the treatment around a week to two weeks before your event to look perfect on the big day. Expect to pay around £150 and the facial is available from selected clinics around the UK. Call 0333 577 5570 for more details.
STAY SAFE
New standards for doctors carrying out cosmetic procedures designed to help drive up standards in the cosmetic surgery come into force this month. The new guidelines cover all procedures from breast augmentation to Botox  and are there to protect patients Later this year the RCS will also launch a new certification scheme, allowing patients to more easily search for a surgeon who has the necessary skill and experience to perform the procedure they are considering. In the meantime, stay safe and know the rules- or for full details visit the GMC website.
*Do not have any cosmetic treatments which are on a special offer, like two for one  or  are discounted if you have multiple treatments. There should be no  inducements whatsoever.
*You must have a minimum two-week cooling off period before undergoing any surgery so you do not feel rushed or pressured.
*When you go for a consultation make sure you are well informed on all details of the procedure, including risks and downtime and are given written information about any procedures.
*Always  ask about  aftercare, continuity of care must be provided so patients know whom to contact if they experience any complications and full details of any medicines or implants being used must be made readily available.
* Details of all UK doctors, including any specialisms they have, are published on the GMC’s online List of Registered Medical Practitioners
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