HOW FIT IS YOUR FACE? WHY A FIT FACE COULD BE THE KEY TO LOOKING YOUNGER

Abbey Clancy uses cool laser to tone and tighten, Stephanie Beacham has Forma to lift and firm, Lysette Anthony uses radio frequency and massage to glow, Anthea Turner/Jennifer Aniston do facial exercises….

Shape up and face up! Fitness is generally a word that we attribute to our bodies but having a fit face promises to be a key anti ageing trend this year. Facial massage along with gadgets to tone cheek and neck muscles, potent lotions to sculpt and tighten the skin and Pilates-style facials to lift and stretch the complexion to create a more contoured look are now a being seen as an effective anti ageing alternative to surgery.

Model Abbey Clancy, 31, swears by her regular Cool Skin laser sessions to tone and tighten her skin while Hollyoaks star Lysette Anthony, 53, and actress Stephanie Beacham, 69, regularly book in for radio frequency treatments and massage facials to sculpt and restore a radiant glow.

So what is fit skin? We don’t think twice about toning our muscles at the gym, so why think differently about the face?  But unlike the ‘real’ gym, when it comes to the face, encouraging plumpness and toned muscles is key to diminishing wrinkles and looking younger. Investing in firming and tightening potions combined with regular skin massage and cutting edge products and treatments that will help train your skin to act differently will all help towards facial fitness. So discover the secret to ageing gracefully… Here’s our face saving guide to fitness  – try a combination of treatments to get best results.

Warm Up with Massage                                                                                                                Facial massage has been practiced in ancient cultures for centuries – it was once the secret of Chinese Empresses practiced 3,000 years ago to increase circulation of blood and “chi” to the face. Today, the single most important part of a facial is the massage which can instantly breathe new life into the skin and when done properly can give an amazing lift to the face. A good massage is like a stress free workout for the face and eases muscle tension, soothes eyestrain, decreases puffiness and can even alleviates sinus issues. But it’s the lifted appearance that’s most noticeable. Book a professional facial massage once a week for four weeks and see the difference or dry a DIY session at home. Try…

*Decleor Orexcellent Pilates Massage Facial – Decleor’s new Pilates facial helps visibly lift and reshape the contours of the face. The facial includes a back massage to help you completely unwind & release the mind. After a deep cleansing, three facial massage ‘ workouts’, using moves to warm up tone and stretch the facial muscles, leave the skin revived, rejuvenated and glowing with rosy youthfulness. £75 for 75 minutes. To find your nearest salon go to www.decleor.co.uk

DIY Face/neck Massage  – * This will help decrease puffiness in the face and neck and boost circulation. Place your fingers on either side of your neck right under your ears, then gently move the skin in a downward motion towards the back of your neck. Repeat ten times, gradually moving your fingers down and further away from your ears. Next place your fingers on top of your shoulders, either side of your neck, and gently massage by bringing the skin closer to your collarbone. Repeat five times once or twice a week.

Have a Facial Workout                                                                                                                  There are roughly 50 muscles in the face and regular stimulation can lift, tone and tighten the skin, boost blood circulation and collagen production giving a fresh youthful appearance to the skin. Facial muscles can also be trained to be firm and strong through exercise. Try….

*DIY Facial Exercises – You will need to spend at least five to six minutes twice a day- morning and evening – to kick-start a facial toning programme and once muscles are stronger gradually reduce to two days. Results will depend on age and the amount of loose skin but whatever your age, your skin will improve. Repeat the simple exercises below but for more routines and tips, get a copy of The Ultimate Facercise by Carole Maggio, by Pan £12.99.

*Close the eyes and look (cross-eyed) toward the nose, then squint with eyelids still closed – holding for a few seconds.

*Open the lips while clenching the teeth and pulling the corners of the mouth sideways with the index fingers to make the bottom teeth visible. This improves the tone of the mouth and chin.

*Sit up straight and tilt your head back so you’re looking at the ceiling. Keep your lips closed. Next, make your lips round and hold for a count of 20, then relax and bring your head back to the normal position. Aim to do this three to five times.

Tone and Tighten                                                                                                                              Like strength training for the skin, the new laser skin tightening procedures are much gentler and safe for all skin types. They take around 30 minutes and when used on the face, they can tighten skin in a way that is really natural. With each treatment (around four to six every two weeks to four weeks are recommended) the skin tightens as new collagen is formed, making skin plumper, tighter and more radiant. Try….

*Smart-xide Cool Skin Rejuvenation Laser – Thirty-one year one model Abbey Clancy regularly has 30-minute skin rejuvenating laser sessions to keep her skin toned, tight and line free. The Co2 laser uses fractional dot technology and targets areas of the face with a wand like device – the laser also heats the dermis to boost collagen. No downtime, only slight redness which can easily be covered with mineral make up. From £350 each or £1400 for a course of 5 0207 436 4441

*Forma – Actress Stephanie Beacham and Hollyoaks star Lysette Anthony use new skin fitness treatment Forma to improve skin tone and help lift and sculpt facial contours. The procedure uses radio frequency to stimulate new collagen and for best results a course of 6 weekly sessions required. From £300 per treatment or a course of 6 £1500 0207 436 4441

*Elizabeth Arden Face Firming sessions – The 15 minute session uses a LED device with four lights to help restore a glow and firmer looking skin and is ideal to enhance the results of other facial treatments. £20 and available at selected Elizabeth Arden counters nationwide or see elizabetharden.co.uk

*Crystal Clear Rewind 10 – A new face and neck moisturiser which comes with a sonic neck wand which uses sonic vibrations to firm the skin and help the moisturiser penetrate into the skin £79.99 www.crystalclear.co.uk

Sculpting Skincare                                                                                                                                 If you use the right ingredients, you can’ train ‘your skin to act differently to help renew and firm complexion. Look for products that offer an instant firming effect. Try….

*Origins Plantscription Powerful Lifting Concentrate (£52 origins.co.uk) contains potent plant anti-agers to lift, firm and pump up the skin for more volume. Apply several drops morning and night and you’ll feel a gentle tightening as the serum gets to work.   

*Fresh Black Tea Firming Corset Cream  (£79 harrods.com) formulated with goji fruit extract and black tea to help firm and strengthen the skin.

*B.Lifted Contouring Cream (£12.99 from Superdrug), a new yoga inspired cream which gives an instant tightening effect on the skin leaving your complexion firmer he formula contains Soy Isoflavones which are clinically proven to increase the skin’s own collagen and elastin production. This in turn helps to sculpt the skin making it look smoother and more youthful in just four weeks.

*Clinique Sculptwear Contouring Massage Cream Mask (£37 boots.com) a creamy mask packed with moisturising ingredients to plump and firm and leave skin- hydrated and radiant.

Go on a Skin Diet                                                                                                                                  By simply changing your diet and including certain super foods you can improve your skin and help slow down the ageing process.  While genetics and lifestyle play a major role in skin health, the right foods can also help fight wrinkles, improve hydration and help keep skin firm and elastic. Try to include:

*Whole-grain bread, enriched with B vitamins, will help keep the skin’s circulation strong.

*Vegetables that are high in beta-carotene, such as carrots and sweet potatoes, are the food equivalents of retinol and help promote cell turnover.

*Antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies act as a first line of defence and barrier for the skin.

* Plump up lines with plenty of skin-friendly fats found in plant oils such as olive, rapeseed and flax. Add a spoonful to juices or smoothies, or drizzle neat over soups.

*Boost radiance with oily fish, especially salmon.

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GET READY FOR THE RETURN OF THE CHEMICAL PEEL

The recent cold snap and biting winds means many of us have been left with ‘ winter face’ – that worn out, tired look when skin is pasty and dull. Skin is drier at this time of year because everything slows down. Cell turnover slows down, the blood supply slows down and even hydration of the skin is reduced – it’ almost as if the skin is going into hibernation.
So how to fast track your way to restoring radiance? Enter the new generation of super peels, which can do more to plump up skin, smooth out rough texture and restore luminosity than a month’s worth of lotions and potions.
Over the last few years’ peels have been eclipsed by more modern treatments such as skin resurfacing lasers, Botox, and dermal fillers. They’ve also suffered from an image problem  – even the name is scary – conjuring up pictures of a red raw face and flaking skin (remember actress Samantha Jones hiding her face in Sex and the City).
But now they are back in fashion and for good reason. While the old-style peels used very strong concentrations of acids to dissolve the top layers of skin and needed to be carefully supervised by a doctor, the new generation of super peels have been refined using gentler and more natural ingredients like Glycolic and Salicylic acid, are perfectly safe for all skin types, painless, cheaper than hi-tech devices and, even better, can be used at home.
The goal now isn’t so much as to cause visible peeling but to infuse the complexion with ingredients that gradually diminish lines and kick start collagen restoring that natural glossy glow that tends to fade as we age. Your skin-care products will also perform better after a peel because there are no dead cells impeding their penetration. From the new home overnight peels to the new gentler chemical boosters at the clinic, everyone can benefit from a peel, so here’s our pick of the best ones to help you peel back the years.

AT THE CLINIC
Chemical peels can work wonders for your skin. They can clear up acne, lessen the appearance of scars and dark spots, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The right peel is selected for your skin, painted over the complexion with a small brush avoiding the eye area and left for the required time. Within In minutes of applying, acids lift away dead cells and trigger a chain reaction: As that topmost layer is shed, signals are sent to the living cells below to multiply and move up, to increase collagen production and to make more hyaluronic acid.
Afterwards the skin is cleansed again and a moisturiser is applied. The whole process from start to finish can take, on average, around twenty minutes. One treatment can instantly brighten skin, but most clinics now prefer to do a course of six to eight lighter peels to a period of time for longer lasting results.

*Glycolic Peel
This is our favourite peel. This acid occurs naturally in sugar cane and gently dissolves the glue-like substance that holds dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. It comes in a variety of strengths – from a salon strength of 20-40% to a clinic version of 70-90%, which must only be performed by a cosmetic doctor. Great for freshening up a tired, jaded complexion, smoothing fine lines and is suitable for all skin types – even sensitive plus there’s no downtime.  You’ll need a course of six to get good results, then a top-up every couple of months a course of six to get good results, then for six weeks and then once a month for maintenance. From £70 – 0207 436 4441
*Salicylic Peel – Good for oily skin, fine lines and wrinkles and sensitive skin and ideal for those undergoing acne treatment, as this will accelerate any skincare programme you are using. Depending on the condition of your skin, you may need several treatments. For a noticeable result most people need six-ten sessions. From £70 0207 436 4441
*ESPA Enzyme Renew Facial
A natural alternative, this uses fruit enzymes which are a fabulous peeling agent, to gently dissolve dull and dead cells. This indulgent treatment also combines dry brushing to deeply cleanse, followed by a firming mask, a relaxing facial massage with Rose Quartz Crystals.
From £70 for 90 minutes, www.espaskincare.com

HOME PEELS
Home peels are designed to work in a similar way to professional treatments but contain a lower percentage of active acids. Most are formulated with alpha and or beta hydroxyl acids, which include glycolic, salicylic and lactic acid. These acids are commonly found in skin care products but are used in slightly higher concentrations than in at-home peels to enable them to dissolve dead skin cells. We’re huge fan as they are a cheap and easy way to perk up the skin. Plus you’ll get even better results if you use them to maintain the benefits of a professional peel. Try these….

* Vichy Idéalia Peeling (£30.00 boots.com) the latest launch and the first overnight peel treatment suitable for the most sensitive of skins. Containing a unique water-light formula with the power of a serum, proven to refine pores, improve skin texture and smooth fine lines in just four weeks. The gentle peeling action [4% Glycolic Acid + 5% Hepes] acts to create long-term radiance and improve skin quality day by day. From the first application, skin is left feeling softer and looking brighter.
* Soap & Glory Fab Pore, 2-in-1 Facial Pore Purifying Mask & Peel (£10 boots.com)
A 15-minute clay-based paste with Soap & Glory’s secret weapon, PORESHRINK-R, a beta-hydroxyl acid that peels away dead skin as well as tightening pores. Use up to three times a week. –-
*Origins GinZing Peel-Of Mask  (£24 origins.co.uk)
Best for refining and refreshing the complexion, this refreshing peel-off mask works in minutes and is fortified with coffee beans, ginseng and Origins gentle fruit acid complex. It helps lift away dull, dead skin plus dirt and debris to leave you looking clear and radiant.

Top tips for the perfect peel
*Different skin types require different peels. Have a professional peel first so an expert can determine what sort of peel would suit your skin type.
*Never apply ingredients that can irritate your skin post-peel, such as retinol. Hyaluronic acid will help rehydrate your skin post-peel, so invest in a good moisturiser containing HA.
*If you are using a home peel follow the instructions carefully and use once or twice a week maximum. Using them too often, or the wrong type of peel/ingredients can be a recipe for redness, breakouts and even burns.
*Always wear a sun protection of at least 30SPF after treatment, even when it’s cloudy, as your skin will be extra sensitive to ultraviolet light.
* Don’t forget peels aren’t just for the complexion; they can be uses on the backs of the hands, the neck and décolletage.

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CLEVER NEW WAYS TO BEAT THE EFFECTS OF STRESS

Hair Rescue
Research shows that we can shed up to 10 per cent of hair during winter months – mix this with static from wearing protective hats,colouring, heated styling tools and no wonder hair is stressed and prone to breakage. Try L’Oreal Elvive Colour Protect Low Shampoo £6.99 9 (boots.com) sulphate and foam free, the creamy formula causes minimal friction as it cleanses making it ideal for fragile and weakened hair.
* Changing to silk pillowcases can help brittle, damaged hair as high thread cotton pillowcases can cause more friction as you toss and turn during the night.
*Allow more time between root retouches and use one of the new clever cover-ups like Color Wow Root Cover Up (£28.50 colourwow.com) the first mineral powder formula which stays in place until shampooed out – also covers dark roots in lightened hair without peroxide. Available in six shades
Hair Herbal Essence Herbal Detox
* Olaplex, a salon treatment for coloured, damaged or brittle hair, helps rebuild the strength, structure and rebond damaged follicles, leaving hair smoother, silkier and more manageable. It can either be mixed in with your hair colour by your colourist or afterwards to ‘mend’ the hair. The treatment is left on for 15 minutes and then washed out and lasts until your next colouring process – From around £50 www.olaplex.co.uk.
*To encourage growth, restore density and strength, boost thinning hair with a supplement – try Viviscal, £51, enriched with essential ingredients for optimum healthy hair growth and used by A list celebrities (Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lawrence, Abbey Clancy,) Scientific studies show that there is 111% increase in terminal hairs after 3 months.
*At the clinic try Angel Hair, a new treatment which uses platelet rich plasma from your own blood which is then mixed with growth factors and injected into the scalp to help stimulate hair follicles. A course of 6 monthly treatments recommended to restore health and hair. From £1500 0207 436 4441.

De- stress Yourself
It’s very easy to say reduce stress but we all know it’s not as easy as that but do try and look at your lifestyle – some of the most effective stress banishers can easily be slotted into your daily life.
* Sleep More -stress is the main cause of insomnia – try and unwind before hitting the sheets and sleep more.
*Enjoy Exercise – do something you enjoy for at lease 30 minutes a day – it will help release endorphins, which can banish anxiety, as well as boost circulation to the skin.
*Eat Well – a good balanced diet with plenty of water and try to cut down on sugar. Include more stress reducing foods high in Vitamin C – like oranges, and kiwi– a German study found that this vitamin helps reduce stress and return blood pressure to normal levels after a stressful situation and also boosts the immune system. Tuck into apricots which are rich in magnesium -a natural muscle relaxant.
*Be Kind to Yourself – learn to unwind and do something for yourself, read a book, some deep breathing exercises or have a pamper session with friends.
*Say No More Often – set yourself limits and realistic goals so you’re not trying to do everything for everyone. Don’t try and be perfect in everything you do.

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DON’T STRESS! THE SECRET OF AGEING WELL

In today’s world few people are exempt from the effects of stress. You can feel it and, even worse, you can actually see it in the mirror too. We all know how stress can damage our health and emotions, but signs of stress can also show up on your hair, skin, and nails. Although, we all have different ways of dealing with it, a new study has confirmed that staying calm and adopting healthier lifestyle habits from eating right to being kind to yourself may add 10 years to your life in a matter of months. Mindfulness, the mental state achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment, can also bring about long-term benefits and positively affects levels of happiness and well-being.
Busy lives often prevent us from thinking about the present and ourselves but fortunately the beauty brands and cosmetic clinics are doing it for us and launching innovative products and treatments to combat the effects of stress.
From mindful massages and spiritual based skincare to calming lotions and potions for distressed hair and tense bodies there are plenty of clever new stress busting beauty buys and rescue treatments to help you keep calm – and look it.

Body and Mind Rescue
More than a thousand years ago, roses were used to treat everything from depression to coughing fits — and with good reason as these beautiful blooms have anti-inflammatory properties as well as emollient qualities. When bathing use Natural Rose Soap (£5.50 rosinaslotionpotions.com) and then take the time to massage in a rich body cream – try Odylique Rose Velvet a Body Lotion (£18 currently on special offer – www.odylique.co.uk) the ultimate treat for the skin and the aroma will uplift the senses too.
* Like hair, nails can become brittle, discoloured and thinner when under stress. Treat yourself to a Mindful Manicure with Nails Inc first anti ageing nail formulation. Powered by Collagen (£14 nailsinc.co.uk) to help restore strength and keep nails looking glossy.
*There’s nothing like a long soak to relax mind and body. For added therapeutic benefits, throw in a handful of Aveda Stress Fix soaking salts (£31 aveda.co.uk) made of sugar and mineral salts with the wonderful comforting smell of lavender.
*The feel- good power of fragrance is often underestimated. Keep a body spray handy and spritz yourself throughout the day. Try Yardley’s new English Freesia Body Spray (£2.49 from Sainsbury’s) an energizing and uplifting contemporary fragrance which smells as good as an expensive French perfume.
* For a special treat book one of the new mindful massage treatments. ESPA Mindful Massage is a 90-minute holistic, deeply relaxing experience which works on the concept of mindfulness, focusing on both mind and body to help you reduce stress and ‘be more in the present’. The therapist skillfully guides you through breathing and visualisation techniques to help relax the mind and release physical or emotional anxieties. The feet are then massaged to help rebalance and ground, before a soothing, deeply therapeutic massage is continued up through the body to promote positivity to the mind, finishing with a re-energising scalp massage using warm rose quartz crystals. From £190. www.espalifeatcorinthia.com

Face Rescue
Under stress, everyone‘s skin reacts differently but dehydration, dullness, skin fatigue, breakouts and uneven skin tone are all signs your skin is having a mini breakdown. Ren Ever Calm Global Protection Day Cream (£28 ren.co.uk) contains a powerful blend of antioxidants to soothes irritable skin and eases discomfort.
* The stress hormone cortisol can increase oil production which can cause blocked pores and spots.Try Murad Blemish Spot Treatment £15 – which includes sulphur to zap spots and AHAs to speed up cell turnover
*Anti- Stress Facial – a 60 minute stress busting facial which combines a mix of rose oils and massage therapy using long, lifting strokes to tone and ease away tension from the muscles restoring luminosity to dull, tired skin. From £100 – 0207 436 4441.
* Many precious stones are known for their healing properties and are now being used in ‘spiritual’ skin care – try Aeos Energising Skin Conditioner (£54.99 aesos.net) a potent serum type cream loaded with seven crystals including amethyst, quartz and emerald to restore balance to skin and calm excess oil production.
*If stress is written all over your face a few well-placed injections of Botox will erase worry and frown lines. The treatment can also help Bruxism (jaw grinding) caused through stress and patients have also reported a marked reduction in their general stress level as their grinding disappears. Botox treatment of teeth grinding is painless and quick (5 minutes) and results for both procedures kick in around five days after injections and will last up to six months. From £200 – 0207 436 4441

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RESTORE A GLOW

As temperatures nose-dive, so does your skin’s moisture. Here’s how to fight back and recharge a dull winter complexion.
Boost Radiance with Photo Rejuvenation (IPL)
Lumecca, the newest IPL rejuvenation system boosts collagen, targets broken capillaries and sun damage, and will also help clear age spots and improve skin tone. A small hand piece emits as an intense flash of light which releases energy into the skin. One treatment, which is quick and relatively pain-free will instantly improve skin tone but for longer lasting results and a serious red carpet glow try a course of three to six treatments, spaced at least ten days apart (It is vital that you use SPF 30 after the treatment to protect the new skin.)
From £60 – £100 a session

Supercharge your Skin with a HydraFacial
This hard working facial is all about results, and delivers immediate, visible results and lasting anti ageing benefits with no downtime. The treatment combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration, red light therapy and antioxidant protection all in one session and is clinically proven to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, acne prone skin and brown spots. The whole experience lasts around 75 minutes. One treatment will give your skin a serious boost leaving the complexion instantly brighter, tighter and glowing. Cost from £125
www.hydrafacial.co.uk

Get Glowing with a Peel
A Glycolic acid peel is great for freshening up dull, tired skin. This acid occurs naturally in sugar cane and gently dissolves the glue-like substance that holds dead skin cells on the surface of your skin revealing a smoother, brighter complexion. It comes in a variety of strengths and is suitable for all skin types – even sensitive. You’ll need a course of four to six peels a fortnight apart to get glowing then a top-up once a month. There’s no downtime. From £60

And Don’t Forget….
Skin changes during the winter months and can easily become dry, flaky and sensitive due to central heating and frequent changes in temperature, i.e. going from warm rooms to chilly winds.
*Look for ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, and Urea in your moisturiser as these are humectants which bind moisture to the skin.
*Add another layer like a serum to your daily skincare regime to give your skin the extra support it needs.
*Use a weekly mask at home to help hydrate and improve texture of the skin- Try Rosina Rosina’s Kale and Pomegranate Enzyme Exfoliating Mask (£20 rosinaslotionspotions.com) a multi-tasker and an all in one cleanser, mask and a facial designed for daily use to remove pollution and dead skin cell build up.
*Boosters are a new addition to skin care and are designed to be added to your current regime to tackle specific skin concerns. Try Hylamide Glow Radiance £20 boots.com) a pick me up booster for tired, dull skin. This fast acting serum also contains melanin peptides to encourage a natural golden sun-kissed glow and will help even out skin tone – to use simply add a couple of drops to your normal moisturiser.
*Try a moisturiser with light reflecting particles – try Olay Essentials Complete Care Multi Radiance Fluid SPF15 (£9.99 www.olay.co.uk)
* If you are on a tight budget make your own radiance mask. Honey and lemon have natural properties that work to brighten and give a natural glow to the skin. Simply mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with one tablespoon of honey and dab gently over damp skin face. Leave on your face for 15-20 minutes, and then wash your face with cold water. Use once a week.

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SHOULD YOU BE USING ANTI POLLUTION SKINCARE?

Just when you thought you had your anti-ageing skincare regime sorted along comes another battleground – the pollution epidemic.
A study published last week suggested that air pollution may increase the risk of dementia but did you know if affects our skin too? In fact, according to research the sun is no longer the skin’s greatest enemy as scientists uncover the full impact of smog, traffic fumes and dust on our complexions.
From dehydration and increased sensitivities to wrinkles and redness, air pollution isn’t just damaging our health; it’s making us look years older too.
With pollution levels reaching critical heights, it’s no surprise then that this year’s big skincare news is anti pollution skincare – the ‘toxic avengers designed to fight off the irritating and ageing effects of the toxins around us.
Some cosmetics companies like Elizabeth Arden and Clarions are already ahead of the game with cleansers, serums and moisturisers designed to treat and protect polluted skin. This month sees Marks and Spencer jump on the bandwagon with Formula Urban Shield, designed to fight pollution’s effects by forming an invisible shield on the skin while Darphin launch a double pronged attack next month (February) with a pollution detox aimed at sensitive skin – Intral Cleanser and Pollution Shield.
While the hype around pollution-fighting products isn’t new, protecting our skin and health from pollution is definitely something we all need to take seriously. Here’s what you need to know

So how does pollution affect my skin?
Pollution Matter – called PM -is a damaging mix of chemical and dust particles, which are tiny enough, to inhale leading to various health issues and also be small enough to enter the skin. Some particles bind to the fats in your skin, while others slip in through the pores and can penetrate right down to the epidermis. These particles also attack the skin barrier resulting in increased sebum production, dullness, clogged pores, inflammation and allergic reactions. Research shows no particular skin type appears more immune to exposure, either.

But how does pollution make me look older?
New research shows that pollutant particles also cause oxidative stress in the skin by forming free radicals, which in turn cause visible ageing, the same sort of wrinkles and age spots which are also caused by too much sun. Free radicals can also increase inflammation, which makes acne and rosacea worse as well as DNA damage. There are five types of pollution particles that affect the skin, each of a different size. But new research shows that it is PM2.5 that’s causing most havoc, speeding up cellular ageing and accelerating the appearance and depth of lines and wrinkles.

Where does Pollution come from?
Pollution surrounds us around the clock and mainly comes from smoke, traffic and factory fumes. Car emissions and fertilisers mean the country is just as bad for your skin. New research is also looking at indoor sources of air pollution. According to research by the British technology company Dyson, cleaning materials, cooking fumes, pollen and dust can contribute to making the air inside the home up to five times more polluted than the air outside and according to the World Health Organisation, dozens of UK cities—London, Liverpool and Glasgow included—are breaching the EU limits on pollution, with Oxford Street being the most polluted street in the world.

So what is anti pollution skincare?
These are products rich in antioxidants, proven to prevent or reducing free-radical damage which coat the skin with a protective layer, helping to strengthen the epidermis barrier to combat the damage caused by toxins looming in the air. Ideally, anti pollution skincare products should sit on top of the skin so they can effectively shield pollutants without the risk of clogging pores and should be used before applying makeup. The idea is that pollution particles will then fall away or be removed when you cleanse your face. The latest pollution fighting foundations also create a clever barrier that stops the pollutant particles sticking to your skin in the first place, like Bourjois City Radiance £9.99 which has an antioxidant pollution screen and is also combined with an SPF30.

Do I have to buy anti pollution products – can I use my existing products along with an SPF.
If you want to use what you’ve already got, an ideal pollution fighting regime would be an antioxidant-rich serum followed by a moisturiser and sunscreen and a thin layer of mineral make-up. Serums and moisturisers packed with antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid are best as these help to neutralize free-radical damage, which will soften the appearance of pigmentation, wrinkles and sagging – try Murad Essential-C Day Moisture SP30 £55n (johnlewis.com) Niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3) is another great ingredient which can restore and strengthen the skin’s protective barrier, while improving skin hydration and promoting skin surface exfoliation. Find it in Olay’s Total Effects Day Moisturiser SPF15 £14.99 (boots.com)

Good quality mineral make up also doubles up as a very good skin shield as the molecules are too large to be absorbed and it won’t clog pores. Mineral make up also has a natural sunscreen of around SPF20. Try BPF Mineral Make up which gives amazing coverage (£20 0207 436 4441) However, an SPF alone will not protect you from pollution, and skipping it will make UV damage worse as UV and pollution causes more damage than the two things individually. In short no matter where you fall on the anti-pollution skincare you should still always use sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.

What else can I do to protect my skin?
*Diet is important. Up your intake of pollution-fighting nutrients. These include antioxidants from any fruit and veg, but especially greens, berries, peppers, sweet potatoes, carrots and chilli’s. Nuts and seeds are great too so is live yoghurt, seaweed and flavonoids (red wine, tea, cacao, and red fruits like cherries, currants,). Dress your salads with wheat germ oil for its high vitamin E content. For an extra boost, try taking the supplements alpha lipoic acid and N-acetyl cysteine which help support the liver, which is key in detoxifying pollutants – try Vitabiotics Ultra L-Carnitine & ALA £13.95 from most health shops and chemists.

*Effective cleansing is absolutely vital. This is not only to remove dirt, pollution particles, and make-up, but will help unblock pores and follicles. Be gentle and don’t over scrub. Go old school by using a flannel and a creamy cleanser or use a sonic cleanser like Foreo Luna 2 for Sensitive Skin £169 (lookfantastic.com) which deep cleanses in two minutes flat. Pollution particles attach to dead skin cells and can be very hard to remove with just cleansing so a deep cleansing profession facial once a month will help zap the nasties – try Hydrafacial which combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration, red light therapy and antioxidant protection all in one session from £125 (see hydrafacial.co.uk for your nearest clinic)

The New Toxic Avengers
Anti-pollution skincare is one of beauty’s biggest trends so there’s plenty of choice when it comes to building an effective daily skincare regime to protect skin is. Here are some of the latest pollution fighting formulas to try.
*Formula Urban Shield Skin Defence Mist £11.50 (marksandspencer.com)- This fine, active-packed mist instantly forms an invisible barrier on the skin providing a quick, easy and ultra-convenient way to block pollution. Containing an advanced antioxidant complex, use any time of day to top up protection by applying a light spritz over the face whenever needed, even over make-up.
*Darphin Intral Evironmental Lightweight Shield SPF50 – £35 (Available February-darphin.co.uk) A sheer, nude toned fluid with wheat protein which disappears on skin and helps protect skin from pollution, ideal for the delicate eye area, too.
*Rosina’s Kale and Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask £20 (rosinaslotionspotions.com) a multi-tasker and an all in one cleanser, mask and a facial designed for daily use to remove pollution and dead skin cell build up leaving skin radiantly clean and glowing.
*Harley Street 24-7 Daily Cleanser £20 (harleystskin.com) gently deep cleanses the skin and helps to remove dead skin build up and calms sensitive skin. The botanical ingredients provide anti-ageing properties and skin restorative properties.

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SURGERY TRENDS SET TO BE BIG IN 2017

Nose jobs, dimpleplasty and designer vaginas are among the top cosmetic surgery trends predicted to be big news in 2017 thanks to a celebrity influence.
Charlotte Crosby and Chloe Ferry both had nose jobs in 2016 while Sinitta and Danniella Westbrook reportedly had designer vaginas too.
According to figures from Whatclinic.com Vaginoplasty, a procedure to strengthen the muscles and tissues of the vaginal canal saw a 130% increase in enquiries in the last three months of 2016 and is predicted to be one of the top surgical procedures this year.
Meanwhile celebrity favourite, nose jobs (rhinoplasty), has long been one of the most popular cosmetic procedures but saw an uptick at the end of 2016, with enquires up 71% in the past three months, indicating that it will be even more in demand in 2017.
Dimple creation surgery- also called Dimpleplasty- has also seen a rapid rise in popularity over the last year thanks to Cheryl’s Cole and Kate Middleton’s winning grins.
Mini facelifts will also increase in popularity in 2017 with an incredible 589per cent increase in enquires in the last three months alone.
Remember demand for cosmetic surgery may be high but so is the risk. Never be swayed by special offers and do have realistic expectations. Always research the treatment before you sign on the dotted line.

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MORE NEW ANTI AGEING TRENDS AND TREATMENTS FOR 2017

The New Cellulite Smoother
Look out for a new lunchtime cellulite smoothing treatment launching later this spring. Called Profound, the non-invasive procedure uses a combination of Radio frequency and Micro needling to rebuild collagen, improve hyaluronic acid and elastin under the skin improving skin texture and ironing out indentations and dimpling.
What’s different about the Profound system is that the double action of Micro needling and the heating effect of Radio frequency boosts the production of collagen in the subcutaneous fat and it is precisely this collagen that builds up newer, stronger, straighter fibrous bands in the superficial fat. It is these fibrous bands which pull down the skin and creates the dimpling you see with cellulite. Once the bands are treated, the skin smooths itself out. A course of treatments will give the best results which are seen up to three months later. Expect to pay around £1000 for around 4 sessions.

Bespoke Breast Implants
Breast augmentation remains one of the most requested in the world, but this year, breast enlargement and reconstruction is on the front lines of technological innovation thanks to 3D printing technology.
While some surgeons to allow clients to preview surgical results currently use 3D imaging, the industry is currently perfecting a technique that will print silicone implants to fit our bodies perfectly. Traditionally, implants have been made in a round form, which is not the ideal shape for all women, but the multiple layers utilized during the 3D printing process will provide an implant that’s tailored made to each woman’s unique shape with the bonus that the implant will also be more durable and stronger. This is great when you consider that women have different body shapes, lifestyles and goals when it comes to choosing an implant.

The new face of Facelifts
Like a push up bra for the face, The Mini Marionette Lift is set to be 2017’s hottest new facelift and will make cheeks look peachy again and jawlines toned and taut in less than thirty minutes.
This innovative procedure uses a combination of threads as well as new dermal fillers to lift saggy jowls and restore fullness to the cheeks. It’s a simple painless procedure. First local anaesthetic is used to numb the areas. Then, tiny incisions are made near the hairline and along the jawline and soft sutures are inserted to lift sagging skin back into place. Next hyaluronic dermal fillers are used to restore plumpness to the cheeks. There may be bruising or swelling in the days after the treatment and patients are advised not to smile for a week or so to let the threads settle. You’ll see an immediate natural, rested and rejuvenated appearance – facial features will look refreshed and lifted and big bonus skin will improve over the following three to six months, as collagen is kick-started. Results will last up to two years.
Cost £1500 0207 436 4441

Smarter Skin Ingredients
Look out for new skinnovations that will help guard against pollution, fade wrinkles and help improve skin health.
This year will see the launch of new probiotics skincare in the form of spray on mists and moisturisers. Much like our gut relies on active probiotics and other gut bacteria to restore health, the biome of the skin needs to maintain certain bacteria on the skin for health. This year’s other hot anti ageing ingredient will be Peptides. Peptides play a number of roles in skin repair and function, they aid in cell communication between the epidermis, the outer protective layer of skin, and the dermis, the very active middle layer of skin. This makes the skin’s repair process more effective, helping to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration.
Additionally, peptides can help boost collagen, one of the primary proteins that give the skin its structure and firmness.

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THE HOT NEW ANTI AGEING TRENDS AND TREATMENTS FOR 2017

New year and a new you? No problem 2017 is bringing a whole new raft of anti ageing innovations and treatments promising to sculpt and tighten, lift and plump quicker that you can say tick tock. This year will also see a surprising shift as rejuvenating not reversing becomes the way forward. Skin quality will be the new buzzword along with products and treatments that will foster good health and well being as opposed to those that simply make you look ten years younger. From cellulite smoothers to cellular healing we’re ringing in the New Year with a look at the new game-changing innovations, treatments and trends coming soon to a clinic near you.

Ageing Well Through Wellness
This year it’s all about Cellular Healing and Functional Medicine, in other words preventative medicine and focusing on your genes and anti ageing from the inside out. We’re all used to putting on creams to slow down ageing of the skin but the emphasis is now on slowing down the ageing of the internal organs and the skeleton to promote all round wellness.
Your genetic make up determines who you are and, combined with your lifestyle, can determine what can happen to you age wise. Genetic testing will become more popular at anti ageing clinics as with a simple blood test, doctors can now quickly and simply establish your individual biological ageing. Being aware of this can help identify what your age-related diseases are most likely to be, and help you to reverse the signs of ageing by de-coding your genes and prescribing you with the right supplements, exercise, diet and lifestyle for you, that is needed to rebuild a healthier new you and in some cases can be an alternative to drug based therapy. For more info call 0207 436 4441

The Super Skin Boosters
In 2017, we are going to see more innovative ways to get hyaluronic acid – a gel-like molecule which holds water, so it helps hydrate and maintain skin elasticity – into the skin. Leading the way is Profhilo, a super skin booster designed to hydrate your skin from the inside out, smoothing any crepeyness, increasing collagen and elastin production and promoting radiance. 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. There is no pain, bruising or any danger of lumps or bumps. Treatment sessions are a month apart with at least two sessions necessary for the best results. Results last around six to nine months when you will see a radiant glow, a much improved skin tone and texture and healthy plump skin. Expect to pay around £500 per treatment which will be available at most clinics – for more info 0207 436 4441

The Superfast Facial with Benefits
Express treatments will continue to dominate this year with a trend for thirty minutes and under sessions. Perk is the world’s first hybrid facial and probably the fastest – promising to do exactly that – perk up your skin- in less than ten minutes. Using roller-flex technology to gently loosen dirt and oil remove surface layer dead skin cells, through gentle exfoliation while delivering vital antioxidants, the treatment is suitable for all skin types and focuses on lightly plumping lips, replenishing the eye area, and nourishing the face delivering immediate results and a healthy radiant glow. The best part? You receive the same serums used in your treatment, which you take home with you so you can continue the benefits at home. A regular Perk treatment every 30 day is recommended – from £90 a treatment – 0207 436 4441 for more info

Putting the Sparkle Back into Eyes
Eye treatments are set to have a big moment in 2017 with the emphasis of tightening eyelids, reducing bags and rejuvenating the delicate skin around the eyes. Many cosmetic doctors dislike injecting fillers to smooth the superficial lines around and under the eyes because the filler can sometimes create a blue cast -when the hyaluronic acid gel shows through skin. But a new injectable collagen called Cellifique debuting later this year can fill those tiny lines in a natural-looking way without causing discolouration. The filler is also good for plumping sunken tear troughs with results lasting around nine months. Expect to pay around £450 for treatment. Also look out for Bleph Banding the fifteen-minute eye bag reduction treatment using micro-fine PDO threads to lift excess skin under the eyes – for more info see www.pdo-threads.co.uk

The New Non Surgical Lifts
Threads to lift facial skin have emerged as one of the hottest trends, and this year they will also be used on the body. New elasticated threads designed specifically to lift sagging knees, bottom, breasts and tummy will be the latest innovation. The threads have little cones that grab the tissue and also encourage the body to produce collagen so skin will become tighter and smoother. The 45-minute procedure is carried out with local anesthetic and results are immediate with around a week’s downtime as there may be a little swelling or bruising around the injection site. Results are expected to last around 18months. From £2k – for more info call 0207 436 4441

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MORE HI TECH BEAUTY

Best Cleansing Device for Sensitive Skin
Try: Foreo Luna 2 for Sensitive Skin – £169 (lookfantastic.com)
How: Promises a salon-style deep cleanse in two minutes. The snazzy handheld device uses T-sonic (transdermal) pulsations, which allows the silicone brush to gently, and deeply cleanse dirt and make up residue. Can be used daily with all standard cleansers, gels and creams. A single USB charge will give around 300 uses. The silicone ‘bristles’ are super hygienic and resist bacteria build-up to keep skin fresh and clean. Also comes with an anti-ageing Mode to direct lower-frequency pulsations to wrinkle-prone areas to help smoothen lines for firmer-looking skin.

Best Make Up Gadget
Try: StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer – £39.99 (boots.com)
How: Forget washing make up brushes in the bathroom sink or swishing them under the tap. Go hi tech with this innovative make up brush cleaner which leaves brushes squeaky clean in around 30 seconds. Designed by Apprentice winner Tom Wash brushes StylPro uses a centrifugal spin technology and is suitable for most makeup brush brushes types and sizes. Really simple to use. You just attach any makeup brush using one of eight collars, before dunking it for 10 seconds, spinning for another 10 seconds and then drying for five to 10 seconds.

Best Make Up Bag Gizmo
Try: BeautyBlender Liner Designer £14 (cultbeauty.co.uk)
How: This nifty little silicone guide will help you draw the perfect eyeliner flick The innovative silicone guide has three edges so you can create a dramatic cat-eye or even a perfectly pencilled in lip line. This set comes with a 5x magnifying, suction compact mirror making it its ideal for on-the-go application. Easy to use, you simply hold the guide against the outer corner of your eye or lip and draw against the edge. Suitable for use with liquid, gel or pencil eyeliner or lip liner.

Best Dental Gadget
Try: Phillips Sonicare AirFloss £59.99 (johnlewis.com)
How: Uses Microburst technology to apply a quick burst of pressurised air and micro-water droplets to clean deep between teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach. Developed with dental professionals, and promising healthier gums in two weeks. Use with mouthwash or water for 30 seconds to remove plaque in hard-to-reach areas. Its guidance tip ensures correct placement when cleaning and it fits onto standard Sonicare chargers.

Best for Frizzy Hair
Try: Babyliss Brilliant Shine Ionic Brush £19.99 (johnlewis.co.uk)
How:It may be small but this hairbrush packs a powerful punch when it comes to taming frizzy hair and unruly locks. Turn on the switch below the bristles before brushing and ions are released to instantly smooth strands leaving hair silky and more manageable. With zero static, the brush uses batteries, so it is easy use on the go.

Best for Body Sculpting &Cellulite
Try: Bliss FatGirl Slim Lean Machine £120 (marksandspencer.co.uk) A spa powered body sculpting system. First rub in the caffeine based cream to treatment areas and then use the lean machine, which uses vacuum assisted massage action, to tone and firm the skin. The system should be used every day for around three minutes per area and combined with a healthy lifestyle to see improvements in cellulite and a firmer skin tone. Not recommended for use if you’re pregnant or using blood thinners or have any of the below condition Heart condition, diabetes, unexplained or systemic edema, unexplained calf pain, hypersensitive skin, varicose veins, swollen or inflamed areas, skin eruptions, open wounds or scars, rash, eczema or bruises.

Best For Restoring A Radiant Complexion
Try: LightStim LED £149 (currentbody.com)
How: LightStim uses professional-grade LED light therapy to deliver light energy in a similar way plants absorb light energy from the sun. This stimulates the body’s natural process to regenerate cells, improve fine lines and wrinkles, reduce pore size and improve the skin’s moisture retention. Incredibly easy to use, simply apply the peptide serum which comes with the device, plug in and then just press the device against your skin for three minutes and repeat over all areas of the face. For best glow- inducing results, use for five days a week for eight weeks.

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