ASK LESLEY – A ONE OFF FACIAL WITH AMAZING RESULTS

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.

 

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Kissable lips – ready for the mistletoe this Christmas

The countdown to party season has begun so time to get your lips mistletoe ready.
Most women want a sexy pout but sadly as we get older our lips lose their pillowy plumpness and the tissue around them loses their volume, too. Then there is the problem we hear most at the clinic – barcode lips – the 21st century expression for smoker’s lines, the wiggly grooves which run from the top lip right up to the nose. The good news is that there is loads you can do to turn back the clock on your smile in time for kissmas. Here’s how to get luscious looking lips – fast. Now where’s that mistletoe…

Problem Dry, Chapped Lips
Your lips are like a sponge. When exposed to moisture, they absorb water and plump up, but when dehydrated they dry out and shrink, especially during cold, windy winter month. The lips have no oil glands (oil is like a barrier for skin, helping to protect it) so they can easily become cracked and chapped – here’s how to soften them up.

*Stop licking lips as this damages the protective barrier, which can dry out the lips, (saliva contains digestive enzymes that can break down this barrier). Keep a tube of lip balm handy at all times – try Lanolips 101 which contains pure lanolin (£10.99 from Waitrose). Need an emergency treatment then try a slick of honey or olive oil, great for lip hydration. For special night out try one of the new lip treatments like Bardou Booster Lip (£15 www.thebardou.com) packed with hyaluronic acid and honey to deliver an instant shot of nourishment and increase moisture levels. Slick it on, leave for two minutes before applying lipstick and lips will look glossy, hydrated and fuller.

*Exfoliate lips at least once or twice a week which will boost blood circulation, remove dead skin and aid cell renewal. If lips are very sensitive and flaky, smooth on some Vaseline first and use a dry toothbrush to gently brush back and forth Matte lipsticks can be extremely drying so use them sparingly when your lips are extremely chapped. Use a lipstick which doubles as a balm instead– try Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm which delivers a hint of colour and 8 hours of moisture (£5.99 burtsbees.co.uk)

* The lack of iron, Vitamin B and fatty acids in your body can play a role in lip cracking and scaling. Vitamin A is also necessary for skin repair and is specially recommended to protect against chapped lips. Be sure to take a multivitamin/mineral supplement every day to protect against deficiencies that may be causing your chapped lips.

Also, drink more water to keep the body, skin and lips hydrated.
*Peeling lips could be a sign of an allergic reaction to a lipstick, toothpaste, food, beverage, or medication. Related symptoms include itching and a persistent rash. A mild over the counter topical hydrocortisone cream can help decrease the irritation and can also help very chapped lips.

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ASK LESLEY – HOW TO HELP BLADDER WEAKNESS

Is there is a non-invasive treatment to tighten ‘down below? I’ve noticed bladder weakness recently and I’m sometimes too embarrassed to go out. I don’t want surgery.

All women experience some degree of laxity in the skin or tissues and as we get older, the onset of the menopause, can also leave its mark on the vagina .In some case, the loss of tone can  lead to discomfort, and accidental bladder leaks making many women self conscious . ThermiVa is the latest   breakthrough treatment for vaginal rejuvenation and can help women regain and restore their confidence  The non-surgical procedure uses controlled radiofrequency energy to gently heat tissue via specially designed disposable wand applicator, restoring tightness to vaginal canal. It’s a quick painless treatment and many women notice a difference immediately after one treatment but you may need up to three treatments a month apart . Results last up one year -for more information  and to see if this is right for you  see thermiva.uk

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ASK LESLEY – HORMONE THERAPY

I’ve read  about natural hormone therapy using bio-identical hormones and I’m interested in  going  down this route rather than taking  HRT for my menopausal symptoms  which make me feel old and lethargic– can you tell me more?

After the age of 40, our endocrine system, and its various glands, start slowing down their production of hormones, the chemical messengers that tell our various body parts and organs what to do .This means less testosterone,   progesterone  and oestrogen  so balancing and augmenting these with  natural hormone therapy or bio-identical  hormones, as they are known  can often  help the body  return to a more youthful state, improving health and energy and treating other distressing  menopausal symptoms. Bio-identical hormones are plant derived  and are identical in structure to those found in the human body . Bu you  will  need a well managed  supervised programme and blood and urine tests to check your personal hormone levels before they can be prescribed.   Unfortunately, this service is not available on the  NHS, but there are many private clinics specialising in hormone therapy The prescriptions are only available privately so  you will have to pay for an initial  consultation and tests and then for monthly prescriptions. First , do check with your doctor to see if this route is suitable for you as there are many other   HRT therapies  now available. If you are still keen to go this route do contact us  as we can give you further information on doctors specialising in this area.

 

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TURN HEADS THIS CHRISTMAS

If you want to turn heads this Christmas then now’s the time to start your beauty routine so that you are flawless and glowing.

Planning on wearing a low-cut back to your dress but suffer from spotty, uneven skin and bra-bulge?  Then you need a ‘bacial’…a back facial… The HydraFacial Detox Treatment which uses lymphatic drainage to detoxify; then a cleanse, peel and debris extraction, followed by a moisture infusion.  It costs £45

Combine this with the skin-tightening treatment Reaction which utilises radio frequency and vacuum therapy to contour and tighten skin and help shrink fat cell volume.  One treatment will minimise the look of lumpy skin, but four to six weekly sessions will achieve the best results.  Costs from £250.

And don’t forget your cleavage because the skin here is thinner and as it is often exposed to the sun it can age faster than facial skin.  Mesotherapy is terrific for helping to rejuvenate a crinkly cleavage.   Micro-injections of a cocktail of vitamins and peptides around the cleavage increase skin moisture naturally, helping to fade fine lines and age spots as well as boosting collagen and elastin production.  You’ll see smoother skin within a week, but for best results a course of three weekly sessions may be required.  From £250.

And to banish thigh anxiety a Leg Makeover will soon whip your legs into shape.  First, IPL – which uses intense pulsed light treatment – targets thread veins and dark patches.  Then a glycolic peel will tranform scaly skin and fade age spots.  Finally SmartXide Dot heats up the outer skin which flakes away, revealing smoother, firmer skin.  Cost £250.

My top tips:

  • Mix a couple of drops of lemon essential oil with E45 Cream and massage this into tired calves and ankles.
  • Try an IV Vitamin Drip.  It gives an instant glow.  Cost is around £200 but make sure that you choose a clinic which has medical facilities.
  • Add Epsom Salts to a bath to help with bloating as it can regulate over 300 enzymes in the body and help flush out toxins.
  • A dab of Vaseline on your heels can help avoid blisters.
  • If you have blisters already then Listerine mouthwash works as an antiseptic.   Follow up with Compeed Blister Plasters £4.39.
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Ask Lesley – How do I know my skin type?

Many people ask me this question… and here’s your answer…

Cleanse your face thoroughly, and then wait for around 30 -60minutes before putting anything else on your skin. How does it feel? If it feels tight or flaky, your complexion is dry, if you’re oily only across the forehead, down the nose, and on the chin, you’ve got combination skin; and if you need to blot your whole face with a tissue, you’re oily. If your face feels irritated or slightly itchy, you   most probably have sensitive skin. Repeat the test four times a year, because your skin often changes seasonally. Once you know your skin type it is important to use the right products including cleanser toner moisturiser and night cream.

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Stone me!

Well, as you all know by now, I have rather taken to the weed.  No…not the full-on, peace-and-love-dude spliff beloved of the cast of Hair way back when…..that was never me, because why do that when it only encourages you to eat more.  No, this is CBD oil which is a compound derived from the cannabis plant but with no THT, the psychoactive components, so none of the hallucinatory problems.. no hit..no high.
What it does seem to do is calm me down and soothe any stresses and strains, so that I can sail through the day serenely without biting everyone’s head off.  I even manage to get in a session of exercise most days without all my normal moans and clock watching… plus I don’t seem to need the usual sugar-hit afterwards, so the biscuits are still in the tin, much to everyone’s amusement.
And all this simply by taking CBD sublingual drops three times a day.
Now I know that there are a lot of claims for this compound at the moment, particularly as medicinal cannabis has just been given the green light for prescription by qualified doctors to help with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and MS for instance, but I can only pass on my personal experience, because since taking CBD oil I have found that life is a lot calmer.

And did I mention that I am sleeping better?  Most nights I am out at one function or another, and don’t manage to get into bed until well after midnight.  Up to now, falling asleep, and staying asleep, has been a problem, so it came as a revelation to realise that my sleep patterns had changed… I was sleeping more deeply and waking up refreshed and ready to go.
Who knew!  Well, Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Wilde and Alessandra Ambrosia for a start, who all say they use CBD for stress and insomnia and now that word is out I am sure that more top names will follow.
If you want to try Mari Drops for yourself then go to www.maripharm.co.uk 
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ALL ABOUT MENOPAUSE

Your hormone levels can begin dropping 10 years before your final period and then you can say goodbye to plump, problem-free skin and hello to weight gain and hot flushes.

It is all down to the shift in balance of the key hormones cortisol, oestrogen, testosterone and progesterone so rather than just accepting the ‘Change’ it makes sense to get yourself checked out to see quite how bad the problem is because the correct hormonal balance can help delay the signs of ageing.  At our Clinic we have a test which measures these key hormones and one of our experts can advise on diet and lifestyle and prescribe supplements to rebalance you and get the spring back in your step.  Cost is from £499.

And more Good News.  After the menopause, 30% of your collagen is lost causing your skin to thin and sag.  Just what you wanted!  But luckily treatments are being devised all the time and one, HIFU – a revolutionary non-invasive treatment – can treat brows, neck and jowls.  It stimulates collagen, with no downtime and improvements continue for six months.  The results last for 12 months.  We recommend 3 sessions a year to keep your skin firm and lifted.  From £500 per treatment.

My tips:

  • Yes, I know you have heard this before but what you eat can significantly improve your skin.  Healthy fats matter so stock up on oily fish, avocado, nuts and seeds, wholegrains, oats and brown rice.
  • Keep hydrated, but that doesn’t mean more coffee.  Switch to green tea instead as it is high in antioxidants.
  •  Search out products which aid collagen formation.  Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E and Stem Cells help retain moisture.  I developed StemCellutions Miracle Serum for just this purpose.  £50 harleystreetskincare.com
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The CBD Stressbuster Facial

Another First for The Harley Street Skin Clinic.

As my regular readers will know, I recently posted about how a couple of CBD oil drops under the tongue, helped to take away the pain of my husband’s damaged finger.  At the time I found it hilarious, and thought he was making a fuss over nothing…but recently I tripped over a loose paving stone in Harley Street and sank rather gracefully (well, I thought so!) to the ground.  Luckily a girlfriend was with me and helped to slow the fall so I did not do any lasting damage, except to my dignity.   I was, however, rather shocked…or rather, in shock…so when I returned to the clinic I reached for the CBD drops.  Three drops under the tongue, and voila….30 minutes later I was calmer and the shaking had gone.

For those who are not aware, one of the most talked-about cosmetic ingredients this year has been Cannabidiol (CBD), which is a substance found in the cannabis plant, but without the psychoactive effects of marijuana –  so CBD will not get you ‘high’ or into a mind-altering state …but it is proving to be a useful tool in pain and anxiety relief as well as helping to reduce acne and stressed skin when applied topically, due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities.

Here at The Harley Street Skin Clinic we have been recommending CBD sublingual drops to our patients for a while as part of their overall wellness – and with good results – so the next stage was to look at the best way of using CBD oil directly on the skin as part of a skincare regime.  We  tried a few variations using willing friends and family, and again the results were very good, with reports of glowing skin and reduction of acne breakouts……which is why we have developed the first facial using CBD oil …..the CBD Stressbuster.

Firstly 3 drops of CBD  are taken sublingually as CBD has the ability to act on the brain’s serotonin receptors to relax and calm.  Then the skin is double-cleansed to thoroughly remove all debris and accumulated dirt followed by a relaxing, deep tissue massage using more CBD oil, concentrating on key pressure points, to help detox stressed skin and to restore a natural glow.  Finally a light film of CBD cream is applied to seal and protect the skin.

The brand of CBD we have been using, and selling in the Clinic, is by MariPharm maripharm.co.uk because it is the purest CBD oil we tried, with a clear, yellow colour and a neutral taste.  Plus MariPharm operate according to photo-parmaceutical standards, guaranteeing a consistent CBD content.  This is important.

We only added this facial in the past few days, but we have already booked in several celebrity patients who have been delighted with the results.

If you fancy trying it for yourself the CBD Stressbuster Facial takes one hour and costs £120.00.  Phone 0207 436 4441

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Taking care of the pennies…

One of the biggest issues Nurse Kumar has is patients coming in to her clinics asking for a procedure  they have heard about.  “Women are more savvy than ever in their research,” she says.  “There is a lot of information in the media, and now television programmes that cover aesthetic procedures.”  The problem is that one size most certainly does not fit all. “It might not be the right thing for the patient so you have to be very careful not to go by just what they say they think they need.  Part of the skill is to recommend and advise so people can get the results they want.”

Tip – ‘Do your research for sure but stay open to what the expert you sees recommends; it’s more important that you research your cosmetic practitioner. 

One important aspect of being a top practitioner is respecting clients’ finances. “I tailor the plan according to their budget. If I know it’s a short term fix and they don’t have much money, then I think differently because people have a limited amount of money and I don’t want them to feel embarrassed if they can’t afford an extensive treatment plan.”

Still the most popular treatments in her practice are fillers and Botox… normally in combination. “But I do recommend peels, perhaps an enzyme peel where you just remove the dead skin to a glycolic peel to decongest the skin or for low grade acne or pigmentation.”

It’s a vastly different world from Nurse Kumar’s seventeen years spent in child protection and child health.  “If children disclosed to members of school staff, or to me, that they could have been abused, sexually, emotionally or physically,  I would get involved with the police and social services.  But I was also educating teachers on medical conditions they should be able to spot in children….such as diabetes, epilepsy and allergies and eczema.”

Tip – ‘I’ve noticed an increase in clients asking about skincare; they now prefer to buy from an aesthetic clinic than from one of the big name brands in department stores as they are medical grade and more effective.’

She gave emotional help when it came to children’s skin conditions. “One boy in particular had terrible eczema and was being bullied because he looked terrible. It was having such an impact on him.  That’s when I realised the emotional implications of how you look and it made me want to get into aesthetics. In fact one of my first patients was a lady in her fifties who had acne and it was after her sixth treatment she said that for the first time since she was fourteen she had left home without make-up, which was very heartwarming.”

As for the future, “The industry is evolving every day, every minute. There are new gadgets and new machinery but I thing you have got to be really careful when there are so many people trying to start new things all the time because it’s very easy to be manipulated into thinking ‘I’m not a good enough practitioner if I don’t have the latest machine’.  It’s not so much the machine but what you do with it as an aesthetic practitioner that makes you good.”

Reeta Kumar of Rejuvea www.rejuvea.co.uk and Harley Street Skin www.harleystreetskinclinic.com

 

 

 

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