Barcode Lips

Sounds fun doesn’t it?  Cool and hip and probably a hot new treatment from Kardashianland?
Well no actually,  doctors call them perioral lip wrinkles and they can be caused by age, genetics, sun-exposure, and repetitive muscle movements because the mouth is a busy spot and there is repeated contraction of the upper lip muscles when we talk, eat, drink and kiss…and the skin becomes thinner due to the loss of collagen and slowdown in natural fibroblast cell activity. Obviously, smoking is a bad thing, but so is drinking through a straw!
And it is no laughing matter for those patients who have this problem.  I know, because I see a lot of people who want to get rid of these deep, vertical upper lip lines.

Tip:  I have found that using your eye serum can help too because whatever is good for the eye is also good to use on the lips and mouth,  Use one containing peptides as this will help stimulate the production of collagen, an essential ingredient for plum, firm skin.  Try No.7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Eye Cream, £18.  It uses Matrixyl 3000 Plus, No. 7’s most concentrated peptide technology to target lines and wrinkles.  I love it.

We recently treated Linda Nolan who had  the same problem.  Linda was very conscious of the deep vertical lines above her lips  and, as she told us, no amount of make up can hide these. We used system a new laser called Smartxide Dot Laser to treat her , a CO2 laser which can target small areas. It uses a small wand-like device which is passed over the treatment area. The high laser energy damages the outer layers of the epidermis which then flakes away as the skin heals leaving skin firmer and smoother. Depending on the depth of the lines, around two to three treatments are usually needed a month apart and will set you back around £300 per session. Results will last for many years too, depending on lifestyle habits.

Hyaluronic dermal fillers can work wonders on these lines, as can a gentle touch of Botox injected along the edges of the lip line to relax the muscles that cause wrinkling.  Choose your practitioner carefully though!

Come and talk to me if you have this problem and let’s zap that barcode!  020 7436 4441
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Hi Sunshine!

Did you know there is a cream that, used daily, will soften wrinkles, fade fine lines, slow down the ageing process and improve skin tone? Even better, it’s most probably already hidden in your bathroom cabinet and cost you less than a tenner.

It’s called sun cream and despite being the very best anti ageing cream you can buy, around 60 per cent of women still do not use it every day claiming you don’t need to wear sun protection unless you are on holiday.
Meanwhile, new research commissioned by a UK cosmetic clinic into the causes of skin ageing, show that just under third of all women cite stress as the primary cause , a fifth say having children gives you wrinkles, while only 4 per cent blame the main offender, sun exposure.
Although most of us think we’re sun savvy this research proves there still remains much confusion when it comes to sun protection.
In May this year we marked the British Association of Dermatologist’s Sun Awareness Week, a national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of the sun and skin cancer. Latest figures show that more than 10,000 people over 55 were diagnosed with melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer last year and rates of skin cancers in the over 55s have risen by a staggering 155 per cent over the last two decades. The sun is also the number one cause of accelerated skin ageing and the suns UVA rays cause 90% of wrinkles.
Whether you’re sitting in your back garden or jetting away to hotter climes, we set you straight on some of sun cares old chestnuts, the latest burning questions and highlight the latest SPF wizardry to help you stay safe in the sun.
What key ingredients should I look out for when buying a sunscreen?
Always choose a sun cream which protects against both UVA and UVB rays, referred to as ‘broad spectrum’. The SPF factor on the bottle only relates to UVB rays, the burning rays which have a strong link to skin cancer. The UVA rating, relate to the rays which penetrate deeply into the skin and are the main cause of premature ageing and are measured in stars, one star being the lowest level of protection and four stars being the highest. We recommend choosing a sun cream with a minimum  SPF 30 and a four star UVA rating.
What is all the fuss about Infrared and HEVL protection?

Infrared rays (IR-A) make up over half of the rays found in sunlight and can penetrate deeper than UVA or UVB rays, potentially damaging skin cells. Up to now, many traditional sun creams generally did not have IR-A protection but more and more brands are now adding antioxidants which prevent infrared rays causing damage (see box). Recent research also shows  that blue light, or high-energy visible light (HEVL) might be behind the pigmentation-type damage, or sun spots, seen in darker skins so  now more brands are also adding in HEVL protection to sun protection.

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Your Skin and the Sea

Whether you’re jetting off abroad or staying at home this summer make sure you spend some time by the sea. The ultimate source of life and vitality, the sea is full of iodine magnesium and potassium plus other trace minerals which have been proven to help renew and replenish the skin, also improve skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

Research also shows that the sea’ s mineral content is similar to that of the human body’s allowing it to penetrate cell membranes for maximum hydration.  By restoring the missing minerals and the different elements in the skin, you will help maintains the skin’s natural barrier. Just ten minutes gentle swimming will also boost your immune system and circulation. If you can’t get to the sea, then look out  for he latest ocean inspired skincare.

Ren’s new Renergy Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Collection boasts sea kelp and other marine ingredients to revitalise.

  • Try Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Salt Anti Fatigue Body Scrub (£26
  • Estee Lauder’s new Nutritious Micronized Algae range (from £21 uses specially cultivated cold processed algae from the sea to help hydrate, control oil leaving skin looking fresh and toned.
  • Try Nutritious Micro Algae Hydra Lotion, £36.
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Cankles, Kninkles & Thutts! was a new one for me too, but I love the way that the human race have a habit of renaming parts of the body.  It’s how language evolves I guess.
For those of you who don’t know, the Thutt is the area where the bottom of your bottom (!) and the top of your thighs meet.  It is usually due to the underdevelopment of the gluteus maximus muscle, which causes sagging so that the whole area has no real definition.  The Thutt area is a classic trouble spot as the bottom is comprised of skin fat and other tissue, and it ages similarly to the face.  And thanks to the female hormone oestrogen, all women are prone to carrying fat on their lower half.
It’s not pretty, but it is solvable.
Firstly, consider some exercises to strengthen and lift the glutes because this is one of the biggest muscles in the body, so if it is firmly in place, and well toned, it can lift and define your bottom.  And the more muscle you have, the better your metabolism!  Plus it will help with your core stability too…which will alleviate poor posture and a bad back.  A win-win all around.
Activities that work the legs are all great bottom boosters.  Try running, cycling, walking and swimming.  Buttock clenches will also help firm up those muscles and you can do them anywhere.  Stand with feet apart and clench your bottom muscles.  Hold for a few seconds and repeat for one to two minutes.  Lunges and squats are also good.  You should see a difference after three months of exercise and diet.
Secondly, try BodyTite.  It can remove lumps, bumps and excess fat.  It can also be used to sculpt the undersides of the bottom to give a little uplift.  It’s a one-off treatment with permanent results which is done under local anaesthetic.   You will need to wear a compression garment for at least two weeks afterwards and you should expect to see some bruising and have soreness for a few days.  Best results are 3 months later.
So, if you want a perkier bottom line, I am happy to talk to you to discuss the best treatment plan for you.  0207 436 4441
Now let’s see what the new body-combination word is!
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Shape Up!

Tummies won’t snap back into shape without regular exercise – burning fat with cardio exercise like fast walking, dancing, swimming, diet and then toning the core muscles with strengthening exercises. Remember, if you’re just exercising without changing your diet, you’ll spend a lot of time at the gym with little result.

Try these exercise tips:

*If you’re looking for killer abs like Davina’s, don’t waste your time focusing solely on crunches, since they tone just one muscle group and are not good for the spine. Instead focus on full-body exercises, like squats to overhead press as they help engage your core while working multiple body parts. Yoga and Pilates will also help strengthen and tone all the muscle groups

*A flat tummy needs a strong core and you can do this strengthening exercise when you’re sitting down. Sit at the edge of a sofa with your feet out and on the floor and hands on your stomach. Relax your thighs and turn them slightly outward, then roll back until your bra line just touches the sofa back. Pull in your abdomen and lift one or both feet off the floor. In that position, contract your abs even more as you exhale to a count of 10. Return feet to the floor, sit tall, and relax Repeat five times.

*Using light hand weights during your work out will increase the difficulty and challenge your abs muscles further.

* If you only have time for one exercise, pick the plank and hold for 30 seconds. The plank focuses on your entire core, helping you work the muscles that tighten your midsection while also strengthening your arms and legs.

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Hi Tech Tummy Toners

Hi Tech Tummy Toners

Diet and exercise are still the first (and often the best) option when dealing with stubborn fat around the stomach area but if that’s working a non invasive treatment can help zap stubborn fat underneath the skin’s surface as well as tighten loose, crinkly skin.

Tite FX is ideal for flabby tummies. Radio Frequency and electroporation are used to destroy fat cells as well as boost collagen to tighten and improve skin tone. Four to six weekly hourly treatments recommended from £999 for a course.

If your tummy problem is more about crepey or just a little loose skin, Reaction is a quick, safe procedure that uses both vacuum massage and radiofrequency (RF) to firm up and ton. The massage improves blood circulation and lymphatic draining, while the heat produced by RF stimulates new collagen growth for better skin thickness and texture and a reduction in circumference. You’ll need around to six to eight 20-minute treatments for maximum effect and results should last for at least two to three years as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle. A course of six costs £999. 0207 436 4441

Most women never regain a washboard stomach after pregnancy, but a postnatal bulge is not so much about fat as muscle tone. During pregnancy the abdominals have to stretch and lengthen enormously and in some women they will separate completely leaving a pouch of loose skin after birth, which is resistant to diet and exercise. The only way to correct the problem is to excise the loose skin with a mini tummy tuck The new micro- tuck focuses on the lower tummy and is less traumatic that a full on tummy tuck with a much faster recovery rate. The incision is very short and is best for women who are in excellent shape but have a small amount of excess skin. You will need downtime of at least two to three weeks for recovery. From £6k for more info 0207 436 4441

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Tummy Shrinking Secrets

Tummy Shrinking Secrets

A recent report has revealed that women who get at least seven hours of quality sleep every night are slimmer around the middle than those who get less than five hours. The study discovered that not getting enough sleep disrupts a hormone in the body that regulates appetite so if you are tired and cranky from a lack of sleep you’re more likely to eat more sugary snacks, which end up on the waistline.

Stay hydrated. When you are dehydrated you can hold onto water, making you feel puffy and bloated. Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake-up, followed by hot water with a fresh squeeze of lemon juice to kick- start your metabolism This can help reduce excess fluid retention which will help flatten the stomach.

Stress can lead to higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol in your body, which can increase the amount of fat you store around your belly. To de-stress slowly inhale through your nose, counting to four. Then exhale from your mouth for a count of eight. Repeat until refreshed.

Some studies show that taking daily vitamin C and fish oil supplements can increase the skin’s elasticity by about 14 per cent, which will help firm up skin tone all over the body.

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Yes! You Can Have A Washboard Stomach After Forty!

Yes! You Can Have A Washboard Stomach After Forty!

After having children and approaching mid-life, most women would be forgiven for wanting to hide their midriffs from the public eye, I know that is certainly the case with a lot of women I know.

But not Davina McCall who, at 50, proudly flaunts rippling abs and a six-pack, women half her age would be envious of.  The super-fit mum of three, who is currently training to be a qualified fitness instructor, owes her sculpted stomach to gruelling daily workouts combined with clean eating.  Boasting she is in the best shape of her life, the TV star’s amazing age-defying figure, is certainly an inspiration for many women but, alas, also beyond the capabilities – and the desire – of most of us.

A hectic lifestyle, food on the run, and a simple lack of time to commit to exercise often means that having a toned tummy is a distant dream, especially after the age of 40 when sculpting the body is incredibly hard to achieve.
As we age, our metabolism slows down, hormonal changes kick in and stomach fat, especially, gets harder to shift.  Skin also becomes thinner and looser, often the result of yo-yo weight-loss over the years, along with pregnancy and sun damage.

A recent survey found that nearly half of women hate their stomachs more than any other part of their body.  But don’t give up hope –as there are plenty of things you can do to trim, tone and tighten your middle. .

Getting fab abs isn’t about starving yourself or living at the gym. Reducing belly fat involves a mix of smart eating, effective exercise and lifestyle switches plus some hi-tech help at the clinic when all else fails.

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Eat Your Way to A Flatter Tum

Eat Your Way to A Flatter Tum

Make sure you eat enough food to keep your body from experiencing hormone imbalances; eating too little (fewer than 1200 calories a day) reduces the amount of the fat-burning hormone leptin in your body, which will slow down weight loss. Certain foods can also exacerbate belly fat and even some of the healthiest sounding foods can result in more bloating.

The most common food irritants which cause bloating and belly fat are dairy, sugar, wheat, refined carbohydrates and the biggest culprit high-sodium foods which cause the body to retain water. Munch on celery, which acts as a natural diuretic, helping to banish water retention and abdominal bloating. Eating a kiwi fruit after a big meal can also help beat stomach bloat.

Foods high in monounsaturated fatty acid can help burn belly fat. They increase the release of hormones that help regulate glucose metabolism and increase the release of insulin, both of which help lower blood sugar and reduce fat settling around your middle. Choose foods like avocados, almonds, olive oil, and nuts – but watch portion-size.

Include fat-free yogurt into your diet as studies show you are then more likely to lose weight around the stomach because of the combination of calcium and protein. Yogurt also contains bacteria to keep your digestive system healthy.

Oily fish – such as salmon can help combat middle-aged spread as they contain the protein leptin, which acts like a hormone, reducing fat stored around the middle and controlling your appetite so you don’t overeat.

Eat a balanced diet to lose weight – your stomach is usually the first place to show weight loss. Include more fruit, salads fish and lean meat, like chicken, in your diet.

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As we age the skin on the feet thins and slackens, and the protective fat pads under the balls of the feet and the soles, can disappear over the years making standing and walking painful.

 Most people will lose these fat pads by 65, but it can happen from age 50 onwards.

Action: Although you can’t stop fat thinning out, wear shock-absorbent shoes will help cushion feet. Silicone insoles may also help. If it’s really painful to walk as feet lack any cushion a filler can be used at the clinic to build up the fat pads The effect will last from three to six months. From £250 and available at most cosmetic clinics.

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