When you’ve had your fill

Here’s what you need to know to stay safe along with alternative treatments and skincare to plump and boost.
And remember – anti ageing and cosmetic procedures aren’t about desperately trying to look 20 something for ever, but looking great for the age you are – which Courtney Cox is now clearly embracing.

The popularity of dermal fillers has grown so rapidly that it is estimated there are now over 160 fillers available in the UK market alone, some of which promise temporary effects and others permanent.
The most widely used and the safest fillers are made from Hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in the body and rarely causes any reactions, such as the market leaders Restylane, Voluma, Juvederm, Hydrafill and Belotero  – and the results will usually last up to one year.  These are always our fillers of choice as they look natural and are easily reversible with an injection of enzyme called hyaluronidase, which will instantly dissolve the filler, so you can get you back to where you used to be in a matter of hours. A reversal procedure can cost anywhere from £300 for a small lump or two, to £500 for an extensive problem like overfilled cheeks and lips but you usually need only one treatment.
However, filler reversal is usually only effective for HA fillers, and will not work on Radiesse, Artefill, or Silicone. If you are not happy with those types of dermal fillers, the only option is to wait until they dissolve naturally (Radiesse), or to have them surgically removed (Artefill and Silicone).

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THE TRUTH ABOUT DERMAL FILLERS

It’s no secret that many celebrities find ageing under the glare of the media spotlight quite a challenge. And for actress Courtney Cox, dealing with the Hollywood pressure to look forever young has, she’s confessed, been a constant struggle.
But after years of regularly injecting her face with dermal fillers to maintain the plump features of youth, the 53-year-old actress is now filler-free and has spoken out about the pressure to undergo cosmetic procedures.
The former Friends star told New Beauty magazine: ” I was trying so hard to keep up, and that actually made things worse. I’ve had all my fillers dissolved. And now I’m as natural as I can be. I feel better because I look like myself. I think that I now look more like the person that I was. I hope I do.”
The actress says she now plans to age naturally. ”Things are going to change. Everything’s going to drop. I was trying to make it not drop, but that made me look fake,” she admitted when speaking about past injections.
The main problem with fillers is they can easily become addictive and as Courtney admitted, before she knew it, her injections were “layered and layered and layered ” over time. “You have no idea because it’s gradual until you go, ‘Oh sh*t, this doesn’t look right,'” she said.
Undoubtedly, dermal fillers are a quick and easy way of disguising the signs of ageing and done well the result can be subtle, pretty and rejuvenating but the main danger is thinking you can keep having endless syringes of fillers to make everything look the same as it did ten years ago. It won’t. The skin’s elasticity isn’t the same, and won’t hold fat in the same way. As we age, the face changes shape. It loses volume, deflates and sags. And what looks good at 20 might look very strange at 50, especially when the aim is to restore volume in the face. Fillers can certainly replace some of the lost structure, volumising and supporting the tissues to some degree, but, when too much is used in certain areas  – like the area between the eyes and cheeks and the temples- it can cause the angles of the face to become distorted.
Practitioners must know exactly where and precisely how much filler to use to keep the natural contour of the face.  If you use too much you create a very unnatural look and just a millimetre can make the difference between a great result and a bad one. It takes surprisingly little extra volume to create the strange chipmunky face that is so common among Hollywood stars and, when taken to extremes, results in a flat, mask-like effect that looks barely human.
The key to successful treatments should always be a natural result that is not obvious and the correct technique for injecting fillers is very delicate.
But the good news is that most dermal fillers procedures are temporary and can easily be dissolved if you don’t like the effect or have been over plumped and this can be carried out quickly and easily at any time after having treatment.
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Fancy A Dip?

Whether you’re jetting off abroad on a last minute summer holiday or staying at home, 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 the 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 renskincaare.com) while Estee Lauder’s new Nutritious Micronized Algae range (from £21 esteelauder.co.uk) 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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AT THE CLINIC

From water based liposuction procedure to moisture boosting facials, here’s how to trim, tone and rejuvenate using the power oFH20.
Water Liposuction
This is a much gentler form of fat removal causing less trauma than traditional methods of liposuction. The water jet assisted procedure, called Bodyjet,  simply  ‘washes away’ the fat without damaging blood vessels .The procedure is carried out using local anaesthetic and a special cannula is inserted under the skin which has a pulsating action. A thin fan shaped water jet is then channelled into the fat tissue to dislodge it which is then aspirated  through a cannula. The treatment is ideal for body sculpting in specific areas for example the tummy, thighs or bottom. Recovery is one to two days, there may be slight bruising and support garments must be worn for two weeks. Best results are seen after three months when everything has settled. Cost from £2k per area contact 0207 436 4441 for more details
Hydrafacial
This hardworking facial is all about results, and delivers immediate, visible results and lasting anti-ageing benefits with no downtime. The treatment combines cleansing and exfoliation using a special water suction technique, as well as intense hydration using antioxidant serums, all in one session. It is clinically proven to improve the appearance of dry, flaky patches, 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 £120depending on area
Lip Plumper
You can give lips a temporary and subtle plumpness without using traditional dermal fillers. Instead a saline solution – water containing salt – is injected to give the lips a natural outline along with a subtle but fuller look. There’s – no danger of a trout pout as the effect will only last up to four days,  expect to pay around £100 – call 0207 436 4441 for more details.
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HOW TO USE THE POWER OF WATER TO KEEP YOUNG

Need an anti-ageing boost? Then look no further than water.
We all know that water is important for our health but it also has powerful anti-ageing benefits too, especially when the combination of warmer weather, sun exposure and excess sweating can leave skin parched and dehydrated.
Skin is 64 per cent water and although drinking gallons every day won’t magically erase lines or wrinkles it will help maintain your skin’s natural elasticity and suppleness and keep your body in good working order.  But apart from drinking it, there are also many other ways to make the most of water. From the new water-rich skincare products to hydrate parched skin, beauty mists to rejuvenate, and water based treatments to slim and tone, here’s how to tap into the benefits of all things aqua.
Healthy skin is hydrated skin but finding the most effective way to hydrate skin during summer months can be difficult especially when skin craves the lightest of ingredients. Cue, the latest water based skincare currently making waves in the beauty aisles which provide the skin with a surge of moisture without creating an oil slick or clogging pores.
Most of these new skin waters and water burst gels work by supplying hydration through H2O instead of relying on oil to act as a humectant to lock in moisture. When applied to cleansed skin they instantly boost moisture with no sticky residue but unlike a simple splash of water they contain active ingredients to provide anti-ageing benefits, too, much like a concentrated serum.
Water-burst skincare products can also be easily layered, with serums and moisturisers and come in lotion, sprays, gels and jellies formats. Here’s our pick of the latest liquid assets and remember, the more hydrated your skin is, the plumper, firmer and more radiant it looks.
*Caudalie Beauty Elixir (£32 beautyexpert.com) combines a unique formulation of water-based tonic and serum to give skin an instance radiance boost as well as providing a great base for make-up. To use mist over face before moisturiser.
*Origins Make A Difference+Treatment Lotion (£24 from House of Fraser stores), a pre moisturising treatment containing watermelon and Rose of Jericho which leaves skin plumper and more hydrated.
*Melvita Rose Extraordinary Water (£17 melvita.com) a pre moisturiser blend of damask rose floral water and hyaluronic acid leaving skin plump and supple.
*Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly (£19.99 boots.com) water based jelly with hyaluronic acid which delivers a cooling blast of hydration and locks in moisture.
Spritz & Spray
Not just glorified water, mineral rich misting sprays instantly refresh makeup, cool overheated skin, help calm dryness, soothe skin irritation and are perfect for all skin types. Sprayed over makeup they can also set foundation and give a dewy finish. Try;
*Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist  (£21 from most department stores) rich in antioxidants and suitable for all skin types.
* Avene Thermal Water Spray (handbag size £3.00 boots.com) Gwyneth Paltrow is a huge fan of this facial spritz, rich in silica and trace elements and perfect for any skin type. The multi-purpose water can also be used on sunburn, acne, nappy rash and will soothe and refresh skin without disturbing makeup.
*Vichy Thermal Spa Water Spray £7
This complexion calming water spray is infused with 15 minerals and 13 trace elements from the core of Auvergne magna rocks, mineral salts and trace elements and cools and soothes sensitive or irritated skin while hydrating and strengthening skin.
*Benefit Ultra Radiance Re-Hydrating Mist  (£22 benefitcosmetics.com.) contains magnesium PCA and white & blue lotus extracts, known for their relaxing properties. Spritz over cleansed skin before using your usual moisturiser or spray throughout the day to refresh tired or stressed skin.
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Is Beauty Stamping the answer to younger skin?

A cult  favourite with  Hollywood  stars, ‘stamping ‘ is the latest US trend to rejuvenate skin and reduce pore size .  The treatment uses a  small exfoliating tool that looks like a stamp, but has a base covered with lots of superfine needles, which is gently stamped over the skin. It’s like micro needling but instead of  using a rolling action, the press and lift action of  stamping the skin  gently removes dead skin cells and improves delivery of skincare products to stimulate collagen and reduce pore size. Actress Olivia Culpo is a huge fan of the device, designed by top Hollywood skincare expert Nurse Jamie, and recently posted a photo on Instagram. We’re also huge fans of any micro needling technique which is a great alternative to laser treatments. The tiny needles create micro trauma to the skin, which helps naturally to stimulate collagen and elastin production resulting in a firmer skin with refined pores. Unlike laser treatment there is hardly any downtime and best results are seen after a weekly course of four treatments . A professional microneedling facial  in the UK using a traditional roller costs around £150 or you can buy Nurse Jamie’s Beauty Stamp (£39) to use at home from cultbeauty.co.uk
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ENLARGED PORES

The same factors (smoking, accumulated UV and free radical damage) that contribute to wrinkles, loose skin, and brown spots can also lead to saggy and enlarged pores. It happens when collagen, the structural support for the skin breaks down. Without the support, the pore expands. Oily skin types can also suffer from enlarged pores due to the amount of sebum they hold.  When they become full they stretch so they look large and wide open. It’s a bit like stuffing too much into a handbag and not being able to close the zip!
Solution
*If you have seriously large pores you need to tackle them with a good skincare routine. You can make pores look smaller by removing excess sebum, debris and makeup from the pores. Do this by following a good cleansing routine twice a day and gentle exfoliation. Look for ingredients that help draw out impurities like glycolic acid, charcoal and kaolin. Try Goldfaden MD Detox Clarifying Facial Wash (£32.from space nk) which contains plant stem cells and Glycolic Acid and is designed to deep cleanse pores.
*Skincare containing Retinol – the powerful vitamin A that generates cell growth and repairs damaged cells – can help boost collagen so will help make pores look smaller. Use a nigh time treatment, try La Roche-Posay Redermic R Anti-Wrinkle Treatment (£29.50)
*Using a product to control the production of sebum can help minimise pores, try Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner (£14.39 farmaline.co.uk) a light correcting fluid containing  the exclusive patented Fluidactiv® complex, which helps control the production of sebum, while preventing pores from becoming clogged.
* Many primers contain silicone which provides the perfect base by forming a barrier between the skin and the foundation, and filling in pores. A primer also absorbs oil so you will not only achieve a no-shine flawless finish but make up will stay put and last longer, too – try Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (£26 smashbox.co.uk) which contains vitamins A and E grape seed extract and green tea and is oil free so good for congested skin. For more noticeable enlarged pores, which tends to be oily, mineral make up is a good option.
*Clay masks are the gold standard for oily skin types. Use a weekly mask – Sand & Sky Brilliant Clay Mask £39.90 sandandsky.com) contains Australian Pink Clay which helps to detoxify and brighten skin in just 10 minutes, minimising excess oil whilst refining pores and regulating sebum.
* As sun damage can cause enlarged pores, it’s essential to use a good sunscreen every day.  Try Avene Very High Protection Mineral Cream SPF50 (£13.50 boots.com) which has no parabens or fragrance and gives the face a colour boost and a radiant glow pigment.
* At the clinic, microinjections of Botox called Sprinkles – can dramatically shrink pores. It uses just a fraction of the amount of the toxin- about 60 per cent of the usual dose – and it is injected all over the skin rather than targeting specific areas. The result is a softer, more relaxed look and tighter pores with results lasting up to six months. From £200 0207 436 4441
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PORES FOR THOUGHT

Forget acne and wrinkles. It’s your pores that are the latest anti ageing fixation.
Sales of pore products, like pore-minimising strips and lotions have risen seven-fold in the last year, while the latest research says, thanks to HD TV, selfies and instagram, one in three of us constantly worry about the size of our pores.
Some dermatologists have even coined the phrase ‘porexia’ to describe the women who have an obsession with the size of their pores.
Pores are actually minute sweat glands – tiny openings to hair follicles – and each one produces natural oil which helps us maintain healthy skin while protecting against infection and dryness. The average adult has five million pores on their body with approximately 20,000 on their face alone. The size of our pores is largely determined by genetics but like everything else, they can look worse as we get older. As we age, the skin around a pore loses its firmness so the pore can look larger because of the lack of support from the surrounding tissue
But before you splash out on any miracle pore-reducing product remember, you cannot shrink pores. It is also myth to think that certain products such as toners and other treatments close pores. This is because pores don’t have muscles around them. On the bright side, though, there are plenty of tricks and treatments to minimise the appearance of enlarged pores, and to clear blocked pores. The goal is to keep pores clean and at their smallest – here’s how…
Blocked Pores
A pore becomes blocked or clogged when oil, dead skin cells and everyday dirt and pollution enter the opening which can leave your skin looking uneven and even a little grubby. Blocked pores often show up as blackheads which are actually the result of oxidation, a chemical reaction involving oxygen and sebum.  Summer also take is toll on the skin – SPF’s, bronzers and accumulated sweat can seriously block pores which left untreated can lead to acne.
Solution
*The quickest DIY fix is a steam facial. Run hot water into a bowl, and then cover your head with a towel to trap the steam and place your face over it. After a few minutes of steaming, the pores will begin to loosen the dead skin, oil and dirt that has been blocking them. Next use a gentle exfoliating facial scrub to get rid of the dead skin and debris. Salicylic acid is the best ingredient for penetrating into the pore lining and helping to keep them clean and known for its ability to smooth the skin without causing irritation, reduce acne-causing bacteria and oil to prevent blemishes, while penetrating the pores to help clear out impurities.  Try Super Facialist Anti Blemish Purifying and Refreshing Face Scrub (£9.99 boots.co.uk) which contains Salicylic Acid and Vitamin B3.  Finish by rinsing your face with cold water. Repeat this steam facial once a week or as often as needed.
*Some people like to squeeze these little blackheads to unclog the pores, but they tend to keep filling up will sebum and dead skin cells unless you regularly use an AHA serum but If you pop a pimple or blackhead incorrectly you can damage the pore and enlarge it.  It’s best to leave extractions to the professionals. Try Institut Esthederm Intensive AHA Peel Concentrated Serum (£59 www.escentual.com) which helps to reduce the appearance of pores and skin irregularities, for an even and radiant complexion.
*Adding a detoxifying facemask to your beauty routine once a week is also a good idea. Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask (£6.67 boots) is a self-heating mask which gently opens pores so the charcoal and kaolin clay can help draw out impurities.
*Pore strips are able to clean the surface of the skin and are good for a quick fix– try Biore Original Deep Cleansing Pore Strips  (£8.39 biore.co.uk)
*At the clinic try a deep cleansing facial like Hydrafacial which combines deep cleansing with a microdermabrasion treatment so skin will be instantly brighter, plumper and more refined. From £120 0207 436 4441
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AND DON’T FORGET…

*There’s no one kind of “normal” nipple or areola and there are many healthy variables, in fact research shows that there are 8 different types of nipple: normal, puffy, short, long, flat and 3 types of inverted. If you’re concerned whether yours are normal, a doctor can help reassure you.
* It’s common to have bumps on the areola surrounding the nipple. These bumps are called Montgomery glands and can sometimes look like whiteheads. Sometimes, you might be able to squeeze dead skin cells out of them, but don’t play with them. Every woman has the glands, but some are bumpier than others.
* Dark hairs growing out of the areola area are normal. They might be fine or coarse. It’s safe to pluck them out with  tweezers.
*Inverted nipples are very common and often hereditary. You can buy nipple shields which puts pressure on the tissue around the nipple and encourages the nipple to protrude through the central hole.
*Remember there are side effects associated with any nipple cosmetic surgery procedures. Any incisions means there’s a small risk of infection. The surgery can also cause the nipples to lose physical sensitivity if nerve endings are removed or damaged so if you are thinking of having a procedure do see an experienced surgeon.
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