ASK LESLEY: ‘Which facial will give the best anti-ageing result?’

If you want something which gives really good results then you can try a micro-needling facial. This involves rolling a small device covered in fine needles over the skin to create tiny wounds that the body heals over time.  These wounds stimulate collagen and elastin production plus they aid the absorption of any serums. Your skin may be red for a day or two, but this is usually hidden with mineral make-up.   One treatment will improve skin tone, soften fine lines and wrinkles and leave the complexion plump and rejuvenated.  Cost from £250.

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Christmas Present Ideas!

Each Christmas… I don’t know about you, but for me it seems there is always somebody who you really don’t know what to buy for! A new pair of GHD’s or the latest i-Pad might be great… but I like to think outside the box and give a gift with a difference.

So, after extensive thinking, several google searches and an epic fail on Black Friday… I had a light-bulb moment. We take so much care in what we put onto our skin and take pride in our appearance by doing so (and so we should) SO, we should all take just as much care in what we put INTO our bodies too, i.e; WHAT WE EAT. It’s very important to eat as healthily as we can and as seasonally as we can. It’s easy to eat well when you go out for dinner, but you should all try to do it at home too. And that’s when I came up with the idea cookery lessons! Not just any old cookery lessons though… I’m not talking about making beans on toast or boiling some pasta- I’m talking about REALLY cooking. The type of cooking that makes your guests at your dinner party wonder if you’ve hired a chef. The type of cooking that has you comparing a dish in a restaurant with your own. The type of cooking that impresses your Mother-In-Law… now theres a thought!

I’ve discovered Laurent, a wonderful French cook who will come and teach you how to cook your favourite dishes at home! Laurent has got me out of trouble a couple of times and being able to learn in the comfort of your own kitchen is a real luxury- then you could host a dinner party in the evening with the pre prepped dishes that you made yourself… sort of!

You can book a One-to-One cooking lesson with Laurent and either cook for a sit down dinner for 2 or a buffet for 20. The prices really are very reasonable (about £200 for 2 hours with ingredients included) Laurent doesn’t have a website yet (so really is the best kept secret) so either call or email for more information: 07824705978, laurent888@gmail.com … You won’t regret it!

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Beautify 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 to shift my double chin?

I am often asked about the best way of getting rid of a double chin, or loose skin on the neck, and up to now the answer has been a surgical lift.  Why couldn’t someone come up with a non-invasive way of doing this I have said before…after all technology is advancing all the time so surely there has to be a way?

 

Well, it seems that someone was listening because I have now tested a new treatment which is pain free, non-invasive with no downtime.  It is called the Instalift and it combines laser and ultrasound to dissolve and tighten the chin and neck area.  The claim was that results could be seen after one treatment…so I tried it out and was astounded at the result.  There was a definite difference…in fact I liked it so much that we are now offering the treatment in Clinic.  Each session takes 30 minute and a course of 4 are recommended for even more impressive results.  Book yours on 020 7436 4441

The science bit?  A specially designed ‘cup’ which encases the entire chin area is held in place and the laser starts to get to work.  It very gently begins to warm up and as it does, fat cells absorb energy from the lasers and heat up, then they release their contents – water, glycerol and free fatty acids.  The released fat is naturally excreted from the body through lymphatic drainage, giving results that get better over time.  Then ultrasound  delivers waves into the deeper layers of the skin, stimulating collagen and elastin production, to reduce wrinkles, smoothing the jawline and neck, and banishing jowls.

 

Before (Left) –  After (Right)

That’s it.  I love it so much that I have booked another 3 sessions.  No double chin for me!

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SORT YOUR SILHOUETTE

Have you felt it yet?  That frisson of excitement that Christmas is just around the corner and that lots of lovely things will start happening?

Christmas is undoubtedly a wonderful time for seeing friends and family and filling up on festive food and drink…but are you ready for the party season because it is only a few weeks away?

Does that LBD fit?  Or is a tad tighter than last year?   Fear not because I can recommend a brilliant fat-blaster called BodyTite which,  if you start now, will make you look noticeably slimmer by Christmas.  It is a minimally invasive, contouring treatment using RFAL (radio frequency assisted liposuction) to break down fat cells, boost collagen and tighten the skin through a tiny incision in the skin.    The good news is that up to three areas can be treated at the same time so if you are worried about bra overspill, back fat, or your abdomen or thighs then this could be the answer you are looking for.  You will get instant results which carry on improving over the following weeks.  Cost is from £2000

Alternatively, check out Reaction.  It is a quick and painless treatment which combines radio-frequency energy with vacuum therapy.  A course of 4-6 weekly treatments will tighten and tone tummies and arms plus it stimulates new collagen for getter skin thickness and texture.  It’s great for cellulite on thighs too.  From £1500

 So..that’s your silhouette sorted…so how about putting the twinkle back in your eyes?

The Hitch Lift is a brand new technique which uses fully absorbable  surgical string to lift the brow area and tighten baggy eyelids, just like a surgical eyelift. Miniscule threads are inserted under the skin in a procedure which only takes 30-minutes and you will see an immediate result and which will last for around 18 months.   However, do plan for some downtime as there may be swelling.   Cost is from £900.

My other tips:

  • Exfoliate weekly and use a good mask.  I love Rosina’s Lotions & Potions Exfoliating Kale & Pomegranate Mask £25
  • Give your back a good overhaul to get rid of dry spotty skin.  Boots have a lovely Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Back Spray £5.19
  • I always recommend body brushing to improve circulation, remove dry skin and help flush toxins out of the system.
  •  Give your cleavage some TLC to make sure that you show off your decolletage to best effect.  Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Bust Cream should do the trick.   £6.69
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BEST FOOT FORWARD

So..the weather is getting colder and we are going to have dig out the trusty black opaques again.  In one way it is a relief because it means that our feet are no longer on show…not for another 6 months at least, or until the summer comes round again..but on the other hand it does mean hello to hard skin, calluses, corns and gnarly old toenails.

Actually it did use to be that way for me, but a couple of years ago I was so shocked at the state of my feet that I vowed never to let it happen again, so I pre-booked in a series of pedicures just to keep my feet in good shape over winter, and began using a foot cream every night.  I always use a hand cream just before going to bed, so how hard can it be to take a couple more minutes and touch up those tootsies I thought…and that’s what I did.  And boy has it made a difference.

The foot cream I have been using is from L’Occitane and it works beautifully.  Lots of Shea Butter to help nourish the skin and keep cracked heels in check, but the smell is divine….it is an absolutely wonderful Lavender fragrance too…well, L’Occitane IS from Provence and they know a bit about Lavender!    Plus it’s a really good cream to use before bed because Lavender is one of those tried-and-tested remedies to help aid a good night’s sleep.

So,  a nice soothing rest and Twinkle Toes the next morning.  Bit of a win-win really.

It’s not expensive either and is widely available..for instance Amazon has a 30ml tube for £8.00 at the time of writing.

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The Latest Anti-Ageing Ingredients – Medical grade Manuka Honey

Medical grade Manuka Honey
What it does: From skin care multi tasker to wellness elixir, honey has always been one of the hottest health ingredients and the hydrating power of Manuka honey is especially good for skin care as it is rich in anti-oxidants and helps balance the skin’s ph. levels. Now medical grade Manuka honey is available, designed to help eczema suffers, target broken and infected skin and support the healing of skin and wound infections. It uses the same key ingredients used in hospitals for treating wounds along with aloe vera and plant butters. 
Try it Medihoney Natural Derma Cream, £10 www.comvita.co.uk
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The Lates Anti-Ageing Ingredients – Marula Oil

Marula Oil
What it does: The new kid on the oil block. this is from the fruit of the African marula tree, rich in essential fatty acids that mimic those that exist naturally in the outer layer of the skin as well as  antioxidants, vitamin C and E . The best thing is it is surprisingly non oily and quickly absorbed without leaving and greasy residue.
Try it Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel £20.50 from most department stores,
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The Latest Anti-Ageing Ingredients – Rhamnose

Rhamnose
What it does: Unlike retinoids, which work by increasing cell turnover (often leaving redness and flaking), rhamnose, a naturally derived active ingredient found in a Brazilian plant signals a jump-start, telling the relevant cells to behave like younger versions of themselves, The sugar molecule was shown to thicken the epidermis significantly after eight weeks and boost production of elastin, collagen, and other beneficial proteins while diminishing the enzymes that break down collagen and lead to wrinkles.
Try it: Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 £35.50
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The Latest Anti-Ageing Ingredients – Prickly Pear

Prickly Pear
What it does: Move over argan oil, prickly pear is the next big thing on the skincare radar. Boasting essential fatty acids omegas 3 and 6 as well as   extremely high in Vitamin C, it will help boost collagen production, kick-start cell turnover and improve hydration.
Try it: Moroccan Natural Prickly Pear Seed Oil, £23.80 www.beautybay.com
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