Usually caused by badly fitting shoes, there’s nothing that’ll age your feet more than a pair of whopping great bunions.

Just ask Victoria Beckham. The official name for a bunion is hallux valgus and it develops when the big toe becomes angled inwards, towards your other toes.

Action: You can try bunion pads to relieve pressure, special insoles and painkillers. If they become very swollen and painful, your only answer is surgery to remove the bunion and realign the bones. What was traditionally considered a painful procedure can now be safely carried out as a one-day operation, under local or general anesthetic. Called a scarf and skin osteotomy, it involves removing some of the bone and then realigning it preserving the joint. The procedure is available on the NHS or privately, when you can expect to pay around £4k. Ask your doctor for a referral.

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There are over 250,000 sweat glands in our feet producing up to half cup of sweat a day.

Excessive sweaty feet – the medical term is hyperhidrosis – can be extremely embarrassing but is easily treatable.

Action: Use talcum powder after you shower and throughout the day, as it’s great for controlling humidity. Wash fee regularly using tepid water. Try absorbent and odor fighting shoe insoles, but the best cure is Botox. A few strategically placed injections can stop sweating at the source, and results can last four months or more. From £250.

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The Psychology of a Smile

Sometimes there are some stories which get into the media and which immediately go global…and then there are others which, although they are factually fascinating, get buried under the avalanche of information which is out there on a daily, if not hourly basis.

One such story which falls in the last category, was the fact that if you smile, it immediately makes you look, and feel, happier.

It seems that this works because our facial expression sends messages to the brain, which triggers signals to the regions that process emotions.  The clever boffins at  the University of Tennessee ran a study which seemingly proved the correlation between the the upward curve of our lips and the degree of happiness experienced…and apparently it didn’t matter if the smile was huge grin, or just a slight twitch.  It even worked when the person was holding a pen to curl their lips upwards.  The full review is published in the Psycological Bulletin Journal.


I found the whole subject really interesting, particularly because, on a daily basis, I see patients who hate the fact that they look so miserable and glum all the time….and my first words of advice are for them to learn to smile more…because when we smile, not only do the corners of the mouth go up, but the eyes ‘soften’ and the overall look is gentler and warmer…and more appealing.  That’s Step One.

Step Two is to consider treatment to address any Marionette Lines…those are the lines which run from the corner of the mouth to the chin.  We all get them eventually, because it is part of the natural ageing process as gravity takes control of facial muscles….but that doesn’t mean that we have to live with them. Cosmetic surgery procedures can work wonders these days. There are plenty of non-invasive treatments around, as well as full-on face lifts….but as long as the lines are not too deep I have found that a couple of Threads can lift the area successfully and stop the droop any further.  The results can be astounding on the happiness-scale!

Just remember that it is not a forever solution though, as threads last for about 18-24 months but if you keep smiling in the meantime, who knows…you might just train those facial muscles to stay in the right place!

So, if Marionette Lines are making you glum, then come and see me…and let’s see what we can do to cheer you up.  0207 436 4441.

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Wake up Sleep Deprived Skin with CBD!

No, I dont mean we should all sneak off and take a puff or two of any illegal substances (honest officer!) but if you are going through a bad patch of not sleeping properly then CBD might just work for you.  As most of my followers know, I was converted to CBD oil a while back, using a few drops under the tongue just before bed,  but I wanted to test out the skin-calming properties too.  The therapists in the Clinic had great fun trying out one product after another …we use MariPharm because it is the purest and the best….and voila, The Magic Lift CBD Facial was born. 

It is perfect to give your skin an instant jolt of energy, great for softening the look of tiredness, detoxing and putting a glow back into your complexion. This brand new facial uses one of most talked-about cosmetic ingredients, Cannabidiol (CBD), a substance found in the cannabis plant…this is non-hallucinogenic and is legal.   The use of quality, whole- plant extracted CBD has a hugely beneficial anti-inflammatory, calming and protective effect on the skin. It won’t block pores, is rich in antioxidants, especially vitamin E and essential fatty acids to help calm and soothe stressed skin. Even better you’ll see immediate results. 

Before the facial begins, 3 drops of  CBD oil are given under the tongue, which act on the brain’s serotonin receptors to relax and calm. Next, the skin is double cleansed, followed by a relaxing, deep tissue massage using more CBD oil from MariPharm, concentrating on key pressure points.  Finally, an anti-stress mask is applied for 15 minutes, removed with a floral tonic, before finishing with a light film of MariCreme to seal and protect.  Hello glow!

Our celebrities have been trying it and we have had some terrific reports, so if you want to see for yourself, you can book the Magic Lift CBD Facial on 020 7436 4441.  It costs £120.

And if you want to buy the products then go to

Quote code HSSC and you will receive a 15% discount off your entire order.

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Over sixty per cent of us have spider veins on our feet which can spoil the look of a strappy sandal.

Action: Cover with a fake tan or try a good Corrective Foundation like Dermablend £16, from most chemist. For an effective and more permanent solution IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is the best treatment. During treatment, they are zapped by an intense pulsed light and the veins collapse and are then absorbed by the body. You may need three to six treatments to completely remove them but do not have IPL five weeks before or after a sun holiday as the light targets the pigment in the veins and you could   risk getting hyperpigmentation. Always wear a minimum SPF 30 after treatment.  Costs vary but expect to pay from around £100 per area.

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As we get older rogue hairs can suddenly sprout all over the feet, especially around the toes and on tops of the feet – not a good look when wearing dainty sandals.

Action: They may be an eighties throwback but hair removal creams are a good option but always go for a cream for sensitive skin.

Tweezers will do the job quickly and painlessly or try waxing and shaving, also quick and easy.

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A common problem affecting up to one in ten and usually caused by a toenail fungus, called onychomycosis.

Most types of infection are harmless but generally thrive on warm, dark moist conditions and may be caused by trauma to the nail, inflammation from an in growing toenail or untreated athlete’s foot.

Action: Good hygiene habits are essential so wash feet daily and always dry thoroughly. Most fungal nail infections can be treated at home. Ask your chemist for an antifungal cream to rub in or you could try rubbing in a small dollop of Vicks VaporRub to the affected areas daily but be patient as this method can take time. Always trim nails and file off any white spots before treating. For a hi tech laser option see, try Lunula Cold Laser treatment the latest advance treatment for fungal infections. The treatment takes twelve minutes and is painless as there is no heat involved.

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Toenails actually grow more slowly as we age, because of reduced circulation but years of   toenails rubbing against shoes can make them harder and thicker, making them difficult to cut and shape.

The condition even has a name, onychogryphosis, which is not only unsightly, but also painful when pressing against shoes.
Action: Soak feet first to make nails softer. Use nail clippers on thick nails, as these are sharper than scissors, but if nails are still too difficult to cut you may need to see a podiatrist to have them trimmed with an electronic file. If you can trim yourself always cut   the nail straight across following the natural shape of the nail and avoid trimming too close to the skin or yanking at hangnails.

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The number one foot problem is dry skin and cracked heels, made worse during summer by wearing flip flops or flatties which offer no foot support or cushion, causing a build up of layers of dead skin.

Action: The skin on the soles of our feet doesn’t have any oil glands, which is why feet easily become dried out and flaky. Use a foot file to slough off any hard skin that’s formed on your heels, the balls of your feet or the big toes. Foot files are easier to use than a pumice stone. but choose a stainless steel one, which is more effective and will last longer. File on dry skin as doing it on wet skin is not as effective.  Try Margaret Dabbs Professional Foot File £24 ( which has replaceable pads for hygiene and longevity.

You must moisturise daily to prevent cracked heels and dehydrated feet.  Use a heavy-duty foot moisturiser which can penetrate the skin’s barrier more effectively – try What Skin Needs Cracked Skin Cream £8.99 ( For an added treat, slather on an extra helping, put on a pair of thick socks and wear overnight.

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Who needs to go under the knife when there are so many other clever ways to lift tone and plump? Here’s my guide to the latest face transformers.

The latest ultimate hi tech non-surgical combination tweakment using Innopen, a new form of micro needling, combined with stem cell serum from Calecim. The small motorised pen like device uses tiny micro-medical skin-needles to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin, creating superficial micro-channels which allow stem cell serums to be absorbed more effectively into the skin. Innopen can be used all over the complexion, including around the eyes, and as the skin repairs itself over the following weeks, new collagen and skin cells are formed which helps plump and tighten thinning skin, softening lines, wrinkles and fading signs of sun damage. One treatment will leave a smooth and more even looking skin tone, increased firmness and a youthful glow, a course of four treatments are rcommeded for lasting results. Treatments are 2-4 weeks apart, £550 per treatment.

Facetite is similar to having a mini facelift, but without scalpels, and with minimal scarring. The one off procedure, performed using local anaesthetic, can tighten saggy skin around the mouth and jowls and neck and rejuvenate the overall appearance of the skin with minimal downtime and recovery. Using radio frequency energy, it works by warming the skin with a fine probe that is inserted into the fatty layer just under the skin. This process does not remove tissue, but causes the skin to instantly tighten by up to 40 per cent and then over the following weeks as new collagen is produced, the results continue to improve leaving a plumper, more rejuvenated appearance.From £2800

ANGEL PRP with fat transfer
Angel PRP (which stands for Platelet Rich Plasma), is an updated version of the Vampire Lift and combined with fat transfer can address all the major signs of facial aging- including loss of volume around the eyes and cheeks, lines and wrinkles, thinning skin and jowls.
First blood is taken from the arm, the platelets are separated and then this mixture is injected back into the complexion. Platelets release growth factors that help the skin repair itself, improving the skin tone and boosting collagen production so skin appears plumper and more vibrant. At the same time, fat is taken from other parts of the body, like the hips or abdomen, treated and then used for adding a natural volume boost, to sagging areas of the face, restoring cheekbones, plumping lines and wrinkles and hollows around the eyes and temples. You may be slightly swollen and your skin will look red and a bit like a pincushion for a day or so but this is easily covered using mineral make up. Results can last up to 5 years. From £3500

You know the mantra…..when it comes to facial ageing, prevention is better than cure. Always wear an SPF every day, at least factor 30, avoid smoking and drinking too much alcohol and eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables.

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