REDUCE THE BLUES

Blue light, that is. Emitted from tech screens, research shows it can penetrate deeper than UV rays. It doesn’t help that our use is at an all-time high!

  • Use headphones to answer calls instead of holding your phone to your face
  • Switch your phone to night mode – the yellow screen is less impactful.
  • Take regular screen breaks from your computer throughout the day.
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MASSAGE GADGETS

A facial workout can reduce puffiness while lifting and contouring muscles. And you can give your skin an extra boost by using a massage tool, such as a gua sha stone or one of the new cryo rollers, which stimulate muscle tone and rejuvenate.

Here’s how to take your face to the gym, without leaving home.

CRYO ROLLER

These new devices work in a similar way to cryotherapy for the body, and are set to be all the rage. Designed to quickly cool skin and aid lymphatic drainage, they work by delivering a shock of cold that causes blood vessels to contract.

The result? A brighter, tighter and healthier-looking complexion, smaller pores and reduced redness.

Use once or twice a week for around 15 minutes, applying gentle pressure to lift the muscles and drain toxins from the skin’s surface.

Try: 001 Skincare London Cryopress Ice Facial Messager, £65

 

GUA SHA

This heart-shaped massage tool can help deliver a speedy oxygen boost to skin cells, while toning and sculpting the muscles.

It’s simple to use. Apply a treatment oil or serum and, holding the gua sha tool with the curved side to your face, glide it gently up and out along the neck, jawline, chin and around the mouth.

Try: Mount Lai Gua Sha Tool, £23.50

 

 

GO SONIC 
If you prefer high-tech devices, then some of the smartest offer a multitude of benefits, including gentle cleansing, lifting and tightening in one session.

Simply switch on and use as if you are doing a facial massage.

Try: Be Glow Tia All-In-One Sonic Skincare System, £199
It is adaptable for all skin types and comes with a clever anti-ageing titanium applicator that can cool calm stressed skin, as well as help improve circulation to lymph drainage. The pulse technology also aids facial contouring by triggering a reflex response in the muscle, and can be used under the chin, on the jawline and on the cheekbones to lift and tone.

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SKINCARE TRENDS OF 2021

RADIANT SKIN

Look out for the new anti-stress skincare and all-in-one recovery balms to hydrate, bolster the skin barrier and take down irritation.

 

Try deMamiel’s First Fix, £130 (https://demamiel.com/) a solution that targets skin compromised by stress using western and Chinese medicine.

 

BEAUTY IN BACTERIA

The skincare microbiome movement will go mainstream this year.
Much like our gut relies on active probiotics and other gut bacteria to restore health, the skin’s biome needs to maintain certain bacteria for health and to reduce inflammation.

Look out for brands such as Algenist, Mother Dirt, Aurelia and Esse, which have formulated skincare with probiotics and prebiotics to help strengthen sensitive skin, fight the signs of pollution and calm skin conditions like eczema and acne.

Try Agenist ALIVE Prebiotic Moisturiser, £40

 

GO NATURAL

This year we’ll see an explosion of innovative new skincare that use only natural ingredients and are cruelty free and vegan.

Look out for ingredients like bakuchiol, a plant-based alternative to retinol boasting the same anti-ageing benefits.

Topping the beauty wish list is wild skincare that replicates the feel-good effects of the outdoors using wild plants, foraged ingredients and even organic peat.


Try Bog Skincare Energise and Detoxify ,£12. It uses a potent organic formula comprising Irish-sourced organic peat, lady’s mantle (a hyperacid that tightens pores) and hyaluronic acid.

 

HAIR AND SCALP BOOSTS

Haircare bands have moved beyond the basics to launch scalp scrubs and serums, bringing more skincare-like ingredients such as peptides, ceramides and salicylic acid into play.

Try Fudge Professional Blow Dry Aqua Primer cruelty-free, £15.50, with hyaluronic acid, delivering all-day humidity resistance and frizz control, boosting smoothness and shine.

The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Treatment, £11.99. Use before shampoo to remove product build-up and dead skin cells and leave the scalp feeling fresh.

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CELLULITE BUSTER

This year will see the first approved injectable for bottom cellulite, which affects 90% of all women!

Called QWO (collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes), the injectable works on the collagen in the fibrous septae, which provide structural support to our skin. It releases the cellulite dimple so that the skin and fat can spread out more evenly.

This also stimulates new collagen to help give a smoother appearance to the skin.

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NEW YEAR, NEW TWEAKS

These skin and body boosters are tipped to take the next 12 months by storm…

GO FOR A COMBI!
Why have one treatment when you can have two or three at once? Combination tweatments are set to be the next big thing, using everything from threats to collagen stimulating injections, filler, Botox and laser, sometimes in one session. Combining treatments means you see faster results at a fraction of the downtime. You can potentially achieve a look only possibly through an invasive procedure.

DESIGNER EYES
Say goodbye to droopy brows and eyes without surgery thanks to special threads designed for this area, which are absorbed over time. They lift the outer corners of the eyes and brows to create almond-shaped peepers. It takes under an hour under local anaesthetic.

LUNCH HOUR LIFT
HIFU 
is set to be the most wanted no-knife tweakment this year using High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound technology. This one-off non-invasive treatment can tighten your brows, neck and jowls. A small handpiece creates ultrasound pulses that go into the underlying connective tissue, boosting collagen and elastin production. There’s minimal downtime, but you may experience puffiness and tenderness.
Results last up to a year, depending on lifestyle. Full face and neck costs from £800.

LEANER LIMBS
EMSculpt is a new body-contouring treatment that helps to build muscle by blasting them with electromagnetic energy. Initially designed for the abdomen and buttocks, it’s been modified to target smaller muscle areas. The entire muscle is activated by rapid pulses, rather than the 40-70 per cent achieved by tensing. One 20-minute session can mimic the effect of 20,000 biceps curly! From £750 per session. 

LOOK YOUNGER-ORGANICALLY 
Regenerative medicine is set to be huge. By using a patient’s own blood and stem cells, these ‘organic’ procedures can delay the signs of ageing by slowing the process at a cellular level. Skin will look younger and healthier as it stimulates collagen and elastin growth. It can be used to stimulate new hair, and to treat skin wounds and painful joints.
It’s a costly procedure, but results are spectacular. From £3,500.

 

 

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WHAT’S THE BEST HOMEMADE MASK?

A homemade face mask can boost radiance and hydration, soften fine lines and minimise pores.

To make a simple mask for all skin types, mix a handful of ground oatmeal with a dollop of yogurt and honey.

Yogurt contains lactic acid, which exfoliates, oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties, and honey is naturally antibacterial and rich in antioxidants.

Leave for 10 minutes before rinsing off.

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HOW DO I FIND OUT MY SKIN TYPE?

Typically, skin is classified as normal, oily, dry or sensitive. To discover your skin type, cleanse your face thoroughly and then wait a couple of hours before putting anything else on your skin.

DRY SKIN
If it feels tight or flaky, it wont reflect light evenly, and lacks radiance, your complexion is dry.

COMBINATION SKIN
If you have oily skin only across our forehead, down your nose and on your chin, it’s combination skin.

OILY SKIN
If you need to blot your whole face with a tissue, you’re oily.

Repeat the test four times a year as your skin type can change with the seasons and be affected by hormones, medications and diet.

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CAN I PREVENT WRINKLES WITHOUT BOTOX?

Wrinkles are a natural result of ageing, but you can delay their onset or minimise their appearance.

Limit sun exposure, wear sunscreen daily, and use skincare that contain antioxidants, matrixyl or retinoids, as these stimulate cell turnover and boost collagen production.

Try Boots No7 Advanced Retion 1.5% Complex Night Concentrate! 

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HOW DO I TREAT MASKNE?

Maskne occurs when sweat, oil and bacteria are trapped on the skin while wearing your mask, causing pimples, redness and irritation. Good cleansing twice a day is key!

Try Simple Kind to Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion, then apply a gentle moisturiser such as Cerave Moisturising Lotion.

An exfoliating mask once or twice a week will keep pores clear.

Try SVR Laboratories Microscrub Lift Exfoliating Smoothing Retexturing Mask, which is infused with retinol and musk rose to clear skin. Skip heavy foundation under masks and opt for mineral make-up.

And to prevent rubbing, try a barrier cream such as Green People’s One Balm, to protect and calm skin.

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IS TONER GOOD FOR SKIN?

Look for toners with hydrating and skin-boosting ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and AHAs, and choose the right one for your skin type.

Use after cleansing to remove any remnants of make-up and to help balance the skins pH levels so it can absorb serums and creams applied afterwards.

Try Boots Traditional Glycerin and Rosewater, £2.39.

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