SO YOU WANT SOMETHING QUICK?

For almost every surgical procedure, there is a non-invasive option which means, no downtime, minimal discomfort and a fraction of the cost of cosmetic surgery, most importantly, it also means no general anaesthetic and a much speedier recovery as most of these procedures, are carried out in the doctor’s clinic. The results we are seeing from non invasive treatments are revolutionary. But remember quick fixes will not generally last as long as a surgical option and sometimes surgery is the only option for the result you desire. Always see an expert for advice to address your specific needs so always have a consultation before undergoing any treatments. www.harleystreetskinclinic.com

60 Minute Fast Fat Burner

Treatment – IV Infusion – Fast Hike Vitdrips’ have been dubbed the new Muscle Relaxing Injections. The latest infusions are more effective than taking vitamins orally as they enter the bloodstream immediately. This impressive blend will help you with your diet! It speeds up your metabolism, which means you will burn calories much faster – making exercise more effective. One a month recommended but you’ll rev up your metabolism straightaway. From £200 www.harleystreetskinclinic.com

30 Minute Full Face Lift

Treatment- Silhouette Soft Suture Lift. This non-invasive procedure can lift sagging cheeks jowls and brows without pain and hardly any downtime. Using local anaesthetic, tiny incisions are made near the hairline and soft sutures are inserted to lift sagging skin back into place. There may be a little bruising which can be covered with make up. Instant results From £999 Results last up to one year. 0207 436 4441 www.harleystreetskinclinic.com

Twenty Minute High Speed Hand Lift

Treatment – Restylane injections Bony. Wrinkled hands can be plumped up instantly using filler injections in the backs of the hands. The treatment will also disguise veins, making the hands look instantly younger. From £250 0207 436 4441

Ten Minute Wrinkle Softener

Treatment – Sprinkles Microinjections of Botulinum toxin will freshen the skin and give the face a gentle lift at the same time. You’ll see the results in two to three days which will last for four to six months. From £300 www.harleystreetskinclinic.com

Twenty Minute Eye Brightener & Tightener

Treatment – Pelleve. Time, 20 minutes. Pelleve is the ideal skin smoother for the delicate skin under the eyes. It uses radio frequency waves to stimulate collagen production to smooth and tighten sagging skin The treatment is pain free and the results are excellent, and there’s no downtime. One treatment gives instant results but a course of 6 treatments will give lasting effects with one maintenance treatment every 6/12 months. From £150 per treatment. www.harleystreetskinclinic.com

Fifty Minute Fast Facial

Treatment – Bespoke Red Carpet Facial. Time, 50 minutes. Ideal for a quick fix before a big night. A mix of targeted serums mixed for your skin type including hyaluronic acid and collagen protein serums are applied to the skin and driven into the skin with a blast of ultrasound waves to deeply hydrate smooth away fine lines, and give a dewy glow. Results are instant and the glow will last for up to three days. From £150 www.harleystreetskinclinic.com

Sixty Minute Bingo Wing Banisher

Treatment – BodyTite. A minimally invasive procedure using laser technology to suck out excess fat, and then shrink and tighten the skin. You’ll have to wear a compression garment for a few weeks after but you’ll see immediate results, with best results after six months but the good thing is there’s no scarring and as long as a sensible diet is maintained after treatment the results are permanent – cost is from £2500.www.harleystreetskinclinic.com

Twenty Minute Neckline Revamp

Treatment – Smartxide Laser. Topical anesthetic is applied to the skin. The treatment feels like a mild pinprick sensation as the laser is directed over the skin causing a rapid tightening of the skin and stimulating collagen production. Immediately after treatment, some redness which may last up to seven days. Improvement in texture, colour and tightness of the skin can be expected within a fortnight. Results last up to three years. From £600 www.harleystreetskinclinic.com

Forty Minute Tummy Trimmer

Treatment – Pro Shock. Best for small pockets of fat which are diet resistant. It uses cryolipolysis – the next generation of fat freezing – and combines two technologies to break down fat and tighten skin. A small plate like device is placed directed onto the skin over the areas to be treated and then rapidly cooled. This crystallises the lipoids in the fat cells so they dissolve, and are then eliminated from the body naturally over the following weeks. Next, high-pressure acoustic waves are targeted over the treated areas to help tighten the skin.

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CAN A NIGHT CREAM REALLY GIVE YOU BETTER SKIN OVERNIGHT?

Forget super serums and skin boosters – the latest trend and must have in your anti ageing routine is an overnight ‘miracle’ cream.
Designed to mimic the look of a good night’s sleep, so you wake up looking years younger these new night time products are specially formulated to heal and improve the skin while you sleep. Called sleep creams, overnight masks or just simply night creams, they all sound a dream – but can these sleep in a jar skin innovations actually deliver better skin overnight?
The beauty industry thinks so with everyone from designer brands to high street stores launching overnight treatment products to help you make the most of your beauty sleep.
And there is good science behind them. During sleep, growth hormones are released as skin cells regenerate and undo any damage caused by environmental stressors encountered during the day. In fact between midnight and 4am our skin is in a constant state of repair.
Whilst there is little published data on exactly how skin repairs itself as we sleep we know that skin temperature rises when you sleep, allowing these new topical treatments to penetrate the skin more effectively than they do during the day. We also know from research that inadequate sleep can reduce the skin’s ability to retain water and regenerate causing premature ageing.
Whilst there is no substitute for a good night’s sleep, if you want to give your anti ageing routine a boost forget the Ovaltine and join the night shift, here’s how.

SLEEPING BEAUTIES

The main difference between a day cream and a night cream is the ingredients they contain. Day creams are lighter in texture and will generally moisturise and protect the skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays (with SPF 15 or higher), have anti ageing benefits and will form a good base under make up. Night creams on the other hand are designed to work specifically at night working overtime to deliver the essentials skin needs to make the most of your sleeping hours.
Thicker in texture, they usually contain more nourishing and active ingredients to stimulate cell renewal, restore skin’s elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A good night creams should include ingredients like retinol to reverse photo aging, hydrating ingredients to nourish the face, hyaluronic acid to plump out the skin, peptides to fight aging and antioxidants to protect the skin from damage. The bottom line – if you are happy with your daily moisturiser there’s no reason why you shouldn’t still use it at night but if you aren’t getting enough good quality sleep, and you skin suffers, it is worth investing in one of the new sleeping beauties. Here’s our pick of the new overnight sensations;

*Marks and Spencer new Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream (£22) promises to give your skin eight hours or sleep every night – or at least look like it did.
Packed with active ingredients, including anti-wrinkle peptides, moisture –boosting hyaluronic acid and skin-brightening actives, this overnight cocktail works by slowly releasing ingredients while you sleep making skin look revived and radiant by the morning, Bold claims but during tests, 71 per cent agreed that skin appeared less tired after two weeks of use. Our tester agreed. After having a restless night, she said she still woke up glowing!

*Elemis Biotec Skin Energising Night Cream £85 elemis.com contains zinc and copper and helps maintain energy levels in skin cells leaving skin refreshed, glowing and deeply hydrated.

*Origins Limited Edition BCA Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (£23 origins co.uk available 1st October), regenerating and replenishing this ultra rich sleeping mask contains Avocado and Apricot Kernel Oil to repair skin’s barrier plus it has a feel good factor, too – £4 from the purchase price of every mask sold is donated to Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF)
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To get the best out of your night cream;
*Focus on your skin concern – whether it’s acne or wrinkles there’s a product to suit you.
* Cleanse skin thoroughly so your skin is ready to absorb the maximum benefits from the ingredients.
* Massage your cream into your skin and allow at least five minutes before you jump into bed – you want it on your face not the pillow.

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SO CAN YOU REALLY DRINK YOURSELF YOUNGER?

Women will do almost anything to stave off wrinkles but the latest buzz for fighting the signs of ageing has nothing to do with smoothing on lotions and potions, or having the latest laser treatment but about stocking up your kitchen cupboard and sipping your way to a more youthful you.

With many consumers fed up of taking pills, beauty beverages packed with vitamins, minerals and other potent ingredients that work from the inside out are the latest beauty and anti ageing explosion.

From their oriental origin of herbal teas, the choice today has become even more advanced and rapidly expanded into youth boosting super elixirs which are forging even closer links to skin products.

Walk down any beauty aisle and you¹ll see collagen drinks to banish wrinkles, antioxidant juices to erase age spots and the latest to join in, a hyaluronic based drink promising an increased moisture boost from the inside out as well as other age fighting benefits.

(Launched last week) Fountain, The Hyaluronic molecule (Boots £27.99) is the first ever water soluble hyaluronic acid (HA), an ingredient normally found in skin creams, supplements and injectables.

Famed for its ability to hold 1000 times its weight in water, almost half of the body¹s HA is located in the collagen of the skin, making it an excellent moisturiser as well as helping lubricate and cushion joints. Other additional benefits of hyaluronic acid include faster wound healing, increased energy, dry skin relief as well as increased mental alertness.
Unfortunately, ageing along with constant UV exposure, rapidly decreases our body¹s supply of HA and it is estimated that by the time we reach our mid 40-s the synthesis of HA is roughly half that required by the body, leading to joint stiffness and wrinkled dehydrated skin. But Fountain claim that a liquid form of HA is absorbed more readily and two teaspoons daily can boost the body¹s HA supply and act as an internal tissue hydrator to help slow down the ageing process.

Another super elixir to look due to hit the shelves soon is a new Protein water aimed to aid weight loss and help restore muscle tone and strength. Once the domain of hardcore sports and workout enthusiasts, dairy protein is now seen as a wholesome and nutritious ingredient.

Taking a cue from the world of bodybuilder supplements each 500 ml bottle of Protein Water will contain 25 per cent of the RDA of protein and has been specially designed to appeal to women looking to maintain a healthy weigh, improve muscle strength and to tone up the body.

So it seems drinking yourself younger and fitter is here to stay but can a beauty drink really make a difference and boost your looks?

I believe a healthy diet and lifestyle and protecting yourself from the sun are the main ingredients for looking good and staying younger for longer. Most of the drinks with beauty and skin benefits contain ingredients you should be getting through a healthy balanced diet, i.e. one that is packed with fruit sand vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and good fat.

Still, many makers of beauty drinks argue that sometimes eating well isn’t enough saying that even people who eat a healthy diet have problems with their skin, hair, and nails and that a drinkable supplement tends to be more bio-available to the body and easier for the body to absorb.

True but for me, the jury’s still out on how effective a beauty drink can be. When it comes to directing nutrition straight to your skin or other parts of the body there¹s no guarantee it will end up there as most ingredients are broken down in the stomach. Good nutrition, genes, controlling stress exercise and sun protection will do more to keep you looking youthful and unfortunately you can¹t bottle that. But, if you do skip meals, diet or lead a very busy lifestyle, then a beauty drink is a good back up plan. And if drinking a supplement makes you feel good about yourself and kick starts a healthier regime, then why not. Here here¹s how to get the most out of them:

*A bottled beauty drink should be in addition to and not replace a good balanced meal.

* Making sure your drink contains less than 10 grams of sugar.

*Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is key to your overall health, including your skin. You can also hydrate your skin and get nutrients by eating more fruits and vegetables.

*If you’re looking for a simple homemade beauty beverage, try a cup of tea. In a recent study those who drank a minimum of two daily cups of green or black tea were 20% to 30% less likely to get nonmelanoma skin cancer, the most common type of skin cancer. Tea contains polyphenols, plant chemicals that help fight sun damage -the No. 1 skin ager and also ease inflammation, another skin enemy.

*Don¹t sacrifice your skin routine for a beauty drink. It¹s still important to work on the skin’s surface, too. Products you put on your skin, especially ingredients like vitamin C, vitamin A, and peptides s have a much better chance of making a difference because they are getting where you need.

PICK OF THE BEAUTY BEVERAGES

*Skinade (£15 for a pack of five bottles www.skinade.co.uk) should be taken on a daily basis, contains collagen, vitamin C, B vitamins and Omega 3&6 to help make skin firmer and plumper

*Fountain The Beauty Molecule, (£24.99 Boots),
One teaspoon a day, contains resveratrol an antioxidant found in red wine that promotes health and longevity.

*Functionalab Collagen10 £3.59 stockist to come) Claims to be safer and cheaper than the craze for vitamin and collagen drips and injections, this super dose collagen drink contains the highest concentration of collagen on the market and comes in bottles designed to simply be knocked back like a shot or probiotic yoghurt.

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ARE SLEEP WRINKLES MAKING YOU LOOK YEARS OLDER?

Do you ever wake up looking older than you did the night before? You’re probably not imagining it. A new study suggests that permanent wrinkles can also result from your sleeping position – especially if you sleep on your side and stomach.

When patients complain to us they have more wrinkles on one side of the face than the other, we always ask how they sleep at night? And then the penny drops. Yes, those extra lines and l creases are more often deeply etched on their favourite sleeping side.

These sleep wrinkles mostly occur from squashing your face on your pillow and can form as cheek and forehead creases, lip lines, lines running across the cheeks under the eyes (malar creases) and the biggest crinklers of all, across the chest.

While sleep induced wrinkles increase with age, the study also shows that they are also influenced by the amount of time we spend in various positions. Fascinatingly, we tend to sleep longer in one position as we get older as the number of position shifts decrease from an average of 27 to 16 a night – bad news if you sleep on your side or stomach.

One solution suggested to fight nighttime wrinkles is to retrain yourself to sleep on your back which is more difficult than it sounds, as most people unconsciously change positions throughout the night. Investing in ‘c’ shaped pillow, (sometimes called a geisha pillow) may help by preventing you rolling over onto to your side, and using a silk pillowcase is kinder to the complexion as it causes less compression. Our advice – don’t worry too much about your sleeping position – just get a good night’s sleep.

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Look Younger By Christmas

Need a festive face makeover? The latest anti-ageing treatment taking the cosmetic industry by storm is the Silhouette Soft Lift – dubbed the new weekend lift – which can soften wrinkles and tighten sagging skin on the face without going under the knife.

Thread lifts are currently the fastest growing treatment and are perfect if you want an instant lift but don’t want the pain, downtime or scarring associated with invasive facial surgery. The Silhouette Soft Lift as seen here on actress Gillian Taylforth – uses coned threads to gently restore volume to her face. It’s a one-off non-invasive treatment which takes around 30 minutes and you’ll see an instant improvement with best results seen in two to six weeks with around a weeks downtime.
It’s ideal for those with little loose skin, who have lost volume in their cheeks, a sagging jawline, or heavy brow – or for those who have had a facelift, which is starting to droop.

WHAT HAPPENS
It’s a simple procedure. Using local anaesthetic, tiny incisions are made near the hairline and along the jawline and soft sutures are inserted to lift sagging skin back into place. You’ll see an immediate natural, rested and rejuvenated appearance – facial features will look refreshed and lifted and improve over time, as collagen is kick-started. Results last up to one year and the cost is from £999.

The threads can also be combined quite safely with dermal fillers, muscle relaxing injections and PRP therapy for complete overall facial improvement.

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FROM NAPPY CREAM TO BAKING SODA BATHS AND CHECKING YOUR SHADOW … HERE’S HOW TO WINTER PROOF YOUR LOOKS

As the chilly weather moves in and you start changing your wardrobe it’s also time to winter proof your looks. Forget stodgy diets and expensive heavy creams. With a few simple lifestyle and beauty upgrades you can weather proof your looks to keep you looking and feeling great – here’s how.

*Room for Improvement
When the weather gets cold, humidity goes down. Dry air is probably the most common cause of dry, itchy skin as it draws the moisture right out of the skin, especially indoors with the central heating turned up. Central heating and low humidity can also exacerbate many existing skin conditions like rosacea and acne as well as make skin super sensitive. A humidifier in your bedroom and living room, two rooms you probably spend most of your time in, will infuse the air with moisture helping to soothe dried out, itchy skin. Or if you have free standing radiators you can simply place a metal bowl of water of top and every time the heating comes, on, it will cause the water to evaporate adding moisture to the air.

*Upgrade your skincare
Even people who don’t have dry skin can suffer during the cold months. Change your routine in the autumn, before the weather turns really cold, because it’s much easier to prevent dryness and cracking than it is to treat it. Layering is the name of the game during winter and is far superior to using heavier facials creams. To give skin extra support, start with a serum. Try M&S Formula Absolute Elixir (£23 marksandspencer.com) a new super serum which promises to tackle everything from wrinkles to age spots as well as increasing skin firmness and proving all day moisture. Next use a light moisturiser to seal in the serum, avoiding any with ingredients like Retinoids which can irritate skin – try Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion (£8.99 boots.com). For an extra glow add a couple of drops of rose oil to your foundation or pat over any dry areas- try Rosina Rose Perfecting Oil (£22 rosinslotionspotions.com)

*Don’t Over Cleanse
Switch to mild cleansers without soap or fragrance. Look for hypoallergenic on the label or cleansers containing salicylic or lactic acid which will suit most skin types – try Super Facialist Salicylic Purifying Cleansing Wash (£5.33 boots.com) which will gently detoxify and exfoliate without irritation. Alternatively Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water (£10.50 boots.com) removes make up and dirt gently and without tugging so is perfect for dehydrated and sore skin. Always avoid over cleansing the skin and use a light touch as scrubbing can cause irritation.

*Deal with irritated patches
Most chic French women carry a secret supply of nappy cream in their designer handbags, our French surgeon Peter Cumbo tells us. And no, it’s not for baby’s botty but to treat any dry, irritated skin patches on their face or body. The cult product Mustela Barrier Skin Discomfort 1-2-3 (£3.83 escentual.com) is a vitamin rich barrier cream which also adds a protective layer to skin. Fragrance and preservative free, as well as hypoallergenic, it contains alcacea oxeoline to reduce inflammation, and zinc oxide to heal the skin. It also doubles up as a soothing facial moisturiser when skin is extra fragile or irritated.

*Feed Your face and body
Cut back on too much caffeine which dehydrates the skin and swap for green tea, which is packed with antioxidants called catechins, which also help fight viruses and slow aging. Foods such as avocados, olive oil, honey, pumpkin, spinach, berries, plain yogurt, walnuts and aloe juice all have a moisturising effect, working from the inside to help your digestive system stay both healthy and hydrated which will be reflected in your skin. Essential fatty acids such as omega 3, also plays a role in supporting the skin. The best source of Omega 3 in the diet is oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel, fresh tuna, and sardines. Don’t let the cold weather prevent you from keeping active. Buy yourself a home fitness video, so there’s no excuse. Also, keep a pair of summer shorts handy – try on every couple of weeks so you can keep a check on your waistline.

Lock in Body Moisture
Don’t be tempted to turn up the heat in the shower as hot water can strip essential oils from the skin. Keep showers and bath time short and lukewarm. If skin is very dry add a cupful of baking soda to your bath water. It’s a great natural remedy for dehydrated itchy skin as it helps neutralise skin acidity, promotes elimination of toxins and will help soften and refresh your skin. To lock in moisture post-shower, pat, don’t rub, yourself dry, and immediately coat skin in a thick body lotion. Look for ones containing glycerine which pulls water into the skin or try Lano Golden Dry Skin Salve (£17.99 victoriahealth.com. With 60% lanolin vitamin E, and Manuka Honey which is a natural healer smooth it all over. You have a three minute window for best results. Wait any longer and moisture starts to disappear from skin before you can lock it in. And keep the bathroom door closed to maintain the humidity.

Winter D-Brief
Around half of the UK population are not getting enough Vitamin D which the body needs for a healthy immune system and to protect against conditions such as migraine, depression, bone problems and even cancer. If you get ten to 15 minutes of direct sunlight over the summer your levels should be adequate until October when it begins to deplete. Vitamin D is stored in the body for around one to two months and when your shadow is longer than your body, you won’t be making any Vitamin D so you need to look for other sources. Top up with a supplement – try Heliocare Ultra D Oral capsules (£26.50 effortlessskin.com) and eat a Vitamin rich D diet – good sources include salmon, fortified cereals and egg yolks.

Be Smart with Supplements
Start taking a multi vitamin s daily to boost general health. 70% of our immune system is located in our gut so a daily probiotic can also help bolster your resistance to bugs and germs, kick-start digestion, soothe internal inflammation, boost your general wellbeing and improve skin. Try OptiBac Probiotics ‘For daily immunity’ (£11.29 for a 30 capsule supply opticbacprobiotics.co.uk)

What Sun?
Even in winter, UV rays can prevent skin from holding onto moisture and cause premature ageing. Use an SPF 30 or higher every day especially on exposed areas like face, neck and ears.

Lip Tips
Keep lips moist by exfoliating your lips twice a week – use a dry toothbrush (not the one you use for your teeth) with a dab of Vaseline and rub gently in circular motion. Since your lips don’t have any oil glands, use a super rich lip balm –try Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Gloss £20, which is enriched with Vitamin E and will treat chapped, dry lips as well as giving them a natural shine. Avoid long wearing lippies as they are often drying. Lasr thing at night, do a simple lip mask with an ultra thick layer of Vaseline – leave it on for at least ten minutes and gently tissue off.

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Ask Lesley – Q: My face is looking rather tired and drawn all the time, what can I do to look more refreshed without having to resort to a facelift?

Today there are many new techniques for facial rejuvenation – without using the scalpel. By using a skilful combination of non-surgical procedures we don’t have to change the structure of someone’s face, (which surgery can often do) but we can address other areas of the ageing face, for instance volume, skin tone and fine lines, which surgery cannot do.

Here at Harley Street Skin Reigate we have developed the No-Knife Facelift.. a stunning non-surgical ‘facelift’ offering a real alternative to the traditional surgical facelift. It guarantees great, natural-looking results that work with, and enhance, your features, leaving you looking like a completely refreshed and rejuvenated version of the old you. The procedure includes a combination of muscle relaxing injections to smooth out lines and balance the facial features, dermal fillers to enhance the cheeks, restore facial contours and replace lost volume in the tear trough areas beneath the eyes. If needed, we also gently restore volume in the lips, enhancing the shape, improve the complexion with laser resurfacing and address sagging jowls and smooth the jawline with PDO threads.

You will see a dramatic visible improvement from this combination of treatments, a bit like turning the clock back ten years! Lines, folds and wrinkles will be noticeably diminished, signs of sun damage and hyperpigmentation marks will lessen and the texture and tone of the skin will be drastically improved with a much fresher and younger appearance. Any signs of loose skin around the jawline and jowls will
be tightened up and the jawline will be more defined to give a much younger looking profile. There is very little downtime needed following PDO threads and most people can return to work 5-7 days after treatment. Laser resurfacing may need a week off work whilst the skin recovers. Both dermal fillers and muscle relaxing injections can result in minor bruising and some swelling but this can be covered with mineral make-up and will quickly disappear. The results will be visible for up to two years with top-ups of dermal fillers and muscle relaxing injections required twice or three times a year. Price for the combination treatment of PDO threads, filler, botox and laser from £2500.

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MORE TOP FRUITY BEAUTY TIPS

Grapes
Packed with vitamins and antioxidants and rich in resveratrol which is extracted from the skin of purple or red grapes- grapes have been proven to boosts the body’s natural sirtuin “longevity” gene.

Beauty Benefit – Grapes are used for their skin, juice and seeds and make a powerful skincare ingredient suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin. They help promote the skin’s natural repair and diminish the visible signs of ageing.

Buy – M&S Pure Super Grape Overnight Treatment Oil £16 marksandspencer.com, a rich overnight treatment oil which will help supports the skin’s renewal process.
Try – Grape Spot Buster – mash five or six red or purple grapes, mix with a little yogurt and apply over blemishes Leave for up to thirty minutes before cleansing.

Grapefruits
High in vitamin A and C, also rich in antioxidants such as lycopene, beta-carotene and lutein, so good for vision. Research also shows that tucking into half a grapefruit (without sugar) before meals boosts metabolism and reduces food cravings.

Beauty Benefit – Often used as an ingredient in perfume, room fragrances and shampoos as the zingy fresh aroma is said to be a great mood improver as well as enhancing memory.

Buy – Alberto Balsam Volume Boost infused with pink grapefruit, £1 from Asda leaves hair shiny, squeaky-clean and boosts volume. Origins Grapefruit Gloomaway body-buffing cleanser, £22 origins.co.uk – a double whammy for your morning shower – boosts mood and leaves skin silky soft.
Try – Natural Oily Skin Tightener. Lightly dab cleansing skin with pure grapefruit juice, leave for ten minutes before rinsing and applying moisturiser.

Kiwis
A rich source of Vitamin C, Vitamin E and antioxidants. One kiwi contains all the vitamin C you need in a day, boosting the immune system to fight colds and help heal cuts and bruises.

Beauty Benefits – Help promote collagen and maintain skin strength, fights blemishes, lines and wrinkles. New research has also discovered that the antioxidants and serotonin found in kiwi fruits enable you to fall asleep up to 35 per cent more quickly, sleep more deeply and help reduce disrupted sleep and night waking.

Buy – Antipodes Kiwis Seed Oil Eye Cream £24.99 lookfantastic.com, rich in Vitamin C and kiwi fruits. A light cream which promotes collagen to tackle signs of ageing around the eyes.
Try – Kiwi Hair Booster – can help strengthen fine hair and promote growth. Puree one kiwi mix with a tablespoon of olive oil and massage into dry hair. Wrap in a warm towel and leave for at least one hour, longer if possible. Wash out with regular shampoo.

Lemons
High in Vitamin C which helps the body fight against infectious agents.

Beauty Benefit – Drinking lemon infused hot water first thing in the morning helps kick start the digestion process for the rest of the day, boosts your immune system and balances PH. Aids healthier looking skin as vitamin C promotes collagen production.

Buy – Burt’s Bees Lemon butter Cuticle Cream, £6.49 burtsbees.co.uk. A wonderful, fresh, zingy smell and will transform dried out cuticles.
Try – Skin and Nail Brightener – rub a slice of lemon over your nails and cuticles once or twice a week to naturally whiten them. If you are worried about any age spots or mark on your body, rub a lemon on the spot for 10 minutes and then rinse it with lukewarm water. The mark will slowly fade away.

Oranges
Oranges are low in calories, high in fibre and vitamin C. They contain phytonutrients and a variety of polyphenols, which work as antioxidants to boost the immune system.

Beauty Benefit – A great source of AHAs and vitamin C to help in the overall youthful appearance of your skin.

Buy – Bliss Body Butter with Blood Orange and White Pepper, £22 lookfantastic.co.uk. Leaves dry skin dewy with an invigorating scent.
Try – Cut a fresh orange in half and squeeze the juice into a bowl – add a quarter of a cup of granulated sugar and the same amount of olive oil and mix into a rich scrub. Use the other half of orange to rub over knees, elbows or other dry spots and then apply scrub. The fruit acid loosens dead skin cells. Rinse with warm water.

Strawberries
Strawberries are low in calories, sodium and sugar. Their high vitamin C content promotes younger looking skin, reduces inflammation and boosts your immune system.

Beauty Benefit – This powerful little fruit’s main ingredient is alpha- hydroxyl acids, which helps us slough off dead cells so that new, youthful skin is revealed. The juice or pulp of strawberries contains malic acid which serves as an astringent and can lighten surface stains. Good for acne skin and makes a great tooth whitener.

Buy – LanolipsTM 101 Ointment Fruit Extracts in Strawberry £7.99 victoriahealth.com. Contains 100 per cent fruit and medical grade lanolin so great for chapped lips, dry skin patches and small cuts.
Try – Natural Teeth Whitener Mash up a couple then spread pulp over a tooth brush and brush for two to three minutes. Try daily for a couple of weeks to see the difference.

Basic Tips To Keep In Mind Before You Indulge In Fruit Facials
*Do a test patch first on the inside of the elbow to make sure there is no allergic reaction or irritation
*Experiment with quantities to get the right consistency
*Always apply on cleansed and exfoliated skin as this will not only remove dead skin but enhance blood circulation, and improve the results
*Make sure you blend the fruit well so that you can extract as much as pulp possible
*When using a scrub, go easy when rubbing onto the skin, especially if the granules are ground to a fine powder. Try on your body first.
*After you have applied the mask, (don’t forget your neck) relax to prevent it from sliding off
*Make sure you are wearing old clothes, as fruit masks can be messy
*Always use fresh fruit and throw any leftovers.

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WANT TO LOOK YOUNGER AND FEEL GREAT? THEN, BE A FRUITY BEAUTY

Catherine Zeta Jones uses strawberries as tooth whitener, Beyonce a strawberry scrub. The beauty world thrives on innovation. It seems like there’s a new hi tech product out every minute that can solve your problems better than anything that’s come before it. And, while we dearly love the thrill and the excitement around trying something new, it’s easy to forget that Mother Nature is also a powerful chemist. Take fruit. We all know that it is a great source of essential vitamins and minerals and vital for good health. In fact according to recent research, just eating one apple a day slashes the risk of developing up to five different types of cancer. But fruit can also do wonders for your appearance. Used topically it has a powerful anti ageing effect that leaves the skin nourished, smooth and glowing. From apples to oranges, grapes to grapefruit here’s how to be a fruity beauty.

Apples
As the saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. They contain nearly 20 per cent of your recommended daily amount of fibre and are packed with vitamin C and polyphenols which help cell rejuvenation.

Beauty Benefit – Swiss Apple Stem Cells have been clinically proven to delay the process of ageing.

Buy – Super Facialist Neroli Firming Intense Facial Serum £16,99 (superfacialist.co.uk) containing Apple Stem Cells and collagen-boosting peptides, this ‘super serum’ strengthen the skin’s barrier and will help protect skin in colder weather.
Try – Apple Line Softening Mask Mash. Use a chopped apple, add a few drops of milk and mix to make a thick creamy paste. Apply this on the face and neck. Massage gently and leave for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with warm water.

Apricots
An excellent source of antioxidants, high in beta carotene which helps make vitamin A in the body and excellent for eyes and skin. They also contain all the necessary nutrients for healthy bone growth so can help prevent age related conditions like osteoporosis.

Beauty Benefit – Apricot scrub is one of the most popular skin care products and ideal to get rid of dead skin cells, soften fine lines and wrinkles and even out skin tone. Apricot kernel oil is good for sensitive skin and often used in baby products because of its mild and gentle nature.

Buy – St Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub £4 boots.com which gently exfoliates and removes oil, dirt and dull skin cells that can lead to blackheads and blemishes. Embroyloisse Hydra-Mat with apricot oil £22 boots.com reduces shines and absorbs excess sebum leaving skin silky soft smooth and matte all day long.
Try – Blemish Zapping Apricot Scrub – Grate the kernel to a very fine powder and mix a teaspoon with the mashed apricot pulp. Apply to skin, avoiding eye area and gently massage for a few minutes and leave for ten minutes before rinsing off.

Avocados
A great source of essential fats – the good ones – high in vitamins A, E and D and a superfood for the skin and hair.

Beauty Benefit – Great anti ageing properties, high in emollients so good for moisture boosting – ideal for dehydrated and sun baked skin.

Buy – Good Things Five Minute Facial Mask Anti Blemish, £3.99 boots.com. A multi tasker containing Avocado oil – pop it on for five minutes to make skin smoother, clearer and brighter.
Try – Itchy Scalp Mask – mash the pulp with teaspoon of ground almonds and add a dash of milk to form a rich consistency – after washing hair massage mixture into scalp and leaving for fifteen minutes before rinsing.

Blueberries
High in vitamin C, K and copper and a real powerhouse when it comes to anti ageing.

Beauty Benefit The high antioxidant levels in blueberries neutralise free radicals to protect skin from premature aging and will give skin an immediate boost.

Buy – Blueberry Fusion Micro Scrub, £32.50 (abeautifulworld.co.uk) from The Body Deli, a US skincare range using superfoods. This active mask rivals a professional microdermabrasion, containing lactic and critic acids to slough off dead skin cells and leave skin smoother.
Try – Breakfast Smoothie Mask – Apply this while you are eating the leftovers for breakfast – mash around 10 blueberries and mix with a little natural yogurt – apply to cleansed skin, leave for ten minutes before rinsing off.

More fruity tips to come…

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BEAUTY AND THE BACKSIDE

Would you have a bacial, a bottom facial? Celebrity ‘belfies’ – that’s bottom selfies have also inspired a rise in beauty treatments for the bottom. It’s not as silly as it sounds. Our bottoms don’t get the care and attention they deserve, most of us neglecting this area from our skincare routine altogether. Combine this with sitting down – on average women spend a staggering 56 hours a week sitting down – tight underwear which can cause friction which traps sweat and causes spots and it’s no wonder your posterior needs a little pampering.

Top treatment is the Bacial (bottom facial) which involves the same cleansing and firming mask treatments usually used on the face and neck. The Posterior Peel is also great for spotty bots, as it breaks down dry and dead skin cells The treatment uses glycolic acid, a natural substance derived from sugar cane and comes in a variety of strengths to leave bottoms glowing and clear. A course of four once a week, recommended if you really want to be top of the bots.

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