AT HOME BOOSTERS

When it comes to upping collagen levels, retinol and vitamin C are two hero skincare ingredients to have in your arsenal.

Lavie Oulala Face and Neck Booster Serum, £46, is a deeply nourishing serum to plump skin, fade discolouration and soften wrinkles.

 

Anew Skin Reset Plumping Shots, £18, is a new serum that contains a patented ingredient called protinol. This claims to help the skin produce better quality collagen by increasing levels while countering inflammation that breaks collagen down. It comes as a seven-day course, designed to be sued once a month, and can be used alongside retinol to serve up a double collagen-boosting whammy!!

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RESCUE ME WITH VITAMIN F

Also known as linoleic acid, vitamin F is an essential fatty acid; in fact, the F stands for fat. Another unsung skin care hero in the vitamin camp, it has an anti-inflammatory effect to help repair the skin’s barrier. Found in rosehip, sunflower, argan, chia, olive and flaxseed oils, it’s great for all skin types.

TRY: The Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraiso-palmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F, £14.90

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RESCUE ME WITH VITAMIN D

Easily absorbed by the skin and has a key role in cell metabolism and turnover. Vitamin D also improves skin texture and smoothness and is frequently used in creams for conditions like psoriasis and rosacea.

DIY: Vitamin D Mask: This recipe will leave your skin feeling clean and fresh. Mix one egg with 2tbsp plain yogurt and 2tbsp ground oats. Apply to cleansed skin, leave for 20 minutes and rinse off. The egg yolk and yogurt are rich sources of Vitamin D, as well as having anti-inflammatory properties that help to calm down redness, while the oaks act as a mild exfoliator.

TRY: Dermalex Psoriasis Treatment Cream, £20.57

 

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RESCUE ME WITH VITAMIN C

The Free Radical Fighter and Brightener!

There are many different types of vitamin C, including ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate – but whatever form, this is my favourite antioxidant because it does so much.

It stimulated collagen production, smooths rough patches and fades brown spots. It also helps mop up free radicals, the ‘nasties’ that trigger wrinkling, sagging and other signs of ageing.

TRY: La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C 10 Serum, £38

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WHY CLASSIC COLD CREAMS HAVE STOOD THE TEST OF TIME

WHAT EXACTLY IS A COLD CREAM?

Cold cream gets its name because it’s cool to touch. It’s a rich and super thick face cream that works brilliantly as a cleanser. It is ideal for most skin types, including dry or sensitive skin, as well as rosacea-prone complexions. The rich formula melts away make-up, dirt and oil built up without stripping the skin like foaming cleansers and bar soaps can do.

 

THE DREAM CREAMS;

Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser, £8
The original multi-tasking marvel, this cold cream is beloved by just about everyone who uses it, and for good reason. It removes dirt and even the most stubborn make-up and your face never feels tight or dry. The formula is so gentle, it’s suitable for all skin types.

 

Avene Cold Cream, £11
This extra-nourishing cold cream moisturiser is formulated with beeswax and thermal spring water to calm inflammation and soften skin. It doubles up as a lip balm, body moisturiser and make-up remover.

 

Seated Queen Cold Cream, £39
An ultra-modern version of this beauty classic, this versatile cleansing cream works as a make-up remover, cleanser, moisturiser or overnight mask. It comes with added ingredients including vitamins A, C, D and E, as well as rosehip and essential oil, which will plump, smooth and hydrate.

 

Bioderma ABCDerm Face Cold Cream, £7
A nourishing cleansing cream that protects dry and fragile skin with its mild, soap-free base. It is enriched with apricot kernel oil and beeswax.

 

Musteia Nourishing Stick with Cold Cream, £8.50
Suitable for extra-sensitive skin, children and babies, this is more of a moisturiser than a cleanser. Its gentle formula melts into the skin and increases hydration for up to eight hours after applying.

Nivea Creme, £4.39
Another old-school classic that has stood the test of time and is formulated especially for those with very dry skin. This ultimate multi-tasking moisturiser has a super-rich feel that provides major hydration. You can also use it as a cleanser, hand cream and hair mask!

L’Oreal Fine Cleansing Cream, £8.79
Similar to the original formula, this creamy, light cleansing balm melts when massaged into the skin, removing even the most resilient make-up without drying out the skin. Great for all skin types, including sensitive.

Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser, £18
This is an ultra-simple cleansing balm with almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey. It removes all traces of dirt and make-up, without stripping away your skins natural defences.

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PAMPER YOURSELF WITH POMEGRANATE

POMEGRANATE

These tiny molasses are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins C and K, potassium, copper, zinc and iron to hydrate and prevent premature ageing. The wonder fruit also fights bacteria and inflammation from acne breakouts, while stimulating collagen production to minimise fine lines and wrinkles.

TRY: Garnier Moisture Bomb Pomegranate Hydrating Face Sheet Mask Dehydrated Skin, £2.99, plumps skin with moisture to reduce the look of fine lines, and revives radiance for skin that glows

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Plump Scrawny Hands – Covid Hands SOS

Plump Scrawny  Hands

As we get grow older, we lose muscle we lose resulting in thin, scrawny hands. Try the pinch test to see how quickly the skin springs back on the back of your hands. If it doesn’t ping back quickly, then you’re already losing collagen!

To restore youthful plumpness, volumising is possible by using your own fat taken from your tummy hips or even knees, which is treated in a special machine and then injected into the backs of the hands. This will instantly camouflage veins and can make hands look ten years younger.

Performed using a local anaesthetic, results can last up to three years but a top up may be needed after three to four months once the fat has settled. Expect downtime of up to two weeks.

Alternatively, dermal fillers can be used for hand rejuvenation – the outcome depends very much on the surgeon’s experience and skills so do go to an experienced doctor.

Fat transfer for hands £3500 results will last up to 5 years, or Ellanse filler for hands from £1200 results will last around 2 years.

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The Hand Tightener – Covid Hands SOS

The Hand Tightener

Our hands actually start to age as early as our early thirties.

Changes in our hormone levels can also cause skin to become thinner, making veins more visible. To improve skin tone and sagging a Smartxide CO2 laser procedure will go deeper than IPL This will stimulate tissue below the skin surface to produce more collagen and elastin – tightening the fine wrinkles in skin and leaving hands that look much smoother and more youthful.

Skin-tightening devices, using radio frequency like Forma, can also work nicely for hands in need of tone and textural improvements depending on the depth of the treatment, it can take up to week to recover but results can last up to three years if you exfoliate regularly and wear sunscreen. Smartxide CO2 laser for hands from £300 per session.

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COVID HANDS SOS – HAND LIFT

The Hi Tech Hand Lift

A Hand Lift without scalpels? Yes, you can with the Vampire Hand Lift. 

The 60-minute treatment entails having blood drawn from the arm, which is then spun in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets. These are then injected into the backs of the hands  to stimulate the regeneration of skin cells and new collagen. As ghoulish as the procedure sounds using your own blood is a safe, completely natural treatment and is highly effective at rejuvenating tired, dull looking skin The results are immediate, evening out skin tone, softening lines and wrinkles, plus boosting collagen so results will continue to improve over the following six week, but a course of three will keep your hands looking eternally young. From £450

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COVID HANDS SOS – LIGHT THERAPY

Zap Age Spots with Light Therapy

Hands take a lot of abuse and most of us pay less attention to their care and protection.

They are subjected to cumulative sun exposure and collagen breakdown just like the skin on your face, neck, and décolleté but because the skin on the hands is much thinner sun damage will show much earlier, resulting in brown splodges and wrinkling.

A course of IPL using the latest system, Lumecca, is one of the workhorses of anti ageing and can zap and lighten the marks as well as improve skin tone. It is a safe, quick treatment with little downtime and compared to other laser systems is inexpensive. During the treatment, an intense pulsed light is aimed at the skin on the backs of the hands and these flashes of light are absorbed by red or brown pigment in the skin, which is then absorbed by the body. The light therapy also release  energy into the skin which then stimulates regeneration of the cells, and boosts collagen.

You’ll see instant results after one treatment but for longer lasting results try a course of three to six treatments, spaced at 3-4 weeks apart. It is vital that you use SPF 30 after the treatment to protect the new skin.

From £80 a session.

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