The No Scalpel Stomach Shrinker
Up to now, tightening saggy skin on the stomach without going under the knife has always been tricky. What may help is a revolutionary new treatment called Thermi, the latest non-surgical radio frequency skin-tightening device – safe for all skin types- with little or no downtime. Perfect for anyone who has lax skin on their neck, arms, stomach or thighs, the single session procedure takes less than an hour and delivers controlled energy under the skin, instead of topically, to firm and tighten skin. Using local anaesthetic, a small probe is inserted under the skin which heats up the tissue to stimulate collagen production. Tighter skin will be noticed during the first few weeks and improvements continue throughout the following months. Results are immediate but improve over time as new collagen is formed. Expect to pay from £1.5k for a one off treatment. Contact 0207 436 7408
Saving Face Foundations
Look out for the new intelligent foundations that promise to do more for your skin than just add colour as they come with added skin health benefits . Leading the way is Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Ageing Foundation SPF30 (£30.00) infused with Idebone, a powerful antioxidant to help protect skin from free radical damage and Vitamin C to help boost collagen . With studies showing that the effects of pollution on the skin can be as damaging as sun exposure, it’s important to protect yourself (particularly for city-dwellers). The lightweight all in one formula provides medium coverage, evening out skintone, whilst treating lines and wrinkles and protection from pollution. Available in eight shades from today at most department stores nationwide or eliabetharden.co.uk.
Next Level Moisturisers
Meet the new kids on the block – moisturising gels. These water-based hydrations have super-light formulas that absorb almost instantly, won’t clog pores and won’t translate to grease. They are as light as air and deliver instant moisture to the skin. Celebrity make up artists love them, as they also create the perfect base for makeup application. Most foundations and primers contain oil and when mixed with an oily moisturiser will make make up slide or fade much faster. With a high water content a gel moisturiser will keep make up in place, even in high humidity and another bonus will give a dewy finish. Try Bioderma Hydrabio Gel Crème (£14.50) – available from Boots stores.
The Hero Skincare Ingredients
We’re always hearing about trendy skincare ingredients and while there will always be the superstars, like retinoids, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C, one of this years hero ingredients is squalane, which is popping up in all our favourite brands. Squalane is a botanical lipid, mainly derived from the olive fruit tree and helps soften and smooth the skin without irritation. It possesses many similar properties to the natural oils in the skin and can be combined with other ingredients as it does chemically interact. Try Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion, £25 murad.co.uk an ultra light oil free moisturiser which also helps minimise pores. Another ingredient you’ll be hearing more about is green coffee, extracted from raw unroasted green coffee beans and one of the most potent forms of natural antioxidants. It acts like a wake up call for dull, tired skin and helps tighten and tone the complexions. Try Simple Regeneration Age Resisting Day Cream SPF15 £3.50 tesco.com