LESLEY’S TOP TIPS

Treat yourself to a simple little facial massage. Place your fingers on either side of your neck right under your eyes, then gently move the skin in a downward motion towards the back of your neck. Repeat 10 times, gradually moving your finger down and further away from your ears. Next, place your fingers on top of your shoulders, either side of your neck, and gently massage by bringing the skin closer to your collarbone. Repeat the shoulder massage action five times.

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TECH NECK IS REAL

If you spend all day hunched over your phone or tablet it could have an unexpected side-effect which has been dubbed “tech neck”.

Repeatedly looking down at handheld devices over a long period of time can shorten the neck muscles and increase the gravitational pull on the jowl area, leading to sagging and deep lines appearing.

Research conducted by Yves Saint Laurent has revealed that gazing down at our digital devices is causing a 50 per cent increase in lines and wrinkles in the lower face and neck area.

To help counteract this modern aging phenomenon the beauty giant has launched Forever Youth Liberator Y-Shape Concentrate, £65 (yslbeauty.co.uk).

Designed to resculpt the face, neck and décolletage it boosts levels of glycans (which help to stimulate collagen production) in the skin and promises to redefine facial features.

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SUNSHINE MEANS SUNGLASSES

Do not leave your sunglasses at home! Have you noticed celebrities always wear huge oversized sunglasses? It’s not because they’re fashionable and look great in paparazzi pictures; they also protect your eyes from those aging UVA rays, which break down collagen and cause wrinkles. They’ll stop screwing up your eyes in bright sunlight, which causes crinkles around your eyes and nose. Look out for styles that block both UVA and UVB rays – and remember, if you want to look ultra-glam, the bigger the better!

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ACNE PROBLEMS

My back gets very spotty during the hot weather which I have trouble reaching to treat myself. What do you recommend?

We call this bacne and it’s a common problem during hot weather when the heat increases sebum production and blocks pores, causing spots. A back facial, sometimes called a bacial, is great for spotty backs as it helps breaks down dry and dead skin cells and deals with clogged pores. We do a sixty minute Bacne Blaster at our clinic which combines extractions), a back peel using glycolic acid to treat blocked pores, followed by a fusion of red and blue LED light to target acne causing bacteria and promote healing before finishing with a moisturising mask.  A treatment costs around £120 and  most beauty  salons will offer a similar procedure.
At home, try using a long handled bristle brush when you have a shower and give your back a really good scrub.  This will boost circulation, bringing much-needed nutrients and oxygen to the skin. If you can bear it, a little DIY hydrotherapy with the shower hose can help keep skintight – simply blast your back with alternating hot and cold water.

Finish with a spot fighting spritz of La Roche Posay Serozinc Spray  (£7.50 boots.com) which is specifically designed to target key signs of oily, blemish-prone skin.

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LOOK YOUNGER FOR SUMMER

Spring is here in full swing, and it’s got us thinking about the Summer. We are here to help you prepare your skin, body and face so you can take off that long sleeved top, slip on your bikini and feel fab in your own skin. Are you ready to turn up the heat? You certainly will be with a little help from us… here are my favourite tips to get you Summer ready!

IPL – Have you ever dreamed of the time when you’d never have to get the razor out ever again? That day has come. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is an easy and effective way to remove unwanted hair permanently… so you won’t have to waste anymore time shaving! Sounds brilliant, doesn’t it? And that isn’t all IPL does… it also treats age spots and sun damage which will leave your skin clear and younger-looking, It’s fantastic!

GOODBYE TO CELLULITE – Cellulite is a problem that most women suffer with. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how hard we try to get rid of it- it just doesn’t go away. For cellulite and skin tightning, Viora Reaction is a non-invasive treatment that delivers maximum results in minimum time. The result shows a minimized appearance of lumpy skin, improved skin texture and a reduction in circumference.

LESLEY’S TOP TIP! Have you still got an old hula hoop in the loft? Dig it out and start spinning to tone up your waistline. This easy exercise can be done at the gym, in the garden or even in your living room whilst watching TV!

 

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SLEEP BETTER

The right snack, containing compounds that have a relaxing effect on the brain, can be the perfect sleep inducer. Scientists believe that these natural sedatives work by stimulating the brain to product calming chemicals, which promote a feeling of drowsiness. If you have trouble dropping off to sleep, eat one of these snooze-inducing snacks 40 minutes to an hour before bedtime for a good night’s rest:

Honey with oatcakes
Simply spread two oatcakes with plenty of pure honey. Honey is soporific because of its high sugar content. It boosts serotonin levels and induces feelings of tranquility, which should help you drop off. The oatcakes are full of carbohydrate, which stimulates the body to produce more of the harm one responsible for making us feel sleepy after a meal. They’re also low in calories!

Fresh strawberry and pineapple smoothie
Chop and hull ten strawberries and chop two large slices of fresh pineapple. Blend with 250ml of semi-skimmed milk. Milk contains natural opiates called ‘casomorphins’ that have the power to make you feel drowsy. Pineapple contains bromelide, an enzyme that aids digestion, which means food won’t lie in your stomach and stop you sleeping. Strawberries simply add tons of flavor – plus loads of beauty benefits, as they’re such a good source of skin-boosting phyonutrients and antioxidant vitamins.

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HAPPINESS IS KEY

Like most women, I’d like to be a bit thinner, less wrinkle and to lose the double chin, but I can fix those things if I really want to. In the meantime, I can honestly say I love my life. For me there Is nothing better than dinner in a nice restaurant (with pudding and cheese), a glass of champagne, seeing my friends for a natter or staying up late sometimes. Ive never been as happy as I am right now, and I really wouldn’t turn back the clock.
I have a wonderful family and a great job. Yes, I have more wrinkles than I did 20 years ago, but i can count my blessings.
Women are never more beautiful and vital than when they’re happy. Here are a few ways to find happiness to ensure you have that constant glow on your face:
1. Have more sex. Making love three times a week can boost your mood and make you look 10 years younger.
2-Don’t make comparisons that will only make you miserable. In particular, don’t compare yourself with the celebs you see in magazines; they all get airbrushed to death, so what you see is not reality.
3- Keep smiling. A smile is worth a million dollars in beauty terms.
4- Make an effort to look good every day and you’ll instantly feel more attractive.
5- Don’t forget to compliment others. Make an effort to tell your friends and colleagues how great they look, especially when they’ve made an effort or seem a bit down.
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FAT ZAPPERS

It’s officially that time of the year.  Summer holidays are looming and Project Bikini is underway. But there’s just one problem, despite diet and exercise you’re still stuck with stubborn lumps and bumps which won’t disappear. 

Don’t panic! Nowadays, it really is possible to shape and sculpt  trouble spots without spending months in the gym thanks to the  new high tech contouring treatments. Here’s the low down on the latest methods to give your body a helping hand…

 
BACK ROLLS
For those flabby bits that creep around your bra straps and stand in the way of going   backless or wearing fitted tees, BodyTite offers the benefit of removing excess fat along with skin tightening. The one off procedure uses advanced technology called RFAL  – Radio Frequency Assisted Liposuction  – to breakdown fat cells and the heat generated by a high frequency current during the process boosts collagen to firm skin. Up to three litres of fat can be removed in one session and you’ll notice immediate results with best results seen after three to six months when new collagen has formed. Average price around £2500
 
AB FLAB AND MUFFIN TOPS
A minimally invasive procedure, Body jet liposuction is the wet way to reduce body fat. A pulsating water-spray device, sort of like a Jacuzzi with a nozzle, exerts pressure to break down fat cells, and the liquefied fat is then removed through tiny scars. The result is less bruising and swelling, and your bulges can be treated under a local anesthetic so you go home the same day. Results show that this procedure also tightens skin by up to 60 per cent more than traditional liposuctions Best results are seen after three months.  If you need the excess fat injected somewhere else, like hands, cheeks or lips, the doctor can harvest the extracted fat and treat the areas at the end of the procedure. Average price: Around £2k per area
 
SADDLEBAGS
TiteFX is a triple action treatment using radio frequency heating, a vacuum massage and high voltage pulse (HVP). Designed to destroy unwanted fat cells by causing thermal damage to the fat layer, and allowing the body to dispose of them naturally, all the while boosting collagen and tightening your skin. Six hourly treatments a week apart recommended and even better, there’s no pain or downtime
Average Price £999 for a course
 
BOTTOMS UP
If you’re not completely satisfied with your rear view, the Brazilian Butt Lift will give your backside a boost by restoring curves to a flat saggy bottom. Your body’s spare fat, usually taken from around the tum, hips and thighs, is treated and then injected into your buttocks You’ll need a local anesthetic and sedation. You may also need a top up treatment annually as not all the fat will stay.  Besides adding shape, contours and definition, the use of fat in the butt can minimize the look of cellulite as dimples become more even. It’s important to have realistic expectations about the outcome as   you cannot achieve a JLo overnight – the treatment will not add inches only curves and fullness and will help elevate a droopy butt.  Expect up to a 2/3 weeks to recover, along with bruising and minor swelling. Sitting down is a little sore and strenuous exercise best avoided for six weeks? Cost from £4500
 
 
And Don’t Forget…
 
*Body contouring treatments are not a miracle cure for the obese. If you are overweight you need to shift the extra weight first as these treatments work best for body contouring, and troublesome pockets of flab or bulges which simply won’t shift despite dieting.
*When undergoing treatments follow a healthy, low fat diet, drink plenty of water and take regular exercise which will help you achieve the best results.  
*Just as important is a stable weight after treatment if you want to maintain the benefits
*Boost results by making a few lifestyle changes.
Strength training – along with regular cardiovascular exercise, a couple of sessions of lifting weights per week can aid fat melting. The extra muscle you build also helps burn more calories,
*Eat more fruit /salads – rich in vitamin C and flavonoids which will help break down fatty compounds while lettuce is rich in iron and magnesium, which are believed to dissolve fat
*Drink green tea contains antioxidants and is known to increase the body’s metabolic rate, the speed at which fat is burned. 

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NIP AND A TUMMY TUCK

Most women never regain a completely flat stomach after pregnancy. During pregnancy the abdominals have to stretch and lengthen and in some women they separate completely leaving a pouch of loose skin after birth which is resistant to diet and exercise.

The stomach is also one area where time takes its toll and, and the older you are when either of these events happen, the more likely it is that collagen and elastin in the skin have also experienced some damage meaning the skin won’t snap back.   As we age the size of our stomachs also changes, particularly during our middle ages when oestrogen levels fall and fat is rerouted towards the midriff area.

We always prefer the non-surgical route but when the stomach is laden with lots of loose skin only surgery will do the trick and a great result can be life changing for many women with increased confidence, improved health, firmer muscles and am improved outline

Here’ what you need to consider if you are thinking about surgery

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STAY SAFE CHECK LIST

*Depending on how much fat and loose skin, the procedure involves two to three hour surgery and requires a general anaesthetic and one or two overnight stays in hospital.

*Be warned, abdominal surgery is no walk in the park and comes with risks and an often-uncomfortable recovery. You’ll need at least a month to six weeks at home and full recovery can take from three to six months.

*There will be considerable bruising and swelling after the operation which will fade after six weeks.

*A compression garment will need to be worn for 24/7 for six weeks after the operation

*Be aware there could be extensive scarring though this is often hidden near the pubic bone so hidden by underwear.

*There are limitations as to what you can lift (including kids shopping and housework), so if you are considering surgery you need to make sure you’ll have adequate help around the house.

*It is an expensive procedure but we advise not going abroad for cut price deals .The procedures abroad may be cheaper, but there is a huge price to pay if you get it wrong and aftercare is crucial with this type of surgery. 

*It is vital that you are also aware of the risks. If you are fully informed about things that could possibly go wrong you can be better prepared.  

*Never be rushed into making a decision. Take your time and don’t let yourself be pressured by offers or price.

*Make sure your practitioner is not only qualified, but also well experienced. Ideally you want a surgeon who has performed the same treatment many, many times, and is happy to answer any question you might have.

 

WHICH TUCK IS RIGHT

Just as not all bodies are the same so a tuck is not a one type fits all procedure. Depending on the extent of the problemthere are many types of tummy tucks, from a mini-tummy tuck that just focuses on the lower tummy with a small incision, to a traditional tummy tuck that requires a larger scar across the front of the body (but below the bikini line). Some tummy tuck procedures can also address love handles or excess skin and fat on the upper abdomen

  1. Standard Tummy Tuck:

Your surgeon will make a long incision on the abdomen (just above the pubic area). In some cases there will be another cut which involves the belly button being removed from the surrounding skin – but you will be clear of this upon consultation. The surgeon will then tuck and tighten your muscles and stitch them into place. From here, any excess fat will be removed, skin will be pulled down and your belly button will be repositioned correctly.

Incisions are closed with stitches and your lower abdomen is strapped with bandages. There is likely to be scarring on your abdomen, above your pubic area, after the operation, hopefully underwear conceals the scar – although this isn’t always possible.

2.Mini Tummy Tuck:

Any excess skin and fat from below your belly button is removed. Your belly button is not removed from surrounding skin, but you are likely to be left with scarring on the abdomen above the pubic area.

3.Extended Tummy Tuck:

This method involves excess skin and fat being removed from your lower back, as well as the abdomen. Again, there is likely to be scarring on the abdomen above your pubic area and on your lower back

4 Lipoaddominoplasty 

Developed in Brazil, lipoabdominoplasty targets all the major problems: extra skin, fat and loose muscle. This variation of the tummy tuck uses more liposuction and less skin lifting.

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TUMMY TROUBLES

Most women get the January bloat when waistbands are too tight and you end up with the dreaded muffin top. In fact, in a recent poll, sixty two per cent of women said the body part they are most self conscious about is their belly. Unfortunately, as we age and our metabolism slows down, stomach fat gets harder to shift.  But you can make over your midriff with the right nutrition, exercise and treatment..

LIFESTYLE TIPS

You need to take a three fold approach against a tubby tum – burning fat with cardio exercise like fast walking, dancing, swimming, diet (see below) and then toning the core muscles with strengthening exercises like crunches and sit-ups.

*A great exercise for the stomach- and the back – is the plank. Lie face down on the floor then come up a little to lean on your elbows, shoulder width apart. Raise your body off the floor, holding in your tum, and then hold it in a straight line for a count of 10, then longer as you improve. Do these every day to see a difference.

*Try adding light weights to your exercise routine as they will help increase muscle mass and burn more calories.

*A really easy way to get a flatter stomach is to repeatedly hold your tummy in. Simply pull your belly button in towards your spine and hold for a few seconds.

*Too much stress can increase levels of the hormone cortisol, which can also lead to excess stomach fat. If you’re feeling frazzled, try to de- stress through deep breathing inhale through your nose, count to four, then exhale from your mouth for a count of eight. Repeat until you feel refreshed. Yoga or Pilates will also strengthen and tone stomach muscles and help you to relax.

Beat the Bloat Foods

A great four-day anti bloat diet will help flatten your stomach  – simply avoid all carbohydrates, sugar, fizzy drinks, fried and gassy goods and eat plenty of protein fruit and vegetables as well as the foods below…

1. Nuts/Olives/Avocado – contain healthy fats and research shows that dieters who ate foods containing monounsatured fats (like nuts) lost more belly fat than those who ate the same number of calories with less of the fats. But watch portions – stick to a handful of nuts or less per day.

2. Fat free Yogurt/ Non fat Greek Yogurt –contains calcium and protein as well as good bacteria (probiotics) that may help reduce bad bacteria in the intestines that can cause belly bloating.

3.Mushrooms –the only natural plant source of Vitamin D. Insufficient levels of vitamin D have also been lined to higher levels of belly fat.

4. Beans – low in calories, high in fibre and a great flat belly food – don’t eat too many and drink with water to avoid excess gas

5. Oily fish – such as salmon can help combat middle-aged spread as they contain the protein leptin, which acts like a hormone, reducing fat stored around the middle and controlling your appetite so you don’t overeat.

AT THE CLINIC

If your tummy problem is more about crepey or just a little loose skin then you will benefit from one of the new non-invasive treatments to tighten and firm the stomach.

* Viora Reaction is a quick, safe procedure which uses both vacuum massage and radiofrequency (RF). The massage improves blood circulation and lymphatic draining, while the heat produced by RF stimulates new collagen growth for better skin thickness and texture. You’ll need four to six 20 minute treatments for maximum effect and results should last for at least two to three years as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle. The cost is around £200 per treatment Contact 0207 436 4441 for more info.

* BodyTite can target stubborn fat pockets which are resistant to diet and exercise. It is a form of energy-assisted liposuction that that works by applying radiofrequency energy at the time of fat removal. The radiofrequency energy heats the tissues, which helps to break down fat, while also creating a significant tightening effect on the skin. This makes the process of fat removal less aggressive when liposuction is used to remove the ‘melted’ fat cells. The treatment takes slightly longer than standard liposuction, but creates less swelling and bruising and can be done under local anesthetic. . After the treatment, a garment is applied and needs to be worn for at least four weeks Studies also show that BodyTite tightens the skin up to 60 per cent more than traditional liposuction From £2500 depending on the size of the treatment area Contact 0207 436 4441

DREAM CREAMS

Every time you bathe or shower apply a nourishing body cream to hydrate the skin on your tummy Try

*Etat Pur Pure Active A90 Caffeine £11.30 to help stimulate circulation www.etatpur.co,uk

*Dr. Ceuticals Tummy Tone  £19.99 formulated with brown seaweed to target fat pockets.  from Boots

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