MORE QUICK FIXES

Problem – Tired baggy eyes
Quick Fix – Pelleve
 Patsy Kensit and Gillian Taylforth are big fans of Pelleve, a fantastic rescue treatment which refreshes baggy and saggy eyes without needles or surgery. It’s painless and there’s no downtime. Radio frequency energy is delivered to the skin via a special hand-held device. This stimulates collagen production and gives an instant lift to the skin as well as softening lines and is particularly good for the eye area. One a week will give you an eyelift. Results last up to six months – (Pelleve from £250 a treatment but a course is cheaper)
DIY FIX – A good eye concealer can instantly knock off five years. Choose one that is a shade lighter than your skin tone -try Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer, £5.49 from most chemists. Shrink bags in a few minutes by wrapping an ice cube in cling film and gently rubbing over puffy skin.
Problem – Crinkly Cleavage 
Quick Fix – The Cleavage Booster 
A well-nourished smooth and polished décolleté is a must if you’re planning to wear a plunging neckline and this treatment will give your cleavage a big boost. First Mesotherapy is used. A series of injections containing active ingredients and peptides are place around the cleavage area – you’ll see smoother skin within a few days but for best results a course of three weekly sessions may be needed. This is followed by an intense cleavage facial treatment beginning with a fruit acid exfoliating treatment to remove dead skin cells followed by a nourishing mask to stimulate skin cells and increase the blood flow leaving you with a divine décolletage.

DIY FIX – A handful of sugar mixed with some olive oil or honey will make a good gentle homemade scrub. Don’t overdo it though as the skin here is very delicate.  After use a facemask to plump and smooth A light tan on the décolletage will also l help disguise deeper creases and lines. But do fake it – try Olay Complete Everyday Sunshine moisture Cream with sunless tanner £9.99 superdrug.co.uk

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Quick Fix – The Cinderella Lips Treatment

Full lips have always been associated with youth and beauty but sadly as we age they lose their plumpness. If you’re toying with the idea of fuller lips but nervous, try the Cinderella Lip treatment, a temporary fix to plump up thin lips which will last for 2-3 days. A dental block is given and then Saline – water containing salt – is injected into the lip line giving the lips a natural outline and a fuller pout which will last up to 48 hours. Cost: £100 contact 0207 436 4441

DIY FIX – Lip plumpers and glosses can help create temporary bee-stung fullness. Try Smashbox O Plump Intuitive Lip Plumper, £18 boots.com. Or a dab of cinnamon, clove or peppermint oils will also swell lips temporarily. Dab on every couple of hours to keep up the results.

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GET READY 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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BLAST OFF!

If you are looking for a lunchtime fix before an evening event and want ultra-smooth and radiant skin, then check out our Microdermabrasion. Gentler than chemical and laser peels, and with no downtime, this super-treatment quickly deals with superficial wrinkles and scars, sun damage, large pores, acne and age spots. One session works wonders, but we normally recommend 6 treatments one week apart for the very best results.

And it’s not just for the face. If your decollate is looking a tired or has damage from too much sun exposure then Microdermabrasion simply blasts away the dead cells revealing fresher, more radiant skin. It’s perfect for those times when you want to flash more flesh than usual… Weddings or Charity Balls for instance. Don’t let the years and hormonal changes get you down…blast them away!

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HOW DO I KNOW MY SKIN TYPE?

How do I know my skin type?
Cleanse your face thoroughly, and then wait for around 30 -60minutes before putting anything else on your skin. How does it feel? If it feels tight or flaky, your complexion is dry, if you’re oily only across the forehead, down the nose, and on the chin, you’ve got combination skin; and if you need to blot your whole face with a tissue, you’re oily. If your face feels irritated or slightly itchy, you   most probably have sensitive skin. Repeat the test four times a year, because your skin often changes seasonally. Once you know your skin type it is important to use the right products including cleanser toner moisturiser and night cream.
I’ve got tiny little red marks on skin, on my arms and thighs– it’s not a rash or spots. They are mostly flat but a couple are raised and look like tiny blood marks. My mother had them too. What are they?
You’ve described cherry angiomas, originally described by Dr Campbell de Morgan so they are sometimes called Campbell de Morgans. They are benign, can run in families and can increase in number and size with age. They’re no real cause for concern but if you dislike them they can be removed with radio frequency costing around £150. Or try a concealing cream or mineral make up to cover them.
 
The New Hero Skincare  Category  and Ingredients
We’re always hearing about trendy new skincare categories and ingredients and while there will always be the superstars like serums and our favourite ingredients like new retinoids, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C, one of autumn’s hero ingredients 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. Clarins has already jumped on the bandwagon with Clarins Skin Booster (Detox) £30.00 (from Clarins counters nationwide).
Also look out for a new skincare term  – the buffet – an expression being used by the more expensive products offering combinations of ingredients, in one product – comparing it to the word buffet that offers different foods in one sitting! Buffet is now making its way into the high street  in a new skincare collection, The Ordinary, from the brand Decimen. Containing some of the most powerful ingredients in one small bottle, including Matrixyl, Syn-Ake  peptide, probiotic complex and  hyaluronic acid , Buffet comes at a purse friendly £12.70 (www.ordinaries.com) and is designed to be applied after cleansing,
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GET A GLOW FROM THE INSIDE OUT WITH OUR 10-DAY DETOX

Feeling sluggish? Putting on weight? No energy? Dull skin? Sleep patterns all over the place? If you answered yes to any of these then it is worth talking to us to find how to change your microbiome…..the powerhouse in your gut which controls pretty much everything you do. The microbiome is constantly in touch with your immune system, it influences brain chemistry and is responsible for the digestion and absorption of nutrients… and what you eat causes changes in your gut with a knock-on effect on your general health.

We provide you with a programme of delicious smoothies, juices, meal plans and supplements and lifestyle changes to reset your biochemistry and start you on your path to optimum health and happiness. So begin spring with lower cortisol levels, clearer skin and brighter eyes, more energy and weight loss. And the best bit is that it only takes 10 days, so book now! Tel: 020 7436 4441 

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MORE OF YOUR SKIN QUESTIONS – ANSWERED

I’m confused! What is the difference between an Emulsion Infusion, Essence, Booster and an  Ampoule? Are they all the same and just simply posh names for moisturisers?
Blame the Eastern beauty influence and no, they are not all the same. Depending on the ingredients, they all have different benefits. An Emulsion is usually a lighter version of a moisturising cream and thinner in texture so ideal for combination or oily skin. An Infusion is actually not a skin care category but usually a description, of the active ingredients, for example, a cream infused with herbs or flowers. An Essence is usually a targeted treatment for a skin issue like wrinkles, dullness or age spots and contains a concentrate of ingredients for that purpose but they are not as concentrated or as thick in texture as a serum.  A skin booster product is usually very light in texture and applied before a serum or essence to boost the efficiency of the serum or essence.
Finally an Ampoule is a serum upgrade, usually more targeted and more expensive – light in texture they promise to penetrate the skin and deliver results much faster. If you are planning to buy one of these products always check with the expert where it would fit in your current skin care regime.
Is it okay to mix and match products from different skincare ranges?
Most women do this as we do with make up and fashion but the best advice is to stick with similar products which are right for your skin type from whichever brands you like. Using a Nivea eye cream with a L’Oreal skin product is fine because you are applying the creams on different areas. Likewise if you use different creams morning and night, that’s fine. However, if you are using prescription/cosmeceutical brands for exfoliating or resurfacing skin which contain ingredients like Retina A or glycolic acid, try to avoid using anything on top as it could neutralise the effect. Also doubling up on potent ingredients is a definite no no so as there are skincare ingredients which counteract each other? Vitamin C does not sit well with glycolic or salicylic acid, similarly glycolic and salicylic acid does not mix well with Retinol as they all exfoliate and peel the skin.  If unsure, always check with an expert before buying a new product.
The area around my eyes always looks dark and tired no matter what I do. How can I make myself look better and perkier in that area?
Most of us have these and they have many causes including a build up of pigment, hereditary discolouration and blood vessels showing through skin. Sometimes, dark circles can actually be dark shadows – as facial skin sags and loses volume the area above the cheek called the tear trough hollows out causing a shadow. As for treating them, the easiest approach is to brighten the area. Try an eye cream which has a little illuminator – and then top with a dab of concealer. Use a light, creamy texture so it doesn’t settle in lines – if colour is more bluey- black, use a yellow based concealer, more brown or yellowish, choose peach. Try Medik8 Dark Circles, £34  (www.medik8.com)  a cover up concealer  which also targets all causes of dark circles , evens out skin tone and illuminates with its mineral pigments. If you want to do something more permanent, PRP Therapy, nicknamed the vampire treatment, is a great way to treat dark circles.  It entails having blood drawn from the arm, which is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets and growth factors. The growth factors  are then injected into the area to stimulate the regeneration of skin cells and new collagen. Results are natural with around 5 days  downtime. From £400 per treatment. Results last 6-12 months when one top up required.
My lips keep getting dry and chapped. I do have a habit of biting my lips but how can I get rid of the chapping?
It’s tempting to naturally lick your lips when they are dry, which actually makes them worse  as this just dehydrate them even more and removes the natural oils which protects them.  Try 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. Choose a deep-penetrating lip balm that creates a physical barrier to prevent moisture from escaping. Since your lips don’t have any oil glands, you need something super-rich. I like 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. You could also try a simple lip mask with an ultra thick layer of Vaseline – leave it on for at least ten minutes and gently tissue off.  For painfully chapped lips a dab of hydrocortisone cream once a day for no more than a week will help.
What is your simple, practical advice for prepping skin before the winter and which is the one type of skin product you would recommend for preventing and saving winter-ravaged skin?
Even people who don’t have dry skin can suffer during the cold months. It is much easier to 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. Switch to mild cleansers without soap or fragrance (look for hypoallergenic on the label). Avoid over cleansing the skin – use a light touch as scrubbing can cause irritation. Try adding another layer to your skin care routine like a serum to give skin extra support. After, apply a super hydrating moisturiser morning and night, as this will help trap water in skin cells, and stop it from flaking. Start taking fish oil or cod liver oil capsules daily to help keep skin moist, eat more Vitamin C (fruit and veg) and drink at least 1.5 litres water daily. Around half of the UK population are not getting enough Vitamin D – exposure to sunlight is essential for the production of Vitamin D so aim for thirty minutes 2/3 times a week to get outside. Vitamin D capsules might also be beneficial.
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MORE NEW ANTI AGERS

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 
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NEW SEASON NEW YOU

Move aside Vampire lift. Botox? Old news. Technology moves fast in the anti ageing world. From the new skin plumping 180 needle facial to the fat melting injection, we catch up the latest treatments and trends making an impact.
The 180 needle anti ageing facial
DermaFrac is the next generation of micro needling, designed to resurface and improve the tone and texture of the skin without pain or downtime.  The procedure uses a pen-like roller containing 180 super-fine needles which is rolled across the skin to create thousands of tiny channels through which an infusion of epidermal growth factors is simultaneously released. The DermaFrac needles (which range from depths of 0.25mm – 0.5mm) are set at just the precise level to stimulate collagen production while the infusion of growth factors help cell turnover, leaving the skin immediately plumper and more refined. For best results six treatments recommended  at two to four week intervals. £150 per treatment or £795 for a course of six  – 0845 602 1161
The Spider Web Face Lift
Thread lifts are the fastest growing treatment and this latest version uses multiple threads  which are crossed over one another in the deep tissues of the skin to create a spider’s web like frame. The creation of this frame gives the skin and deep tissues a more robust suspension and results are similar to a surgical lift, lifting & tightening the skin and because the threads also boost collagen, the process will have a rejuvenating effect on skin tone. Results are immediate with around a week’s downtime as there may be a little swelling or bruising around the injection site and once the threads are in place results are expected to last around 18 months. From £2k –  0207 436 4441
The Melt Away Chin Firmer
Belkyra is the new fat melting injection designed  to reduce fat  under the chins. Similar to a substance found naturally in the digestive system that helps dissolve the fats we eat, it works by permanently dissolving the fat cells which are resistant to diet or exercise. Each treatment can consist of up to 50 injections depending on the amount of fat. Most patients will require between three and six treatments, a month apart. Initial results can be seen after only two treatments and as damaged fat cells do not regrow the results are permanent. Following the injection, there can be some stinging or mild discomfort, and some mild swelling can occur for a few days following. 
Pain free Wrinkle Smoothers
Juvapen is the latest way to get a jab of wrinkle smoothing Botox. The pen like instrument is actually a mini motorized syringe holder than means injections are less painful and more accurate than using a traditional needle. Research shows that using the pen like device also minimizes redness and bruising and allows total precision and accuracy especially when injecting difficult areas around the eyes and lips. The doctor can focus on the injection technique and location rather than on controlling the dosage injected.  The device always injects the preselected dose so there is no chance of injecting too much leading to a frozen look.  How it works – expect to pay around £280 – contact 07765 850924
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YOUR MOST ASKED SKIN QUESTIONS – ANSWERED

Recently, I’ve noticed the odd long dark hair popping up on my chin and nose.  I’m in my fifties. What’s happening?
Many women, especially those going through the menopause, experience hair growth in strange areas. Some women find random hairs on their toes, back and upper lip area. It’s mostly due to an imbalance in the hormones oestrogen and the male hormone testosterone which causes hair to grow darker and longer – sadly, though, not on the head where hair usually thins. Plucking the odd hair is often the easiest solution or depilatory creams are a good alternative as they dissolve the hair at the skin’s surface. Try
Veet Natural Inspirations Facial Hair Removal Kit – specially formulated for the face £3.00 boots.com.
Can I use a facial oil on my oily complexion and will I still need a moisturiser?
One of the biggest beauty myths is that facials oils are only suitable for dry skin. Far richer than your average day cream, a couple of drops of facial oil a day will instantly revitalise, balance and calm skin without leaving greasy side effects. And, yes, even oily skin can benefit from the right oil as you can actually fight oil with oil, as it will help counteract imbalance. The natural ingredients in oil, (look for ingredients like avocado and almond) will trick your skin into thinking it already has enough oil and shut off the production of sebum. But oil should not replace a moisturiser.  Oils help seal in moisturise so for good skin hydration you need both. When it comes to layering skin care the golden rule is the lightest ingredient first. So apply moisturise first and then seal by patting in a few drops of oil on top to seal in the goodness.  If you’re nervous about using oils try using a cleansing oil first to see how your skin reacts or just use at night, after a night cream  – or mix a couple of drops into your night cream.
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