Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a powerful antioxidant. It normally comes in a serum format and has topped the list of the most searched-for skincare ingredients this year.

The benefits include reducing sings of sun damage and scarring, boosting collagen production and making skin plumper, brighter and smoother!

It also helps mop up free radicals that trigger skin ageing. For the most effective results, use vitamin C in the morning, followed by a broad-spectrum SPF.

Try Vichy Liftactiv Vitamin C Skin Brightening Corrector, £28.

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It’s been one month since the UK went into a second lockdown, and judging by Google searches, we’re experiencing more skin issues than ever before!

Questions about DIY beauty treatments have quadrupled since this time last year. At our clinic, we’ve been inundated with online questions ranging from ‘how to deal with maskne‘ – breakouts triggered by face coverings – ‘how to get rid of wrinkles without Botox’… and more!

This month on my blog, I will be answering most of your concerns. Keep your eyes peeled!

Lesley x

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Christmas gift ideas for someone special, over £50

The Clean Beauty Box, £60
Filled to the brim with eco-friendly beauty treats including Dr Organic Rose Otto Face Scrub, Fushi Lip Botanicals Rescue, Q&A Caffeine Eye Serum, Vitaskin Vitamin C Anti-Pollution Glow Day Cream, So Eco Gentle Facial Buffer and Sukin Rosehip Cream Cleanser.

Pixi Let It Glow!, £62
Long for a brighter complexion? This contains bestsellers from Pixi’s Glow Family, introducing Glow Mud Cleanser, Glow Tonic to hydrate and gently exfoliate the skin to improve the texture, plus Glow Mist to provide weightless hydration and the Glow Booster sheet masks.

Remington Hydraluxe Pro Straightener, £149.99
These stylish straighteners come with a Cool Moisture Mist feature that helps to regulate the temperature, reduce heat damage and is much healthier for tresses. Boasting a heat up time of just 15 seconds, it leaves locks with a healthy and cost sheen. On a budget? Their regular Hydraluxe version is available for £99.99.

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For beauty buys between £30 – £50, you’ve come to the right place…

BeautyLab Crystal Radiance Skin Set, £32
A trio of luxury and potent dream creams to lift, plump and glow – includes Absolute Lifting Eye Cream, Anti-Pollution Radiance Day Cream and Glow Giving Serum.

The Body Shop Glowing British Rose Ultimate Gift Bag, £45
Contains six full-sized products, including: hand cream, shower gel, body yogurt, EDT fragrance, body scrub and body butter that are made from the essence of hand-picked roses – bliss.

Cover Conceal & Correct from Gary Cockerill, £42
Call off the search – I’ve just found the perfect radiance booster. Cover Conceal & Correct was designed with that in mind. Adding radiance, brightness and balance to your face. In eight shades for different skin tones, this easy-to-apply liquid foundation melts into the skin for a soft, dewy, buildable finish.

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As seen in Best Magazine, check out my best festive beauty buys between £10-£30…

Sanctuary Spa Beauty Sleep Journal, £19.99
Perfect for sleep-deprived loved ones, this lovely tin is stashes with lotions and potions to help you get your 40 winks, including a sleep mist for the pillow or face, the De-stress Intense Warming Body Balm Treatment, the Beauty Sleep Recovery Leave on Mask and Sleep Mask!


Peel 2 Glow Crackers, £20 each from www.harleystreetskinclinic.com
A gorgeous touch for your dinner table, home peels are guaranteed to boost the glow factor for all skin types. Pick from Skin Bloom to add radiance or Sleep & Repair for sleeping beauties.

L’Occitane Petite Hand Cream Trio, £21
A best-selling selection of miniature hand creams that are perfect for on-the-go moisturisation, including Shea Butter hand cream with almond honey and coconut oil, Cherry Blossom Hand Cream, enriched with shea butter, and Almond Delicious Hand & Nail Care with a delicious smell of fresh almond tree flowers. Very handy!

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As seen in Best Magazine, check out my best festive beauty buys this Christmas. In this blog post, i’ll be covering gifts under £10 – perfect for stocking fillers or secret Santa!

Superdrug Personalised Lip Balm, £2.50
Emblazoned with your initial, this is a handbag essential for Winter. Enriched with vitamin E and shea butter to soften and soothe dry lips.


Garnier Tissue Mask Discovery Collection, £8.39
A treat for all complexions. This set of five tissue masks is for every skin concern, it includes three face masks and two eye masks to help hydrate, plump and refresh.


ALS Fruity Body Butter Trio Gift, £5
Parched limbs? This trio of treats includes Mandarin Mimosa Berry Fizz and Pomegranate Punch, a delicious cocktail of buttery cream tubs to pamper dry skin.

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Evidence shows diet is essential for maintaining good cognitive health, and can delay or even prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s. Feed your brain with a variety of healthy food, including protein, fruit, vegetables, healthy fats, dark chocolate and even red wine in moderation.

Here are some brain-boosting foods to try:

  1. Berries are high in antioxidants to fight brain inflammation.
  2. Wholegrains, such as oats and brown rice, feed the friendly gut bacteria which produce chemicals that may protect your brain.
  3. Oily fish and eggs are packed with omega 3 fatty acids, which protect against brain ageing and are important for memory and concentration.
  4. Green vegetables such as kale and spinach are packed with folate.
  5. Dark chocolate has beneficial effects on cognitive functioning and brain processing speed thanks for the flavanols in cocoa beans.
  6. Red wine has long been known to protect our brains. Choose an organic variety and no more than one glass a day.
  7. Drinking enough water can prevent brain fog. Drink eight to 10 glasses a day.
  8. Supplements including vitamins A and C, as well as vitamin E and B complex can boost energy production in the brain.
  9. Avoid excessive alcohol, smoking, processed foods and saturated fat, which heighten risk factors for stroke and dementia.
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Q & A: I’m working from home and have developed a bad case of ‘tech’ neck – loose skin around the chin with lots of wrinkles on my neck – how can I treat this? – Natalie, Bristol

Skin is often neglected in this area. Use a good neck cream every day, which is designed to help the skin produce more collagen and elastin in order to maintain its firmness. Because the skin here is thinner, look for rich creams for more moisture. After cleansing, apply in an upward motion, all the way up the jawline.

Prai Neck Rescue Kit, £25, contains key ingredients in a rich formula; retinol to reduce wrinkles, hyaluronic acid to help plump and Squalane to lock in moisture. Prevention is also key, and the best way is UV protection. The majority don’t apply beyond our jawline, even though the neck is exposed.

Remember your posture. Sitting at a computer, or looking at your mobile, can result in neck and shoulders becoming tense and hunched. Ensure your computer and desk are at the correct height, and take regular screen breaks.

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It’s a fact of life that we age… and so does your brain. The latest statistics show that over the next five years, there will be over 1 million people living with dementia.

The good news is – new studies reveal people of any age can train their brains to be faster and younger. There is strong evidence that exercise can help stimulate the growth of new connections within the brain, preventing mental decline and helping avoiding short-term memory loss.

But the basic rule to remember is simple: use it or lose it. By giving your brain regular mental and physical workouts, you can help re-wire it to ensure better cognitive health, resulting in a good memory, a sharper mind and more energy.





It has been proved that fit people have sharper minds. But even if you’re just starting to exercise, it will help boost your brain. Exercise also staves off heart disease, obesity and diabetes, all of which increase the risk of brain problems as we age. Try doing at least 30 to 45 minutes of moderately intense exercise three times per week.



Not all stress is avoidable, but persistent chronic stress causes a continuous release of hormones, which can interfere with normal brain functioning. Your risk of cardiovascular disease also increases. Deep breathing, yoga and exercise will help. Avoid multitasking if you can.



Sleep deprivation ages the brain and causes low-grade inflammation, which can lead to numerous health problems. Take an afternoon nap as it can improve cognition – and try to get at least 7 hours sleep per night.



Challenge your cognitive skills by brushing your teeth with the opposite hand, fastening your buttons with one hand or putting on shoes and socks without sitting. Change where you sit in the lounge or buy a vegetable you’ve never tried before. Any change, no matter how small, will make your brain work harder!



Take time to learn a new cognitive skill, such as learning a foreign language, or how to play chess. Stretch your brain with Sudoku and crosswords, which are a great way to keep your mind agile. A recent study found participants who regularly completed crosswords performed better in tasks assessing attention, reasoning and memory. The researchers found they had a brain function equivalent to 10 years younger than their real age.


Keeping in touch with friends and family is vital for our mental wellbeing. Research published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry claims loneliness increases your risk of developing dementia by 65%, partly because it causes harmful inflammation to the brain.

Now we’re in our second national lockdown, make sure you keep in touch with friends and family daily by the phone or social media!

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We already lose one per cent of our skin’s collagen supply every year after we hit 20, but stress can accelerate that. Wind down with meditation, yoga, deep breathing and a good nights sleep!

Exercising at least three times a week has been found to boost collagen levels by stimulating growth hormones and fibroblast activity, resulting in stronger, plumper skin.

Pollution and sun exposure will not only cause skin ageing, but also accelerate collagen loss, so be sure to protect your skin with at least SPF30 every day. Diet is a great way to boost collagen naturally. High quality lean protein, fibre, healthy oils, fruits and vegetables and spices will all help stimulate production. Quinoa, salmon, beans, lentils, nuts, leafy greens, berries and vitamin C rich citrus fruits are especially good.

Supplements are systemic, meaning they work on your whole body and not just on your face. Research shows taking 10,000mg hydrolysed collagen daily for 8 – 10 weeks will not only help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, but will also improve hair condition and ease joint pain.

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