ASK LESLEY – DRY AND TIGHT FACE

My face feels dry and tight all the time and even moisturiser doesn’t help?

I suggest that you switch to a milder cleanser and moisturise at least three times a day. If you usually use a light lotion, try a heavier cream – look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, and urea in your moisturiser as these are humectants, which bind moisture to the skin.

Add another layer like a facial oil or serum to your daily skincare regime to give your skin the extra support it needs. Try Rosina Lotions& Potions Rose Perfecting Oil, a lightweight super nourishing oil high in vitamin C, a powerful anti oxidant which can help protect skin cells from damage, lock in moisture and helps to keep skin smooth.

Exfoliate with a gentle scrub once a week. Treat yourself to a professional facial once a month. which will help slough off dead skin cells and give your complexion a moisture boost.

At the clinic: The latest forms of injectables are not fillers but actually moisturising gels made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that holds many times its own weight in water. They can be used on the face, hands, or a dry décolletage and the gels sit just beneath the surface of the skin to boost moisturise it from within There are several brands but my favourite is PROFHILO as it also works as a stimulator to boost the skin’s production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid making skin look and feel softer and smoother with a renewed radiance with results improving over a period of time. It involves only 5 injection points on each side of the face so the risks of downtime and bruising is significantly reduced.

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ASK LESLEY – ADULT ACNE SCARRING

I suffer from adult acne and it ‘s leaving scars. Can you help?

You need to pay attention to your daily routine to help reboot your complexion. For milder breakouts, topical medications like retinoids – derived from vitamin A –can significantly improve the skin. You’ll need a prescription from your doctor to get it or try a high street version like La Roche Posay Redermic Anti Wrinkle Night Cream, £29.50. Use before you go to bed and it will help increase cell turnover, keeping skin clear as well as stimulate collagen and elastin production to improve tone.

Other good ingredients to treat mild cases include Glycolic Acid, Salicyclic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide. You might also check out your zinc levels as 60 to 90 mg a day of this mineral has been shown to improve acne. Magnesium and vitamin B5 helps combat stress, which can contribute to acne flare-ups. A daily multivitamin including Vitamin C will helps with scars and good skin health. An Omega -3 fish oil supplement can also help balance skin’s oil production.

Avoid anything that contains lanolin, mineral oil, or petroleum. Don’t use pressed powders pancake or powder or liquid foundation, because most contain oil. Use a good mineral make up, it’s anti-inflammatory, acts as a concealer, foundation, powder and sunscreen all in one. Cleanse no more than twice a day and never cleanse with harsh soaps that will dry out your skin. Since your skin is likely drier than it once was, over-washing can remove the surface oils that keep it supple.

At the Clinic:
A course of laser treatments can dramatically improve skin tone, texture and fade acne scars The new Smartxide Dot Lase is a Co2 laser and targets small areas from a
wand- like device that is passed over the skin. The DOT technology is quick and precise and can treat the whole face in less than 30 minutes. During the treatment the high laser energy damages the outer layers of the epidermis, which flakes away as the skin heals leaving skin firmer and smoother. Three to five treatments, six weeks apart for best results. If you’ve been left with acne scars, fat transfer or filler can fill out the dents leaving a smoother complexion.

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THE ANTI BLOAT DIET

I often get asked about what you should/shouldn’t eat in order to get a flat tummy ASAP.

This plan doesn’t include surgery. It is a simple 4 day diet, which works!

Some of us are prone to bloating after eating, even if we aren’t intolerant to the foods we consume, and it can get very frustrating!! So, it might be that you’re wearing a tight dress this weekend or you’re heading on holiday or you generally want to know HOW to keep your stomach flat. Here’s how:

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.

If you tried this 4 day diet, let me know how you got on via Twitter! x

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THINNER THIGHS FOR SUMMER

The newspapers have been covering the global Fashion Weeks recently, and yet again one topic comes up….the size of the models used on the catwalks.  Yes, in some cases the girls ARE very thin, but let’s remember that most of these girls are still very young…teenagers in fact…and who didn’t have thin thighs at that age?  I certainly did and that was without dieting or exercising….youth naturally seems to have a higher metabolism.
Now, before anyone goes crazy, I am NOT saying that we should all aspire to achieve skeletal legs, but as legs are literally the things which hold us up, we should be taking more care of them what ever size they are, and let’s face it most of us would like sculptured, shapely legs in general, and thighs in particular.  So if wobbly thighs are your problem read on.
Check out skin tone first.  Are your legs dry, and maybe even scaly, after being in tights all winter?  Then get exfoliating.  Scrub off those little dead skin cells and let the new cells get to work.
Now..the bit none of us like…exercise.  Ladies, this has to be done.   You don’t need to buy an expensive gym membership, just walk more.  And if you can, do squats.  My favourite is the Chair Squat as it brings an element of safety to the exercise so you do not fall over.
Start with your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart, with your toes pointing slightly outwards (this should prevent the knees from caving inwards).  Now engage your abdominals, look straight ahead, inhale, push your hips back and bend your knees to lower into a squat until you are touching the chair.  Keep your body weight on your heels; when you are ready to exhale, push through your heels and come back up to starting position. Do as many as you can manage and aim to increase each time.
If cellulite is your problem then you really need to change your lifestyle.  Swap alcohol and caffeine for water and steer clear of salty food as that increases puffiness.  Add more fruit and veg too, as they are packed with vitamin C and will help improve the health of your skin.  If you smoke…then just stop!  Smoking affects the blood supply to your skin.
Then moisturise.  You know the mantra!  As you get older, your skin will need more help in retaining moisture so get to it.  And get into the habit of massaging your moisturiser each day.  It honestly only adds a few minutes to your morning ritual, so there is no excuse not to!  Massage is very effective for breaking down cellulite as it helps stimulate blood flow, whilst increasing circulation to the areas where fat has accumulated.  Your thighs will love you for it!
If your cellulite needs extra help then you could check out CelluTite as this works well for moderate to severe cellulite.  Using Radiofrequency (RF) lipolysis, a probe is inserted under the skin that ‘snips’ the fibrous tissues that pull the skin into dimples.  At the same time, the RF energy warms the skin, making it tighter.  You will need to wear a support garment for about four weeks though…but only one treatment is necessary.  It costs around £3000.
Summer is on the way…time to get those pins out.
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ASK LESLEY – SPIDER VEINS

I suffer from spider veins and I think they are getting worse. What is your advice?
Sue, Devon
 
Fifty percent of all women will have these veins by the age 50.  Similar to varicose veins, but much thinner in diameter, they can pop up all over the body including the face and can be red, blue or purple and often develop in clusters, like little spider’s webs, hence the name. If the broken veins are relatively light, a self-tanner or mineral make up will be enough to camouflage them but if you want more serious coverage a good concealer perfectly matched to your skin tone will hide them – try Vichy Dermablend which gives the most complete, natural looking coverage for face and body imperfections. It’s waterproof, smudge-resistant and stays put for up to eight hours .  Try their trial kit £4.99 to get a good colour match first and always apply in daylight. 
 

As for creams, Medik8 Red Alert Redness Calming Serum  (£29 dermacaredirect.co.uk

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Contains Teprenone an anti –redness ingredient that can help decrease the redness or try Remescar Spider Veins £29.95 which forms a long protective shield over and around the affected area to help the healing process. Include plenty of vitamin C and substances called bioflavonoids in your daily diet, as these strengthen the walls of blood vessels. The best sources of both are dark red berries, such as cherries and blackcurrants – tinned is fine – and citrus fruits, especially grapefruit. Avoid very hot to cold water temperatures. Blood vessels contract when exposed to extreme conditions and this can cause permanent broken capillaries.

 
 
But if it’s a clinic treatment you are after then try Photo Rejuvenation (IPL).
 
IPL rejuvenation targets broken capillaries, causing the veins of the walls to collapse and eventually disappear. It also helps tighten skin and makes it less blotchy by boosting collagen. A small hand piece emits as an intense flash of light that releases energy into the skin.  One treatment will instantly improve skin tone and leave a soft glow but for longer lasting results try a course of three to six treatments, spaced a month apart. Don’t forget it is vital that you use SPF 50 after the treatment to protect the new skin. From £60 – £100 a session.
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ASK LESLEY – DULL SKIN

How can I stop my skin from being so dull? I know it’s winter but thanks to the cold, I’m looking tired and blotchy?
Fran, London

This weather is not easy on the skin because one minute it is cold, then wet, then windy…and then, inexplicably it turns hot.  Not what we were expecting in late winter.  Well, I can suggest a couple of options to solve the problem.

At the Clinic:
Consider peeling away dull skin. Old-style chemical peels left skin red and sore for days before it flaked off, revealing newer skin. Who has the time for that? Yet peels are a great way to brighten the complexion, soften fine lines and pigmentation and reinvigorate the skin. The latest gentle peels filter into the skin and work their magic with minimal disruption on the surface.

Try a Glycolic acid peel, as it is great for freshening up dull, tired skin. This acid gently dissolves the glue-like substance that holds dead skin cells on the surface of your skin revealing a smoother, brighter complexion.  It comes in a variety of strengths and is suitable for all skin types – even sensitive. You’ll need a course of four to six peels a fortnight apart to get glowing skin, then a top-up once a month. There’s no downtime. From £60.

At Home:
Keep your moisturiser in the fridge to help reduce redness, as it’s soothing and calming. Try Eucerin AtoControl Acute Care Face Cream, £14, packed with omega fatty acids.  It’s ideal for dry, tight, and rough skin as it calms irritation and helps rebuilds barrier function, stopping irritants and allergens from causing itching and redness.

Make sure your foundation is not too pale and has a luminous glow.  Try Gosh Foundation Drops, £10.39, an ultra light texture that gives a flawless finish.

And watch your diet, cutting out alcohol and include lots of fresh fruit and veg that have anxioxidants, too. Try sleeping on your back only – sleeping on your front can mean rubbing your face against sheets and pillows with dust mites and even make up on them!

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RED FACED

Just when you thought you had your skincare regime sorted along comes another battleground to consider. Ruddy complexions are the latest hot spot under the microscope with estimates that over half of all women suffer from rosacea or reactive redness. Here’s how to put the fire out.

Generally, there are two types of facial redness: chronic persistent redness (rosacea), and temporary, reactive redness.

Both types affects the face and can take a variety of forms from but the most common sign to look for is redness on the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. Sometimes bumps and pimples can develop and the skin can be dry, in patches, to the touch with by small visible broken capillaries.

Both types can also flare up or go dormant. Frequent flushing that gets progressively worse with age is usually an early sign of chronic persistent redness-Rosacea, while reactive skin, is usually very sensitive feels itchy, and certain ingredients or stress can trigger flare-ups.

Zap redness with laser therapy
*Laser treatments can help treat broken veins by zapping redness. They work as the light travels through the skin and is converted in to heat, clotting the blood and destroying visible blood vessels. The procedure also stimulates collagen production, so, bonus, it will also improve skin quality. You may need a course of three treatments, usually 4 weeks apart – depending on the treatment used and areas treated. Expect downtime of a week or so. From £200 a session.

Shine A Light on broken veins
*Intense Pulsed Light is the best way of eliminating redness and broken veins as it shrinks the blood vessels. With just a few treatments, redness can improve dramatically and those pesky broken veins will disappear. It can be carried out around the nose and on the cheeks. The 30-minute treatment can also cover a large area and, even better, there is little downtime. The treatment feels like a hot bright light on the surface of the skin, similar to an elastic band pinging against the skin. A course of up to 6 treatments, one every 4 weeks is recommended, but you may need a maintenance treatment every six months. From £80 a session.

PDT to get rid of redness
*Photodynamic Therapy-PDT, is used to reduce inflammation, bacteria (often present with Rosacea) and to stimulate collagen. Six weekly treatments can give a significant improvement. No pain and no downtime, often used along side IPL to give the best results for people who suffer with extreme redness. from £100 a session.

 

So….what causes redness?
Although experts still aren’t exactly sure why redness rears its rosy glow, the latest thinking is that environment and lifestyle factors like stress, a glass of white wine and spicy food can up your risk of developing it, These make the blood vessels dilate, triggering neuropeptides, chemicals unleashed from nerve endings in the skin, which leave it blotchy and red. Hot temperatures can also make the complexion more prone to redness as the heat brings blood vessels closer to the surface, dilating capillaries, which don’t close as quickly as we age. Protect your skin by always wearing an SPF30.

Soothe the redness
Until fairly recently, rosacea and flushed skin have been relatively under the radar with many people affected suffering in silence, or with little awareness of the condition but high street brands have cottoned on and are targeting the condition with clever new ingredients and treatments designed to take the sting out of redness.
Be careful about what you put on your skin, and look for mild, fragrance and detergent-free products specifically developed for sensitive or easily reactive skin types. Always pat skin dry, rather than rub. Avoid grainy exfoliators as these can strip back the skin’s defence barrier and instead use a gentle cleanser.
When it comes to skincare, it’s all about calming and soothing the skin. Try the latest anti redness skincare ranges, designed to reduce redness. Other red-reducing ingredients to look for are peptides, caffeine, and vitamin B3 (niacinamide), both of which are vasoconstrictors and the one causing the biggest buzz green tea.

AND DON’T FORGET
* You can use a green tinged camaouflage cream or mineral make up to conceal and cover up redness and veins on the cheeks and around the nose.
* If you find that you’re flushing a lot or your skin is staying red between flushing episodes then your GP can prescribe an anti-inflammatory ointment or antibiotics that work in lower doses to reduce inflammation.
*Avoid very hot to cold water temperatures. Blood vessels contract when exposed to extreme conditions and this can cause permanent broken capillaries.
* Part of the battle is learning to recognise the triggers, and then rigorously avoiding them. Make a note of when it happens and do see a dermatologist who can help identify the causes and help treat it.

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WHAT IS COLLAGEN AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Collagen is one of those words which we in the beauty industry tend to throw around all the time.  We stress the importance of ‘boosting collagen’ or describe it as the ‘holy grail of youth’ but do you know what it is and why you need it?

Well, collagen is a protein, and a pretty important one at that as it is found all around the body…in the bones, skin, muscles, tendons, blood vessels, and the digestive organs. In the skin, collagen provides elasticity and replaces dead skin cells. In the tendons, collagen acts like glue by holding everything together.  In my book that all sounds pretty important.

Collagen is essential for youthful skin keeping it plump and wrinkle-free, but as we age our supplies drastically dwindle.. In addition to ageing, lifestyle factors like stress, poor diet, and poor gut health can all decrease the body’s ability to produce collagen and thus speeding up the ageing process.  Here’s how to top it up naturally or with the latest hi tech treatments:

Skincare

*Despite the promises, collagen creams cannot be absorbed through the skin, as the molecule is too large. It’ll sit on the surface of the skin to help lock in moisture and make it feel nice, but that’s it, so save your money.

* Some of the most effective skin ingredients that will promote collagen production include vitamin C, amino acids and copper peptide. Choose a serum containing any of these potent ingredients, as it will penetrate deeper into skin cells than a moisturiser can target.

* Retinoid creams – only available on prescription – have been proven to help boost collagen production.
Food

*Food is a great way to boost collagen naturally in the skin   Fish like tuna and salmon are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which help create stronger cells. Dark green vegetables will boost collagen production and orange ones like carrots and sweet potatoes are rich in
vitamin A to help restore and regenerate damaged collagen. Protein is also important as it can help support the body’s natural production of collagen, particularly bone broth, eggs fish and small amounts of meat.

*High-sugar consumption can lead to collagen depletion as a high-sugar diet can damage proteins and make collagen fragile.

*Vitamin C is key to radiant, healthy skin as it acts as an antioxidant and helps produce collagen. Oranges, strawberries, broccoli, kiwi fruit are all good for you…plus they are so delicious.  Indulge!

*Boost Zinc production by including shellfish, meat, beans and peas, nuts, seeds

*And don’t forget Copper which is found in whole grains, beans, nuts, shellfish, leafy greens
At the Clinic 
*Collagen Boosting Facial
You can kick-start and boost collagen production with regular hi-tech radio frequency facials. Gwyneth Paltrow swears by them and says her favourite Collagen Wave facials have taken ‘years off her face’.  First, skin is cleansed and then a hand held device delivers radio frequency over the entire face – a smaller device is used for delicate areas under the eyes and around the mouth. There’s no downtime and a course of four monthly treatments will see plumper and tighter skin.

* Replace lost volume with Sculptra
Scupltra is an injection with a difference. It is based on Lactic acid which is a natural product found in our muscles. When it is injected in the face it replaces lost collagen and stimulates the growth of new collage. Many celebrities are secretly having Sculptra as it gives gradual results and a natural-looking, fresh-faced appearance. Sculptra is a particularly good option if you want to restore a more youthful shape to your face but don’t want a face-lift or other surgery. Nobody immediately recognizes you’re had it done, unlike dermal fillers, where the effect is more instant. Three to five treatments two months apart may be needed. A topical anesthetic may be required, and you may be bruised and/or swollen afterward. You’ll see an immediate plumping effect but best results are seen after six weeks when new collagen is stimulated.  Results last up to four years.
From £450 an area

* Regenerate Naturally
Microneedling is the crème de la crème for stimulating new collagen.  A peptide solution is massaged on the skin and then a Dermaroller, a barrel-like hand roller with hundreds of very fine needles, thinner than your own hair, is rolled over to spike the skin, leaving pin point punctures– this is perceived by the body as damage which activates a wound heal response to regenerate the skin, boost collagen levels, which in turn thickens and plumps fine skin, fading lines and reducing wrinkles. A course of three to four weekly treatments
may be required and you should see results within six weeks. A home kit is also available to prolong results.

Finally…..Do Not Smoke.  Many chemicals in tobacco smoke damage collagen and elastin, and remember that UV rays from the sun can damage collagen in our skin. When it rebuilds, it forms wrinkles — so, do what every beauty editor recommends and apply that sunscreen. Every day not just when you are on the beach.

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The MenoPodge

The MenoPodge.

 

Sometimes life sucks if you are a woman – particularly if you are a menopausal woman.  And before all smug 30 and 40-somethings stop reading….that can mean you too, as the menopause can strike at an early age.  I see a lot of women in the Clinic who complain that they have put on weight and just cannot seem to shift it ….I call it the MenoPodge….and who are looking for cosmetic surgery to solve the problem.

I really sympathize, because all regular readers know that I documented my own weight loss last year and taking it off is one thing, but keeping it off is a completely different matter particularly when battling the hormonal roller coaster which is the reason the pounds go piling on.   The menopause is a natural progression of female life but it doesn’t mean that we have suffer in silence.

There are things we can all do to make life easier.

Why the Menopodge?

After 40 virtually all women find that they gain fat more easily especially below the bra, the triceps area (the dreaded bingo wings), on the back, and on the tummy and thighs. This tendency to gain weight is a natural part of ageing, but lifestyle and genetic factors come into play too, so we cannot simply blame the menopause itself. However, the drop in oestrogen levels that happens at menopause has the effect of redistributing body fat, so often excess pounds often settle round the waist as unwelcome ‘middle-aged spread’ or meno-pot.  

More bad news. Muscle mass diminishes with age too and this decreases the rate at which your body uses calories, which can make it more challenging to maintain a healthy weight.  

Even more bad news. There’s no magic formula for preventing — or reversing — menopause weight gain. 

I did say that life sucks!

There’s a lot we can do to minimise the problem though.


For instance: 1. Keep on the go. Move more…whichever way you look at it you need to up your exercise routine. It doesn’t have to be in a gym – simply walking more and sitting less is going to help. And try to find a way to build muscle – and no I don’t mean you have to compete with the weightlifters in the gym (although that would help!) – just find something heavy like two large bottles of water and use those as weights to start off with. Your bingo wings will love you.

 

2. Sleep Yourself Slimmer Not getting enough sleep disrupts a hormone called leptin in the body, that regulates appetite and when you’re tired you’re more likely to eat more, especially sugary foods. Try to find a way to get 6-7 hours sleep each night, preferably without resorting to pills. I find a warm bath with Epsom salts is effective.  


And recently I have discovered that the CBD oil I mentioned in early posts works incredibly well as a sleep aid. Three drops under the tongue and I am out… definitely beats counting sheep. I use MariPharm because it is the purest CBD I have found. Plus it tastes nice too unlike some of the more mass market varieties available. MariDrops cost £39.99 from www.maripharm.co.uk

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3. Lose The Booze Ladies, I am with you. This is tough one, but if you CAN give up alcohol completely it will definitely help, because alcohol stores fat on your waist and irritates your intestines, which can cause bloating, known as the “booze bloat”. And a hangover often causes you to reach for sugary carbs and sweet snacks.  Think of it as simply drinking sugar!


Try Gin and Tonic instead of the regular glass of wine..it has fewer calories and I find it harder to get through more than one to two G&T’s than three glasses of wine!

4. Avoid Crash Diets Skipping meals and following extreme diet plans that exclude carbohydrates and other vital nutrients is unhealthy and may reduce levels of leptin and leptin receptor sensitivity, the hormone that regulates appetite and fat distribution. I have tried most diets, and whilst it is great to see the pounds fall off, it is depressing to see it all come back on again once normal eating habits are resumed.  You need to change your eating habits and establish a new routine.


My tips for eating during the Menopause:

  • Take a daily probiotic. Levels of friendly bacteria in the gut drop after the age of 50 leaving you at increased risk of a sluggish digestion and bloating
  • Nibbling nuts instead of biscuits can help shift middle age spread as they’re high in protein and essential fatty acids, balance your hormones and ward off sugar cravings. But not too many!
  • Eat more whole grains. Research shows that menopausal women who eat more of these tend to have less body fat than those who get exactly the same number of calories from carbohydrates.
  • For every decade after 40, your body needs around 5% fewer calories, so cut back.
  • The ideal diet for healthy weight loss should be low-fat and incorporate fresh fruit, vegetables, and protein sources…and cut out the juicing…you need fibre in your diet to help keep your insides working properly.
  • Up your oil intake. Oily fish (such as salmon and mackerel), olive oil, linseed oil and nuts .A good intake of oil helps your body burn fat.
  • Eat more oestrogen-mimicking foods – pulses, bean sprouts, linseeds and green, leafy vegetables, garlic, celery, seeds, broccoli, carrots and some herbs and spices such as sage, fennel and parsley *Protein is not just for bodybuilders. If you want to lose body fat, then adding protein to your meals will help as it not only keeps you fuller for longer but also helps builds lean muscle. Start the day will a high protein breakfast…eggs are brilliant.

5. At the Clinic As I said earlier, I see a lot of ladies who want instant solutions, so here’s three of the best Menopausal Shaping Treatments:

  • Fight Cellulite Thirty per cent of your collagen is lost during the menopause resulting in thinner skin and more cellulite. Cellutite is a laser treatment, which goes underneath the skin to smooth out lump, soften cellulite and tighten skin. Less invasive than liposuction, it uses high-energy radio frequency assisted lipolysis technology (RFAL) and is carried out using local anesthesia. From £2000
  • Firm up Forma uses next level radio frequency energy to help contract the layers of the skin and stimulate new collagen to tighten and improve skin tone. The treatment is painless and feels like a warm massage using a hand piece that delivers the precise energy. You will need four to six weekly hourly treatments for the best results. From £200
  • Tummy Toner Body FX is a non-invasive treatment that uses a combination of Radio Frequency and electroporation to destroy fat cells on the stomach and around the waist. It will also help boost collagen to tighten and improve skin tone. Six weekly hourly treatments recommended. Can be uncomfortable, from £300  

Ladies, you are not alone, there’s help out there, and just remember that the Menopause does not last forever…just try to be in good shape once it ends. Now that’s a cause for a smug celebration.

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DREAM CREAMS FOR YOUR TUMMY

Good evening everybody. Here we are, as promised. Below I go into detail about how you can beat the bloat foods, procedures you can have at the clinic for your tummy fixes AND my favourite dream creams for the stomach.

Summer body here we come… thank me later!!

 

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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