A glowing flawless complexion is now a girl’s best friend and can make you look years younger. Demand for peels have trebled over the last six-month as they are a quick and easy way to rejuvenate the complexion and uncover more youthful smoothness and radiance.

Glow Lightly: Who can forget Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City screaming out in pain when she had a peel. No wonder.  Old-style peels used strong concentrations of acids to dissolve the top layers of skin, and needed to be carefully supervised by a doctor. But a new generation of face peels using a patented technology called Easy TCA Pain Control can be carried out safely and pain free and achieve the same results, Four weekly Glow Lightly peels are recommended to achieve a radiant and flawless complexion  – from £180 a peel.
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Here are my pick of the Festive Beauty Boosters:


*In the shower preparing for yet another party, turn the temperature down, until it’s just a little too cold for 1 minute before you get out.  This will help boost circulation and give you an instant awakening! 


*Hangover headaches are caused from the cells in the brain being excessively dehydrated.  Drink as much water as you can before bed and also when you wake up. Keep a bottle handy on your bedside table.  Try to avoid coffee the morning after a big night out, despite the temptation, as caffeine is also a diuretic so will dehydrate the body further.  If you must have a caffeine fix, try green tea instead as it is packed with antioxidants.  


*Sleep with an extra pillow as this can help reduce fluid build up round the eyes, which causes puffiness and bags.


*A daily probiotic can help soothe internal inflammation due to over-indulgence and help deal with bloating. 


*Milk Thistle supplement can help your body through all the endless parties.  It helps with cleansing the liver, the organ that clears out toxins from the body, particularly alcohol!


*Splashing cold water on your face will brighten and tighten the skin, making you look more awake. 


*To instantly banish redness from tired eyes, use brightening eye drops for a quick fix. 


*Looking good starts from the inside, so take a multivitamin to supplement your diet or grab a smoothie if you are on the run. 

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After the stress of Christmas and one too many mince pies, it’s not just your waistline that suffers, the skin’s barrier can become more fragile leading to blocked pores and breakouts. The bacteria that causes spots can lie deep in the pores but if you have an oily skin it can make it difficult for spot fighting ingredients to penetrate, so buffing away dead skin cells is a must .


Use a gentle exfoliating wash a couple of times a week. Also use an oil free moisturiser, which won’t clog pores, try HSSC Oil Free Moisturiser £30 because anything that reduces oil production can help stop breakouts. Research says that diets high in refined carbohydrates can increase skin sebum, so cut out sugar and eat more wholegrains, fruit and vegetables


Watch the alcohol in your skincare. Alcohol is used in a lot of skincare products, many specifically for oily skin types, which tightens the skin as it strips away the skin’s natural oils. If you are suffering from a spot, the last thing you want is to put any ingredients to make your skin dry up and aggravate them any more. Instead choose a moisturising and calming skin remedy that contains essential oils as these contain vitamins and antioxidants that will heal any distressed areas of the skin.


Spots have a habit of appearing before a big event but we can inject spots with a solution that will make it disappear within 48 hours.


SOS TIP If your skin gets blotchy, break open an Evening Primrose Oil capsule and smooth the contents over cleansed skin. It’s very high in the essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid, which restores the moisture barrier and reduces the redness in a few hours


For an emergency spot treatment dissolve a soluble aspirin in a little water and dab on top of spot to reduce the redness and inflammation. Or try Clarity Skin Clearing Spot Gel by Cloud 9 Skin Solutions. The invisible gel contains a blend of active ingredients include Niacinamide, and can help prevent breakouts forming. £32

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Olive oil has been used to thicken hair and boost shine for decades and was screen siren Rita Hayworth’s top tip for lustrous locks.

Rita would shampoo her hair with hot water, saturate it with oil and wrap it up in a towel for 15 minutes to allow the oil to works its magic.

To finish she would rinse her hair with hot water and lemon juice to get rid of any oil residue.

Why does it work?  Well Olive oil is rich in vitamins A and E and is packed with  antioxidants.  Italy helps to support the keratin in the hair and seal in moisture by penetrating the hair shaft. 

In addition it helps protect tresses from free-radical damage caused by exposure to sunlight and pollution 

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We all know by now of the dangers of obesity and the need to cut back on our sugar consumption in food, but did you know that sugar has a good side when applied topically?

Sugar is a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the environment into the skin to keep it hydrated.  It’s also a natural source of glycolic acid which penetrates the skin and gently exfoliates dead cells.

And sugar makes an excellent scrub.  Simply mix with warm water, olive oil or lemon juice and apply to damp skin.  Be gentle though.  Let the grains do the hard work.  No need to scrub!

  • Tip:  brown sugar is softer than granulated sugar and this makes it ideal for the face or for sensitive skin.
  •  Tip: raw sugar is best used on the body.  Do a small patch test if you aren’t sure how your skin will react

Another ‘bad’ carb is potato.  Completely delicious in many different ways, however, it’s bad for the waistline if eaten to excess…but did you know that raw potato is brilliant for helping to fade dark circles under the eyes?

Why?  Well potatoes contain both vitamin A, which helps firm skin, and vitamin C, which nourishes the delicate skin around the eye.  Simply wash and peel a cold potato, cut two thin slices and place them under the eyes for 10-15 minutes.   The combination of coldness and starch in potatoes also has an anti-inflammatory effect that shrinks blood vessels under the eyes, diminishing dark circles.

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ASK LESLEY: ‘How do I tighten sagging jowls because I don’t want major surgery?’

 The major concern is that surgical facelifts can involve general anaesthesia as well as needing considerable time for recovery, so it is good news that cosmetic surgery procedures have devised some treatments which don’t need as much downtime.

The first one that comes to mind is Silhouette Soft Sutures.  These lift the lower part of the face quickly and painlessly and the results often mimic a surgical facelift. It takes around 1 hour, costs from £1000 but allow 3-5 days recovery time.

Another good procedure is Necktite, particularly if your jowls are heavy.  It is a radio-frequency liposuction procedure to remove excess fat.  It tightens the skin too and has been specifically designed for the delicate neck area.  Cost is from £3500 and you need approximately 7-10 days recovery time.  The full results are not visible until six months later.

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If you want to turn heads this Christmas then now’s the time to start your beauty routine so that you are flawless and glowing.

Planning on wearing a low-cut back to your dress but suffer from spotty, uneven skin and bra-bulge?  Then you need a ‘bacial’…a back facial… The HydraFacial Detox Treatment which uses lymphatic drainage to detoxify; then a cleanse, peel and debris extraction, followed by a moisture infusion.  It costs £45

Combine this with the skin-tightening treatment Reaction which utilises radio frequency and vacuum therapy to contour and tighten skin and help shrink fat cell volume.  One treatment will minimise the look of lumpy skin, but four to six weekly sessions will achieve the best results.  Costs from £250.

And don’t forget your cleavage because the skin here is thinner and as it is often exposed to the sun it can age faster than facial skin.  Mesotherapy is terrific for helping to rejuvenate a crinkly cleavage.   Micro-injections of a cocktail of vitamins and peptides around the cleavage increase skin moisture naturally, helping to fade fine lines and age spots as well as boosting collagen and elastin production.  You’ll see smoother skin within a week, but for best results a course of three weekly sessions may be required.  From £250.

And to banish thigh anxiety a Leg Makeover will soon whip your legs into shape.  First, IPL – which uses intense pulsed light treatment – targets thread veins and dark patches.  Then a glycolic peel will tranform scaly skin and fade age spots.  Finally SmartXide Dot heats up the outer skin which flakes away, revealing smoother, firmer skin.  Cost £250.

My top tips:

  • Mix a couple of drops of lemon essential oil with E45 Cream and massage this into tired calves and ankles.
  • Try an IV Vitamin Drip.  It gives an instant glow.  Cost is around £200 but make sure that you choose a clinic which has medical facilities.
  • Add Epsom Salts to a bath to help with bloating as it can regulate over 300 enzymes in the body and help flush out toxins.
  • A dab of Vaseline on your heels can help avoid blisters.
  • If you have blisters already then Listerine mouthwash works as an antiseptic.   Follow up with Compeed Blister Plasters £4.39.
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ASK LESLEY: ‘Which facial will give the best anti-ageing result?’

If you want something which gives really good results then you can try a micro-needling facial.  This involves rolling a small device covered in fine needles over the skin to create tiny wounds that the body heals over time.  These wounds stimulate collagen and elastin production plus they aid the absorption of any serums.  Your skin may be red for a day or two, but this is usually hidden with mineral make-up.   One treatment will improve skin tone, soften fine lines and wrinkles and leave the complexion plump and rejuvenated.  Cost from £250.

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Cleopatra was an acclaimed beauty who knew the importance of a good skincare routine if she was to remain at the top of her game.  She is renowned for bathing in asses milk because she found that it kept her skin soft, dewy and younger-looking.  It was a really smart move because milk contains a host of skin-friendly ingredients such as vitamins A and D (both have firming qualities) and lactic acid, a proven skin softener and exfoliator.

Nowadays it could be difficult to find enough asses milk to fill a bathtub on a regular basis, so try using dried milk powder instead.  It is what another celebrity beauty, Holly Willoughby does.  But Holly goes one step further and adds lavender essential oil and rose petals to delicately scent her bathtime ritual.

It’s a very smart move because dried milk powder can be picked up at the supermarket for around £3 and a little goes a long way, so it is very budget-friendly. Asses milk on the other hand appears to cost over $60 a litre (at today’s prices) and is rather more difficult to come by…..Cleopatra apparently used milk from 500 asses each time, so it was a luxurious ritual fit for a Queen even then.

Another simple trick is one shared by Dame Joan Collins and supermodel Kate Moss.  Ice.

Dame Joan wraps ice cubes in cotton pads and rests them on her eyes to brighten and tighten the skin.  Kate on the other hand, takes the plunge by immersing her entire face into a sink full of cold water and ice cubes.  “It instantly reduces puffiness and tightens up your skin,” she says.

Another smart move because the cold temperature causes the skin’s blood vessels to contract and then dilate.  This immediately improves the oxygen and nutrient supply to the skin’s surface, giving the appearance of radiance while banishing puffiness.

My tips for using ice: 

  • Remember, never apply ice straight from the freezer, let it rest at room temperature for a few minutes, otherwise it can damage the skin.
  • If your skin is very sensitive, thin or you have broken capillaries, only use ice for a couple of minutes to avoid irritation.
  • For extra skin benefits you can try making ice cubes using rosewater, green team or a drop of lavender oil.
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Facials are becoming even more advanced and the latest ones are the closest thing to a facelift as well as being serious good for your skin’s health.

So, forget the quick cleanse tone and polish and tap into the power of the new ‘extreme’ facials that deliver targeted skin treatments with results that last up to three months.

Young beautiful and relaxed lady taking spa treatment

Try The Laser and Light Facial: The most technically advanced 8 step facial which combines high grade ingredients including stem cells and peptides with   microdermabrasion, glycolic peel, intense pulsed light  (IPL), red light therapy, radio frequency energy finishing with a topical rejuvenating mask and SPF protection. The 90-minute step by step treatment will also address client’s specific concerns so will incorporate concentrated treatments to achieve the best results. Skin will look smoother, more radiant and more nourished, and stays that way for months as new collagen is formed. From £499 0207 436 4441

The Recharge Facial
Just launched by celebrity facialist Joanne Evans   this two and a half hour 14 stage treatment costs a whopping £1k but includes everything from vitamin injections, ultrasound, microneedling and a special lifting mask. Every step is individually tailored to the client so the treatment can be adapted to suit From Skin Matters Clinic @ Bodyism Westbourne Grove, 222-224 Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2RH,
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