Long in the tooth

It’s an old phrase but we all know what it means….. to be old!  So considering that this phrase has been synonymous with old age, isn’t it surprising that the mouth and teeth have been overlooked when it comes to anti-ageing treatments.

Well no longer! Andrew Parkman talks to Lesley about what ages a smile and one simple thing we can do, or can have done, to combat this and stop us looking long in the tooth.


Colour – Cleaning versus Whitening.

The first place to start is the colour of the teeth. As we age our teeth naturally get darker. This is due to internal, as well as external factors.

The main cause of darker teeth is external. It’s staining. And the good news is that this can be cleaned off! We can control staining by reducing the things which we eat and drink that cause staining. For example, if you drink either tea or coffee without milk, you will notice that by the end your nice porcelain cup will be quite stained. If you drink tea or coffee with milk you will notice that your cup has little or no staining.

Red wine is another example, although I wouldn’t suggest drinking red wine with milk! Perhaps having a glass of water and alternating with the red wine. Or switch to white wine.

Tip1. Reduce staining by having less of the things that cause staining.

As I said stains can be cleaned off. This can be by you or by a dental hygienist. You can reduce staining by cleaning off the soft deposits on the teeth called plaque. But plaque becomes hard over time and this is called calculus or tartar. Tartar is a porous hard deposit that loves to absorb stain onto its rough surface. When tartar builds up it needs to be cleaned off by a dentist or hygienist.

Tip2. Clean the soft plaque off your teeth twice a day.  DO NOT use an abrasive toothpaste. In the long run this will lead to more staining, as the enamel wears away and the tooth will be left with a rough surface which staining can cling to. There are now some really good charcoal toothpastes which help to absorb staining. They tend to be black so it can be a bit off putting but they do really work.

Tip3. Have the hard tartar cleaned off regularly by a hygienist. Don’t give the stain anywhere to cling to.

Tip4. Air-polishing. When the hygienist cleans my teeth, I get her to do something we call an “air-polish”. It brings the teeth up to as white as they can be without using bleach to whiten them.  The good news is it’s simple and quick and relatively cheap.

Now for the internal discolouration.

A tooth is made up of 2 layers of hard tissue. The top layer (the bit we can see) is the enamel. The layer underneath is called dentine. The general colour or shade of the tooth is predominantly determined by the dentine, firstly its colour and secondly its thickness or density. As we get older the colour of the teeth darkens naturally as the thickness and density of the dentine increases. You can see dentine if your gums have receded and some of the root is showing. The root of a tooth has no enamel and is only dentine.

The good news is that you can alter the colour of the enamel and the dentine. This is what we do when we do “tooth whitening”. We use a bleach to penetrate the enamel and even the dentine underneath and thus whiten the teeth. At this point I should point out that there are different forms of bleach. Some of them are safe to use in the mouth and some are not. Because of this in the UK it is the law that bleaching can only be prescribed and carried out by dental professionals. I have seen countless examples of people who have damaged teeth from having the wrong type of bleach used on their teeth.

Tip5. Have your teeth whitened only by your dentist. After all bleach is a poison! It is important that it is administered correctly and appropriately.

There are different ways of whitening (bleaching) teeth.

1.     Light or laser activated whitening at the dentist.  Good for getting a quick result – leave to go for lunch come back to the office with whiter teeth!  Down sides are less longevity, greater sensitivity and less control for you. From £450

2.     2. Whitening using whitening trays – sometimes called “home whitening”.   Good because there is less sensitivity. More control for you as a patient as to how much whiter the teeth go.  Greater longevity as it’s easy to top-up whitening in the future. From £395

3.     Or a combination of both. It depends on the time constraints, sensitivity and longevity.   By combining both methods you can potentially reduce sensitivity, speed up the treatment and achieve longevity. The down side is that this is the most expensive way to whiten the teeth. From £650

The big down side to whitening is the sensitivity. However, sensitivity means that it is working. It usually happens around day 3 of home whitening. It can subside, but occasionally stays for the entire process and for some days after. The good news is that it is usually simple to control and does go away.

The other down side to whitening is that fillings, crowns, caps, bridges and veneers will not change colour as the teeth are whitened. So, these may need to be changed after the whitening treatment to match them to your new tooth colour. Teeth that have had root canal treatments can be darker than your natural teeth. Root treated teeth may whiten with tooth whitening, BUT it is likely that the change in shade will be much slower in these teeth.

In conclusion

Teeth darken with age. Therefore, whiter teeth make a person look younger. Whiter teeth also hide any discrepancies in the shape, size and position of teeth.

Start simple and have the teeth cleaned, have an air-polish if possible. (I never whiten teeth that are not clean) You might be surprised at how white your natural teeth can look. Get rid of the outer stain and then keep them clean with good oral hygiene and using a good quality stain reducing toothpaste. Be careful what you eat and drink. Steer clear of foods and drinks that can cause staining.

Whitening: Have the teeth whitened by a professional. Make sure that they have checked that there are no fillings, crowns, etc that may not whiten. And that you have a plan for these teeth so that you have a good outcome. Follow your dentists’ advice and pick the whitening process that is the most suitable for you. 

 

Tip6  SMILE

Andrew Parkman. www.dentistry100.co.uk

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From Fillings to Fillers

Having practised as a dentist for fifteen years before becoming an aesthetic doctor, it was Dr Emma Ravichandran’s mother who suggested that she look further away from paediatric dentistry.  “My mum said ‘Maybe you could do some of this for me’!” she says.  “So I did an introductory course into Botox and fillers in 2006 and carried on doing aesthetics alongside dentistry,” explains Dr Ravichandran.  “But after a year my boss said to me ‘you’ve got one foot on the boat and one foot on the pier’ and I had to make up my mind. And I chose this direction.”

But a dental background has given untold benefits to her technique.  “Because of my dental background, I try to correct any anomalies around the mouth. Say somebody has a weak chin, then you can bring that forward, with filler such as Profhilo.

And I get referrals from other dentists.   For instance, if a patient has a gummy smile, I can help that by using a toxin; I favour Bocouture which has the most amount of active toxins.”

Tip – If you sleep on one side you will always have less volume on that side which is ageing, so try to alternate the side you sleep on.

But working in Scotland has another advantage to the rest of the UK – new regulations. “Aesthetic clinicians are being regulated by the Scottish government which is definitely in the public interest,” explains Dr Ravichandran.  Now, only registered healthcare professionals who have achieved an expert standard of training to will be allowed to practice and there will be mandatory registration to all cosmetic practitioners, including beauty therapists.    This is a huge step in the right direction and one the rest of the UK should follow. “Of course it’s vital for public safety,” Dr Ravichandran continues. “But if you come to a registered clinic with a doctor or nurse who has really invested a lot of time learning and aspiring to provide proper anti-ageing medicine versus someone just carrying out  the procedure of injections or the dreaded ‘Botox parties’, you will get much better results.”

As for herself, at 41 she has had “a little bit of toxin” since hitting 35.  “I definitely do not subscribe to the frozen look and like to make everything look natural.”  Fillers, she says are best to help replace the fat and lift the cheeks as gravity takes it’s hold and jowls appear.  Does she still do the odd filling?  “No, not at all, not for fun! No, definitely not.”

Tip:  Slapping on hand cream every-time you wash your hands will only go so far – “use a high SPF 50 waterproof body lotion for even more protection” suggests Dr Ravichandran.  

 

Dr Emma Ravichandran, is the co-founder of Clinetix clinics in Glasgow and Bothwell in Scotland

www.Clinetix.com

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No Munchies Required!

As you all probably are aware of by now,  I am married to Dr. Aamer Khan,  a cosmetic doctor whose skills and delicate touch with the needle is well documented.  A sprinkle of Botox here…a mini dash of Profhilo there.  A surgical thread lift in super-quick time…no problem.  All these and more are part of his daily life, so when he trapped his fingers in a drawer recently it was a major disaster.
 
Clearly it was painful, but I initially dismissed the noise and cursing as a normal masculine approach to illness.  Man flu ring a bell anyone?  However, I had to eat my words when the swelling began and one finger in particular looked as though it had been broken.  Scans revealed not, but it was pretty obvious that it was going to be a while until that particular finger was going to be in good working order again.  Luckily, his body seems to have a good recovery process and he was soon back to work….but the finger still ached and was definitely much stiffer than the others. 
 
Ibroprofen helped, but being an impatient person (!) he started researching what else might be out there to help.  As luck would have it, there was a huge amount of publicity about the use of medical cannabis for conditions such as epilepsy (was it legal etc)  so he began there ….and discovered cannabidiol..CBD to you and me.  
 
Now to be clear..Yes, CBD is derived from the cannabis plant..but No, you cannot get high from it as it does not contain the element which is mind-altering…that’s called THC and illegal in the UK.
The mere mention of cannabis is likely to send everyone into fits of laughter with the word ‘munchies’ being bandied around…rather too fondly in some cases!  But the benefits of medicinal cannabis are being being studied at the moment particularly for multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Parkinson’s  and inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, because if it works it will be a huge breakthrough.
In the meantime, there are two versions of CBD currently, and legally, available in the UK:
CBD Cream is a brilliant moisturiser, as it has more of the essential fatty acids our skin needs than any other vegetable oil.  It’s anti-inflammatory too, so the anti-ageing possibilities are really quite exciting and many well-known skincare companies are looking at incorporating CBD into their ranges, particularly those dealing with acne or eczema flare-ups.
CBD Oil, which is what my husband used.   A couple of drops taken orally, under the tongue worked almost immediately….well pain relief in around 30 minutes is pretty immediate in my book….then fingers were flexed and all was well.  And so it has continued whilst the finger healed.
He was so impressed that I was tempted to try it for myself despite the fact that I was never a fan of cannabis in any form, so have I never tried it before… but because I have high stress levels due to my day-to-day life I wanted to see if it could help take the edge off…to calm me down.  It does.  Plus I have higher concentration levels too.
To be honest, in the beginning, we were both a tad sceptical, but after our personal experiences we decided to conduct some trials in the Clinic and are currently testing both the cream and the oils on patients with acne or scarring.  We are cautiously optimistic, but these things take time so the results will not be available for a few months, and I will report back then.
The brand we are using is MariPharm maripharm.co.uk
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FACE TIGHTENING – NO INJECTABLES – NO PAIN – NO DOWNTIME

There are many things that make us look older but sagging skin is one of the main bugbears of ageing, particularly when it affects the face.  Non-surgical skin tightening procedures have been rapidly growing in popularity and are set to be one of the biggest trends as rejuvenating not reversing the signs of ageing becomes the way forward.

Technology has also vastly improved and now uses radio frequency (RF), ultrasound energy along with infrared light to tighten the skin below the surface. Most devices can also used on all areas of the face, including around the eyes and work by heating the dermis, so that new collagen growth is stimulated to help tighten skin from the inside out and restore it back to a more youthful position.

The perfect option for those who don’t want surgery or injectables most treatments are quick, painless with no downtime but require a course to see best results. Expect to pay around £150 per treatment.  www.harleystreetskinclinic.com

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2018 ANTI AGEING TRENDS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

Liposuction? Old hat. Wrinkle fillers? So yesterday.

In the world of anti ageing, we Brits are constantly on the lookout for the latest wonder treatment that promises to keep us looking our best from top to toe.  

And this year could be the most exciting yet, with new technology ushering in a new wave of procedures.  Face tightening treatments will be a rising trend along with chins chiselling and using the body’s own fat and stem cells to renew and rejuvenate.

  

The cosmetic industry has come a long way in the last couple of years, as the science behind surgical and non-invasive procedures has dramatically improved with less down time and more natural results now the norm. There’s also much less stigma about undergoing cosmetic work thanks to the rising trend of celebrities being more open about their tweaks and regularly posting them on social media.

Here’s a couple of the hottest cosmetic treatments and skincare trends that are tipped to take the next 12 months by storm.

 

The Age of Fat Grafting

Every tissue in your body is constantly repairing itself.  and the body’s adipose tissue (fat) is well known for its healing potential. The use of fat was even documented during World War I to aid in the healing of soldiers’ battle wounds and since then there’s been much research into using fat to regenerate damaged tissues. This year fat grafting (autologous fat transplantation procedures) will be big news as more patients use their body’s own fat as a natural alternative to fillers to restore lost volume under the eyes, plump thin lips as well as reshaping, breasts, sagging bottoms, ageing hands and even the calves.

   

The benefits of fat transfer where’ spare’ fat is harvested from one area of your own body by liposuction  and transferred to another by injections include a lower cost than man made fillers, no allergic reaction and a more natural result. The procedure is performed using local anesthesia with little bruising or discomfort and little recovery time The only downside is how much fat stays in the body so most patients will need a top up treatment after three months and then annually as not all the fat will stay.

Cost from £2500 depending on treatment area. 0207 436 4441 for more details

   

 

Stem Cell Skin Rejuvenation

Stem cells are special ‘master’ cells that can turn into any type of cell the body needs and research shows that when transplanted stem cells can help repair or regenerate damaged tissue.

Predicted to be the biggest anti ageing trend this year, stem cells can help rejuvenate improve ageing skin, and are also being used to give men bigger penises and enlarge women’s breasts and bottoms.

During the treatment, a doctor takes fat from fatty areas like the stomach or inner thigh by liposuction. It is then treated and the stem cells extracted and then mixed with the treated fat it and injected back into the treatment area. There are many stem cells in fat and by transferring this fat plumps and restores a gentle lift to sagging areas .

From £5k …phone 0207 436 4441 for more details.

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FATIGUED SKIN

A lack of sleep can make the skin look tired and grey. Everyone knows that 8 hours a night would be ideal, but sometimes this might not be possible.  Sleep studies have shown that for every hour of sleep you miss in one night you should try and make up for it by sleeping for an extra half of what you missed on the following night.  For example, if you only managed 4 hours one night, the next night you should aim for the recommended eight hours plus the 2 hours extra to make up for the night before. 

 

You’ve heard it before, but it is important to always take your make up off before bed, however much you have had to drink as your skin will pay for it a day or two later if you don’t.  Even if you don’t manage your usual cleanse, tone and moisturise regime, leave a packet of cleansing wipes beside your bed to quickly sweep away your make up as you pull on your pj’s and fall into bed. Skin tone and luminosity are a key factor in a woman’s attractiveness and restoring a glow can make an incredible difference.

 

Fractora is an advanced Radio Frequency treatment that targets uneven skin tone to restore a tighter firmer younger looking complexion. During the 60-minute procedure a small hand piece is placed against the skin which emits radiofrequency energy. This heats the skin and stimulates fibroblasts to produce collagen. Depending on skin condition, one to four treatments may be necessary.

Visible results can be seen immediately and will continue up to six months after treatment as new collagen is formed.

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I AM A GUINEA PIG!

Pretty nearly all of you who follow my posts know that I love reinventing the wheel.

Most of my childhood was spent devising skincare products with my mother, tweaking the recipe to include new ingredients and dropping those which were no longer of use. The habit has stayed with me all my life and I have huge fun creating skincare collections for the clinic. Most of these have been in response to requests from patients who have not been able to find something suitable to help their condition…acne for instance, which has become something of a mission for me. If you need help in this area then check out my Clean Skin Technology Advanced Skincare.

But it’s everyday skincare which really interests me because we all need basics…but basics which actually work and don’t just sit on the top layer of the skin. And I hate heavy creams which feel greasy and which take ages to sink in. I just do not have the time to sit and wait …I want to use a product and for it to get to work immediately, leaving my skin ready to go to the next level. Yes, I am impatient, but so are most women who have to juggle busy lives.

But back to the skincare. I couldn’t find what I wanted so I devised some products which were intended for personal use. I called it my 24/7 Daily Maintenance Regime and at first I had three very simple products..a Cleanser which takes off all makeup, dirt and oil really fast, without drying out my skin, followed by a Serum which I saturated with a cocktail of goodies to plump and condition, finally a lightweight Moisturiser which sinks in the skin really quickly, but which is a powerhouse of anti-ageing ingredients.

Sounds easy you say? Well, yes, up to a point because I do have knowledge of ingredients from over the years, but because this collection was for me, I played around with each one to make sure that it satisfied all MY needs…therefore there was a whole lot of testing on myself until I found exactly the right formulation for me. My poor husband had to endure the sight of me wandering around with several different creams on my face to see which one was absorbed fastest..I even timed the process! His comments and suggestions were valid though and I took them on board.

Finally I was happy with the formulations and my capsule collection was born and my skin has never looked so good. So good that I kept being asked what I was using so I gave some away and now I sell it online and in the Clinic. Should you want to try for yourself then here’s the link .

Now to another bugbear. Body lotions which are not fit for purpose because the skin on our body needs TLC too. Either there are no active ingredients, or it takes far too long to be absorbed because, as I said before, who has the time to hang around? Shower, moisturise, dress and out the door…that’s my life anyway.

So….it was back to being a guinea pig and the result is my Regenerating Body Moisture. Phone 020 7436 4441

It’s super-absorbent, super-moisturising, gently-exfoliating and has as many high-tech ingredients as I could find. It’s great for menopausal skin, and if like me, you are trying to lose some weight, it really helps to smooth and give skin back some ‘springiness’.

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WHEN THE SCALPEL RULES!

When it comes to turning back the clock, I’m usually all for going the non-surgical route but sometimes surgery will always be the best option.

But the good news is that going under the knife nowadays is nothing like it used to be. Once upon a time it was all about lifting, stretching and tightening loose skin (remember the dreaded wind tunnel look) whereas now it’s all about looking refreshed and revitalized with a look so natural you couldn’t tell whether anything had been done at all. New surgical techniques also mean most procedures can now be carried out using local anaesthetic and light sedation.

Here are three of the best procedures:

Lower face and neck lift (Platysmaplasty)
Thanks to excellent skincare and regular procedures most women can keep their faces looking lineless, and plump but when it comes to a jowly jawline, the neck is very hard to rejuvenate and can reveal your true age. The neck ages similarly to the face. In the late 30s and early 40s, fine lines appear, texture becomes uneven or splotchy, and in the 40s, gravity kicks in, resulting in loose skin under the chin, slackness and sag. The best procedure to address these problems is a lower face-lift. Carried out using local anaesthetic and light sedation, tiny incisions are made behind and in front of the ears and he skin is separated from the underlying tissues. The skin is then lifted into its new position, the muscles and tissues are tightened and any excess fat and tissue is trimmed off. After the procedure, a twenty-four hour rest is required with around two weeks recovery time for swelling to subside though recovery is less than what it would be with a full facelift. The procedure does leave scarring which is hidden in the crease behind the ears and which fades over time. Results will last up to ten years depending on lifestyle. Expect to pay around £6,000

The Eye Tightener (Blepharoplasty)
Eye bags are common and you can sometimes develop them in your early 30s. The result: puffiness under the eyes, along with loose skin that can occur on both the upper and lower eyelids. I would always recommend getting eye bags removed sooner rather than later – they can put 10 or 15 years on your face and, once they’ve settled in, they’re not going anywhere! A surgical blepharoplasty is the best way to tighten loose skin and remove excess fat and the results can be as good as facelift. The op can be performed on upper or lower lids or both It’s a relatively minor op, but it usually takes a couple of weeks to recover and for the swelling and bruising to go down Expect to pay from £3,000

The Micro Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Not all bodies are the same, which is why tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) is not a one-type-fits-all procedure. How much loose skin there is dictates which procedure you’ll benefit most from. When there isn’t too much, a micro tuck, which focuses on the lower tummy, can tighten the abdomen and is less traumatic that a full on tummy tuck with a much faster recovery rate. The procedure differs from a traditional tuck in that the incision is very short, rather than a hip-to-hip incision and is best for women who are in excellent shape but have a small amount of excess skin. 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 minimal scarring on the abdomen above the pubic area that will fade over time. Depending on the procedure, you will need downtime of at least two weeks. There will be some bruising and swelling following the treatment but this will fade. Remember a tuck is not a treatment for weight control or a substitute for regular exercise!

When you go for a consultation make sure you know everything about the procedure – ask the following:

1. How do you prepare for the surgery
2. What will happen during the surgery
3. Any risks and side effects
4. The recovery period
5. The aftercare policy
6. What happens should anything go wrong (any costs should revision or repair work be required)

 

AND DON’T FORGET
*Always do your homework and always find a surgeon with the proper experience of the procedure you are planning to undergo – book consultations with three or four surgeons so you can make sure you feel comfortable.
*Never rush into surgery – give yourself at least six to eight weeks after a consultation to decide if you want to go ahead.
*Avoid surgery if you have recently experienced major life events such as moving house, losing a loved one, the break-up of a relationship or you’ve just had a baby.
* A recommendation from someone who has undergone the treatment is always best – ask to see before and after photos and ask what results you can expect.
* The General Medical Council have a leaflet outlining what you need to know before undergoing any cosmetic procedures – go to gmc-uk.org or make sure the surgeon is a member of The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, or visit the Web site at www.baaps.org.uk.

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A CUT ABOVE

Nothing adds ten years like bad hair!

It is not fair! Not only does the ageing process affect our skin, but hair suffers too. Where did those grey hairs come from? And that frizz? And don’t even mention thinning hair…well, actually let’s definitely mention thinning hair because that can be the most ageing of all.

The sight of the first grey hair is just the beginning – and don’t forget that this happens in early to mid-30’s for most women, but don’t panic…remember that grey is the new blonde!

Going grey gracefully can look fantastic …Helen Mirren for instance who still looks sexy even when she lets her hair go its natural silvery grey…we bet she has her hairdresser on speed dial! Other grey role models are out there too. Think Kristen McMenamy who went grey in her late 30’s. Or Carmen Dell’ Orefice who at 85 is still gracing front covers! Maye Musk has white, cropped hair….and is more in demand as a model than ever.

So, is there hope for us mere mortals? The answer is a resounding Yes! The first step is to find a REALLY good hairdresser …ideally someone who is at the forefront of any hair and makeup trends, because in order to keep looking younger you need to change it up every now and then. A tweak here and there is enough to make sure that you turn heads when you walk in the room.

Fringes can hide a multitude of sins, such as forehead wrinkles and frown lines, just experiment with the length and style . Feathering works for some, or a side-swept fringe for others. It is so easy get comfortable with a hairstyle and because something worked well when we were younger we think that it will look good all our life. Not true. Just think of Linda Evangelista who has made a very successful career out of changing her hair length and colour all the time. Just when we got used to one look, she changed it…a true chameleon.

HOLLY

And absolutely nothing screams youth and vitality more than super-shiny hair. As we get older hair becomes drier and loses its lustre. Try taking a supplement containing Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids which are great for hair health. And every now and then take a little time and put a deep conditioning mask onto your hair and let it do the hard work. Olaplex is a new conditioner which works wonders and is easily available on line.

  • If you have a grey roots emergency and you’re a brunette, use a little black or brown mascara to cover them up. Don’t overload the brush though and old mascaras that have dried out slightly work best, so don’t throw them out!
  • Try lightening your eyebrows a little. If you feel confident you can gently apply a little facial hair bleach, making sure to keep out of your eyes, but if not then most beauty salons can do this for you.
  • Ageing is part of growing up…not necessarily growing older…and as we are firm believers in only talking to the experts, we asked Cristiano Basciu, Artistic Director, Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa for his tips on holding back time.

Hair texture changes as we get older… it gets drier and frizzier. How can a cut deal with that?

Firstly, accept that your hair is changing with your hormones and embrace it. A good cut can make all the difference – it can make hair easier to manage, easier to style and help it to look its best every day, rather than just after a salon visit.

A good cut takes into account your face shape, lifestyle (i.e. will it require much maintenance?), and hair type. It should make your life easier, not add unnecessary time to your routine in the morning!

If your hair is dry, combat this with the right combination of products. Nourishing, hydrating shampoos and conditioners (I personally love Kerastase Bain Satin shampoo and Lait Vital conditioner), oils (like Moroccanoil) and masques (my favourite is Kerastase Masquintense) will noticeably improve the condition of your hair if used regularly. Masques are especially important – aim to do a masque once a week for at least 20 minutes, to re-hydrate and restore lost moisture.

Hormones affect our hair too??

As our hormones change with age, this has a direct effect on our hair. Follicles receive less blood supply and hair can get thinner; this means it’s more susceptible to damage and dehydration. While I am not a medical professional, I do think it’s advisable to have your hormone levels checked at least once a year to ensure that there is nothing going on health-wise that is affecting your overall appearance.

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LOSING IT! WEEK 14

Well, it has been a whole three months and I am rather proud of myself. My weight is now 10 stone 2lbs so I have lost 2 stone …

I am sleeping better and the hot sweats have stopped.

One of the best things for me was being able to wear a fabulous dress for my son’s wedding and feeling really good. Before I was dreading the thought of clothes shopping.

The inflammation in my big toes has subsided and I can wear higher heels, something I thought I would never do again, I’m not taking the strong anti-inflammatories any more and it’s like being released. I can walk for miles now and wear fashionable shoes again.

Because I have rebuilt my Adrenal system I don’t feel anxious all the time….I’m relaxed and happy.

Best of all is the way I have completely changed what I eat, as well as my approach to food. As I have mentioned before, I do/did have a very sweet tooth and this addiction to refined carbohydrates was a big part of my health and weight problems. By cutting them out as much as possible, or looking for alternatives before simply reaching for the same old treats has made a huge difference …both inside and out.

I trained myself to think of the foods that I can’t digest well as poison and by reminding myself of this each time it makes me stop and think……and choose something else.

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