Welcome 2018!! Last year I can honestly say was one of the worst years I have ever experienced. But, it is a shiny new year, with a little rebrand and some amazing things coming soon! Stayed tuned for some of the latest, greatest, craziest and most bizarre things going on in the world of beauty and aesthetics. Plus more diet, fitness and general masochistic abuse of my body in the name of vanity and weight loss!!!
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So, if someone told you they could make the skin on your face and neck instantly look younger by sticking hundreds of needles in it what would you think? A bit scary right? Well, when that person is the amazing Milena Lazarova of Dr Joney De Souza Skin and Laser Clinic, what you actually say is wh at time should I be there?
Dr Joney De Souza’s clinic in the heart of Harley Street has become one of my favourite clinics. Whether I am there to see Dr Joney for a bit of needle artistry or the always gorgeous Milena Lazarova I am never disappointed.
Micro-needling with the Dermapen or Goldpen has recently become the hot treatment of choice amongst celebrities. The treatment involves using a device with tiny needles on the end of the pen that make the smallest of punctures in the skin. This process relies on the skins natural ability to repair itself. So, these tiny injuries to the skin stimulate collagen growth, reducing the size of your pores and instantly giving you smoother looking and feeling skin.
When a treatment involves needles one would automatically assume there will be an element of pain involved. But, with the pen in the expert hands of Milena it was more relaxing than anything else. The “needling” felt a bit like a soft cactus being run over my face. Even in the most sensitive parts of my face near my eyes I experienced no pain.
The great thing about the Dermapen treatment is that it can be repeated every couple of weeks for maximum results. But, as a boost for the skin now and then it is certainly a beautiful treat. The results following the treatment were instant. My skin was glowing when I left the clinic and in the days following my make-up went on like pure silk.
The Dermapen/Goldpen is a very versatile treatment that not only works for anti-ageing, but also can be used for scar correction, stretch marks, blemishes and is even used to promote hair growth for those suffering from thinning.
The results of my treatment were so dramatic that it was recently featured in Woman magazine.
*Like all aesthetic treatments micro-needling should only be performed by trained practitioners.
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I think it has never been a better time to be “a woman of a certain age”. From Botox to Butt lifts there is something for every possible age related issue. The current non-surgical options are endless. But, when looking into clinics it is important to find a safe practitioner that has had the latest training as well as being someone with the appropriate background. Personally, although I am aware this can be a grey area I believe that only those with medical backgrounds should be carrying out such procedures.
I realise it is obviously no secret I love a bit of youth in syringe form. So, you can imagine how excited I was when I received an invitation to visit Aestha Clinic at 25 Upper Wimpole St in London. Following an extensive consultation with the gorgeous and talented Dr Victoria Virtosu it was decided that I would have some Juvederm in my lips and a bit (well more than a bit) of Botox to rid my face of the previous six months of worry lines I had developed.
Botox being my favourite neurotoxin, smooths out those “road hard and put away wet” areas of the face like nothing else can.
Juvederm is a range of fillers containing injectable hyaluronic acid that when injected by a trained professional can provide nine months to one year of fullness to your lips as well as correct moderate to severe wrinkling on certain areas of the face.
Lip fillers are an instant gratification kind of treatment, which I love! Botox tends to take roughly five days or so to see the finished result. When done correctly the forehead should not appear frozen, just noticeable smoother, giving a subtle more plump appearance to the skin.
The skin on your lips in particular over the life span is constantly moisturised from within by hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring sugar. However, as your skin ages you lose hyaluronic acid causing lines to appear and the thinning of the lips.
Having a bit of filler when done correctly can dramatically improve the appearance of the lips. Obviously, it is up to the individual in consultation with an aesthetic professional how plump you want them.
Dr Victoria was very conscious of making sure that my results were balanced and symmetrical. Some of the biggest complaints I hear is around asymmetry which is why it is so important to see an experienced professional. Ultimately, it is up to you how big you want your lips. There are a lot of arguments online about this and honestly it all comes down to personal yet INFORMED choice.
Knowledge is power people!!
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Cellulite!! Ugh! It is not even a pretty word. A bit like moist, every time I hear it I just cringe! First of all everyone has a bit of cellulite at one point or another. But, unfortunately I have it all the time. Primarily because I spent the majority of my life morbidly obese, cellulite is the price I have to pay for my years of gluttony. Although I have lost a huge amount of weight and have had reconstructive surgery for loose skin, the cellulite in one form or another remains.
I have tried lotions, potions and various notions. Short of voodoo I have yet to find a miracle. Now I am sure you have heard of the various anti-cellulite tights and leggings. There are several companies that make them, all with very ambitious claims about “impregnated” fabric and that they sacrifice a live chicken in the factory to ensure your positive results. Ok, I made that last bit up!! But, you see where I am going. There are some very grand claims out there for what is often a very mediocre product. As some of these products are very expensive, the last thing you want is to spend £200 on what ends being a pair of lazy pants you wear on the school run.
I am very much a believer in finding those special treasures in places you would not normally look. I love the idea of trying something from a lesser known company as often they have something super special, but perhaps the world hasn’t discovered them yet. I met this amazing and very inspiring entrepreneur Fabia Santos at a plastic surgery conference. Her company called Yoga Compression Garments was not one I had heard of before, but her belief and dedication to her products hooked me right in. I wasn’t sure why at the time, but she was definitely someone I wanted to know better. There was the added bonus I suppose because it is a Brazilian company I thought if anyone in the world is going to know how to make your ass look good, it’s going to be them!
Over the course of researching the products what I learned was that in addition to the leggings which I will get to later, Fabia has dedicated herself to helping women going through reconstructive surgeries. She attends hospitals herself to ensure post surgical garments are fitted properly and educates medical staff on the importance of garment fitting in the healing process. I suppose this resonated with me because I have been in the position of trying to get myself into post surgery garments that in retrospect did more harm than good. One very ill-fitting corset I had following abdominoplasty I referred to as “the juicer”. The second I put it on my clothes were soaked with the excess drainage. So, the work she does is an integral part of the healing process for women that are already feeling quite vulnerable following life changing operations that are not always cosmetic. As a professional Fabia is someone who really “walks the talk”.
The leggings are called The Yoga Emana. They absorb heat from the body and return in the form of “long infrared rays”. The rays are then absorbed into the skin and stimulate circulation and cellular metabolism. The leggings contain bio-active crystals and so these properties are not lost when they are washed. Amongst the many benefits that are purported:
Increased cellular metabolism
Increased skin elasticity
Reducing the appearance of cellulite
Reduction of muscle fatigue
So, with my magic leggings in hand I was off to try them myself in hopes of conquering these beastly dimples! Putting aside that they are meant to benefit you by wearing them, as a product they are beautiful and really flattering. The instructions are that you are to wear them 12 hours a day. I must say this was easy as they go with everything and really give you a beautiful shape. They are so comfortable, yet hold everything in as well as pushing that excess junk in the trunk up perfectly.
The initial trial is meant to show results within weeks. As I have particularly bad cellulite I took before pictures over six weeks. The results were everything that was promised. There was a marked difference in the smoothness of the skin and I definitely found the dimpling in my upper thighs in particular to have reduced.
Although I was primarily trialling them in order to ascertain the anti-cellulite properties I did actually find that there was a marked difference in how my legs felt following a run when wearing them. So, there is definitely something too the claims about reducing fatigue. From day one I was able to pack more punch into a workout wearing my Emana’s. All in all the trial was extremely successful. I can’t recommend them enough. They retail for £95, which is a reasonable price for leggings that deliver the goods. They remain in my normal rotation as my go to workout wear as well as sneaking them under other garments as a much more comfortable option to your standard “suck in your gut” pants. An all around great product from a fabulous company.
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There is nothing more fabulous than a fancy new lippy. But, when it has an added bonus of a funky new way of applying it, I am definitely in! For years I have been on the hunt for that perfect stain. I bit like that good old too much Koolaid lip I had when I was a kid. Not quite lipstick, but not gloss either. That hint of colour that says “I woke up like this”. So, when I spotted these weird and funky lip stains from China that claimed to do all of the above, plus had this bizarre peel off method of application I had to try them.
The first hurdle was they had to be ordered from wish.com, which if you have ever ordered anything from them you will know things are not always as they seem and they take forever to arrive. Okay, three weeks isn’t forever, but I am an instant gratification kind of girl. What made these particularly interesting was not so much the product, but their description. So, far from putting me off with the prospect of wounding myself with caution with happens in a horny number of cases I order the Cherry Red.
The application is a bit fiddly, I would recommend using a lip brush. It needs to dry before peeling it off. So, the best method is to apply it and carry on doing the rest of your face. The longer it’s left the better the colour.
It is more a novelty than a serious contender in my make-up regime. But at roughly £1.50 a tube it is a bit of fun and the peeling off process is particularly satisfying. Just remember that “in a horny number of cases the effect is not very satisfactory”
Ok, so I am the first to admit I am really rubbish with skin regimes. I do use moisturisers, eye creams, serums, etc. But, I am a terrible cheat and have a difficult time sticking to one product line. I am a bit of a “player” in the realm of skin care. I may use an Estee Lauder eye cream with a Lidl moisturiser or a tub of Astral with a super posh tube of retinol. You know what it’s like right? Busy Mum skin care and all that? It is about convenience and what I have to hand at times. My priorities aren’t about me. So, sadly my skin ends up being a bit of a mash up of products. But, I decided as a middle aged woman my skin needed something a bit more intense. Following a conversation with the Super Skincare Diva that is Lorna Bowes of Aesthetic Source, I would make a commitment to follow a specific regime and see if it truly made a difference in my skin. Lorna recommended Neo Strata’s “Skin Active” Intensive Eye Therapy, Bionic Skin Cream, “Restore” Matrix Support Moisturiser and Facial Cleanser.
I used the Intensive Eye Therapy and Bionic Skin Cream at night and the Matrix Support which has an SPF of 30 during the day. Both the Bionic and Matrix Support had a beautiful creamy texture that absorbed into my skin beautifully. The first thing I noticed using the day products is that my need for a make-up primer quickly became unnecessary. The Matrix Moisturiser was enough to make my foundation go on smoothly, whilst at the same time not leaving my face feeling like an oil slick. It is so difficult in your 40’s as with many products they make the assumption that you are a dried up old prune that needs to be slathered in oil. But, that is absolutely not the case. In fact I am still prone to the occasional breakout with the wrong combination of products.
The Bionic Skin Cream left my skin feeling so smooth at night and I never woke up with that icky product residue that you get with other night creams. I love the Intensive Eye Cream. It absorbed quickly and never irritated my skin. The best part was the reduction in those tiny lines (I am not saying crows-feet). Luckily Neo Strata knows what women need on their skin! This combination left my skin dewy and I have noticed a marked difference in my lines. Oh God did I actually refer to my lines again? Oh the humanity!! But, in all seriousness my forehead in particular is looking much better and I am seriously past my Botox’s expiration date. So, the change cannot be put down to a needle! My skin as a whole from keeping on this regime for three solid months is amazing. I am definitely a convert to using a proper skin care routine.
Neo Strata are certainly on the cutting edge of anti-ageing skin care. They are nominated in several categories in the My Face, My Body Awards and The Aesthetic Awards 2015 It is not difficult to see why. I am looking forward to trying their Skin Active Triple Lifting Neck cream next!
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