Try this 8-step age-busting beauty routine for instant fresh-faced results
Emma Van Hinsbergh
There are so many beauty products and treatments on the market it’s hard figure out what really works when it comes to anti-ageing strategies. From cosmeceuticals and plant peptides to fractional lasers and intense pulsed light therapy, the array of wrinkle-busters on offer can be positively mind-boggling. Luckily we’ve got thelowdown on the best beauty buys that will make you drop a decade (almost) instantly. Try the eight steps below and you’ll be looking peachy-skinned in no time!
While Kate Middleton and Michelle Obama swear by organic Biotulin Supreme Skin Gel (£43, biotulin.com) for a natural botox effect, we’re with celebs such as Kate Moss and Gwyneth Paltrow who regularly flock to uber-facialist Linda Meredith for a dose of her botanical Vtox (£55, lindameredith.com). The unique plant-based cream uses neuro-peptides and natural algae to block the contraction of facial muscles in the dermis. This results in smoother, wrinkle-free skin and an instant lifting effect that lasts all day, without that tell-tale frozen faced look caused by heavy-duty injectables!
When you’re dehydrated, it is immediately reflected in the health of your skin, leaving it looking old and wrinkled. As well as drinking lots of water, you can boost skin moisture instantly by choosing products which contain hyaluronic acid, an amazing skin plumper that has the ability to hold a whopping 1,000 times its own weight in water. It is naturally produced by our bodies but levels decrease as we get older which means it’s essential to use it in your anti-ageing skincare routine. Find it in products such as Ytsara’s Skin Drink Fluid (£39, satyalife.co.uk), which also contains ‘living water’ – a clever new technology that restores water to its pure original form, free from heavy metals and chemicals.
Formerly the preserve of silky-skinned French women, mesotherapy is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, and here at Natural Health we’re huge fans. Often dubbed the natural alternative to fillers, it uses fine needles to introduce homeopathic medications, plant extracts, vitamins, and other anti-ageing nutrients into the skin. Skin guru Natali Kelly’s signature treatment in her Knightstbridge salon floods the skin with a potent natural cocktail of vitamins, amino acids and co-enzymes along with replenishing hyaluronic acid to stimulate collagen and elastin. Just one treatment will leave your skin looking 10 years younger, guaranteed!
Even the best products won’t do the trick if their active ingredients can’t work their magic properly. As we age old, damaged skin cells sit on the surface for much longer, not only preventing products from being properly absorbed but leaving your complexion looking dull and lifeless too. For fast acting results, make sure you exfoliate properly with a dual action product such Green People’s Age Defy+ Soft Buff Skin Exfoliator (£20, greenpeople.co.uk), which contains high-potency enzymes from pineapple extract, bamboo stems and bentonite clay, then layer on your usual serum and moisturiser for a perfectly smooth polished complexion.
Want to know how TV stars such as Made in Chelsea’s Millie Mackintosh stay looking so flawless? They’ve been hotfooting it to Primrose Hill’s exclusive Aesthetics Lab (aestheticslab.co.uk) for a Collagen Boost Facial, which combines several innovative treatments to transform tired, jaded skin. The £400 treatment combines a blueberry smoothie peel to dissolve old skin cells, micro-needling to plump up skin, and LED light therapy to increase cellular activity and boost collagen production. After 90 minutes you’re left looking radiant and wrinkle-free. It’s an expensive treat but worth it if you want to see instant results.
Tired eyes can be a dead giveaway when it comes to looking your age so make sure your peepers are at their sparkling best by picking top-notch products. One of our current faves is the SKN-RG range, created using certified organic and natural ingredients with clinically-proven anti-ageing benefits. Their Eye Elixir (£65, skn-rg.com) effortlessly lifts and tones the eye area with a potent combination of acai stem cells, shizandra fruit to combat dark shadows and tramella mushroom to stimulate collagen and elastin repair within hours.
Now Kylie Minogue has ditched the botox she keeps her skin looking smooth and wrinkle-free with radio frequency facials, which have an instant firming effect. The treatment works by sending radio waves into the skin to create a healing responsethat triggers the production of new skin-strengthening collagen and elastin. One of our current favourites is 3Juve, which creates bespoke facials by incorporating the wrinkle-busting techniques such as fractional laser to target wrinkles and intense pulsed light to target discolouration leaving you with a perfect complexion. Costs from £120 nationwide. For details go to lynton.co.uk
Foundation can be extremely drying and seeps into fine lines and wrinkles, so you should seriously consider swerving it. Instead, opt for tinted moisturiser such as Lavera Organic Tinted Moisturising Cream (£12.90, lavera.co.uk) with just a touch of concealer under the eyes to instantly look years younger!
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