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The 15-minute light-therapy facials that promises flawless skin, but do they deliver?
This year I turned 50 with, I hope, a face that does not belie my age. Some of it is down to me: I've never smoked, I'm not a big drinker and my fair skin means that I have avoided the sun.
But I may as well be honest: mostly it's down to the £55,000 I've spent on smoothing and tweaking over the past 13 years. I was 37 when I started having Botox, a decision that surprised even me.
I'd just spent £8,000 on cosmetic dentistry to correct my gappy smile. Suddenly I had lovely, straight, shiny white teeth sitting in a 'lived in' face. That didn't seem right. What was the sense in my smile being dazzling if the rest of me was haggard?
I always thought I would grow old gracefully and be happy with what I had. But Mother Nature was doing a right hatchet job on me. My forehead was becoming furrowed and as for my laughter lines — as Victoria Wood once said — 'surely nothing's that funny'.
The problem with Botox is that it's like the crack cocaine of the beauty world. Once you've tried it you just can't give it up. It works so beautifully and achieves what no expensive face cream ever can. I fell in love with that muscle-freezing toxin.
We had brief fallout when I was 45 and decided to quit my £300 a time, four-times-a-year Botox habit — but I only lasted six months. Some may learn to love their wrinkles, but I'll never be one of them.
Throw into the mix the rejuvenating facials, occasional jowl-zapping with a laser and the face, eye and neck creams I slather on (not to mention the insane amount I spend cutting, colouring and taming my wild hair) and it all adds up to a £4,000-a-year habit.
It's the cost of a nice holiday or a new wardrobe (both of which I need), but I choose to spend it on my face instead.
It was a glamorous and glitzy affair at Fontwell Racecourse on Saturday (September 10) night.
The second etc Hair and Beauty Awards was hosted by TV presenter and beauty expert Gina Akers. It endeavours to show recognition for those that work in the hair and beauty industry and includes 14 categories.
Host Gina commented that it was a pleasure to present the awards and shout about the successes in the industry. Winners included stylists from Headromance, Q Hair and Beauty, Aaron Russell and Benjamin James Hair Vision. The beauty categories included nail technician, beauty therapist of the year and aesthetic therapist/clinic. The event was run by Johnston Press South Events and the sponsors were Richard John, Headromance, Chichester College, The Maitland Clinic, Shortcuts, Good Salon Guide, BC Beauty Training LTD, La Belle, Special Creations by Jane, Sussex Beauty Training, Brillbird Hampshire Education, and Treat your Skin. For a full list of who won what plus pictures from the event make sure you pick up this week’s paper.
Read more at: http://www.crawleyobserver.co.uk/news/local/etc-hair-and-beauty-awards-crowns-winners-1-7573037
In our first newsletter we take a look at the latest health and beauty news from a new beauty
technique to reduce wrinkles, to the secret to Kate Moss’ flawless look and
how getting insurance this summer will keep the heat off salon professionals.
Second skin - are you covered?
Feeling bored? Thinking about a change or full-fledged makeover? When it comes to your beauty regime, change is good! We called upon several experts in dermatology, longevity, psychology and even plastic surgery for a few unexpected ideas to consider adding to your beauty bucket list. Check 'em out!Only drink water for 30 days. Imagine the benefits for your skin, hair, nails and body when you cut out sugars, caffeine, alcohol, and anything artificial! Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O., anti-aging and stem cell specialist told us to, "Be sure to drink pure water and if it gets boring add lemon, lime or blueberries. Within the first week you will notice skin that is plump, glowing, clear and soft. By the second week people will take notice asking what you have done. The difference, for those who stick to a water only beverage plan for 30 days is astounding," the doc said.
Ditch all facial products for a month. Look at your bathroom counter-top and drawers. Product overload is common. Clear the clutter and clear your skin! Our friend Dr. Kally Papantoniou, board certified dermatologist in New York urges people to get rid of old expired skincare and get back to basics.
Using a simple non-comedogenic facial cleanser and a moisturizer with SPF each day for a month will help the skin to heal itself and return to a natural state. After 2 weeks of a simplified skincare regimen, you may see fewer and less intense breakouts, less dryness or less oil.
Change your hair color and style. It's quite common for women to drastically change their hair after a break-up, but why wait for an emotional upheaval? Have long hair? Try a pixie cut! Have a short brown bob? Go blonde!
Dr. Sanam Hafeez, NYC based licensed neuropsychologist explains that our hair is a huge part of our identity. "When we really want a change in our lives, the fastest way to shift your mind towards forward progression is to alter our appearance in a major way. The best part with experimenting with hair is that it can grow back and you can enjoy different styles during the grow out process."
More beauty do's to definitely add to your beauty bucket list, coming soon!
Water way to great looking skin.
According to the Telegraph, Kate Moss recently revealed to ‘W Magazine’ her top secret
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Source: The Telegraph
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