20 Jan עופר איתן Says: New year beauty tweaks 2020
With a New Year comes fresh optimism: a plant-based diet; thrice-weekly spin sessions; an unwavering determination to avoid wine (little wonder most resolutions fail within the first week of January). But there are changes that you can make: tiny tweaks that not only affect real change but that are genuinely sustainable.
Of course, any new regime requires commitment – and these aesthetic tweaks aren’t a one-off. Rather, they require maintenance, perhaps a course of sessions, and the requisite balanced diet (or at-home skincare regime) to keep things ticking over. But with the right practitioner, and with the right attitude, these new resolutions can see you through the bleak midwinter and beyond. The result? A fresher-looking – and feeling – you.
Your first stop ought to be the Dr Rita Rakus clinic in Knightsbridge – a hotbed of innovation and home to the UK’s first Thermage FLX device, which deploys powerful radiofrequency to tighten the skin. ‘It’s a non-surgical facelift’, Dr Rakus says of the new technology, which can be used across the face, neck and décolleté. Follow up with her new Lip Shot – carefully-placed doses of anti-inflammatory Saphyr filler – which gives a nice “pop” before a big event. Otherwise, for a needle-free alternative, opt for Dr Ariel Haus’s 7D Laser, which can be used inside the mouth to iron out fine lines and define the vermillion border for a prettier pout.
For skin that needs a significant lift, why not try Dr Jean-Louis Sebagh’s Double Plane Thread Lift? ‘It uses stronger threads like Silhouette Soft to hold the muscles of the face in place, in combination with special Korean threads, which help to elevate the skin,’ explains the Parisian doctor. ‘It also works beautifully on the neck’.
Flagging necks can also benefit from Profhilo. Aesthetic doctors and derms are raving about the injectable skin-booster, which contains un-crosslinked hyaluronic acid that spreads beneath the dermis like honey – but for the most precise application, head to 23MD in Chelsea. Here, Dr Suha Kersh injects with care, in precise doses that work to hydrate the skin and bring a newfound tautness. ‘It energises the face,’ she explains – ‘And it brings a lovely smoothness to a crêpey neck’.
However, former surgeon and aesthetic doctor Miss Sherina Balaratnam believes that good skin starts long before the needles come out. ‘High performance Lymphatic Decompression is a compulsory first-step in my clinic,’ explains Balaratnam. ‘After all, as we age, the lymph system slows down – and that’s the main circulation of the body. So if we don’t address it, we’re missing a trick’. (Her Manual Lymphatic Drainage – to the face, neck and back – not only optimises subsequent treatment but feels wonderfully relaxing).
While over in Chelsea, facialist Nataliya Robinson is pioneering a new technique that works to enhance the effects of injectables or cosmetic surgery. Her Post-Flight and Procedure Revival facial is heavy on manual massage techniques, to stimulate circulation and reduce puffiness: better still, you can keep up the good work at home. ‘Try a gentle “feathering” motion with your fingertips,’ she advises. ‘Start beneath the ear and move down towards the neck – then repeat the motion from the cheeks, and finally the temples’. (Two minutes each night, before bed, is so calming it verges on meditation).
Muscle tone is another big trend in the aesthetics industry – and new technology, EMSculpt, is leading the pack. The device, from BTL Aesthetics, emits focused electromagnetic energy to fire up abs, glutes, biceps, triceps and quads – and the results are rather impressive. Bodies become newly chiselled, strength is heightened and even back pain has been known to disappear. ‘It’s the perfect example of how technology is bridging the medical and aesthetic industries,’ says Dr Galyna Selezneva, who offers the treatment at the Dr Rita Rakus clinic. ‘Not only does it make patients look better – but it also makes them feel better’.
But happiness can also be found elsewhere: perhaps via the hair (Meshkati clinic in Belgravia offers meticulous and undetectable solutions for thinning hair, from botanical hair loss treatments to their signature hair replenishing Nanoprocedure). Or in good Orthodontics (Dr Fern Jean-Joseph at Hampstead Dental Practice is renowned for her clever use of new-generation wires to realign wonky mouths and tidy up smiles).
Though – aesthetics aside – bio-identical hormone specialist Dr Martin Galy believes that the most fundamental change can be brought about by reducing our stress levels. ‘The body responds to stress by producing adrenalin and cortisol,’ he explains – ‘But if this is prolonged over weeks and months, it becomes tired and eventually suffers from exhaustion’. The trick, he says, is to restore adrenal function: ‘BHRT using bespoke compounds will help – but so can supplements like ginseng, radiola and chroimium. Plus, of course, addressing emotional issues, releasing physical tension and ensuring you get good-quality sleep’. Which is the root of it all, really.
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