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Sep 14

Essential Skincare for Men

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Using a simple soap is about as bad as doing nothing at all, this can leave your skin looking taut and thirty. Remember to use products that help replace the moisture, such as Clinique’s Liquid Face Wash Regular Strength (£15), a little of it goes a long way and use twice a day to keep your skin in it’s best condition (remember to use before shaving).

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How to maintain healthy skin

Cut out foods that cause outbreaks such as fries, white bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and sweets. These carbs send our insulin levels soaring, and research has shown that it sets off a series of reactions that leads to breakouts. Go for simple food switch, instead of refined white carbs, go for moderate amounts of complex ones like whole-grain bread, brown rice and whole-wheat pasta.

Always on the go?

I would recommend eye products such as No7 Men Rapid Revival Eye Roll On which helps reduce signs of fatigue fast. It does the job and it helps sooth your eye-bags and dark circles. You will definitely notice a difference!

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Buy a few, effective products that you will be able to use twice a day and have a routine and stick to it.

Popular treatment for men

I have had a lot of requests for my hair loss treatment which is called Nanopetide Mesotherapy which is a treatment involving small microdroplet injections in the scalp, the treatment contains a mixture of ingredients including vitamins, minerals and peptides  but more importantly it helps to strengthen hair and stimulate hair follicles to encourage growth. So areas which were originally balding or thinning are restored.


19
Jun 14

Skincare Superfoods

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  1. Blueberries

Blueberries are fast becoming the hit ingredient for skincare products as well being a great berry to eat to get glowing skin. Blueberries are rich in anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C and Anthocyanins to help fight the formation of free radicals that can damage the skin’s microstructure. It’s a superfood as it has the highest level of antioxidants of any food and can even help reverse the aging process. With the right diet you can virtually stop wrinkles in their tracks. There is a link to blueberries helping tackle acne, even though acne is attributed to hormones. It can neutralize and normalize oil levels in the skin, making it healthier and less likely to accumulate sebum.

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  1. Pomegranate

Pomegranate has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. It’s an incredible antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging abilities it’s no doubt that it’s incorporated into skincare, especially anti-aging and sun care products. It can help with a number of skincare issues that can attribute to people with darker skin such as dry skin, age spots, hyperpigmentation, acne and acne scars. For sun protection it can protect against skin cancer because of ellagic acid, a polyphenol antioxidant found in large quantities in pomegranates, which researchers have found inhibits the growth of skin tumors. Extracts of pomegranates help protect the skin from the detrimental effects of UV exposure and slow down the degradation of collagen Also it enables to promote smooth, firm skin by promoting collagen and elastin production.

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  1. Pumpkin

There are many benefits to Pumpkins, it’s rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and both the flesh and seeds of the pumpkin provide many health-boosting, disease-fighting nutrients. This is great during the colder month; we need more exfoliation to remove dead skin cells. Pumpkin is an amazing natural skin treatment helping to restore and reserve skin damage from the skin. Make it into a body scrub with brown sugar and cinnamon and you’ll love the results!

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  1. Olive oil (not to be used for sunbathing)

Olive oil helps protect your skin from developing skin cancer specifically the deadly form known as melanoma and helps to fight the effects of premature aging. The skin on your lips are very thin, so it leaves them prone to drying out or becoming chapped – apply a light coating of oil to your lips a few times a day to heal the damage and give you smooth lips. Don’t use olive oil if you’re prone to breakouts as it is essentially oil!

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  1. Lemon juice

The juice of one lemon daily is a great body cleanser as it helps detoxify any toxins in the body and helps to bring a glow in your complexion internally. Lemon has Vitamin C, which is also responsible for building up collagen in our skin, which is necessary to keep the skin firm and young. Also, it’s great to lighten blemishes and any scars or dark spots. Use lemon juice externally on the body only at night. It makes your skin photosensitive (sensitive to light). Exposure to sun would be extremely harmful so use sunscreen diligently after using lemon on your skin.

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  1. Cucumber

Fresh raw cucumber are rich in fluids that hydrate the skin, joints and tissues as well as giving you a great boost of Vitamin C, magnesium and ionic potassium. Cucumbers are often used topically to enhance skin function. The natural ascorbic acid and caffeic acid found in cucumber acts to prevent water retention in the skin. This reduces swelling under the eyes and helps the skin heal from sunburn, inflammation, and eczema. Cucumbers are also very effective when eaten and applied topically for removing unwanted cellulite. Cucumbers act to draw out excess fluids and tighten collagen, which has the effect of a natural cellulite reduction. Simply eat some cucumber, juice it, and/or place the cucumber on the regions of water retention.

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  1. Melon

Want skin as firm as a melon? Melon’s anti-ageing secret is carotenoids. These allow vitamin A to be formed which is vital for maintaining cellular health and protecting skin from oxidative stress – this is what accelerates the internal ageing process and manifests itself externally as wrinkles.

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  1. Avocado

Whether you choose to blend, slice, or mash them, avocados will give you a hefty dose of nutrients your skin loves, including lutein, vitamin E, oleic acid, folate, and monounsaturated fats.Good nutrition is a main component of healthy skin, try and use avocado into your diet to combat dull winter skin and is extremely soothing to sensitive skin. It’s a known bactericide and helps mobilize and increase collagen production in your connective tissue.

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  1. Broccoli

There are multiple studies that suggest that broccoli could be sunscreen against cancer as it contains sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli could help block sunburn and prevent the skin disease. The vitamin C in broccoli aids in collagen production and keeps your skin healthy and supple, while vitamin E protects your skin cell membranes and guards against UV radiation damage.


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Apr 14

Spring Clean your Skin

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Filorga’s Micellar Solution is an incredible new product that will help solve those panda eyes! It helps to remove waterproof make-up and is enriched with anti-ageing ingredients. Guys, their Time-Filler Eyes is perfect to remove those tired eyes from the long weekend. It contours the eyes, crow’s feet , upper eyelid and the under eye area! No need to hide behind those sunglasses.

http://www.marksandspencer.com/c/beauty/filorga

 

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Products such as FaceB4 Face Wash (£14.95) are great to spring clean your skin before cleansing and to create a clean, healthy shine free skin base. It helps to instantly remove the bad bacteria that causes spots making a fresher, healthier base for make-up resulting in a radiant finish in just 4 days and works to eradicate the bacteria that causes spots in under 20 seconds.

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There are times when products come into the market that really do stand out. Lustre Pure Light is that kind of product, buying antibiotics as an acne cure can aggravate the skin – there is a need to create a safer alternative. Lustre Pure Light is very simple and effective as you place the pads on your face and let the blue light therapy do the trick! It has clinically proven technology to eliminate spot-causing bacteria.

Website - www.lustrepurelight.com

Stockist – Exclusive to Boots at £199

 

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Refine and smooth lifeless skin with Good Things Manuka Honey Refining Scrub (£4.99) that captures all the incredible hydrating nourishing and youth-preserving benefits of this renowned superfood. Manuka Honey balances moisture levels keep skin clear and hydrated while assisting in the growth of new cells, tissue and collagen to prevent the signs of ageing. Oatmeal possess a natural exfoliating power to gently remove dead skin cells while soothing dry and irritated skin.

 

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Honey and Oatmeal Scrub

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Dead skin cells and dirt can stick to the skin’s surface, threatening to block pores and making the skin appear dull. Banish impurities and dead skin cells with this ingenious homemade scrub. This mask can be used by anyone, especially people with sensitive or dry skin. The recipe makes enough for one face-mask.

1/4 cup finely ground oats (use a coffee grinder)

2 tablespoons whole-milk plain yogurt, preferably organic

1 teaspoon honey

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until it forms a paste.

Apply to your face and neck.  Skin should be clean and dry to start. Let the mask set for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water and pat (never rub!) skin dry.

 

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14
Mar 14

Set into Spring

Treatment of the week

Obagi Skin Peel

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   Acne is a common condition that occurs when hair follicles are blocked by oil or dead skin cells and become inflamed. Adult acne affects 25% of adult men and 50% of adult women at some time in their adult lives. 1/3 of adults affected with facial acne also have acne on their back and body. If you look beyond what the high street has to offer, there are more effective ways in treating acne. I’d recommend looking at the Obagi range home care and clinic treatments. Obagi has a arrange of skin-peels to treat all skin conditions, such as acne and acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles. This is done through a combination of two different skin peels low concentration of Trichloroacetic

Acid is mixed with a special blue base to ensure an even, uniform distribution prior to application. Obagi Blue Skin Peel allows the medical practitioner to regulate the depth of the peel to remove surface layers of aged and damaged skin, the 2nd skin peel is completely made up of salicylic acid which acne does not like for acne.

 Chemical peeling does sound scary and brutal but it’s quite the opposite, Trichloroacetic Acid a variant of acetic acid and salicylic acid, which is safe to use in practiced hands. The mixture for Obagi is coloured blue, the advantage of this is that as it the blue becomes darker in colour so that the practitioner can see the correct depth of penetration in your skin.

For more information go on (obagi.com) and www.leegarrett.net

Products of the week

Derma V10

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 Signs of scar tissue, blemishes, signs of ageing, stretch marks or sun dehydration are often aliments that people seek to find a resolution for, so why not get one product that’ll help everything I just mentioned? Sounds too good to be true I know but Derma V10’s Rescue Oil’s helps improve the appearance of your skin thanks to it’s amazing formulation of Peach Kernal, Almond Oil and Sweet Primrose. Apply liberally and see the effects for yourself.

Available from Pound land, for yes you guess it – for a pound!

Skin Chemists – Bee Venom Facial

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Used by the Royal family, this little oil packs a punch! It helps to soften and calm the skin, as well as reducing lines and wrinkles – these products can help to treat a variety of skin issues. Bee Venom Facial Oil fuses efficacy and potency of the proven results of Bee Venom with the luxury and comfort of an oil to provide skin-tightening, toning and brightening benefits. I’d use this as an overnight treatment as it nourishes the skin after the damage caused from long working hours!

What is Bee Venom?

It sounds scary but it’s not as bad as what you think! Bee Venom contains key ingredients and plumping agents to smooth out the texture and appearance of fine lines. Plant extracts such as watercress, stinging nettles and horsetail help the skin revitalize and allow for sebum regulating. As it’s hailed as a non-surgical facelift and an organic alternative to Botox, it’s no wonder celebrities and Royals have used it!  Sounds ridiculously obvious, but do not use if you are allergic to bee stings!

SkinMed Aknicare CB Chest and Back

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 The back is a part of the body that should not be underestimated. Spotty backs and acne can occur from ignoring this area after going to the gym or excessively sweating. SkinMed’s Aknicare CB Chest and Back comes in a handy spray, which is perfect to get to those hard to reach areas!

Available at www.skinmed.com at £24.


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Feb 14

Turn Back Time…

Nowadays, you’re always faced with technology. From your smartphone to 3D TVs in your home, it’s no wonder your facial is becoming high tech! Non-invasive treatments such as Sciton Contour TRL laser is great for results, it’s described as a ‘Micro Laser Peel’ and it resurfaces the skin superficially using a computer guided scanner positioning the laser beam. A MicroLaserPeel removes a very thing layer of skin to improve fines lines, pigmentation, tone and texture – restoring a more youthful appearance.  It’s perfect to use if you need a quick pick me up, it safely treats fine lines and gives your skin a more youthful appearance. If you want a deep, lasting peel I’d recommend getting Fractional resurfacing which can be done to help minimize lip lines or any deep wrinkle and there is little to moderate downtime – that’s the beauty of the treatment!

For more information go on www.sciton.com

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Jan 14

Shine bright with BBL (BroadBand Light)

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Have you ever wondered why you have red veins on your cheeks? Thread veins (dilated capillaries). These can be caused by exposure to extreme hot or cold, but often the cause remains unknown. Creams containing vitamin K may help, while supplements such as bilberry, red vine leaf of Psycnhogenol are sometimes recommended.  But technology is every progressing and a really fantastic non-invasive treatment has hit the UK it’s called Broad Band Light BBL for short so no more painful electrolysis or pointless creams.

I would recommend a treatment such as broadband light (BBL), this uses light wavelengths that are absorbed into the thread veins to eradicate them BBL can treat a range of skin conditions, including redness, spider veins, pigmented patches and sun spots. It can also stimulate collagen production for an anti-ageing effect. And a much much smother complexion and can be used on all body parts, it also has another secret weapon in that it can remove unwanted hair.

In recent studies Sciton BroadBand Light treatments can change the expression of genes associated with the aging process to more closely resemble young skin. The study supports the hypothesis that regulators of aging an be altered in human skin using BBL technology! This is far more advanced that the usual IPL treatments.

BBL is a clinically sound solution for human anti-ageing and a long term alternative. This treatment is certainly worth saving for.


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Jan 14

New Year, New You!

 Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Years. Now see 2014 as a fresh start, an opportunity to amp up your beauty regime as well as improving your health.

Here are some great ideas to try and improve your skincare for 2014!

Your skincare new years resolutions!

Drink more water!

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Drinking more water hydrates your skin and gives you a more innate glow. It always promotes better circulation for that natural flush in your cheeks. The daily water intake on average should be 2.5 to 3 litres. If you want a change, indulge in fruit flavored water, herbal teas and coconut water for extra nutrient kicks. Steer clear of fruit juices they contain far to much sugar.

 Wear sunscreen every day

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No matter what month it is, you should be wearing sunscreen. The sun’s UV radiation can do damage even on the darkest days in England. Researchers over the years have shown that over exposure to the sun is the number one cause of wrinkles and patchy skin. An SPF Factor 15 or 30 or more provides the best defence against the harshness of the sunlight.  And watch out I have read that some of the energy saving lights are having an effect on our skin. I recommend products such as Ultrasun Tinted Face (£24.50).

Remove your make up before bed ladies and some men now days

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Something you were told to do countless times by magazines and experts but sometimes after a long day it seems like the last thing you want to do. Use Murad’s Refreshing Cleanser (£29) or Clairns Cleansing Milk (£18) to remove your makeup before you go to bed. Removing makeup, chemicals, dust and grimes that settles on your face clogs your pores and could result to ageing skin and acne and really dirty pillows.

Bin your old make up!

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Throw away those 3-year-old lipsticks and lotions and old brushes.  You are begging for acne and rashes if you carry on this bad habit. Your makeup can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Check the expiry date on every product and remember to throw it out.

Follow these little tips and you’ll be sure to be on the straight and narrow for 2014!

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13
Dec 13

Christmas Party Saviours

Winter Sunscreen

KIKO MAKE UP MILANO

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When I was first introduced to winter sunscreen, I thought that this would be an amazing idea to help protect your skin in the winter months! I’d recommend you wear sunscreen every day to help protect yourself from harmful UVA/UVB rays even though it’s not summer. Even in the cold, the sun can still damage skin! Skin professionals KIKO Make Up Milano have a new innovative skincare collection, ranging from Hands & Lips Winter Balm (£8.90) to help your fragile skin and their Winter Sunscreen is a triple protection product for and helps prevent the early signs of aging caused by non protected sun exposure. Perfect for the ski season!

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Simple things in life

SIMPLE SKINCARE

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Feeling grey in the cold weather? Thankfully skincare brand Simple have the solution for you with their King to Skin+ range, promising to help you find your perfect skincare and lifestyle regime based on a series of questions. Backed by 50 years of expertise, your routine can be adapted by making these ‘simple’ changes in skincare and lifestyle choices! Range includes ‘Sun-Kissed Moisture Cream’, ‘Moisture Boost Hydro Mist’.

www.simple.co.uk/simplesense

Christmas Party Saviors

GLAMGLOW FACE MASKS

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Originally created for behind the scenes use in Hollywood to create immediate camera-ready glowing skin, this is seen to be Hollywood’s best kept secret!

All seen as ‘performance driven’ super masks, which sounds it should be on Top Gear rather than in a bathroom cabinet. Their range helps to give you instant skin gratification, a 10 minute facial in a jar helps to restore your skin. Indulge your skin as much as you indulge yourself during the Christmas party season and try this out. Wash it off to reveal a bright, smooth complexion. Remember to drink plenty of water during the Christmas period to make sure you look your best! Alcohol dehydrates your skin so drinking a lot of water will help to make sure you look your best!

£49.99 and available at http://www.glamglowmud.co.uk/glamglow/ 

WELEDA SKIN FOOD

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Another great Christmas party savior is Weleda’s Skin Food, which is an intensive moisture cream. Seen to be a cult favourite since 1926 and helps replenish your skin. Ideal for dry and thirty skin, especially dry patches such as elbows. It’s full of organic chamomile, calendula and wild pansy to soothe rough skin, plus rosemary to revitalize dull complexions, the deep-penetrating cream is love for its richness and gentleness. It also smells nice! Put this is on if you want a skin boost throughout the day.

£8.95 and available at http://www.weleda.co.uk/balms/skin-food-75ml/invt/106013 

Remember to tweet me @LeeSkinGuru x


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Nov 13

Sexy Skincare

ORICO TRANSCENT MARINE RADIANCE SERUM

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If you’ve read my column before you would know how much I love Orico products, they offer clinically proven organic skincare and it’s high performing even though it’s developed with natural ingredients. It’s also designed to help with city living such as pollution, air condition, heating and stress.

Their new Transcend Marine Radiance Serum has been developed to help illuminate, tighten, diminish wrinkles and deeply hydrate all with a FLASH! I like that it contains Vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect skin cells from pollution.  It feels light to use and you can see results after a while. It’s perfect as it’s nice to use as well as hydrating and also makes the skin look brighter and clearer. Your skin feels great after trying this; it gives you a nice glow like you’ve been in a spa retreat rather than a night out on the razz.

Available from www.oricolondon.co.uk  and priced at £34.

BEAUTYLAB MICROPOLISH DERMABRASION

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For a deep exfoliation I’d recommend Microdermabrasion (go on www.leegarrett.net for more details on prices) that revitalizes the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles. It also stimulates collagen production, which helps to thicken and plump out the skin.

A great alternative to a clinic microdermabrasion is BeautyLab’s Micropolish Dermabrasion, which is a nice luxury treatment to do at home. It contains quartz, gold dust (yes, really!) and helps provide an optimum cell renewal action with its glycol-peel! I’d recommend using it twice a week for an anti-ageing boost.

Available at http://www.harveynichols.com/ and priced at £45.

Another treatment I wanted to talk to you about is Spa Find’s Stabilizing Mud Mask – which is a rich mud mask, devoted to deep cleansing those all important pores. Smoothing and brightening the skin is always something we are looking for in a product and this certainly del

BENEFIT SKINCARE

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Turning to skincare from a cosmetics brand might be a risky move as you’re never sure that their skincare range would be well thought out. With Benefit’s Skincare there is no doubt that these are great products. Scrubs such as their refined Polish help get rid of dirt and makeup effectively and prepares your skin for moisturizing.

This is great for oily skin, especially when you worry about products stripping your skin as it balances out your skin. The exfoliate has a micro beads in it and gets rid of dead skin cells and make the face feel super soft.

Available at http://www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk and £17.50.

Remember to tweet me @LeeSkinGuru! x


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Nov 13

You Glow Girl

Hello everyone,

Hope you’re all well and wrapping warm it’s now getting cold so you need to switch up your skincare routine. This week I’m talking about avoiding dirty pillows, how to get a body like Elle Macpherson and how you need to get scientific with your skincare! Sounds strange I know but all will be revealed!

New in this week

BAREMINERALS ACTIVE CELL RENEWAL NIGHT SERUM

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Ever get the feeling that your skin needs that extra boost during the winter months? After a long day and a supposedly good night sleep it still doesn’t cut it when you look at the mirror. Use a night serum such as bareMinerals Active Cell Renewal Night Serum which is specially formulated using a unique moisture boost technology and maximizes cellular renewal and feels like your skin has had a big drink of water without having to go to the tap! It also is used to protect your skin all day long, leaving your skin firmer, healthier and younger.

Night serums also have a reputation to ruin your pillows, luckily this sinks into the skin perfectly! Good thing for your skin as well as your pillowcases.

Available at www.bareminerals.co.uk at £38.

Treatment of the week

ELLE MACPHERSON THE BODY

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I always want to make sure that you get the best of the your skincare and make sure that you glow just like a celebrity. Celebrity endorsed products are always tricky to recommend but Elle Macpherson’s ‘The Body’ range is something to rave about. Inspired but her own beauty regime, her range is full of innovations and is perfect to prep and maintain your skin’s natural beauty. The range is very diverse with aromatherapy foot spas, IPL Hair Removal and a pedicure system. These products seem to have been well thought out by the model, and who can blame her with her reputation as she has always been called ‘the body’.

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I’d recommend her Rotating Dry Brush, which is perfect for during the winter months – it’s an exfoliating and circulation boosting little gadget. True to Elle’s natural beauty ethos it has 100% natural bristles and should be used to body brush, which helps to remove toxins, exfoliates dead skin and aids lymphatic drainage.

Availabe at Boots and Debenhams and priced at £39.99.

Splash the Cash

FUNCTIONALAB FIRST SIGNS ANTI-AGEING CREAM

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Cosmeceuticals are on the up, more and more people are turning to scientifically researched products to ensure maximum results. The price tag however do put people off cosmeceuticals in general. However I’d recommend giving it a go and it might surprise you! Products such as Functionalab’s breakthrough cosmeceuticals prolong the lifespan of skin cells, reduce DNA damage and tackle the signs of aging.

This week I’m focusing on their First Signs Anti-Ageing Cream, priced at £70 seems scary at first but think about the results after a few uses. Starting as soon as the late 20s, the skin cells significantly reduce the production of elastin and so the first signs of ageing appear such as fine lines. This cream is formulated to delay that process and encourage elastin production. Also if you’ve read my previous columns you would know how important it is to be ‘city pollution’ aware! This helps enhance their anti-oxidant protection from daily stresses and urban pollution.

This is ‘made to measure’ skincare and I’d recommend looking into their wide array of products on www.boots.com.

Skincare Tip of the Week

JOJOBA

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Straight out of Australia comes a ‘miracle’ skincare product, Jojoba promises to save you time in your beauty as it promises to benefit a wide range of beauty issues such as Rosacea, Acne, dry skin, Dermatitis and much more. Only apply a small amount and massage well to add warmth for maximum results. Use this before your moisturiser and continue your beauty regime as usual. My tip of the week is to use this as a hair treatment as well to give your locks shine and softness. Use it to seal split ends as it helps moisturize your hair follicles and prevents it from becoming brittle and dull.

Who knew you could get so much out of a few drops of Jojoba? Even though the name does sound it should be an Ozzie musical instrument.

Available from www.oneway2naturalhealth.com and is £12.99.

Send me a tweet with any questions you might have about the column on @LeeSkinGuru and I’ll see you in a fortnight!

Lee x x x

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