Decent skincare products are a given in the pursuit of complexion perfection. Therefore, a good (ideally double) cleanser, daily SPF and suitable hydration as anti-ageing treatments are the absolute bare basics.
Ask any beauty experts and they will advise a whole host of remedies. From toners, acids and serums to eye creams, they will recommend all sorts of repair/anti-ageing items, too. But, however huge your product portfolio or the accompanying price tag is, there’s a limit to what topicals can achieve. When mere moisturiser is no longer enough, it might be time to explore another avenue. Welcome the new generation of non-surgical cosmetic anti-ageing treatments on offer. And, believe it or not, you can find it all on a High Street close to you.
Injectables get to the point
Botox is one of the most popular anti-ageing treatments in the world with good reason: it really works. It’s a fast, effective way to tackle all manner of issues from crow’s feet to frown and forehead lines. Originally used for medical purposes, Botox is the brand name of the Botulinum toxin. This treatment works by paralysing the muscles that gather skin into folds. Its effects are temporary, but you’ll see results in days and they last for weeks and weeks. Choose a reputable clinic with qualified doctors or nurse practitioners and ask to see ‘before and after’ photos. Less is definitely more where Botox is concerned. The right doctor will be happy to help you look naturally refreshed, not ‘wind tunnel’ frozen.
Get your glow on
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and laser facials remain under the radar to some extent. But they’re the secret skincare weapon of the celebrity, thanks to their ability to (discreetly) regenerate skin from deep within. Meanwhile, modern lasers can address lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, texture and tone with minimal pain or downtime.
There are many different anti-ageing treatments on the market so which ones should you choose? We recommend VBeam Perfecta, Ultherapy, LightFusion and ClearLift, which won Best Anti-Ageing Treatment at the 2017 MyFaceMyBody Awards. Sometimes known as the ‘laser face lift’, the ClearLift Laser penetrates deep within the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin production. So there’s no tell-tale surface redness or damage. To soften fine line lines and wrinkles, diminish pigmentation and plump, lift and firm the skin, your answer could be ClearLift. The treatment takes just 20 minutes, which is a plus. It’s suitable for the face, décolletage and even the tricky-to-treat hand and neck area.
A stitch in time…
Injectables such as Botox and Dermal Fillers aren’t the only aesthetic treatments that use needles. As its name suggests, microneedling uses tiny, fine needles to puncture the skin (less scary than it sounds). This creates a controlled injury in order to stimulate collagen production and encourage regeneration. It’s an excellent acne scar treatment and can also address pigmentation and stretch marks.
Slightly more hard-core anti-ageing treatments include the Thread Lift and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy. The latter is also known as the Vampire Face Lift. The former uses safe, biodegradable threads, which are gently inserted under the skin to lift and firm the face. Thankfully, there are no big incisions or surgery to deal with. The procedure takes less than an hour and uses topical anaesthetic. You can tailor the number and location of the threads (which break down naturally in the body within 12 to 18 months) to your individual face to meet your expectations.
PRP Therapy hit the headlines a few years ago when Kim Kardashian posted a blood-spattered photo of herself on Instagram. But they’re more science than sensationalist. PRP facials harness the anti-ageing/regenerative properties of your own blood. It is withdrawn from your arm and then spun in a specialist PRP centrifuge. You will find plasma and platelets are removed then injected back into your face after a topical anaesthetic is applied. The theory is that these platelets, which play a key role in repairing damaged blood vessels and cells. This, in turn, will help to stimulate new collagen and elastin fibres, leading to younger, firmer looking skin. This anti-ageing treatment is not cheap (did we mention Kim Kardashian?!) and, for best results, a course of three is recommended.