Aging isn’t as much of an inevitability as it used to be…
If you really want to hold back the years, it is possible with countless miracle lotions and potions on the market, claiming to turn back time. To help you look as young as you feel on the big day, we’ve outlined your anti-aging options.
Every day a new miracle wrinkle buster pops up on the highstreet shelves and although it’s easy to dismiss these, some have proven results. Look out for products containing retinol as an active ingredient which helps skin cells regenerate better. Hydroxyl acids, such as glycolics also have a reputation for smoothing lines by chemically exfoliating the top layer of dead skin. Tea extracts will be found in most anti-aging products, as they anti-oxidise and reduce redness. They also importantly build collagen and help minimise cell damage.
When injected with a fine needle, Botox weakens the muscles, thus relaxing and softening the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The process is quick, not too painful and takes effect within three to seven days. It’s hailed as a wonder cure for wrinkles as the overall appearance of your skin will improve without looking harsh or incredible striking. Botox doesn’t last forever, fading within three months. However this can be beneficial if you’re after something relatively short-term and aren’t keen on maintenance. Although Botox has become undeniably mainstream, it does have negative side effects which are worth considering.
Kim Kardashian gave us all the fright of our lives when she recently appeared on magazine covers with her face covered in blood. At first glance it seemed the starlet had been photographed at the scene of a terrible accident, when in fact she had undergone a Vampire Facial.
The procedure essentially involved being drenched in your own blood. A doctor extracts blood from the arm and injects it under the surface of the skin using around 100 acupuncture style needles. The platelet-rich plasma then supposedly stimulates the production of the protein collagen, thought to rejuvenate the skin. Unfortunately this new craze hasn’t reached our shores just yet, but watch this space.
Called ‘Botox in a bottle’, every celebrity from Victoria Beckham to Kate Moss is getting their hands on Syn-Ake. It’s a protein which mimics the venom of a temple viper, and claims to be as effective as face-freezing injections. Last year Aldi launched the Lacura Wrinkle Stop cream, using Syn-Ake, costing £4.99 per tube. These sold out in a flash but have thankfully spawned more over-the-counter versions, such as; Transformulas Wrinkle Block Line Restriction Crème, £35, for 15ml, available at Boots and NIP+FAB Viper Venom Wrinkle Fix, £19.95 from Tesco.
Peels are thought of as the most severe form of anti-aging next to facelifts, even the name ‘chemical peel’ sounds unnerving. However, the procedure isn’t as intimidating as you might think.
Epionce Peels for example, use acid derived from fruit or a botanical source to break down certain oils and waters, encouraging the shedding of dead skin cells and boosting cell renewal. It’s a superficial peel, meaning that there’s no downtime and you can put on your makeup and go to work the next day as normal. Epionce peels are available in cosmetic clinics across Ireland and Northern Ireland. Cosmetech in Belfast offer one treatment at £90. Tel: 028 9042 3200. Cosmetech.co.uk.
CACI is a non-invasive treatment that replenishes your skin and defies the signs of aging by using microdermabrasion and LED light therapy photo stimulation to instantly firm the skin. It’s popular among celebrities like Goldie Hawn, Linda Evangelista and Jennifer Lopez.
The machine can be tailored to target areas that you feel most need attention. CACI has also brought in a 30 minute jowl procedure to improve the laxity of muscles on the jawline. CACI is available in salons across Ireland and treatments cost between €75 and €120. For your local salon tel: 01 2166693.
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