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Good news : it’s no longer necessary to starve yourself every day in order to lose weight. According to the “Intermittent Fasting ” principle, alternating a day of normal eating with a day without carbohydrates ( fast sugars, alcohol, pasta, bread, rice, cereals ), which cuts calorie intake by between 25 and 30 %, apparently has the same effect as a constant diet on the secretion of insulin, the reduction in tummy fat and in activating the basic metabolism. The “alternating diet sends a physiological signal of lower food intake, which acts both on the hypothalamus and on feeling hungry,” says Dr Lavinia Ionita. Studies have even shown that, like a traditional diet, Intermittent Fasting plays a positive role in oxidising stress, lipid levels and sirtuins ( longevity proteins ) with a truly preventive effect on ageing.” “Micro – needling ” clearly involves needles, but very tiny ones. The new method, already in vogue from New York to Paris, uses a cylinder equipped with 600 micro – needles just 1mm long. When rolled over lightly anaesthetised skin, it creates thousands of tiny channels in the skin through which a cocktail of active cell boosters ( vitamins, peptides, etc. ) can penetrate. The skin reacts and tenses up. Certain doctors compare the effect to that of chemical peeling without the redness that makes you afraid to go out for hours, or sometimes days. Another, even gentler, option is the Oxy – Valmont treatment available at the Cayola Spa in Paris. After lymph drainage and stimulation of the subcutaneous muscles, a sterile roller with micro – pins is rolled over the skin, to prepare it for a revitalising oxygen – propelled formula. It’s just as effective as medical treatments without having to forgo the relaxing spa atmosphere.
90 min., € 155. Cayola Spa, 57, rue de Bourgogne, Paris, 7th Gentler than resurfacing lasers, LEDs are becoming very popular in anti – ageing procedures. There’s no pain, or side effects. The idea is to expose the skin to the light on specific wavelengths that will boost cell activity to such an extent that the cells function as they did when they were young, resulting in a more toned look and a finer complexion. New protocols, such as CosméLED use this method, with micro – needling to maximise light and radiofrequencies Also worth noting are “soft ” lasers, such as InnerLazerLift by the East Bay Laser & Skin Center, in California. This technique uses a nozzle placed inside the mouth, which fills out the skin tissue from the inside to make naso – labial folds disappear. It’s a must for those of us who can’t bear the thought of needles, and for all softies generally, as there’s no pain, just a warm feeling. CosméLED € 350 for a 3– session, 3 day programme, Esthéclinic, 83, avenue de la Bourdonnais, Paris 7th East Bay Laser & Skin Care Center, 1479, Ygnacio Valley Road,
Walnut Creek, California. www.eastbaylaser.com A guarantee of new blood, literally, the molecule is similar, to the nearest atom, that of haemoglobin. Take chlorophyll capsules or as a concentrate diluted in water, in the long run, to increase the red blood cells, purify the liver and boost the skin’s ability to heal. A Middle Eastern high anti – oxidant cereal, freekeh is durum wheat harvested before it matures, flame – grilled to stop germination, then sun–dried. With a fibre content four times higher than wholemeal rice, a ridiculously low glycaemic index and high calcium, potassium, iron and zinc levels, you can leave the rice and pasta in the cupboard ! These nutritional concentrates contain all the amino – acids the body needs to function normally, plus a host of vitamins and minerals. Benefits include a perfect metabolism, constant control over lipid levels in the bloodstream and sharpened immune defences. With six times as much potassium as bananas, six times more Vitamin C than oranges, twice as much calcium as milk and twice as many anti – oxidants as goji berries, Vitamin B1 and soluble proteins, the baobab’s properties demonstrate why it is so effective in fighting fatigue, in helping the heart, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and even in making your skin healthier. It’s still hard to find in the West, but should soon be making its way into health shops.