Eight pro­fes­sional tips and tricks for a gor­geous year ahead

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1 THE NEW THE­ORY What’s re­ally hap­pen­ing when you sud­denly crave glazed dough­nuts? In the past, ex­perts may have at­trib­uted this to a lack of willpower, but now things have changed. “Ap­prox­i­mately 20 per­cent of daily calo­ries are used by our brains. As brain ac­tiv­ity is so costly, self-con­trol and de­ci­sion-mak­ing can­not be re­lied on in­def­i­nitely. As a re­sult, willpower is a lim­ited re­source,” says Dr. Darya Pino Rose, au­thor of Food­ist: Us­ing Real Food and Real Sci­ence to Lose Weight With­out Di­et­ing. “Iron­i­cally, in­creas­ing your blood su­gar can help re­store willpower. But find­ing a healthy way to raise blood su­gar in a state of de­pleted willpower can pose quite the dilemma. Tired brains find it eas­ier to just grab a cookie. In or­der to achieve true suc­cess in health and weight loss, we’re bet­ter off quit­ting di­ets and fo­cus­ing on build­ing healthy habits we en­joy.” What we per­ceive as carbs are ac­tu­ally fats with no nu­tri­tion. So when­ever you’re tempted, ask your­self: is this nat­u­ral or pro­cessed? 2 THE RIGHT APPS Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study at the Light­ing Re­search Center at Rens­se­laer Polytech­nic In­sti­tute in Troy, New York, peo­ple who spent two hours us­ing a de­vice with a back­lit LED dis­play – such as an iPhone or iPad – had a cor­re­spond­ing dip in mela­tonin lev­els. “Mela­tonin is the ‘dark­ness hor­mone’,” says lead re­searcher Mar­i­ana Figueiro. An in­crease in mela­tonin pro­duc­tion – which usu­ally kicks in about two hours be­fore your nat­u­ral bed­time – preps you for sleep, telling the body it’s time to nod off, she says.

So while it may feel cosy to get caught up in In­sta­gram as you snug­gle in, pro­longed view­ing can cut into your sleep or make it dif­fi­cult to fall asleep at all. Worse, ex­perts the­o­rise that late-night tech time may be to blame for those im­pos­si­ble-to-lose 10 pounds. There is the old ad­mon­ish­ment to shut down, but that’s eas­ier said than done.

Of course, if we can’t stay away from our iPhones, then we might as well take ad­van­tage of mod­ern stress-busters. Here are some vi­tal down­loads: LIFT APP: Get sup­port on cre­at­ing a new habit to stay younger and slim­mer with the Lift app, be it go­ing to bed ear­lier or run­ning ev­ery morn­ing. HEADSPACE APP: Try the site’s guid­ed­mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion ses­sions on the go, for re­lax­ation ses­sions that are quicker than your av­er­age cab ride. ISLEEP EASY APP: Deep breath­ing leads to deep sleep­ing with this app, a med­i­ta­tion­based sub­sti­tute for sleep­ing pills. YOGIC BREATH APP: Tap into pranayama, or yogic breath­ing, with a se­lec­tion of breath­ing tech­niques.

And when it is bed­time, check out. Avoid any night­time screen ac­tiv­ity that’s too ac­tive, be it rapid-fire tex­ting with a friend or get­ting amped up on An­gry Birds.


Aside from a vis­i­ble im­prove­ment in health and clear­ness of the mind, breath­ing in na­ture may just be the most in­ex­pen­sive and ba­sic way to a beau­ti­ful you. Dr. Liam Harkness of Be Ur­ban Well­ness is a loyal fol­lower of Earthing (, a world­wide move­ment fast gain­ing grounds for its the­ory that mod­ern life­style has dis­con­nected hu­mans from the earth’s en­ergy, thus con­tribut­ing to ail­ments and ac­cel­er­ated age­ing. “You know how we tend to think of go­ing to the beach on a hol­i­day to unwind? This is a nat­u­ral pro­cliv­ity be­cause we be­long to na­ture and we ab­sorb the earth’s en­ergy when our feet hit the ground. That is why we feel so re­ju­ve­nated.” The ideal so­lu­tion is to sim­ply kick off your Louboutins for a few hours each day and walk bare­foot – if you can, sit on the grass and take in the fresh air. For those who have no ac­cess to such priv­i­leges, then Earthing’s Uni­ver­sal Mat will bring the won­ders of Mother Na­ture to you. BAZAAR TIP: Treat your feet to some much-needed TLC. “Foot mas­sage can re­lieve eye strain, re­lax­ing and open­ing the face and al­low­ing our beauty to shine through eas­ily,” says Me­lanie Sachs, au­thor of Ayurvedic Beauty Care.


Shares Dr. Kee of Sloane Clinic, “Ul­tra­sound has been around since 2009, but we are see­ing a trend of pa­tients look­ing for some­thing non-in­va­sive. Most of the treat­ments that see great re­sults are those that stim­u­late col­la­gen pro­duc­tion by cheat­ing the skin into think­ing it has been dam­aged.” Ulthera, an ul­tra­sound ther­apy that has gar­nered rave re­views, now in­cludes the body. Ad­di­tion­ally, the new Clear + Bril­liant Per­mea, says Dr. Teh Jia Li, con­sul­tant aes­thetic physi­cian at Bev­erly Wil­shire Med­i­cal Cen­tre, “will com­bine the Clear and Bril­liant laser with a top­i­cal an­tiox­i­dant treat­ment. The spe­cial Per­mea hand-piece is op­ti­mised for brighter, more even skin tone and en­hanced skin per­me­abil­ity.” BAZAAR TIP: La Mer Treat­ment Lo­tion and the Lift­ing Con­tour Serum are your must-haves for a con­toured face shape and lu­mi­nes­cent com­plex­ion. Mr. Yuthavee Visit­sun­thorn, re­gional ed­u­ca­tion man­ager of La Mer, ad­vo­cates prep­ping the face with the lo­tion first and then mas­sag­ing in the serum with the unique Lift­ing Con­tour Mas­sage. 5 THE EN­HANCED LIFT “When you hit your 40s and 50s, you can’t rely on Bo­tox alone as it works mainly on mus­cles. I fore­see that this year will see more fillers com­ing up to ad­dress the more su­per­fi­cial fine lines,” says Dr. Kee. The key lies in hit­ting the right places; Dr. Fred­eric Brandt likes in­ject­ing near the hair­line for a lift­ing ef­fect most no­tice­able in the brows and fore­head. Over­seas, a new form of Bo­tox claims to stymie ex­ces­sive sweat­ing and break­outs. While we wait for it to pass a sec­ond trial, Dr. Teh clues us in on the Bev­erly Wil­shire Sig­na­ture Lift: “Com­bin­ing dif­fer­ent modal­i­ties of threads, fillers, and Bo­tox, this lift ad­dresses age­ing and re­de­fines the nose. It’s the non-sur­gi­cal method to facelift and rhino­plasty.” BAZAAR TIP: “If you over­stim­u­late your skin, your cells can’t turn over as quickly, and you are re­mov­ing the nat­u­ral mois­ture fac­tor of the skin, leav­ing it vul­ner­a­ble,” says Laura Nicholson, Swiss Line in­ter­na­tional train­ing man­ager. “Retinol is light-sen­si­tive so the best time to use it is at night.” Use Cell Shock Age In­tel­li­gence PM-Re­pair Lo­tion, which con­tains Retinol Cy­clo Com­plex with the Youth-In­duc­ing Cream, to smoothen wrin­kles and shrink pores. 6

THE NEXT MATT In the heat of Fash­ion Week, mod­els were treated to a rare spot of pam­per­ing as Estée Lauder cre­ative di­rec­tor and back­stage main­stay Tom Pecheux made sure to first prep their skin with a soothing mas­sage fo­cus­ing on spe­cific pres­sure points us­ing Estée Lauder Day­wear Ad­vanced Multi-Pro­tec­tion Anti-Ox­i­dant Mois­turiser and a quick dab of Re­vi­tal­iz­ing Supreme Crème, par­tic­u­larly un­der the eyes, the in­ner cor­ners, and the brow bone. No won­der the girls at Bal­main Spring/Sum­mer ’14 were pos­i­tively ra­di­ant, matt and ut­terly re­laxed. Pat McGrath, back­stage make-up ex­traor­di­naire, has also cre­ated run­way trends for the up­com­ing sea­son based on matt, vel­vety com­plex­ions, and a foun­da­tion that runs in the same vein – stay tuned. BAZAAR TIP: The SS14 twist on matt? Skin that is ef­fer­ves­cent but not dewy. Matt but never cakey, the se­cret lies in first prep­ping the skin with a lo­tion to en­sure it is even, toned, and per­fect for foun­da­tion. We like Clé de Peau Beauté Il­lu­mi­nat­ing Con­cen­trate, which boosts ra­di­ance with a lo­tion, an essence, and a mask.


Korean skin­care brand Sul­wha­soo has long favoured gin­seng and an­cient Korean medic­i­nal herbs, and the rest of the world is catch­ing on fast. Sothys has in­cor­po­rated Siberian gin­seng, known for its re­silience in the harsh­est en­vi­ron­ments, into the Life­line En­er­giz­ing Treat­ment, a fa­cial re­ported to im­me­di­ately re­store ra­di­ance. Lab Se­ries Skin­care for Men is also spic­ing up its Age Res­cue line with a Face Lo­tion and Eye Ther­apy in­fused with en­er­gis­ing gin­seng. Richard Sawyer, the brand’s in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor, re­veals, “G-Ac­tion – short for Gin­seng Ac­tion – speeds up the pen­e­tra­tion of the gin­seng ex­tract, which is very pure and en­cap­su­lated in such a way that it helps am­plify the skin’s en­ergy.” BAZAAR BAZAAR TIP: Con­sider other proven in­gre­di­ents like aloe vera, wolf­berry, and white jelly leaf. Olay has zoomed in on the lat­ter as a high­per­form­ing com­po­nent to hold wa­ter, thus keep­ing skin well hy­drated. 8 THE FRESH DETOX Liver cleanse, move aside – colon cleanses are now de rigueur, and they don’t have to be un­com­fort­able. Be Ur­ban Well­ness is kick-start­ing the new year with a so­phis­ti­cated colon cleanse pro­gramme. One starts with an Ep­som salt flush on the first day, fol­lowed by in­ges­tions of the In­testi­nal Draw For­mula to elim­i­nate tox­ins, a mapped-out seven-day se­ries of ther­a­pies that in­clude ab­dom­i­nal mas­sages, yoga, Pi­lates, as well as oxy­gen cham­ber and far-in­frared sauna ses­sions. Not quite ready to take the plunge? Ex­pel age­ing ox­i­dants by tak­ing a leaf from Liv Tyler’s page; a hot bath of de­hy­drated gin­ger, es­sen­tial oils, a cup of bak­ing soda, and Ep­som salts (just make sure th­ese in­gre­di­ents are paraben­free) will have you glow­ing in no time.

BAZAAR TIP: Twenty to thirty min­utes, once or twice a month, is all it takes to feel re­ju­ve­nated. We like Les Fleurs de Bach es­sen­tial oils; founded by Ger­ard Wolf, the all-nat­u­ral, cer­ti­fied or­ganic es­sen­tial oils are ex­tracted from flow­ers dis­cov­ered by Dr. Ed­ward Bach based on his meth­ods (the doc­tor iden­ti­fied 38 ba­sic neg­a­tive states of minds and cor­re­spond­ing flow­ers as rem­edy). For the ex­hausted mind and body, try Epuise­ment, a blend of cen­taury, horn­beam, oak, olive, and wild rose.

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