Look younger with Lesley
Anti-ageing guru Lesley Reynolds reveals the latest treatments to help you stay youthful
From wrinkles and redness to dehydration and increased sensitivities, air pollution isn’t just damaging our health; it’s making us look years older. Here’s how to fight dirty…
BOOK A DEEP-CLEANSING FACIAL
Effective cleansing is absolutely vital in order to remove dirt, pollution particles and make-up, and help unblock pores. Pollution particles attach to dead skin cells and can be very hard to remove, so having a deep-cleansing professional facial once a month will help to zap the nasties. Try Hydrafacial, which combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration, redlight therapy and antioxidant protection, all in one session. Costs from £125 (visit hydrafacial.co.uk).
FIGHT BACK WITH A PEEL
Pollution matter is a damaging mix of chemical and dust particles, small enough to enter skin. Pollutants trigger the immune system to produce excessive melanin that attacks the skin barrier, resulting in increased sebum production and clogged pores. A glycolic facial peel acts to decongest the skin and, combined with light-based photodynamic therapy (PDT), it will also stimulate collagen. Peels start from £60; PDT from about £120.
TIGHTEN AND REJUVENATE
Skin tone and texture can often take a hit as we age, thanks to the free radicals caused by pollution. To improve this, try Forma, a non-invasive treatment that uses radio frequency via a small hand-piece. It can treat the skin of the forehead, eye area and jowls, as well as smile lines. It’s painless (it feels like a warm massage) and has no downtime. From £300 per treatment.
AND DON’T FORGET…
Increase your intake of pollution-fighting nutrients – greens, berries, peppers, sweet potatoes, carrots and chillis. Nuts and seeds are great, too, as are live yoghurt, seaweed and flavonoids (red wine, tea, cacao and red fruits like cherries and berries).
I apply a creamy cleanser with a flannel twice a day to gently exfoliate. Serums and moisturisers packed with antioxidants, like vitamins C and E, help to neutralise free-radical damage.
Good-quality mineral make-up doubles up as a skin shield, as the molecules are too large to be absorbed, and it won’t clog pores. Try BPC Mineral Makeup, which gives amazing coverage (visit harleystreetskincare.co.uk).