Look younger with Lesley

Anti-age­ing guru Lesley Reynolds re­veals the lat­est treat­ments to help you stay youth­ful

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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…


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).


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.


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.


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).

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