7 (se­cret) ways to look younger

There comes a time when some of your crowd are look­ing fab­u­lous but you can’t put your fin­ger on why. Sharon Walker lifts the lid on how some women are hold­ing back the years

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Our jaw bones shrink as we age, with discernible ef­fects on the shape of our faces and state of skin (ie: sag­gi­ness). “I re­store def­i­ni­tion and firm­ness by in­ject­ing mini ‘filler pil­lars’ at the side of the face, just be­low the ears. They cre­ate a scaf­fold-like sup­port, which lifts skin back up and out,” says in­jecta­bles queen Dr Bar­bara Sturm. “Be­cause no­body thinks you put filler there, they can never put their fin­ger on why you look so great. It can also be done last minute as it’s in­jected right at the edge of the face.” Dr-bar­bara-sturm.com


They’re call­ing it the seven-day blow-dry, but what you won’t know is that the lat­est hair fix ac­tu­ally in­volves se­cret ex­ten­sions to add vol­ume as well as style. As the ex­ten­sions are stuck in us­ing (med­i­cal-grade) tape rather than in­di­vid­ual bonds, and are added in mod­er­a­tion for a sub­tle swell, they only take 40 min­utes and feel as fuss-free as they look. They can be slipped out af­ter a week, or kept in for up to 10, if you don’t mind the main­te­nance. The 7-Day Blowdry, us­ing Vol­umeze ex­ten­sions, is avail­able at Stephanie Pol­lard, from £270; 020 7751 5673

In­stant eye opener

Doc­tors are us­ing nee­dles, not knives, to open the eye area and lift brows – it’s one of the most re­fresh­ing things you can do. “We use a Bo­tox­filler combo,” says Dr Michael Prager, who’s known for his clever work. “The Botox goes in along the bony ledge of the eye socket to re­lax the mus­cles that pull the eye­brow down, then the hol­lows above the eye­brows, which creep up on you as you age, are filled.”


It’s nor­mally used to lengthen lashes, but some pros are pre­scrib­ing for­mu­las like Latisse to fill in brows, which be­come patchy with age. It can even be mas­saged into thin­ning hair lines, some derms say. And here’s a tip: when you get your brows threaded, get them tinted, too. It takes sec­onds, but vo­lu­mises, cov­ers fad­ing hairs and adds a youth­ful shine. Latisse.com; Li­lash.com, both from around £100


Irises, like skin, lose pig­ment with age. “It’s down to ul­tra­vi­o­let, and the age­ing process,” says Op­tique 20/20 op­ti­cian, Hi­tash Visava­dia. “More and more women are sup­ple­ment­ing their rou­tines with tinted con­tact lenses, which in­crease depth of colour and def­i­ni­tion.” Try Acu­vue De­fine Lenses (from £19.99).


There’s a rea­son make-up artists use con­cealer around the nose. “Those lit­tle veins around nos­trils are a stealth ager,” says lead­ing aes­theti­cian Dr Vicky Don­dos. She loves the new Cutera Ex­cel V laser, which zaps vas­cu­lar blem­ishes like spi­der veins and rosacea in­stantly: “Some clients ditch their con­cealer af­ter a few ses­sions.” From £350; Medicetics.com

A juicier com­plex­ion

Retinol is an A-grade col­la­gen booster and now that im­proved for­mu­la­tions mean the OTC ver­sions are (nearly) as ef­fec­tive as their pre­scrip­tion coun­ter­parts, savvy women are adding it to their skin­care rou­tines – with glow­ing re­sults. Get in on the act with the ex­cel­lent Su­per­star Retinol Night Oil from beauty’s favourite ‘se­cret’ brand Pes­tle

& Mor­tar (£63).

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