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
The new anti-ageing fixes that can help roll back the years
THE INVISIBLE FACE LIFT
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
THE HALF-HOUR HAIR TRANSFORMATION
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
A BEAUTIFUL GAZE
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).