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Transform your skin in just 12 weeks

Each week our experts Dr AAMER KHAN and LESLEY REYNOLDS bring you the latest beauty news and anti- ageing advice


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RECENT studies have revealed that as you get older it can take 12 weeks for skin to rejuvenate – up to 60 days for the top layer to renew and three months for new collagen and cellular activity to kick in.

The good news is you can give your skin a helping hand during this three- month period using a combinatio­n of diet, potent skincare, lifestyle changes and the best clinic treatments.

A study found poor sleepers showed more pronounced signs of ageing, their skin was more dehydrated and it didn’t recover as quickly from exposure to UV rays. Lack of sleep can also make skin conditions such as acne and rosacea worse.

Sleep on your back or use a silk pillowcase, £ 60 ( whitecompa­ny. com) to protect your skin during sleep. Turn down heating in the bedroom as it can dry out your skin overnight.

Exercise is an anti- ageing must for both your skin and body as it protects cells. Just two 60- minute workout sessions a week can dramatical­ly boost skin radiance and make you look decades younger.

When you’re stressed your brain releases the stress hormone cortisol into your bloodstrea­m. This tells oil glands to ramp up production, leading to breakouts. Stress also dilates blood vessels, which causes redness and aggravates rosacea.

Skin also becomes dehydrated, sensitive and more susceptibl­e to damage. Meditation, yoga and physical activity can all help.

You can tackle wrinkles or pigmentati­on marks with potent skincare but it will take at least three months to see any benefits.

Your basic skincare routine should include cleanser, serum, moisturise­r, a night treatment, exfoliator and mask. To lift and plump skin, look for antioxidan­ts like vitamin C to brighten skin, peptides to prevent sagging and hyaluronic acid to plump and moisturise.

Use retinol to tackle wrinkles, boost collagen and fade pigmentati­on.

Let each cream or serum sink in before layering the next one.

Two of our favourites:

Skinbetter Science AlphaRet Overnight Cream, £ 101 ( from clinics only) fades the appearance of wrinkles and pigmentati­on marks, plumps skin, improves moisture retention and boosts collagen.

Hyaluronic acid injectable­s even out lumps and bumps without surgery. A topical anaestheti­c is applied before hyaluronic dermal fillers are injected under the skin into areas

Neostrata Tri- Therapy Lifting Serum, £ 79, ( neostrata. co. uk) reduces the appearance of deep wrinkles.

Sunscreen is the best anti- ageing cream money can buy, as damage caused by penetratin­g UV rays is the biggest threat to your skin.

Always wear broad- spectrum SPF sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, and choose at least SPF30. Once you start blocking UVA and UVB rays, you’ll see an improvemen­t in both skin texture and tone.

Try Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 Anti Ageing Moisturise­r SPF30, £ 14.99 ( boots. com), a fast- absorbing, non- greasy SPF moisturise­r.

Cleanse properly, morning and night or your pores will be congested and blocked. Finding the right formula for your skin type is essential as the wrong one can cause damage over time.

A non- foaming, gentle formula will suit all skin types. Cleansing

to be contoured. The results are instant and it’s pretty painless, although you may have minimal swelling for a few days. Results can last a year or longer. Do go to an experience­d doctor.

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