Beauty bible

A new high-end fa­cial can’t solve daily wor­ries, but it can take away the lines they leave

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - Contents - Celia Walden

How to beat ‘anx­i­ety face’

IF YOU’RE VAIN, don’t write a book. When I lifted my head after writ­ing ‘the end’ on mine the other day, it was the scaled and lined vis­age of a pre­his­toric, gecko-like crea­ture be­long­ing on a plinth in the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum.

The rims of my glasses had left red ridges be­neath my eyes, my forehead was lined and my ‘elevenses’ (the two par­al­lel lines be­tween my brows) deeper than ever. Also – pre­sum­ably be­cause I can never be both­ered to sort out ei­ther my chair or desk height to en­sure I’m not star­ing down at a screen for 10 hours a day – I seemed to have ac­quired a set of mar­i­onette lines pulling my mouth down into my neck that I was si­mul­ta­ne­ously hor­ri­fied and fas­ci­nated by.

There’s a term for this – bless­edly tem­po­rary – af­flic­tion, I found out when I con­sulted skin ex­pert Dr Nyla Raja: ‘anx­i­ety face’. The clients book­ing into both her Har­ley Street and Cheshire clin­ics will try to de­tail what they don’t like about their faces, some­times even dis­solv­ing into tears as they do so. But, Dr Raja says, ‘re­ally it’s the anx­i­ety of life re­flected there that they don’t like’.

Con­cerned all th­ese ground-down peo­ple are turn­ing to needles un­nec­es­sar­ily, Dr Raja has de­vised a 360-de­gree lunchtime fa­cial so­lu­tion, the Face Re­model, that com­prises three of my favourite non-invasive tech­nolo­gies – ra­dio fre­quency, ul­tra­sound and char­coal peel – to lift and im­prove skin tex­ture while stim­u­lat­ing the skin to ‘self-heal’. And the best thing is, it’s prac­ti­cally pleas­ant. Warm­ing and re­lax­ing, it de­liv­ers an in­stant lift and glow. And with only min­i­mal red­ness ex­pe­ri­enced for a few hours af­ter­wards and in­creased skin plump­ness that lasts for three months, this might as well be re­named the Anx­i­ety Blaster.

But those who don’t fancy fork­ing out £1,500 (doc­ needn’t work them­selves into another frenzy. There are some im­pres­sive take-home treat­ments out there too – and I’ve rounded up five of the best.

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