Last year Molly-Mae Hague documented her decision to adopt a more natural look, sharing videos of herself having her fillers dissolved. The 22 year old, who’s still with fellow Love Island beau Tommy Fury , said she was “going through the process of trying to make everything as natural as I possibly can.”
Molly-Mae isn’t the only one turning her back on injectables. Gemma Collins, 40, also had her Botox and fillers dissolved, saying celebs ‘all look the same’ while urging fans to ‘stay natural’.
And according to the expert OK! Exclusively quizzed about this – this will continue to be the trend for 2022.
“It’s no surprise that celebrities are turning away from injectables and having fillers dissolved,” says facialist and natural skincare expert, Lisa Harris who’s been involved in the skin health industry for 27 years. “I’m certainly seeing this trend reflected in my clinic in Surrey.”
“To get good skin you’ve got to use the right ingredients for your skin type,’ she explains. “Healthy skin starts from within the gut, and of the importance of probiotics in keeping the gut, skin and whole body healthy.”
“A lot of people have had injectables for years and are worried about how they’ll look if they stop,’ admits Lisa. ‘However there are now so many fantastic in-clinic treatments available that deliver just as good, if not better, results on the skin.’
What are the alternatives to injections?
Mainly, keep your skin well hydrated. “Dehydration is a huge contributor to fine lines,” says Lisa. And it’s never too early to start going for basic oxygen treatments, like a spa facial. She advises this from your 20s onwards.
It’s from our 30s onwards, according to Lisa – depending on our environment and lifestyle – when collagen slacks and the muscle becomes slack, hence the fine line stay.
“Try using radio frequency treatments,” advises Lisa. “The heat contracts the collagen and helps to boost and produce more healthy collagen cells. That’s going to help with hydration of the skin.”
As you get into your 30s, Lisa suggests upgrading your treatments – with muscle toning radiofrequency combined with mesotherapy.
“Mesotherapy is an alternative to filler,” she explains. “It will hydrate the epidermis to give a plump effect. Then, from 35 into your 40s, laser treatments like Cool Laser are amazing.”
What is cool laser therapy?
Cool Laser shot to fame as being the go-to treatment for the Kardashians.
“This non surgical treatment is a kinder alternative to chemical peels,” says Lisa. “It addresses fine lines, deep wrinkles, dull skin and pigmentation.
“It also uses a series of light pulses to kick start the process of developing new collagen and stimulating cell repair, leaving you with totally transformed skin.”
Best of all – there’s minimal downtime for this skin plumping procedure. Result!
What is a collagen wave treatment?
This is the NO 1 skin tightening treatment which is reportedly loved by Amanda Holden and Kylie Minogue – and again there’s no downtime needed so you could have the treatment and go out that evening.
“Radiofrequency penetrates into the cellular activity of the dermis which will help it to produce more collagen,” Lisa explains the science. “It heats up the skin, encouraging your fibroblasts to produce new collagen and elastin.”
According to Lisa, the results – which can last up to a year (longer than Botox) are plumper and more revitalised skin.
The facialist has even developed her own ‘Lisa Harris 3D Youth Treatment’ – which involves three technologies; HIFU which target the jowl, double chin and neck, Collagen Wave and mesotherapy.
“The mesotherapy doesn’t use needles. It’s fantastic for lines, it encourages more collagen and plumps up the skin,” says Lisa. “80-90% of the time it lasts longer than Botox or fillers and looks better!”
What are the skin care tips we should all be doing?
Looking good doesn’t have to mean a trip to a clinic or spa – according to Lisa there are basic rules we should all be using:
1. Use lymphatic drainage techniques on the face yourself
“I use this in the clinic for patients suffering from bloating around the face,’ explains Lisa. “But it is simple to perform on yourself at home too and just involves carrying out some simple face massage using your fingers – use the pads of your fingers and work upwards and from the middle of the face towards the lymph nodes around the neck and ears using gentle movements. This helps drain the fluid from the face to reduce puffiness and bloating.”
2. Swap all your fresh produce for organic for better gut health
“If you eat vegetables that have been sprayed with pesticides, those chemicals are killing your microbiome,” explains Lisa. “This can play havoc with the skin, from acne to dry skin and premature ageing.”
3. Reduce your salt intake to no more than 6g a day
“There are so many hidden salts in foods nowadays,’ explains Lisa. ‘But reducing salt intake will help to reduce skin bloating and also help to reduce the dehydration that can cause wrinkles.”
4. Take or eat probiotics
“Probiotics increase the amount of good bacteria in your gut so reduce bloating all over the body, including the skin,” says Lisa. She recommends plant-based yogurt, kefir, fresh sauerkraut and supplements as good sources of probiotics.
5. Use bicarbonate of soda on your skin – and in your drink
“Another trick at home is to add bicarbonate of soda into the enzyme cleanser, this will help to alkaline the skin because acne is acidic,” explains Lisa. ‘It helps clear up the bacteria on the skin. Another way of using bicarbonate of soda is by flushing out your system in the morning with hot water and lemon and bicarbonate of soda to help the inflammation.’
6. Avoid traditional soaps – and use natural ingredients in your bath
Soaps can compromise the skin’s defensive barrier causing dryness. Instead, when you have a shower or bath, add in olive oil or almond oil and just coat your skin in it. “I find that works a treat and I’ve been doing it for forty years,” smiles Lisa.
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