Everyday we are bombarded with images of celebrities and women with perfect skin. On magazine covers, on the television and in adverts, these women seem to possess the flawless skin sought after by millions of women across the world.
Of course it would be much easier for women to not have to go through the daily rig moral of primers, foundations, concealers and powders. Quite often it becomes a vicious cycle. You develop skin blemishes, you wear makeup to cover it up, the makeup blocks the pores, more blemishes develop and so on. But the beauty industry isn’t letting up on the natural look. Over the last few seasons there has been more and more emphasis on the natural look with only slight accents of colour on lips and nails.
Just last week Cindy Crawford tweeted her views on make up, saying, ““As I’ve gotten older I wear less makeup. It can make you look older, and hopefully we get more comfortable in our skin.” The tweet was accompanied by a sultry black and white image of the model, appearing fresh faced and make up free.
Certainly the “natural look” (in beauty industry terms, anyway) has a kind of irony to it; looking like you have done nothing requires you to do something. So what are celebrities doing to achieve that flawless complexion?
Both Jennifer Anniston and Kim Kardashian have both accredited their prefect skin to regular resurfacing treatment. This laser treatment works to resurface the skin, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles and giving a youthful glow. It can be used on wrinkled and sun damaged skin as well as acne scars, freckles and on the face, hands and décolletage.
It works by delivering tiny columns of laser energy into the skin, leaving the rest of the skin undisturbed so that it heals quicker. It’s only mildly uncomfortable and the downtime recovery period is short enough – although you will look as if you have a case of sunburn for a few days afterwards so best not to schedule it the day before a big event. The results can be seen immediately although the best results happen a few weeks later when the skin is completely healed.
Prices from £250
Keeping the skin hydrated is a fundamental part of skin looking youthful and healthy. As we age, we lose volume beneath the skin, this initially presents itself as loss of elasticity. As the skin dehydrates, the very fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear.
Rehydration fillers work by replenishing the naturally occurring hyaluronic acid, which acts as trap for water molecules. This treatment involves tiny pinpricks of the filler being administered to multiple sites on the skin. We recommend at least three treatments with a four-week interval in between for the most effective outcome. However, this treatment can initially be done every two weeks for more immediate results. After the initial three, a maintenance treatment every four to six months is recommended, but ultimately the patient is free to decide when their top up is required.
This treatment is growing in popularity amongst celebrities because of its natural looking results.
Prices from £300