After holidaying in Miami one summer and witnessing what seemed like a parade of ‘when plastic surgery goes wrong’ women walking down the beach, I swore to myself that I would never go under the knife. Besides, why bother with anaesthetics, scars and pain when there are so many lotions and potions on the market that do an amazing job. Now, just to be realistic, no cream is ever going to make you look 21 again, but there is no doubt that there are certain products on the shelves that do make a difference to the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and the general appearance of your skin. Here are some of my favourites.
Tri-Aktiline instant deep wrinkle filler, £25.44 (available from Boots) is a brilliant alternative to Botox. It not only plumps up wrinkles but it contains an ingredient that encourages your skin to create its own collagen which will make your skin look fuller, fresher and younger.
For the more mature ladies out there forget about the face-lift, have a try of Garnier’s new moisturiser, Vital Restore Day SPF15, £9.99 (available nationwide), ticks all the boxes. Its main ingredient is orchid extract. Orchids are known for having a very long life-span, this is because they have the unique ability to renew cells and are constantly rejuvenating, they basically can bring themselves back to life. By including the extract in a moisturiser, those clever people at Garnier are recreating this effect for your skin. It is also intensely hydrating and contains an SPF15 which will help fight against premature ageing for younger users.
Finally, if you suffer with dark circles or bags under your eyes and you are at a loss at how to get rid of them then you will love DuWop circleblock, £18.67 (www.qvcuk.com), it’s a brand new product and combines everything you want from an under-eye product. Firstly there is the balm, which is packed with vitamins that brighten the area and start to restore the skin back to its former glory and secondly there is a concealer, so you can instantly disguise any dark circles. Finally, a product that combines long-term treatment with instant gratification.