Gwyneth Paltrow. Naomi Watts. Jennifer Aniston. Angelina Jolie. Just a few of the Hollywood heroines reported to be fan-girls of microneedling facials. It seems today’s stars are balking at the idea of setting foot on the slippery slope that led the likes of Joan Rivers to surgery slavery. They’re all about maintaining glowing, healthy skin naturally – from the inside out.
So what is this microneedling treatment they’re having, and how does it actually work? Let’s put your mind at ease for starters: it’s not as prickly as it sounds.
First of all, a nourishing or rejuvenating serum is applied to your skin, depending upon what it most needs. Then, the therapist uses the pen-like handset of the Meta Therapy machine to make little overlapping circular movements over the skin.
But what about the scary-sounding needles? Well, in a nutshell, they’re just a little cluster of eighteen microneedles in a disposable cartridge that’s fitted to the handset. They make the tiniest half-a-millimetre punctures in the skin’s surface, which allow the serum to sink in and nourish the skin more deeply. Those same invisible-to-the-naked-eye perforations make your body’s repair system sit up and take note, triggering the healing process and producing new collagen and elastin, which it rushes to the surface of your skin to heal the little holes.
As we age, collagen and elastin production in our bodies starts to decline, causing our skin to lose that lovely youthful bounce it once had. But needling stimulates the production of these strength- and elasticity-giving proteins to naturally rejuvenate your skin.
So if you’re feeling like your face, neck and décolletage could use a little anti-gravity assistance but you really don’t like the idea of going under the knife, our microneedling treatment – Dermatude Meta Therapy – could very well be your new best friend. It gets to work on smoothing out the texture of your skin and reducing acne scars and sunspots in just under an hour per treatment.
Of course, it’s even more effective if you start feeding your skin from the inside out too. Match Dermatude with dietary and sleep support and you’ll see real improvements in your complexion. Collagen and elastin-supporting foods include eggs, beans, seeds and avocados… so don’t forget to put them on your shopping list.
The ‘Frozen’ look. Is it time to let it go, let it go
Botox can do a pretty amazing job of smoothing out wrinkles and rolling back the years. But the jury’s still out here at Nouveau House as to whether it’s a good thing or not. Truth be known, we’re inclined to side with Hollywood A-lister Gwyneth Paltrow, who said she felt Botox made her look “crazy”.
A big issue for us is that, while it works well on your forehead, Botox isn’t so great on your lower face because it can pretty much reduce you to a single blank expression and we think smiling, frowning, and other expressions are part of life!
Do the benefits outweigh the risks?
There’s also the fact that, while Botox injections give you about four months’ worth of a younger-looking you, they’re not entirely risk-free. The general consensus of opinion is that, if you can afford to pay for a high-end practitioner who knows what they’re doing and uses top-quality injectables, you’ll have nothing to worry about.
But even top experts aren’t infallible. You only have to flick through a celebrity magazine to see evidence of that. And you can rest assured those famous faces have paid top dollar for the privilege of looking, well… a bit OTT, shall we say.
The other thing is, you’re not guaranteed to get the same results every time. It’s a bit like Russian Roulette; you never know when a little slip of the hand will leave you with a droopy eyelid. A droopy eyelid you’ll be stuck with for an unknown period of time.
Last but not least, there’s that niggling little fact that Botox is exactly what its name suggests – a toxin. Sure, doctors say it’s relatively harmless, but it’s really more a case of ‘so far, so good’ than an absolute certainty, which is probably why three out of four Botox users in the UK say they’d welcome an effective alternative.
The tide is turning on injectables
The good news is there are alternatives that improve your skin naturally and really do work – Dermatude Meta Therapy being one of them. These new treatments use the latest tech to give you very real, long-lasting results without actually changing the way you look.
Obviously, we’re a little biased when it comes to Dermatude. But if Botox holds no fear for you, we challenge you to try it. It’s an advanced dual-action treatment that works by using a digital needling pen to create thousands of precise micro perforations in the surface of the skin.
Immediately, your body’s natural healing process kicks in, rushing new collagen and elastin to the needled areas to repair the microscopic holes. While these holes are still open, active ingredients are driven into them to nourish the live cells and support healing.
It’s a truly effective way to restore your skin elasticity and thickness safely without the risks associated with injectables. And, of course, naturally, it’s really nice to know you’ll still be able to raise an eyebrow and smile.
Is it really possible to escape the crepe?
They used to say 40 is the new 30. But we recently heard 50 is the new 30, and 60 the new 40! Amazingly, despite daily doses of diesel fumes and all sorts of other atmospheric nasties, looking younger than our years is becoming the norm.
Yes, we know what you’re thinking. It’s all down to good genes, surgery and injectables. Trust us, as skincare experts, we can tell you it’s not just that. People are taking better care of themselves. But even so, there are three telltale areas that can give even the freshest-faced over 50s away: the neck, décolletage and hands.
No matter what, nature does its thing
While the skin on these areas is never thick, it gets noticeably thinner and less resilient when we hit middle age and the menopause. It turns out that the drop in oestrogen levels in our bodies triggers a list of skin changes we’d quite frankly rather live without – like loss of supporting fat (which seems to annoyingly reappear round our middles), decreased blood flow and slower cell turnover.
It hardly seems fair, does it? To finally be free of ‘the monthlies’ only to be faced with thinning, sagging and wrinkly skin! So is there anything you can do about it that isn’t toxic and doesn’t involve going under the knife?
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise
Sounds obvious, but we’re often so focused on our faces that we forget there’s skin below our chins! Even if we moisturise all over on most days, when we’re running late or eager to get on with our to-do lists, we commonly skip our skincare.
If you’ve just admitted to yourself that you’re a bit haphazard with the hand cream and downright neglectful of your neck and décolletage, it’s time to think about ways you can incorporate a twice-daily all-over moisturising routine into your life. The more consistent you are with your moisturisers, the better your skin will be. Fact.
Improve your skin from within
Another side effect of lower oestrogen levels is a drop in collagen and elastin too, which means your skin loses the lovely elastic bounce it once had. But all is not lost. You can trick your skin into producing more collagen and elastin with needling.
We admit it sounds vaguely terrifying, but needling treatments like Dermatude are actually really relaxing. The beautician massages your skin in circular movements using a high-tech needling pen. The tiny micro-sized perforations it creates fool the body into triggering the healing mechanism, which brings fresh supplies of collagen and elastin rushing in to repair the skin.
It’s clever. And the great news is it’s not just for your face. It really works on all those giveaway areas too. Isn’t it good to know you can stop avoiding V-necks and fretting about the backs of your hands? There’s plenty you can do to keep people guessing!
The burning issue of too much sun
When you open the curtains and the sun streams in, there’s no denying its feel good factor. And let’s face it, without the sun, none of us would actually be here. But while it supports life all over the planet, the sun is also pretty fierce. Like everything else, moderation is key when it comes to catching a few rays.
So, ten minutes to half an hour in the sun to top up your Vitamin D levels is good. Basking on a beach towel and sipping Prosecco on the patio for hours isn’t so great. It sounds relaxing and idyllic, but it’s not going to do you any favours if you want to maintain youthful-looking skin. You mightn’t notice it at first, but the damage is accumulative.
Rest assured, you’ll almost certainly regret too much sun exposure as your skin matures. And since we can’t see the ‘baked turtle’ look coming into vogue any time soon, let’s delve a little deeper into the need to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
UVA vs UVB radiation. What’s the difference?
As far as premature ageing of the skin is concerned, ultraviolet A radiation (aka UVA) is the primary culprit. Whether it comes from the sun or from blue tubes in a tanning salon, it penetrates deep into the dermis and causes wrinkles.
Ultraviolet B radiation (UVB), on the other hand, is the biggie in relation to skin cancer. It’s the one that affects the surface of your skin, damaging its DNA. UVB rays can burn unprotected skin in as little as 15 minutes, but it doesn’t actually need to burn for damage to occur.
The telltale signs of sun exposure
The scary prospect of skin cancer aside, too much sun can cause age spots and dark patchy areas of hyperpigmentation (yes, even if you’re naturally blessed in the melanin department), and – did we mention wrinkles already?
To protect your skin and stay looking fresh-faced into your 40s, 50s and far beyond, a good-quality sunscreen – like Dermatude Multi Defence SPF cream, which blocks both UVA and UVB – is one of the most sensible primer products to have in your beauty arsenal.
What if you’ve already overdone it?
If you’ve been an overenthusiastic sun worshipper at any point, you may already have signs of sun damage. Is all lost, you ask? Not entirely. You can actually stimulate your skin’s natural ability to repair itself with Dermatude metatherapy. By creating temporary microperforations in the skin, it triggers the healing process, producing fresh collagen and elastin that naturally plumps out fine lines and wrinkles, and softens and fades hyperpigmentation spots without aggressive skin bleaching.
It’s not a magical miracle cure that will make you look 16 again. But it can absolutely reduce the effects of overexposure.
You & Your Wedding’s Rachel trials the A-lift facial on Harley Street and here are the results.
I sprung out of bed knowing I had an appointment at Corium Skincare Aesthetics on Harley Street. I’ve heard that the A-lift facials are a hit with many high-profile celebs so I was keen to try it out for myself.
The tools used in the facial run nanocurrent and microcurrent waves into the skin that penetrate the cells and speed up their reproduction cycle. So, you’re left with renewed skin that’s softer, smoother and firmer.
The treatment was completely pain-free so there’s no need to worry about that (in fact, it was so relaxing that I actually nodded off!). I was also surprised that there is so downtime whatsoever – I was mooching around Oxford Street shops shortly after my treatment and no one was any the wiser.
Waking up the next day, my skin definitely looked a little better – my fine lines were slightly reduced and my eye area was clearly tighter.
Negin, the therapist, recommends that brides-to-be undergo a course of around six treatments to maximise the results. I’ll be back at the clinic next week for another skin-boosting session (and perhaps some body treatments too…). Stay tuned!
Watch the full treatment video here.