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Thursday, 31 March 2011

NEW! See your own skin shrink!

Since my A Level Communications lessons, I've been aware of Dr Linda Papadopoulos. I wasn't aware, however, that her main area of focus lies in Psychodermatology, the study of the mind's impact upon the skin. Stress has a massive effect on the complexion - it is known to cause eczema - but according to research, it also has a massive effect on the skin's ageing process. When we're stressed, our bodies release cortisol, which speeds up our metabolism causing premature ageing.  Cue LP Skin Therapy, a new skincare range that boosts the body's feel-good chemicals to limit the effect of stress on the skin. Not only that, but the products are full of wrinkle-busting peptides and complexion-boosting vitamins to enhance the skin.

The Multi-Task Day Cream, £47, smells fresh and fruity (the scent is energising pomegranate). It has a lightweight, thin consistency and feels instantly soothing on the skin. The cream contains Vitamins A, C, E and F to boost skin thickness, while a combination of peptides help to plump and smooth. It appears very shiny on the skin at first, but after 5 minutes it soon subsided into more of a healthy-looking glow. I put it to the test and applied foundation after 5 minutes. It didn't flake or make my foundation appear shiny in the slightest, very important for a day cream. It should be pointed out that it does not include an SPF so you should apply separate protection.

Good lip exfoliators are hard to find. Clarins do a great one but Dr Linda's Refining Lip Exfoliator, £20, might be my new favourite. The zesty scent hits you immediately and the skin-sloughing formula is nicely abrasive. The beads sit in a thick, creamy formula that leaves your lips lip-smackingly smooth and hydrated for hours after.

There are two eye products in the range: one which works on brightening and smoothing the lower eye area, the other targets sagging across the brow bone. The former, the Untired Eye Cream, £35, should be tapped across bags with your ring finger. It soon soaks in and feels soft and velvety on the skin. Appearance-wise, I can't say I noticed much of a difference but then again, I don't suffer terribly from dark circles.

The Re-affirm Eye Serum, £35, has a gel-like consistency and feels refreshing and cooling upon application. To apply, I used my ring finger to gently tap the serum across the upper eye area. Unlike the other products, I didn't notice much of an uplifting scent but my brow bone did feel a little more taught.

My favourite product from the range has to be the Uplifting Facial Water, £20. With soothing aloe vera and protective antioxidants, I've been keeping it on my desk for a quick skin pick-me-up (which is de-stressing in itself) but it can also be spritzed on to a cotton wool pad and used as a toner. The water even contains 24 carat colloidal gold to fight against ageing. Hoorah! The range is available from qvcuk.com and will be launching in Harrods this summer. Sx

Me with Dr Linda


1 comment:

  1. I was very impressed with the SKII Facial Treatment Essence (http://www.geocities.jp/hongkong_skii/index_e.htm), enough so that I have continued to use the product daily as part of my skin care routine after the test period. It's a luxury purchase to be sure, but this is one of the best products that can really make a significant difference in your skin, and so worth every penny.

    I applied the treatment each morning and evening after cleansing my skin and before moisturizer/primer and then makeup. Within just a few days I could see that my skin was much more supple and smooth - particularly in the t-zone. After about two weeks, I loved the beautiful glow my skin had - even without makeup.

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