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|