Rebecca Treston’s Blooming Lovely Challenge
Designed to offer a 360-degree body overhaul – think better skin, a stress-free mindset and a healthier diet – this month-long challenge could be worth a shot. Devised around the idea that 80 per cent of ageing is due to lifestyle and environment, throughout the month you are treated to two facial treatments per week at Euromed Clinic, which are designed to address your specific complaints. It’s also recommended that you exercise 30 minutes per day (be it cardio or strength training), to see optimum results. Beauty Ed Naomi tried it out, and here’s what she found…
“Ever since I can remember, I’ve had a problem with my skin. Sometimes it was just the odd spot, other times I swear Mount Vesuvius had erupted on my forehead. I suffer from rosacea, too and, I’ve tried everything to make it go away. Antibiotics, facials, good old-fashioned toothpaste – none of it worked. So I was intrigued to try out Rebecca’s BL challenge, with the promise it would really have the desired effect. Here’s a little round-up of the treatments I had over the four weeks.
1. Viora Pristine Microdermabrasion
A gentle exfoliating facial, this works to resurface the skin by working on sun spots, fine lines, hyperpigmentation and acne. It uses diamond tips that are more hygienic than regular methods, and are great at treating specific areas of the face.
A popular treatment that uses intense pulses of light to penetrate the skin, this was used on my rosacea as it causes blood vessels below the skin to constrict, reducing redness. It’s not painful, but you do feel a little pinch.
3. Quanta Duetto Laser
Another one for the rosacea, this laser works on the blood vessels that make the face red, heating them up and sealing them. The effects at the skin’s surface should then disappear.
The only treatment that combines ultrasound and fractional lasers, Euromed is the only clinic offering SygmaLift. The main benefits are the breaking down of fat and collagen production to yield smoother, more radiant skin.
5. Mandelic Peel While this peel is normally used for anti-ageing, it was suitable for me as it also has anti-bacterial properties that fight acne and hyperpigmentation.
“For me, the effects were evident around week three. Being a long-standing sufferer of skin problems, I wasn’t expecting a miracle cure, but I definitely had fewer pimples, while my rosacea started to lessen, too – and I could also go to the gym sans make-up (pretty much!). Since I finished the treatment, I still have the odd flare-up, but there is definitely a big improvement from when I started. I’d recommend this more for those looking to rejuvenate and refresh skin, as I think it will work wonders if you already have a good base.” INFO: Dhs6,000, Rebecca Treston, Euromed Clinic, 04 394 5422, euromedclinicdubai.com
Say No To Dairy!
Another one of Euromed’s resident experts, consultant in family medicine Dr Hoda Makkawi is an expert in food intolerances. Dairy is one of the most common food groups related to bad skin due to hormones from the cows, and when we consume milk, it leads to increased levels of inflammation, skin breakdown and ageing.
“Food intolerance tests indicate certain foods that the body is intolerant to and unable to digest properly,” says Dr Hoda. ‘The body reacts to these specific foods and forms an immune complex to it, which then attacks our body. It can cause acne, constipation, IBS and other problems if not detected and properly addressed.”
And the proof is in the pudding. When Naomi had the test, she hit Class 4 on the scale – the highest intolerance level possible –meaning she’d need to cut out dairy for a year before reintroducing it. And this is no easy feat. “It’s not just milk and cheese – it’s chocolate, cakes, ice-cream. So far, I’ve gone pretty much dairy-free for the last eight weeks and I’ve seen a significant improvement. There’s a catch, though – eating just one slice of cheese is just as bad as downing a whole glass of milk, so if you give into temptation just once, you’ll have to start all over again!” Harsh, we know, but so worth it. INFO: From Dhs2,500, Dr Hoda Makkawi, Euromed Clinic, 04 394 5422, euromedclinicdubai.com/doctor/anti-ageing-specialist-dubai