3 beauty treatments to boost your confidence

Feeling a little deflated? Restore your inner confidence with these mood-boosting products and treatments from the experts.

Hair & Beauty

Forget fad diets - 2022 is all about body confidence; just ask our cover star body image advocate Stephanie Yeboah. We’re living in a time where being comfortable in the skin you’re in and accepting your perceived flaws is on trend (and long may it reign).

Of course, even the most confident among us still need help to feel our best. And sometimes we may have a specific concern that is blighting our general mood on an everyday basis. So, if there’s anything that’s standing in the way of you feeling your most authentic self, don’t worry - help is at hand.

Here are three confidence-boosting solutions to target common skin and body concerns…

The concern: Post-pandemic bloat

Struggling to fit into your prepandemic jeans? Exercise is one of the best ways to improve your general mood as it generates feelgood endorphins. But sometimes, when you’re not achieving your #bodygoals, it can really dampen motivation to keep hitting the gym. An indulgent body treatment used in combination with healthy eating could be just the thing to help bring back your inner glow. ESPA’s Hip and Thigh Treatment enlists iced mitts, body brushing and specialised colonic massage techniques to target cellulite, fluid retention and uneven skin texture - with instantly visible results. (£200 at the Corinthia London espalifeatcorinthia.com). And if you’re really serious about kick-starting your weight loss journey, the very sci-fi sounding Slimdrone body treatment uses rejuvenating red LED light and Thermo and Electro Stimulation to reduce cellulite. (From £280 at the Lisa Harris Clinic lisaharrisskinscience.co.uk)

The concern: Acne

While there are many at-home formulas that promise to clear up spots and scars, a medical-based treatment with a dermatologist is a worthy investment if you want optimum results. Professor Firas Al-Niaimi at leading skin clinic group Sk:n uses a range of treatments to treat acne, including chemical peels, HydraFacials and lasers: “Acne is a complex skin condition and varies greatly from person to person, so I would always recommend seeking advice from a dermatologist to review your individual case and achieve the best results,” he explains. For mild to moderate acne, he says a chemical peel could be an appropriate solution. There are a range of skin peels available at Sk:n and each contains a blend of ingredients, which reduce the appearance of open pores, remove dead skin cells and target pigmentation. “The procedure is used all over the world and the results can be life-transforming,” says Al-Niaimi. (Prices start from £89 sknclinics.co.uk)

The concern: Excessive sweat

It’s not a sexy topic but sweating (even if it’s a lot) can be perfectly normal. However, if you’re perspiring so profusely that it’s affecting your daily life, it could be a sign that you’re suffering from hyperhidrosis. Luckily, you don’t have to live with it. Botox injections, administered into specific areas, can dramatically reduce sweating – meaning you can step out of the house again with confidence. “Hyperhidrosis can be caused by genetics or endocrine conditions, but it can also be triggered by high levels of stress and anxiety,” explains Bianca Estelle, black skincare specialist and founder of Marylebone’s Bea Skin Clinic. The medical aesthetician offers Botox from her clinic, which is administered safely via micro injections to temporarily stop the sweat glands working as hard. “This treatment can dramatically transform somebody’s life,” she says. Prices start from £450 biancaestelleaesthetics.com).

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