Is your bottom heading south?

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If you’re anything like us, you have a love/hate relationship with gravity. We’re delighted that it keeps us tethered to Planet Earth, but less–than–thrilled at the tricks it plays on a once–pert body. Because our bits – and probably your bits – are almost certainly Heading South. (Although when it comes to backsides, the reality that your rear is sliding off the hips and making a break for your knees is happily not one that we are confronted with that often. Wasn’t it kind of The Creator to put our bottoms behind us …?)

But there are moments – we’re thinking changing room mirrors here – when the truth is inescapable. And it is only a small comfort that everyone’s bottoms are getting bigger: hip measurements are apparently an inch–and–a–half more than they were 50 years ago. (Ah, so we’re not the only ones asking ‘does my bum look big in this?’). On the plus side, we have good reasons to thank heavens for living in the 21st Century, when science (and Lycra) are able to transform our rear views from flab to fab…

First, here’s the cheat. The fast–track to a gravity–defying backside is via the lingerie department –the deployment of Lycra.(Which as far as most women are concerned is right up there with the iPhone and a SkyBox as life–enhancing technological breakthroughs of the modern age.) You know how your stomach disappears when you suck it in? Bottom–lifting lingerie does the same, gently contouring without you having to exert yourself. (Menfolk take note, however: bum–lifting underwear jostles with anti–wrinkle creams for first place on the top of the list of presents we’re insulted to receive. We’re perfectly capable of buying our own, thanks.) Not for nothing has the founder of Spanx become the world’s youngest female billionaire (check them out for the full bottom-lifting, thigh-sucking, waist-erasing selection). But remember: once you take them off, it all hangs out again, so… Read More…

Drop a Decade with Pearly Whites

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This article has been reproduced by kind permission of The Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine.

As we grow older, we step up the exercise, swallow more vitamins – and often forget about our teeth. Regular visits to the dentist and hygienist are vital (so we can go on chewing!), and this is one of the many areas where health and beauty coincide. Teeth whitening is one of the non-surgical treatments that knocks ten years off your face. In one study where 2,000 people were shown photos of one woman with gleaming white teeth and another with artificially stained teeth, subjects guessed the first was 31, and the second was … 44.
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Give Cellulite the Brushoff

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This article has been reproduced by kind permission of The Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine.

Cellulite is the bane of 90 per cent of women – from plump to stick-thin via all shapes in between. The dimpling is likened to orange peel, or in more advanced cases, a mattress. Until recently, there was little you could do. But, according to Dr Elisabeth Dancey of the Bijoux Medi-Spa in London and Southampton, ‘we understand cellulite better now and there are techniques that really can have a beneficial effect.’

‘Cellulite is a disorder of fat cells caused by poor lymphatic drainage and poor circulation, probably exacerbated by inflammatory processes,’ explains Dr Dancey, who has researched the condition for many years. ‘Poor drainage means the fat cells become congested and surrounded by toxins. Then they store more and more fat. Poor circulation leads to the surrounding tissues being deprived of essential nutrients and oxygen so they starve. They respond by creating fibres round the fat cells in an attempt to limit their growth. As the fibres thicken, it leads to the mattress-like tethering of the upper layers of skin to the underlying tissues.’ Read More…