Archive for October, 2014


From baby wax skin masks to frilly brassieres at Petits Bisous, it struck me this week that my life is a little bizarre. Especially as I found myself hopping on the train to Kent on the trail of some slow-moving snails. But before you go all girly and squeamish on me, let me tempt you with the power of their potential complexion boosting benefits. For years, Japanese women have incorporated snail slime into their skin care regimes – now ancient Eastern wisdom is being fused with modern day Western science as the shimmering, silver trail of this well-known mollusc is being rediscovered and reformulated for advanced anti-ageing products. In anticipation that this is going to be a huge beauty trend in the years to come, I thought I’d get in on the act quick by starting my very own snail farm at my property in Spain. So off I went to Kent to look beyond the common or garden snails we all recognise, to learn about the magnificent Roman snails – bought to Europe Before Christ and still resplendent in wonderful white shells. Then there’s the African snail. Although frankly, these are so huge, I wouldn’t touch them with a barge pole! Snails are of course, also excellent sources of low fat protein, (eat your heart out Mr. Atkins!) – as long as you don’t drench them in garlic butter. I like mine the way the Spanish serve them – straight up with a tickle of tomato sauce. Fascinatingly, what you feed snails also affects the way they taste to us. Down on the farm, we fed them powdered cereal and milk then let them slither over the palms of our hands. So now it’s off to Spain with my trusty snail guidebook in hand to see how I fare as a breeder.

Watch this space for more snail snippets and beauty benefits. In the meantime, it’s lucky that my son, Rudi loves eating them!

Dr Michael Mosley filming at EF MEDISPA Kensington

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Today we had the incredible Dr Michael Mosley filming in our Kensington clinic for a brand new BBC documentary all about blood. Michael was in the clinic to learn all about PRP Therapy (Platelet Rich Plasma) and to experience the treatment first hand. PRP Therapy is well documented within the media and often known as ‘Vampire Therapy’ , the profile of the treatment skyrocketed when Kim Kardashian was filmed having the procedure on her reality show. Little is known about the origins of the treatment and for me this is the most fascinating part and something that was discussed in detail with Dr Michael Mosley during filming today.

PRP Therapy has been available within the medical industry for around 30 years and has routes within wound healing, the technology is used by the armed forces and within the sports industries, growth factors are injected into the wounds and can speed up the healing process by up to 80%. This revolutionary technology has been harnessed by EF Medispa and is used to increase collagen production. Aesthetically it can also be used to treat scars, stretchmarks, promote hair growth and skin rejuvenation. Be sure to tune into Dr Michael Mosley’s new documentary in the new year to hear more about the properties, characters and functions of our blood.

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Seductive, softer and feminine silhouette

Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s most women aspired to be curvy with wide hips and a big bottom taking inspiration from movie stars of the Golden Era such as Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren. However, somewhere between the 1970’s and 1980’s that radically changed. From then on, and perhaps with thanks to the rise of the supermodel, it became more and more desirable to be skinny and straight. Now, thankfully it seems the trend is finally reversing and it’s all about having a seduction silhouette  once again. Thanks to the likes of the Kardashians, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez, women are increasingly seeking ways to embrace, and enhance, their natural curves.

Over the last 2 years, EF MEDISPA has seen a huge increase in women enquiring about and undergoing fat transfer. Vaser Fat Transfers are up by 324% since last year, enquiries for Instant Butt Life Injections are up by 42%, enquiries for Fat Transfer to the Breast is up by 112% and enquiries for Fat Transfer Liposuction is up by 47%.

Being minimally invasive, fat transfers are renowned for achieving a far more natural look than implants, which can often look obvious and harsh. It is the perfect combination by eradicating unwanted fat from one area and transferring it to your area of choice. This procedure works by using Vaser Liposuction to remove the unwanted fat, say for example from the thighs and then injected into the area of your choice, usually the breast and buttocks. With minimal incisions made there is a reduced possibility of scarring and harvesting of fat in this way can be used to sculpt and shape the desired area. As it uses fat from the patient’s own body, it is a safe and reliable procedure with almost absolutely no chance of an adverse reaction. With minimal risks, Fat Transfer is fast becoming a favoured alternative to Cosmetic Surgery for those looking to achieve a soft, curvaceous look. This quick procedure lets you see visible results immediately which is why I feel it’s proving to be so popular.

Personally I like to see women with a fit, toned bum that still looks sexy and soft. I think a slight wobble can be very sexy and appealing, and thank god that’s what my husband keeps telling me!

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Well I’ve just stepped off the Eurostar and confess to feeling all of a-flutter about the anti-aging secrets revealed at the annual Biologique Recherche Paris skin conference. So without further ado, I’ll spill the beans. After beavering away in their labs for the last few years, Dr Allouche and his team have discovered the elixir of youth and it all begins in…the maternity ward! Allow me to explain: The focus of the BR boffins’ latest research has been Vernix caseosa – what we non-doctors know to be the waxy substance that newborn babies are coated in as they emerge from the womb. This coating actually helps to protect the skin as the baby grows and develops. And as sci-fi as it sounds, Biologique have been able to synthesize their own version of Vernix – and show that it has an amazing ability to speed up wound healing, rehydrate and boost cell renewal in adult complexions when applied topically via their forthcoming facial mask. So with over 100 attendees from all over the world gathered in the beautiful Parisian building that played home to the conference, I snapped up the chance to play guinea pig – as everyone else looked on! Having been applied on top of BR’s Bio Magic Mask, the deliciously cool Vernix concoction was left on for 10 minutes. And I have to say, the results were fabulous. Later that night, as we splurged on wonderful French truffles at the Hotel Nationale des Invalides, everyone commented on how beautiful my skin looked! Yet day two of the conference had more goodies in store as BR explained their next big launch – a series of products for sun-exposed skin. Featuring a product for ‘pre-sun’ that you apply a month before you go on holiday, a ‘during sun’ cream to help protect you for 250 minutes, and a – ‘post-sun’ healer, these remarkable launches have been five years in the making and are completely natural. So there’s no white mask effect from the zinc contained with most SPFs – plus you can mix BR’s new protectants into your regular moisturiser to bump up your skin’s hydration levels at the same time. We’re aiming to bring both the Vernix mask and new sun series to you in EF clinics by the end of the year. In the meantime, I may just have to book a winter sun break to really put those SPFs to the test..! 


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