Turn yourself into a summertime sensation — Leah Totton’s top tips for getting prepped for your holiday

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As the summer exodus approaches, Leah Totton reveals her all-essential toolkit for healthy skin, lips and body

Skin

Exfoliate Summer means an increase in dead skin cells so it’s important to exfoliate your skin to keep it smooth and glowing. There are lots of different types of exfoliants so I would always recommend speaking to a skin specialist for the best advice but look out for ingredients such as lactic acid and enzymes that brighten and hydrate.

Hydrate Drink plenty of water as higher temperatures can lead to internal dehydration that, in turn, can result in headaches and dizzy spells. Externally, if your skin is dehydrated, it can feel tight and look dull. I would recommend using serums or boosters containing moisture-binding ingredients (known as humectants) such as hyaluronic acid, honey and Sodium PCA.

Repair and protect A minimum of SPF 50 should be worn daily to protect from the skins damaging rays. Not only can the UV age, discolour and dehydrate the skin, it is the number one cause of skin cancer. For additional protection, use a broad spectrum SPF that contains vitamin C and E. These vitamins are potent anti-oxidants proven to repair the skin and also increase the effectiveness of you sunscreen — and remember to reapply your SPF regularly!

Lips If you want to achieve luscious lips, dermal filler may be the perfect solution. Dermal filler is made from a naturally occurring sugar called hyaluronic acid that will redefine, enhance and volumise for the perfect pout.

Body

Muffin top If the long dark days of bad weather has turned your six-pack into a muffin top, now's the time to start shedding that bulge in time for the summer holidays. Body HIFU delivers high intensity-focused ultrasound into deep tissue, destroying stubborn fat in the targeted area. In addition, a thermal effect is caused which will also tighten the area. Overall you will be left with a slimmer, firmer and more defined waist with results in just 6-12 weeks.

Bingo wings and saddlebags These are unfortunately areas of the body predisposed to store fat and it can sometimes prove difficult to treat. Fat freezing is a tried and test, non-surgical method of fat removal, specifically designed to target stubborn pockets of fat, especially on the arms and outer thighs. This one-off, one-hour treatment freezes fat cells down to -5 degrees permanently destroying them and leaving you with around 30% reduction in the area. Results take just 16 weeks. Cellulite and loose skin affects up to 90% of women and is a concern for individuals of all shapes, sizes and weights. At the Dr Leah Clinic, we have an exclusive cellulite busting treatment called shockwave therapy that uses soundwaves to shrink and break down the clustered fat cells that cause that dimpled appearance. This activates your metabolism and clears through any toxins and impurities, helping to visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite and sagging skin.

Excess sweating If dreading the sweat patches that come with those long days of heat, then why not tackle the issue before its starts. Excess sweating — medically known as hyperhidrosis — is easily treated using a series of small injections of Botox into the affected area. This prevents the sweat glands from over-producing and will prevent any excess sweating in the area. Result will be evident after approximately seven days and last up to six months — when those hazy days of summer will be long gone!

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