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Monday 20 August 2018

Loving the skin you are in is so much easier after a peel

Everyone has their own body issues -- even Hollywood princesses are not happy with how they look. Here's one example that will make you leg it to the gym, or just plain leg it. Gwen Stefani has spoken about how hard it is to keep that famously flat tummy: "Maintaining my post-baby body is a daily struggle. I'd like to have no rules and eat what I want, but I've learned over the years that I'm so disappointed when I can't wear the clothes I want to wear," she said in a recent interview.

I am with her on the clothes front -- most of my jeans are almost 10 years old and I quite like fitting in to them in my old age.

But my main thing is skincare. I had pretty good skin as a teen. Then a 'wham bam, thank you mam' month meant that almost overnight I developed mild but persistent acne in my 20s.

I really mourned my good skin days. Good hair days are overrated as you can always tie your hair back in a pony, but try hiding mini boulders on your face!

Five years later my skin finally cleared up. I'd say the acne might have run its course but my number one skincare range, Dermalogica, also helped re-balance my skin.

Then I spoiled it all during one holiday. I was on an antibiotic and did not protect my skin enough. One of the side effects of any drug can be increased sensitivity to the sun. I went home with some hyper pigmentation around my eyes.

However, a recent course of chemical peels has given me a new skin. The sun damage to my skin was relatively mild so the peels were too -- but make no mistake, you do peel a wee bit. Decent foundation hides the worst of it for the work place in the following days.

If you're tempted to take the same course of action, do your research and only then settle on your doctor of choice.

Sadly you'll have to hit the gym for a tummy like Gwen's.

I went to The Seapoint Clinic, 23 Seapoint Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Call 01 284 2570

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