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My Skincare Recommendations for Cate, Lupita, Penelope & You

Every year I enjoy the fashion and old Hollywood glamour of the Academy Awards. I love to analyse actors’ skintypes and hypothesise what skincare regimens I would prescribe for them. Here are 3 that I picked including two 2014 Oscar winners.

#1: Cate Blanchett 2014 Oscar winner for Best Actress for Blue Jasmine. Out of my 8 anti-ageing skintypes I reckon Cate has a “Predominant & Hassle-Free” skintype – meaning it’s somewhat dry, even-toned skin that is not prone to pigmentation marks and not prone to acne breakouts in youth. Cate’s obviously using the right skincare products for her skintype possibly including natural fruit acids, vitamin C and peptides.

Assuming I am correct about Cate’s skintype I would recommend the following products for her:

1. Ageless Total Cleanser (AM & PM)

2. Vital C Hydrating & Anti-Aging Serum (AM & PM)

3. Vital C Hydrating Repair Creme OR The MAX Creme (PM)

4. Prevention+ Daily Hydrating Moisturiser SPF30 OR Prevention+ Ultimate Protective Moisturiser SPF50 OR Suntegrity All Natural Moisturising Face Protection (Regular or Tinted) (AM)



#2: Lupita Nyong’o 2014 Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave. Out of my 8 anti-ageing skintypes I am guessing that Lupita has won the skintype lottery and has a “Beauty Queen” skintype - smooth, clear, even-toned skin in youth that is very easy and problem-free.

Yes I know Lupita’s only 31, but remember anti-ageing skincare is best started with prevention from an early age. Many of my 40+ clients seek my advice because they’ve neglected their ‘easy’ skin type during their 20s and 30s.

The smoothness of Lupita’s skin comes from being slightly oily and well hydrated. Beauty Queen skin rarely breaks out because of skin resistance, and is even-toned because it is not prone to dark spots. Beauty Queen skin benefits from salicylic acid and antioxidants like green tea and vitamin C to keep it in top shape.

Assuming I am correct about Lupita’s skintype, my product recommendations for her are:

1. Clear Cell Salicylic Gel Cleanser (if enlarged pores +/or blackheads) OR Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser (AM & PM)

2. Vital C Hydrating & Anti-Aging Serum OR Ormedic Balancing Antioxidant Serum (if shiny) OR the MAX Serum (AM & PM)

3. Ageless Retinol A Creme OR Retriderm Retinol 0.5% Serum (use PM only starting 2 nights per week)

4. Prevention+ Daily Matte Moisturiser SPF32 OR Prevention+ Daily Tinted Moisturiser SPF30 OR Prevention+ Ultimate Protective Moisturiser SPF50 (AM)


#3: Penelope Cruz From my 8 anti-ageing skintypes I strongly suspect Penelope has a “Universally Complacent” skintype - her skin appears somewhat dry and resistant as her skin never appeared shiny in early photos and there are no signs of her having acne breakouts in her youth. She also appears to be prone to pigmentation which is a characteristic of UC skin. AHAs and skin lightening botanicals including kojic acid, azelaic acid and bearberry are what UC types need.

Assuming I am correct and Penelope does have a Universally Complacent skintype my product recommendations for her are:

1. Ageless Total Cleanser (AM & PM)

2. Ageless Total Lightening Serum (AM & PM)

3. Vital C Hydrating Repair Creme OR the Max Creme (PM)

4. Prevention+ Ultimate Protective Moisturiser SPF50 OR Suntegrity All Natural Moisturising Face Protection (Regular or Tinted) AM


#4: You. Whatever your age, discover now which out of my 8 anti-ageing skintypes you are and what product regimen I recommend for you.

To a more youthful you.

Tina Richards

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Are Juice Cleanses Safe?

I don’t think it’s too late to say Happy New Year to you even though it’s already the middle of Jan!

With all the talk of diets and detoxes on the TV and...well everywhere!... you may have thought about making like Gwyneth Paltrow and doing some sort of juice detox. Maybe a juice fast. Before you do (or continue if you’ve started one), I would like for you to please read the below article by health aficionado Laura Schwecherl, which appeared in the Huffington Post health section. I agree with Laura on this topic and have added my own commentary below in italics.

After you’ve read Laura’s article and my commentary please let me know what YOU think or what your experiences are of juice cleanses? – post your comment below, email me at or post on our Facebook wall... meet with me over at Facebook to join the anti-ageing discussion, get anti-ageing tips from me and additional special offers. __________________________________________________________

Are Juice Cleanses Safe? By Laura Schwecherl

Want to substitute food in favor of liquefied fruits and vegetables? Welcome to juice cleansing. While detoxing the body with spinach-apple-ginger juice or cashew-milk may sound appealing ( ... or not), with their popularity growing, the benefits and safety of juice fasts are still up for debate.

Going Green -- Why It Matters

While it may be okay to look to celebs for fashion advice, don't start drinking from the celebrity health-tips well so fast. Juice cleanses are not only a fad -- but they may not even provide all the benefits they tout. In one small study, one week of juice fasting led to a sudden decrease in LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) and triacylglycerol levels, but the levels returned to normal just one week later.

But while drinking only fruit and vegetable juice for days on end might not sound so fun, it's probably healthier and more delicious than the Master Cleanse alternative (lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water ... only!). Before trying to choose a detox of any kind, give the whole thing a second thought. The colon, kidneys, and liver naturally remove most toxins -- like alcohol and chemicals that enter the body through everyday processes like breathing and drinking water -- from the body, making any kind of "detox diet" potentially pointless. Besides, those quick pounds lost as a result of fasting are typically just from water weight. Since juice cleanses reduce caloric intake, the body releases glycogen (a carbohydrate) for extra energy. Glycogen holds onto water, so when it's used, water (and its weight) is also lost. Unfortunately, this water weight is usually gained right back when the cleanse is over.

Tina Richards: The only people who need to actively “detox” toxins from their bodies are those who have an addiction to alcohol or recreational drugs. It is a biochemical fact that unless your kidneys, liver and GI tract are diseased, your body efficiently detoxes itself - a detox diet of any kind is pointless and unnecessary as are “detox supplements” which for the most part have a laxative action making you feel lighter but only because you’re colon has emptied and you’ve lost fluid.

By all means sip the occasional green vegetable juice together with food for additional vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes, as a natural supplement – or better make a veggie smoothie, which also contains the fibre – but make sure to keep the fruit juice content low.

In the Channel 4 program Food Unwrapped Diet Special broadcast on January 6th, Dr Aseem Malhotra showed that when the natural sugar in fruit called fructose is consumed in large quantities, over time, it specifically causes the liver to become fatty and enlarged. We learned in the program that in Britain we are now consuming three times as much fructose in our diet than we did 50 years ago. The main culprits are bottled fresh fruit juices sold in the supermarket, fizzy drinks and many processed foods which are sweetened with fructose. Believe it or not, one glass of fresh pressed apple juice contains about 6.5 teaspoons of sugar! That’s the same as flavoured fizzy drinks. Other supermarket 100% fresh juices, including fresh orange juice, contain even more (so more than fizzy drinks). Dr Malhotra said that in his professional opinion fructose should be regulated in the same way as alcohol because of the potential toxicity to the liver.

Professor Jimmy Bell at Hammersmith Hospital agreed that one glass of fresh fruit juice per day especially if diluted with water is unlikely to burden your liver, but drinking excessive amounts of fruit juice could really be a potential health risk. He advised to never replace whole fruit with fresh fruit juice.

For a limited time you can still watch this Food Unwrapped Special on

Back over to Laura...

Not So (Juice) Fast -- The Answer/Debate

Despite what Gwyneth might say, there's no scientific proof touting the benefits of replacing food with juicy concoctions. And many doctors believe detox diets aren't all that helpful and may even be harmful to our bodies. Some researchers note that depriving the body of nutrient rich food could weaken its ability to fight infections. And since calories literally mean energy, reducing caloric intake can lead to fatigue and dizziness. Lean muscle mass may also be lost if the body is continuously deprived of protein. (And sorry, turkey chilli sounds way more appetising than carrot juice for dinner.)

Losing weight doesn't mean succumbing to a liquid diet. Regular exercise and eating well are habits that are easier to stick to and will help shed some pounds at a steady rate— and keep them off. And remember, if looking to detox or lose weight, and there are safer (and more delicious) ways to tip the scale. Besides, the wallet will surely get a beating from a juice cleanse, too (some of the more popular cleanses cost more than [£35] a day!) Splurge on a healthful dinner out instead.

Tina Richards: I recommend you support your body to naturally detox itself by eating a healthy balanced diet, including plenty of fresh vegetables and whole lower-carb fruits (eg berries, green apples, pears) that contain fibre, which helps to carry wastes from your body, contain antioxidants to protect your body from free radicals and contain cellular water to hydrate your body. Also drink filtered water throughout the day. Include some whole foods (avoid processed) from all food groups in your diet to ensure that your diet is nutrient rich. The thing to really avoid is refined sugar. Start reading labels; you would be amazed how much refined sugar and fructose is hidden in foods eg tomato ketchup. I know I’ve said it a million times, but I’ll remind you again: a Mediterranean style diet is the best model for you.

Regarding weight loss, as Laura says above, regular exercise together with healthy eating and also portion control is the way forward when it comes to healthy weight maintenance. Exercise also has a myriad of body-protective and anti-ageing benefits, not to mention how it relieves you of stress. And it feels so good to have toned muscles. I like a mix of weight training, cardio and yoga. Last year I managed to workout 3 times per week and this year it’s my personal goal to increase this to 5 days per week.

Rather than juice fasting consider occasionally reducing your calorie intake with intermittent 24-hour fasting. Dr Michael Mosely co-wrote a book called The Fast Diet: The Secret of Intermittent Fasting - Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer, which came out last year after the BBC2 Horizon program Eat, Fast and Live Longer where he showed health benefits from reducing his calorie intake to 500 calories for 2 days per week (eg Tuesday and Thursday) and eating normally the remainder of the time – the clinical tests showed he lost excess internal (visceral) fat.

So what’s your opinion or experience of juice cleanses and fasting on the whole? Please post below now, write to me at or post on my Facebook wall.

You can catch up with Laura Schwecherl at her blog Greatist.

To a more youthful you.

Tina Richards

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Posted by
Susan Kiwanuka on 16 Jan 2014
I agree with Laura's advice, only that I get confused a bit what's the different between eating apples and to make juice out of them. Reason I am asking I have been drinking home made apple juice and miss out on eating them. Many thanks
Posted by
Tina Richards on 17 Jan 2014
Hi Susan, when you make fresh pressed apple juice you need several apples to create enough juice to fill a glass and by doing so you concentrate the fructose sugar of the apples. This is why it's better to eat the whole fruit which contains less fructose/sugar and also contains the fibre (pectin) which fills you up, is good for your colon and helps your body pass out waste. As an antioxidant supplement to your diet try making a juice containing green veg eg. cucumber, lettuce, kale and spinach and one green apple for some sweetness (green vegetables and green apples are comparatively low in sugar). Or even better, experiment making green smoothies and colourful veggie soups which also contain the fibre, using a food processor or blender - you can also add some avocado to green smoothies to include essential fatty acids ('good fats' for your skin. Tina x
Posted by
S.K. on 17 Jan 2014
Can water be enough to detox our bodies?
Thanks again.
Posted by
Tina Richards on 17 Jan 2014
Staying healthy by eating a balanced, unprocessed, wholefood diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables and drinking clean water is all you need to support your body's natural detox system. Ask any biochemist, they will tell you detox products and special "detox diets" are a fad and are unnecessary. Detox has become a buzz word in the media and is often used in the New Year to describe a return to a healthy diet and exercise plan where really only those who have a drug or alcohol addiction need to specially detox. Tina x
Posted by
R.G on 17 Jan 2014
What do you think about the liver cleanse where you expel a number of stones?
Posted by
Tina Richards on 18 Jan 2014
Really interesting question R.G., thank you. What you’re referring to are gallstones from the gallbladder. This is more to do with cholesterol. Gallstones develop insidiously because of an unhealthy diet and lifestyle. Anyhow people with gallstones expel some of their stones at one time or another, without ever knowing it. Stones pass from bile ducts into intestines without obstruction, pain or awareness. There is pain and need for medical intervention when stones have gotten too large to pass through the ducts causing obstruction of the common bile duct. People who’ve accumulated gall stones – from a previous unhealthy lifestyle - and go on a “juice cleanse” are amazed when they notice they pass stones, however it is my opinion that these stones would pass unnoticed anyway with a change to a healthy lifestyle, which long term is better for preventing the development of gall stones in the first place. When you are on a “cleanse” only consuming juice you notice the stones more because there’s less food waste matter to disguise them and also you‘re switched on to looking out for them because you are on a “cleanse”. Additionally, all the apple juice in many “gall bladder cleanses” carries way too much fructose into the body which we now know is deleterious to liver health. This is my opinion.


Movember is Back

Best Tash Photo (Past or Present) Wins an IMAGE Skincare Vital C Serum [value £60.95]

Movember is back and in 2013 we are supporting the charity by encouraging the men in our lives - husbands, boyfriends, brothers, cousins, friends - to Post and/or Share present or previous moustache photos on our Facebook wall. Or, Post on your chap’s behalf, or Post your own Mo Sister Tash photos!

We will donate £1.00 to Movember for every post or share and the postee will automatically be entered into our prize draw to win a full size IMAGE Skincare Vital C Serum [value £60.95]. But girls you may have a fight on your hands because the guys are also loving IMAGE’S best selling Vital C serum: Kirsty from our office said her hubbie Craig pinched hers and now uses it as an aftershave balm to prevent redness and spots.

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the millions of moustaches around the world (aka Mo brothers). These sprouting moustaches help to raise vital funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health. As an independent global charity, Movember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.

The innovative, fun and engaging Movember Campaign results in:

• Funds for men's health programme investment
• Conversations about men's health that lead to:
- Greater awareness and understanding of the health risks men face
- Men taking action to remain well
- When men are sick they know what to do and take action

Movember’s not just for men though. The women contributing to Movember, are known as Mo Sistas. They play a vital role in the success of Movember by supporting and encouraging the men in their life to get involved.

So come on Mo Sistas, lets get involved and encourage the men in our lives to present their best tash photo on our Facebook page and help us make a contribution to the Movember Campaign. Plus you could win a lovely anti-ageing Vital C Serum worth £60.95

To a more youthful you.

Tina Richards