Healthista – August 2019

Sharon Walker tried Profhilo, the new injectable moisturiser, at Medicetics, Clinic to improve her skin tone and structure – part of Healthista’s exclusive new transformation series

It’s not a lot of fun looking in the mirror at your face in your fifties.

I’m all for ageing gracefully but as far as I’m concerned there’s nothing graceful about crepey skin and a dishevelled jawline. To me, my face looks increasingly ‘untidy’ with bigger pores, fine lines and depleted bounce, like a slowly deflating balloon after a birthday party.

And don’t even get me started on the neck.

I wasn’t too bothered by the ageing process during my forties, but suddenly the years and past sunbathing crimes are catching up with me. I’ve hit 54 now and I’ve noticed that my skin is much drier now – even moisturising masks and hydrating facials don’t hit the spot quite like they used to.

After 50 collagen production – the substance that gives our skin its structure and bounce – slows down significantly, which is why the texture of your skin changes and starts to look thinner; losing that springy quality of youthful skin.

What can skincare do at this stage? Not a lot. It’s all sticking plasters on a gaping wound.

The party is well and truly over for my face.

Or is it?

Profhilo – the new skin fix

What’s needed now are the big guns, ie surgery. But I’m far too terrified to go under the knife and in any case a facelift won’t improve skin quality. So instead, I’m testing the latest beauty jab, Profhilo, that beauty editors and cosmetic doctors are all raving about.

Every beauty editor out there has tried it apparently, including Beautista’s Annabel Meggeson, who loves it.

I decided to try the treatment with Dr Vicky Dondos at Medicetics, who I trust implicitly, as she has been doing my Botox for years.

In this video, beauty ‘tweakments’ expert Alice Hart Davis discusses Profhilo with Dr Dondos.

Dr Dondos has the lightest of touch when it comes to her aesthetics treatments – hence she will only treat me with the lightest sprinkling of Botox, so I never look frozen, and I’m 100 per cent sure she won’t do anything that might make me look like I’ve had work done.

The thing about Botox though, is the older you get, the less you can use, without looking odd. (There’s nothing like an egg-smooth forehead paired with a sagging lower face to highlight the ageing process and throw up a red flag that says ‘worked on’). So the old tricks aren’t working quite as well as they used to.

Profhilo doesn’t freeze your face or change your facial contours.

I’ve never had actual filler in my face, until now, as I’ve already got chubby cheeks and high cheekbones, making me a tricky candidate.

Profhilo, on the other hand, is designed to boost skin quality and doesn’t have any of these issues. It doesn’t freeze your face or change your facial contours making it a great starter treatment for anyone nervous about trying ‘tweakments’.

READ MORE: How this beauty expert looks better today, at 56, than she did in her late 30s

In any case, if it’s improved skin quality you’re after, Botox and fillers don’t really do the trick on their own. They can smooth lines yes, and they can replace lost volume (in the case of filler), but if it’s that youthful bounce you’re after they won’t tick that box.

Profhilo is also one of the only things that seems to work on a crepey neck, where the skin is thinner than the face and so more vulnerable to ageing.

Which is why it has been such a storming success.

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