It’s official – this is your first nips, tucks and wtf column of 2021 brought to you by yours truly, Dr Esho!
Now 2020, we can all agree, is a year to file under “never to reopen”! And with a new year upon us it’s a chance to press the reset button on our lives as much as we can while living through a pandemic led by Boris’s decisions….
Transformation comes in many forms at the start of a New Year, from new jobs to new diets but one of the most common goals I see walking through my clinic doors is to change or improve the way we look.
But what about those of us who seem to hit pause on time year on year, and never age? What is the secret? Good genes? A little nip and tuck – or a dollop of olive oil…?
Jennifer Lopez, now 51, made the headlines recently when she attributed her timeless good looks to the use of SPF and olive oil – at the same time as releasing a skin product line based on… olive oil! Ker-ching!
Now before you all rush out to buy all the olive oil in the UK, I have a few things to say.
1. We are in a pandemic so save some olive oil for me. You don’t want my wrath when I don’t get my full English.
2. Although olive oil can hydrate your skin and calm inflammation, it will NOT make you look like JLo and in many cases it can make your skin worse especially for those who suffer from acne, rosacea or eczema.
This week, the superstar clapped back at an Instagram follower who suggested her smooth face was down to more than just her new JLo Beauty skincare line.
Responding to a video of JLo demonstrating her That Limitless Glow mask, the follower commented: “But can I just mention that brows and forehead doesn’t move [sic] at all when you talk or try to express… you definitely have Botox. And tons of it. And it’s all good. Just saying.”
The singer replied to the message, saying: “LOL that’s just my face!!! For the 500 millionth time… I have never done Botox or any injectables or surgery!! Just saying.”
Several followers rushed to her defence, saying JLo’s face was full of expression. However, others weighed in, suggesting JLo might have been helped along the way by other treatments.
One commented: “Love her. But let’s be real. That mask isn’t what gives her that skin. It’s lasers and her dermatologist and other treatments combined with her skincare. You can use this mask for the rest of your life and not have skin like that. This mask is like a chef giving you half the recipe to his secret sauce.”
In my expert opinion, many would have to turn to procedures to achieve JLo’s look.
There’s no doubt JLo is genetically blessed and absolutely beautiful but even the best of us may have some help to maintain those looks over time. And simply rubbing the leftovers of your fry up on your face just doesn’t cut it…
JLo has aged incredibly, helped by her fantastic underlying bone structure and little fluctuation in weight gain. Using SPF will undoubtedly have played a part too. I recommend all my patients use factor 30+ every day, and truly it will help not just protect your skin but also fight the signs of ageing.
JLo does not appear to have had Botox treatments, as there is presence of expression in her face. Her latest Instagram video shows the ability to raise and move her brows
However, contrary to popular belief, good Botox doesn’t mean a frozen face. A good doctor (like me!) will use small amounts in the right place which lets you maintain expression while helping to inject “freshness” into your look and could give you a look like JLo.
In my opinion, I think people could use laser facials to give their skin a smooth, soft glow like JLo. Laser resurfacing is huge in the US and is only now becoming popular here in the UK.
Laser like the Alma Hybrid give a lift with minimal downtime and can turn the clock back quicker than you can scream “I’m just Jenny from the block.”
Lastly, I would say that her lips have maintained their youthful shape and fullness over time which appears natural. However I would suggest people could use small amounts of lip filler over a sustained period of time to achieve that JLo look.
And that’s the sign of good work – the effect is very natural, so it’s invisible to the untrained eye.