IF you want to kick-start weight loss, cleanse your system or up your vitamin intake, a juice-cleanse is a great idea.
They are not easy but you feel brilliant after a few days.
If you want to kick-start weight loss, cleanse your system or up your vitamin intake, a juice-cleanse is a great idea[/caption]
Today I look at three-day juice-cleanses – and our Beauty Editor tests retinol, which is said to reduce the signs of wrinkles.
HEALTH: with Jane Atkinson
Eight drinks and 929kcal a day: This three-day beginner cleanse from Press comprises eight tasty drinks a day, varying from 500-250ml, with two hours between each.
I didn’t feel hungry on this, just energised.
This Press three-day beginner cleanse comprises eight tasty drinks a day, varying from 500-250ml, with two hours between each[/caption]
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The drinks range from green juices to strawberry cashew-nut milkshakes.
I love the beetroot, apple, lemon and ginger.
After the three days, I slept better and was full of energy, my stomach was flat and I lost over half a stone.
Good for speedy results at sensible prices. £38 a day, press-london.com.
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Five drinks and 1,681 calories a day: The Juice Radiance Cleanse Company describes this as its original all-purpose cleanse.
It combines fruit and vegetable juices, with a nut milk for some added protein.
The Juice Radiance Cleanse Company describes this as its original all-purpose cleanse[/caption]
Great option for first-timers.
Each drink is 500ml and they are refreshing and filling.
There is a greens one, a root vegetable and a cashew milk.
I liked the ginger lemonade – zingy and spicy. I ended the cleanse feeling revived and lost 1lb over three days.
£55 a day, radiancecleanse.com.
Six drinks and 1,050 calories a day: This three-day Level 1 beginner cleanse from Plenish Drinks comprises six juices per day.
With four juices, one spicy lemonade and one cashew-chocolate milk per day, it is ideal for people looking to detox while enjoying plenty of variety.
The three-day Level 1 beginner cleanse from Plenish Drinks comprises six juices per day[/caption]
Each of the six flavours are of a nice consistency, and I liked the taste of them all.
After three days I had beaten the bloat, enjoyed better sleep and felt a whole lot better.
I lost 3lb.
£59 per day, plenishdrinks.com.
BEAUTY: with Tara Ledden
BUDGET – L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Anti-Ageing + Firming Pro Retinol Day Cream (£6.49 for 50ml, boots.com)
Retinol can be pricey stuff and comes in different strengths.
L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Anti-Ageing + Firming Pro Retinol Day Cream claims to give glowing skin and reduce wrinkles[/caption]
This cream contains pro-retinol, which is milder than retinol and doesn’t degrade when exposed to the sun’s rays.
I thought this sounded like a bargain.
It claims to give glowing skin and reduce wrinkles. But I wasn’t keen from the off.
This day cream felt very greasy and had an offputting smell. Then a bumpy rash developed on my forehead.
MID – MID – Medik8 Retinol 3TR Serum (£29.70 for 15ml, lookfantastic.com)
This 0.3% retinol-infused serum is designed to complement your skin’s nightly regenerative cycle and works, while you sleep, to rejuvenate its appearance.
Medik8 Retinol 3TR Serum is meant to work while you sleep[/caption]
I found a little bit really went a long way with this silky serum, and smeared it all over my face.
It felt silky and luxurious. I noticed it really cleared my skin of blemishes and made it feel softer.
I love that it had a much-needed effect reducing my large pores, which are tough to crack.
I didn’t find it too strong either. My favourite.
LUXURY – Obagi, Retinol 1.0 (£63.32 for 28 grams, skincity.com):
This is also used at night.
Obagi, Retinol 1.0 claims to gently release ingredients to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles[/caption]
It claims to gently release ingredients to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
This has a wrinkle-busting 1% retinol.
It’s of a quite thick consistency, and has a slight chemical odour, but is quickly absorbed into the skin.
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I used it to smooth some scars on my face, as well as wrinkles on my forehead.
After a month’s use I noticed a real difference, but you have to build up as it’s really strong and can cause irritation.