As part of our focus on anti-ageing this month, SOCIETY MARBELLA paid a visit to one of the region’s most forward thinking gyms – Dynamic in Centro Comercial Le Village - to speak with three personal trainers about the significant role played by exercise in slowing down the ageing process.
Annaliza Zacharis, Rafael Arana and Jose Luis Castanio all work as fitness instructors in different areas of Dynamic Gym. They are, however, united in their opinion that sports and exercise are of paramount importance in avoiding the onslaught of illnesses associated with old age.
“I think that when a person reaches forty years of age they find themselves at a very important crossroads”, explains Jose Luis, “They can basically decide what ageing process they want to embrace. They can opt for a good quality of life incorporating a balanced diet and exercise into their daily routine or they can choose to ignore this and let their health embark on a steady decline”.
Jose Luis works on the main exercise floor at Dynamic Gym. The aerobic activity that takes place in the cardiovascular area of this floor helps to improve mitochondrial function (the work of energy-producing organelles in cells), which typically decreases with age. This allows your energy levels to stay high so you can remain active and mobile despite increasing in age. This influx of energy into the body also helps to prevent or reduce the risk of many illnesses associated with age such as varicose veins, heart failure and muscular degeneration.
“Cardiovascular training is obviously crucial to prolong your life expectancy and maintain a more youthful appearance, but it is important to acknowledge that this exercise needs to be fulfilled in tandem with a healthy, balanced diet,” explains Rafael. “At Dynamic we like to advise our clients on all aspects of life, including those beyond the gym facilities. For example, our in-house nutritionist can recommend an eating plan, including the natural supplements, vitamins and minerals that are best for anti-ageing. We sell all of these products in our Dynamic Gym shop, which makes the process of staying fit even easier for our members. A balanced diet is essential in preventing the breakdown of the body with age.”
Another facet to Dynamic is the very innovative Electro Muscle Stimulation device which is proving highly popular, particularly amongst older members since only a small amount of physical exercise is demanded. In fact, Annaliza who works with the electro stimulation equipment tells SOCIETY MARBELLA that just 25 minutes on this machine is equivalent to approximately two and half hours of exercise on the cardio floor of the gym. The device offers three different programmes, all of which are designed to be anti-ageing, and include strengthening, fat burning and massage. The fat burning programme effectively stimulates fat enzymes to reduce cellulite, making the skin appear visibly firmer and hence more youthful. The massage technique is also key in the anti-ageing process, since it fuels blood circulation, which gives elasticity and tone to the blood vessels beneath the skin. Increased blood flow to the brain will also contribute to reducing the likelihood of age-related memory conditions.
Again Annaliza emphasises the importance of following a healthy lifestyle outside the gym as well; drinking at least one and a half litres of water daily, avoiding sugary and processed foods and eating fruit and vegetables all help to counteract the effects of ageing. Jose Luis highlights that every person is an individual case and his job as a personal trainer is to find a personalised programme tailored to the lifestyle of that client. “I conduct a rigorous medical examination before embarking on a fitness regime with a new member. I like to find out everything about the person in order to teach how they can better live their life”.
With such guidance and support as is available at Dynamic Gym, as well as the many revolutionary means to keep fit, there really is no better time to take that all important anti-ageing approach to life.
Ctra de Istan, Centro Comercial
‘Le Village’, Marbella
Tel. 952 775 021
If you love trendy nails and are over the age of 50 you don’t have to stay stuck in a basic French manicure nail rut. Using a few expert tips from The Nail Place Marbella you can celebrate the fabulous 50s and beyond with nail shades that are wowworthy, stylish and chic.
When most women over 50 look at their hands, they see their grandmother’s staring back at them. As we get older, our skin becomes thinner, our nails get brittle and soft and, no matter how good our faces look, our hands often give away our true ages.
“It’s never too late to turn back the clock on your hands,” explains nail guru Eeva. “Exfoliating and moisturisng the hands are key. At the salon we also use heated mitts during our treatment as they open the pores and let moisture in for effective deep conditioning. I advise all our clients to wear rubber gloves when doing the dishes, don’t use your nails as tools, use cuticle oil regularly, apply sun screen to your hands and get regular manicures to keep your nails healthy”
THE NAIL RULES
Shape: “Squoval,” not quite square and not quite oval, is the chic shape for over 50s
Colour: On fingernails, use neutral beiges or pinks, colours that go with anything. Dark polish can accentuate your aging hands and shorten your fingers, whereas a light colour elongates them. If you are hooked on French manicures, use a soft white, not a bright one, with the tip applied in a very thin line. For a night out, paint on a little shimmer and shine with a metallic polish. To complement your skin tone, fair and medium skin tones look best in a shimmery metallic polish featuring silver tones. Darker skinned beauties shine in gold metallic with a hint of copper colouring.
Toes: Save the fun colours for your tootsies. You can pump up the volume with various shades of bold kaleidoscope-inspired colours. For spring and summer pedicures, swipe on mint green, iridescent fuchsia or a peachy orange hue. For autumn and winter, paint your toes a pretty purple, navy blue or burgundy. When you feel like being extra adventurous, metallic or playful designs on your big toes add a pop of additional colour and convey a carefree, ready-for-the-beach vibe.
The Nail Place also offers another antiageing treatment – Eyelash Extensions. Not only do they open up your eyes and make them look bigger, giving you a more youthful appearance but, if your eyesight isn’t what it used to be, they can make a huge difference to your everyday beauty routine.
At The Nail Place 50 is the new 40 and we will do our best to help you look as young as you feel.
The Nail Place
Tel. 952 818 636
“Looking younger has become easier than never before, numerous invasive and non-invasive techniques allow us to find individual solutions for almost everyone” Dr Kai Kaye / Director Ocean Clinic
The Facelift is becoming one of the most popular facial rejuvenation procedures requested. Although in the past the over-corrected or «plastic» look was all too common, today we can produce beautiful, natural-looking results.
Being an expert in this field with many publications and various techniques described by himself, Dr. Kaye creates a youthful, long-lasting natural looking result.
Paying meticulous attention to tightening and repositioning the facial muscles and skin, in addition to a special technique of sculpting and repositioning the facial fat, many patients look as many as 5-10 years younger and, best of all, instead of looking «lifted», today’s patients simply look refreshed, rested and healthy.
The basic idea behind a facelift is to remove excess skin that is loose and sagging on the face and the neck, and to tighten the underlying tissue. The excess skin that is removed never returns, so you will always look younger than you would have without surgery, even 10 years after surgery. The skin does continue to age, however. When new sagging develops, you may, if you choose, have a minor «mini-tuck»facelift procedure to correct it, or use other techniques to enhance your appearance.
Skin Peeling techniques are an alternative way to rejuvenate the skin without the need for surgery. The cumulative effects of the sun, age, and smoking make the skin appear wrinkled and thin. In addition, abnormal cells may grow and multiply, creating unsightly spots or in some cases, skin cancers. Luckily for us, the skin is unique in its ability to regenerate itself. The normal pace of regeneration, however, is slow and does not prevent the accumulation of abnormal and damaged skin cells. A more efficient way of ridding the body of those abnormal cells and replacing them with «new» skin is to «peel» off the top layers of skin. The body then replaces these layers with new skin that is healthier and younger looking.
What are the different types of chemical peels? Mechanical peels work by «rubbing off» the top layers of skin. Older methods used a pumice stone. Dermabrasion with rotating devices also enjoyed popularity. More recently even salons have started using systems that «sandblast» the skin. How well these methods work is highly technician dependent.
Chemical peels work by putting a chemical on the skin that reacts with and breaks up the top layers of skin (epidermis). Examples of this are the «fruit acid» peels, «TCA/Bluepeel» peel, «Obagi blue peel», etc. Depending on the nature and concentration of the chemicals used these peels can strip off only very superficial layers of skin or they can go deep into the skin, providing a real lifting effect which can replace in selected patients surgical lifting procedures.
How does a deep peel work? A deep chemical peel takes of the complete epidermis (upper layer of the skin) and penetrates deep into the dermis. In this layer it creates a coagulation of elastic fibers (Elastin, Collagen etc.) which leads to a restructuring and tightening of the facial skin resulting in a long lasting lifting effect of the face similar to a surgical facelift.
Botox - Treatments are, with over 4,5 million procedures performed in 2012, the most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure performed.
Used to treat facial lines and wrinkles such as forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, and lines around the neck, BOTOX®, Vistabel® or Azzalurel® are the registered product names for Botulinum toxin Type A. Botulinum toxin is produced by a bacterium known as “clostridium botulinum”.
In small doses, botulinum toxin can be used safely to reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. In addition, botulinum toxin has been shown to be an effective method for treating other conditions, such as migraines, excessive sweating, and muscle spasms, among others. With little downtime and almost immediate results, Botox-Treatments can help you restore a smoother, more youthful appearance to the face. You will most likely begin to notice the results within a few days following the procedure. As the muscles in the treatment area are unable to contract, the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles will decrease.
The results from a single procedure last approximately 3 to 4 months after which you can receive subsequent injections to maintain the desired results. Although the results are temporary, those treatments can safely and effectively help to restore the smooth, more youthful appearance you desire.
The difference between looking fresh and youthful or older than you are can be as simple as the state of your bangs or the shade of your highlights. Hair expert extraordinaire, Zoe Woods, head technician and owner of Wood Salon shares her anti-aging hair tips.
There’s no rule to say that longer hair shouldn’t be worn as you head towards your 40s or beyond; it’s just a question of looking at the style and the colour and finetuning it a bit. Celebrities such as Liz Hurley have done wonders for us more mature ladies. She has shown that you don’t have to cut all your hair off the minute you have children and, even though she is nearly 50, her hair looks as fabulous as it did in her 20s. Then there is Helen Mirren who has a gorgeous fringe and layers, which really focus attention around the face and she also works a mature colour beautifully. Glenn Close wears her hair with great texture and, for a stunning impact look no further than Julianne Moore with her luscious red locks.
COLOUR ME BEAUTIFUL
Your hair colour can also make you look older or younger. As we age, we lose definition in our face, and hair colour can add that back in. A common mistake it to go too blonde or too light in an attempt to cover grey. Your hair colour may have changed but your skin’s undertone remains the same. The worse thing you can do is completely change your hair colour from your original shade.
The best way to retain your locks is to treat them with love. I highly recommend that you feed and nourish your hair by scheduling ‘in salon’ deep conditioning treatments, as they are much more powerful than anything that can be done at home. We love Redken’s intensive treatments as they allow us to cater for all budgets, treating each client as an individual and prescribing a treatment that is suited for their hair’s particular needs.
When hair is dry, it is porous and more susceptible to the elements, causing it to look dull or the colour to fade. Lacklustre locks tend to make your skin appear drawn, whereas shiny hair helps to accentuate its radiance. Always protect your hair when in the sun and choose products that are dedicated to the care and preservation of colour treated hair.
BREAK THE RULES
Some hairstylists might suggest there are “rules” on how women should wear their hair at 30, 40, 50 and 60 years old, but don’t be bullied, because there are no fixed rules. Your hair is your statement and no one else’s.
Tel: + 34 952 771 791/ +34 645 089 399
Quickly becoming known as the ‘Lunchtime Lift’, the Pure Skin Beauty Room in Nueva Andalucia is now offering the Ling Energy Lift Facial which uses a combination of far-infrared rays and Asian health principles to turn back time in an hour.
When celebrity NYC beautician Ling Chan unveiled her latest treatment, the Energy Lift Facial and revealed that it made her clients look five years younger, Sofia Saide, owner of Pure Skin Beauty Room, knew that she had to bring this state of the art facial to Marbella.
“My Ling treatments and products have gone down a storm with my clients,” explained Sofia. “They produce results and our clients are happy. So when I found out about the latest treatment, I couldn’t get it into my salon fast enough. Although we are lucky to live in such a beautiful place with year round sunshine, the climate does play havoc with our skin. This is why I only invest in the best anti-ageing treatments so that I can really look after our clients’ needs. It’s important to know you have anti-ageing options that don’t involve cutting your skin or injecting your face with foreign substances.”
So why is this treatment different? In a nutshell, the facial aims to contour, tone and rejuvenate the skin. It also helps to shrink the sebaceous glands meaning it is great for breakout skin. This innovative facial and body wellness treatment utilizes the extraordinary properties of Tourmaline, a semi-precious gemstone also referred to as the ‘magic’ stone. Energy Lift combines the infusion of farinfrared rays and Asian health principles to stimulate the body’s self-healing and rejuvenation for increased wellness of the mind, body and, of course, your face.
How does it work? Using a healing vibration energy machine imbued with Tourmaline, the highest-energy producing crystal in the world, this deep infusion of ‘chi’ or energy, is a concept used for over 5,000 years in traditional Chinese TCM healing. This gemstone is known for its ability to aid in the detoxification process of the human body, increase vitality and immune function, while promoting all round wellbeing. Energy Lift Therapy infuses far-infrared rays, which are invisible rays of vibration energy that have the unique ability to penetrate all layers of the human body, reaching the tissues, muscles, and bone. When far-infrared energy is applied to facial acupressure points it instantly rejuvenates and energizes the face. Facial contour is lifted and blood circulation is stimulated, allowing toxins to be eliminated to reveal a younger and healthier complexion. When applied to the body, far-infrared healing energy relaxes the nervous system to promote stress relief, reduce aches and pains, promote blood circulation, lymphatic drainage and weight loss. Energy Lift can also lift our emotions and induce a sense of wellbeing, while also promoting tranquil sleep.
What can you expect? This treatment will take you on a journey of complete relaxation and total body wellness. The treatment starts with 20 minutes of Energy Lift wellness on the back spinal area, neck and shoulders to open the meridian channels for proper ‘chi’ energy movement and lymphatic drainage.
“It feels like a warm, polished stone being run up and down your spine and around you neck and shoulders, explains Sofia. “It is extremely relaxing and, if you’re a fan of infrared rays you’re going to love this.“
Next is the facial, which includes a glycolic peel, a massage, and multiple masks. After applying the Apple Stem Cellular Energy serum and DNA DoNotAge Cellular Youth Extension cream, Sofia or a member of her team will performº Ling’s signature acupressure technique with the far-infrared device, leading to a lifting effect, a healthy flush, and ironed-out wrinkles.
If you want to look as youthful as you feel inside and restore the natural glow of your youth then the Energy Lift Facial should be the next thing on your ‘must do’ list.
Energy Lift Therapy is available at
Pure Skin Beauty
Tel. + 34 951 134 983
at The Wellness Studio
Los Naranjos Golf Club
Let those who struggle know they are not alone
It is important to note that depression, anxiety and panic attacks are not signs of weakness. Mental illness is something that can affect anyone and its onset can never be predicted or controlled.
It’s a fact that one in three of us will suffer from mental health issues at some time. Many professionals and celebrities are actively exposing their knowledge and their personal battles to help the population understand that many people can be susceptible to mental illnesses.
Life may or may not be harder than it was a generation ago, but our belief in “progress” has increased expectations that life should be more satisfying, resulting in mass disappointment.
Millions of us live with various types of mental illness such as social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, drug addiction and personality disorders and those with physical illness can also suffer from mental illness.
DEALING WITH THE STIGMA
Luckily the stigma around mental illness has started to decrease over the years. However, many unfortunately still have a certain image of mental illness; countless people still think it means institutionalisation, straitjackets, padded cells and multiple personalities and feel threatened by it, connecting the diagnoses to crime, prison and/or madness.
However this does not seem the case for our country’s soldiers. As a population we offer acceptance, support and empathy to our soldiers who have returned from battle injured physically or emotionally, which is rightly so as soldiers are exposed to very disturbing influences of battle, causing trauma (physically and emotional) and pain. Why, though, is there still such a large percentage that cannot offer the same support and empathy to others that suffer from emotional and other mental illnesses? Life is a different type of fight for many people, leaving them highly susceptible to suffering in a similar way.
Our aim is to try to help people understand mental illness, helping them accept that this illness is not a choice.
I strongly believe that if we can help the population become more compassionate towards the nature of mental illness we then have the opportunity to allow people to seek out the help they may need. The more support and acceptance around these illnesses that is available, then the better the opportunity for change in a very demanding world.
Cortijo Care Marbella
C/ Joaquin Turina, Cortijo Blanco, San
Pedro de Alcantara, Marbella.
Tel. 952 780 181,
COMMON TYPES OF MENTAL ILLNESSES
Anxiety disorders. People will respond to certain objects or situations with fear and dread, as well as physical signs of anxiety or nervousness, such as a rapid heartbeat and sweating. Anxiety disorders include generalised anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and specific phobias.
Mood disorders (also called affective disorders) involve persistent feelings of sadness or periods of feeling overly happy, or dramatic fluctuations. The most common mood disorders are depression, mania, and bipolar disorder.
Psychotic disorders. Two of the most common symptoms of psychotic disorders are hallucinations and delusions, which are false beliefs that the sufferer accepts as true, despite evidence to the contrary, e.g. schizophrenia.
Eating disorders involve extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviours involving weight and food. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder are the most common.
Impulse control and addiction disorders. People with impulse control disorders are unable to resist urges to perform acts that could be harmful to themselves or others. Pyromania (starting fires), kleptomania (stealing) and compulsive gambling are examples. Alcohol and drugs are common addictions. Often, people with these disorders become so involved with the objects of their addiction that they begin to ignore responsibilities and relationships.
Personality disorder sufferers have extreme and inflexible traits that are distressing to the person affected and can cause problems in work, school, or with social relationships. Examples include antisocial personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder and paranoid personality disorder.