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.
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 energized.
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 reasonable prices. £38 a day, press-london.com.
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.
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.
Each of the six flavors 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, plentydrinks.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.
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 off-putting 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.
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.
It claims to gently release ingredients to minimize 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.
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.