Chemical peels, exercise, diet: Dallas actress Linda Gray reveals secrets of staying young
THE glamorous actress who played Sue Ellen in 80s hit Dallas, reveals the secrets to her youthful appearance
00:00, Thu, Dec 4, 2014
Linda on Loose Women last week
More than 20 years have passed since the original series ended but when the actress was on Loose Women last week she drew gasps of surprise.
She looked stunning and decades younger than her 74 years.
So what’s her secret? She has admitted to having a facelift, eyelid surgery and dermal fillers but she also attributes her glowing good looks to staying active and a healthy diet.
Linda is a great example of a woman ageing beautifully and showing there’s nothing wrong with not wanting to look old and tired when you still feel young inside. As Linda says: “I need to live a long time to fulfil all the things I want to do. I want to be walking around at 90.”
If you want to look as good as Linda, follow my advice.
PUMP UP THE VOLUME
Most surgeons and cosmetic doctors prefer to restore contours rather than eliminate every line because that is what makes a face look younger.
Linda is a great example of not looking “overdone”. She still has a few lines around the eyes and jaw, her cheeks are full without looking puffed up and she has no hollows under the eyes.
A combination of dermal fillers will instantly create a younger, plumper look as well as addressing concerns such as wrinkles and volume loss.
It’s a quick and painless procedure and gives a beautiful but subtle result. Expect to pay from £750. Call 020 7436 4441 for more details.
Linda in 1986 during the reign of hit soap Dallas
Full surgical facelifts have been replaced by less invasive procedures that leave a more natural look
THE NEW FACELIFTS
Full surgical facelifts have been replaced by less invasive procedures that leave a more natural look like Linda’s.
If you want to look refreshed and firm up your jawline then a lower face and necklift is the ideal procedure.
It can be carried out under local anaesthetic so patients recover more quickly. There is also minimal scarring so patients can go back to work after two weeks. The procedure costs from £7,500. Call 020 7436 4441 for more details.
The French Lift is less invasive than a traditional facelift and ideal if you have a little facial sagging. The procedure, which is carried out under local anaesthetic, will smooth and tighten. Scars are minuscule and hidden in the hairline while results last up to seven years.
Expect slight bruising and swelling for up to a week after the procedure. From £4,500. Call 020 7436 4441 for more details.
To achieve Linda’s polished glow try a professional microdermabrasion treatment once a month. Alternatively, a chemical peel can boost skin in less than an hour by removing the damaged top layer of cells, revealing new, plump skin below. From around £120.
Linda once revealed that Botox left her with a wonky brow but Sprinkles, which uses only a fraction of the usual amount and is injected all over the skin rather than targeting specific areas, gives a fresher, more relaxed look and there is no risk of looking frozen. From £250.
Eye bag surgery called blepharoplasty will dramatically improve your eyes. It is a relatively simple operation where excess tissue and fat is removed through a tiny incision under the lash line.
You should expect bruising and swelling for two to three weeks. Results are permanent. From £3,000.
EASY WAYS TO ROLL BACK THE YEARS
The age of your skin has very little to do with your date of birth. You can be old and have young skin or young and have prematurely aged skin.
The most important thing you can do is protect your skin from sun damage so use an SPF30 every day.
The skin has an incredible ability to heal itself once you start blocking UVA and UVB rays so start today.
Your youth fix doesn’t have to come in a bottle. A good haircut can take years off your appearance.
Avoid styles that are severe or too rigid. Instead give your hair some movement by having a style that incorporates layers.
Emulate Linda and try a wispy fringe, which will soften your features.
Finally, stay away from dark, draining colours and instead go lighter with some flattering highlights around your face.
Your eyelashes will start to flatten as you age.
To combat this use an eyelash curler and a good lengthening mascara.
These tend to have a lighter formulation than volumising mascaras and are therefore less likely to drag the lashes down.
A shaped eyebrow such as Linda’s will frame the face and give it structure.
Unfortunately, once you hit your 40s your brows become sparser. Fill in any gaps with a powder pencil, using a shade lighter than your natural colour.
Don’t try to hide lines with heavy make-up. After a certain age, less is definitely more.
Linda’s look is light and natural with nude glossy lips and soft eyeliner which defines the eyes.
For advice about cosmetic surgery and treatments consult your GP. For more of Lesley’s tips check her website lesleyreynolds.com