Having worked in front of the camera for most of her career, Lisa Snowdon certainly knows a thing or two about how to look – and feel – her best. Now 52, the model and This Morning presenter has become something of an advocate for self-care and positive ageing – especially since going through the perimenopause and menopause and the effect it had on her body and mind, an experience she has spoken openly about.

Never one to gatekeep, Lisa regularly sharing the products, treatments and wellbeing practices she swears by to look and feel her best, including the professional treatments that have helped to combat the effects of collagen loss in the skin. We caught up with her to find out more…

Here's how Lisa cares for her skin

What changes in your skin have you noticed since the menopause and how do you care for your skin differently now?

When people say everything changes when your skin goes through menopause, they’re not lying. I have completely overhauled my skincare routine in the past few years, focusing now on a good cleanser, layering my serums before moisturising, and always an SPF. Twice weekly I will exfoliate and I like to use a soothing, hydrating mask.

Through perimenopause and menopause my skin became duller, more dry and harder to predict, and I was getting a few breakouts around my jawline. I’ve finally got this under control now, but it took a while.

Talk us through your experience with radiofrequency treatment Thermage FLX…

I have been super committed to my skincare routine for years now, but I knew that I was ready for some additional support to keep me feeling my best. I came across Thermage FLX and I met Dr Galyna at Dr Rita Rakus Clinic who reassured me that the treatment would be perfect for tackling my concerns. I wanted to still look like myself, and the aim was never to look younger, just better and firmer!

The treatment uses radiofrequency to heat the skin to 45 degrees, the specific temperature required to stimulate new collagen production. It’s not painful, just a few areas around my jawline were a little more sensitive, but after my treatment I could apply make-up and go about my day.

Immediately I noticed this incredible tightening across my jawline and cheeks and a lift on my upper lip and eyebrows, and the results only got better over the following six months. Since then I have been back for a top-up, which was recommended yearly. I’m also booked in to try it on my legs and bum too!

Lisa having the Thermage FLX treatment

Lisa's skin 10 minutes after the Thermage FLX treatment

What other professional treatments do you have regularly?

I really like a strong facial massage to help to destress areas of tension around my face and neck. I sometimes have micro-needling treatments, and facial acupuncture.

Are there any cosmetic treatments that you know you’d never have?

I never say never! I have friends who have had full facelifts and they look great – they’re far braver than I am as there is downtime involved, not to mention the cost. I feel that with the technology with Thermage FLX, there isn't any need to be so invasive – plus I still want to look like me, and that would be my concern with anything more dramatic.

What at-home beauty tools do you use and love?

I love LED light so I invested a few years ago in the DermaLux one – I use it all the time, and it's good to do LED before and after your Thermage FLX treatment too as it helps speed up the healing process. I also like my LYMA laser, which I use after cleansing while I’m watching a box set before bed.

Lisa is a fan of LED light therapy

What does your current skincare routine look like?

I’m a big fan of The Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser, £43, and BioEffect EGF Serum, £135. Dr Sebagh has a great Deep Exfoliating Mask, £62, and its Rose de Vie Hydration Mask, £74, is divine. I always have Nip+Fab Hyaluronic Fix Extreme4 Jelly Eye Patches, £15.96, in the fridge for that morning when your eyes are tired and maybe sleep has been a challenge – another wonderful symptom of menopause.

What’s your best budget skincare tip?

I invest time in facial massaging. I do it most mornings to wake up my skin and encourage blood flow to my face, especially if you’re like me and sleep all crumpled up! It’s like ironing out your face, and any tension around your jawline can be massaged out. Also if you wake up puffy from the night before – say, from eating salty foods or too much sugar – gentle lymphatic drainage techniques are simple to do and can be a total game changer for how your face looks. Gua sha is are also great for helping sculpt and lift your face.

What skincare advice that you wish you’d known earlier?

Use SPF every day, regardless of skin type, colour or condition. None of us are immune to getting skin cancer caused by sun damage, and that could be avoided by applying SPF. I wish I’d known the importance of this in my 20s and 30s as I now wear it religiously, and tell everyone in my life to do so as well. Also please do not neglect your neck. It's an area that I never used to even cleanse, but now I take care of my neck with serums and Thermage FLX as it had started to look a little crepey.

Lisa is diligent about applying SPF every day

How do you care for your skin and body through diet, exercise and supplements?

Exercise is as much for my mental health as my physical health, whether that’s a walk outside in nature, a strength training class or pilates.

I don’t restrict food, I believe everything in moderation is key to a balanced and happy life. I love cooking and I love spending time with friends and family where food and drink are always involved. A glass of wine and a bowl of pasta are just as important for my mental health as eating diverse plants and protein.

I take magnesium, Correxiko Marine Collagen in hot water first thing and then throughout the day in my tea, vitamin C and zinc for immunity, and LYMA supplements.

What other wellness practices do you do to help you look and feel your best?

I love taking a bath. It’s underrated but it's just so good. I add a delicious-smelling bath oil and spend time just switching off. I also find breathwork to be beneficial for my mental health – just 10 minutes of breathing and meditation can set me up for the day and get me into a positive headspace.

You take a very positive approach to ageing – what advice would you give so that others can do the same?

I truly believe life is for living. The older I get, the more passionately I feel about this and the more comfortable I have become in my own body too. I think everyone should do what is going to make them feel good about themselves, whether that be having cosmetic treatments or making lifestyle decisions that are going to ensure you live a longer, happier life.

I’ve also come to accept that I’m not the person I was 20 or 30 years ago, and why would I want to be? I’m grateful for every experience that has made me the person I am today and excited about what the future holds. Whoever said ageing was a bad thing has a lot to answer for! I feel happier than ever.

* Thermage FLX costs £2,000 for a full face treatment at Dr Rita Rakus Clinic.

By Editor