I tried Amanda Holden’s 'five years younger' facial – here’s what happened

The Britain’s Got Talent judge claimed it made her look five years younger in an hour. So, naturally, I wanted to put it to the test…

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Amanda Holden Credit: Getty

During the hazy months between  salons reopening and then closing again for Lockdown 2.0, I went to see the aesthetician Nilam Holmes at her clinic, Dermaspa, in Milton Keynes.

Her client list reads like a who’s who of British celebrities (including the Beckhams), and my trip was to try the same treatment that Nilam had performed on 49-year-old Amanda Holden just a few weeks prior – the Morpheus8 facial.

Holden gushed on Instagram that it was ‘the best hour investment for looking at least five years younger’.  Now, I have no interest in looking five years younger – as I’ve said before, that feels like a very outdated concept to me. But I did want to see what all the fuss was about, and whether the Morpheus8 could, in fact, improve the look and feel of my skin.

Aesthetician Nilam Holmes

Microneedling is having a moment, and the Morpheus8 treatment consists of a handheld microneedling tool being ‘stamped’ all over the face or neck while delivering collagen-boosting radio frequency deep into the skin cells.

It is used for overall skin-tightening, on the brow bone to give a lifted appearance, or to greatly reduce acne scars. It even works on the body – apparently Kim Kardashian has had the treatment to tighten her ‘mum tum’. 

It can be uncomfortable, Nilam warned, so I had numbing cream applied for an hour or so before the 30-minute process. After a week or so of slightly blotchy-looking skin, my complexion started to look dramatically better – plumper, smoother, with a more even skin tone.

Apparently the effects will continue to get better as the collagen kicks in over the next few months. For that reason, it’s not recommended more than once or twice a year. 

A Morpheus8 session in progress 

If the thought of a full-on skin treatment leaves you hesitant and you want an entry into microneedling from home, you could give the Meso-Melt Infusion System by Skinesis, £138, a go. The needles in this device dissolve as you pass it across the skin, releasing a peptide- and hyaluronic-acid-rich serum into the skin. It’s completely safe to use and, over three weeks’ use, you will see the difference in the skin’s appearance. 

Many aestheticians and cosmetic doctors have seen a big uplift in demand for these sorts of skin-improving treatments, and I predict 2021 will bring a new wave of savvy at-home tools. These non-invasive but hi-tech treatments are an excellent route to achieving better skin without injectables. And good skin at any age is always going to be in fashion. 

Morpheus8 treatment, from £750 per session.