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  • A ROW has erupted over how the bodies of some female Im A Celebrity stars appear to be drastically different from when they have posed for pictures in studio photoshoots.

    Jorgie Porter, Vicky Pattison and Ferne McCann have regularly been shown in their swimwear as they take showers under the waterfall. But snaps of their wildly differing looks in and out the jungle have been shared on social media. It has led to some fans complaining that they have been fed a diet of Photoshopped images that offer an unreal portrayal of womens bodies.

    Jane James posted on Facebook. She said: Their real bodies are gorgeous, why Photoshop?

    Others have come to their defence. Twitter user brouganellis wrote: Ferne McCann getting slated on social media because of what she looks like in reality. Still looks better than half of you.

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    The disparity in their appearances is in stark contrast to 2006 Im A Celebrity runner-up Myleene Klass who looked strikingly similar both on the show and away from it.

    Here AURIOLE PRINCE, of changemyface.com, reveals how pictures may have been manipulated…


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    Biggest ever bus bust-up

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  • What’s stress doing to YOUR face? Shocking pictures reveal the damage it could wreak in 10 years time

    Stress – and the many unhealthy ways we deal with it – can severely age us

    Research shows it can cause premature grey hairs, lines and wrinkles

    Plus jowls, redness, sagging of the skin and bloating due to poor diet

    Journalist Anna Magee was worried about the effects of stressful lifestyle

    Asked forensic artist Auriole Prince todepict how she may look in a decade

    MailOnline got three more people to take the test, with worrying results

    ByANNA MAGEE FOR MAILONLINE

    PUBLISHED:08:33, 7 November 2014|UPDATED:17:55, 7 November 2014

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    A stressful day at work can drive even the calmest of us towards the wine bottle or a nice sugary treat.

    But how many of us ever stop and think what long-term damage we might be doing?

    Over time, every glass or every cigarette is slowly chipping away at our looks – and our health.

    Anna Magee, a 45-year-old journalist and editor of thehealthista.comwebsite, was worried about the effect stress was having on her body.

    She decided to enlist the help of forensic artist Auriole Prince to get apicture literally of what her face will look like in 10 years if she remains under her current levels of stress.

    MailOnline also asked three brave volunteers to take the plunge to see how they too would be affected, based on their current appearance and how they deal with stress.

    The results were alarming.

    ANNA SAYS…

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    Now: Anna Magee, 45, is worried what her stressful lifestyle is doing to her health

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    A decade on: Grey hair, spots and redness will all develop if Anna doesn’t take time out to deal with stress

    I’m a full-time health journalist for national newspapers and magazines with about two deadlines a week. I also edithealthista.com.

    Outside work, I am rebuilding my kitchen and bathroom, showering in the gym (due to being shower-less) and eating take-away off my lap most nights (due to being kitchen-less).

    Each day I wake up between 4.30am and 5.20pm to start the day. Its safe to say I am stressed.

    One U.S. study found that women who were most threatened by the anticipation of stressful tasks looked older by as much as 10 years.

    Yes, I go to the gym most days, but I barely do any yoga practice (I used to do it daily).

    Where I used to practice a little mindfulness meditation, now I just cant fit it in.

    I barely take time out to breathe.

    And as the co-author of a book called The De-Stress Diet, I know what I should be doing.

    Which is:

    *Taking regular breaks(I am currently working through lunch)

    *Having time out(I work seven days a week)

    *Doing regulardeep breathing(forget it)

    *Eating well(doing my best but until the kitchen is finished its looking like one Indian take-away after the other)

    This week, Auriole Prince, a forensic artist I have worked with before, got in touch.

    Auriole is an ex-FBI forensic artist. In the past, she has worked with investigators on ageing images of missing persons in order to release pictures of what they might look like today.

    She now runs a website calledchangemyface.comthat provides ageing software so people can see their faces in the future.

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    Cravings: Many of us turn to junk food when stressed, which wreaks havoc with our skin and blood sugar

    She has, for example, created the app Drinking Mirror which allows you to see the effects of cutting back on alcohol on your skin in ten years great motivation.

    She mentioned that it was National Stress Awareness Day and did I want her to doctor an image of my face to show what stress might be doing to it.

    Did I ever. One of the best motivators for me is, after all, vanity.

    Today, Auriole has aged my face according to what I will look like if I continue under my current levels of stress. It makes for sober viewing.

    This is me now. I am 45.

    According to Auriole, I am already showing the effects of stress on my face.

    Bags under my eyes from lack of sleep, crows feet and skin that sags around my cheeks.

    I can already see from your image that you have slightly dark bags under your eyes, this can be a real sign of stress and not sleeping properly or in your case, not sleeping enough.

    ‘These will get much worse over the next ten years, she explains.

    Stress has a dehydrating effect on skin because when youre under stress, the body takes blood flow away from peripheral organs such as skin to provide muscles with energy.

    This is for the fight to flight response that stress requires from our bodies. Its perfectly natural. But its meant to be over quickly.

    Think about it. When we were cavemen fighting off predators we would fight or flee from the threat and then rest and recuperate.

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    Worrying: Pictured left is Anna, now at 45 and stressed already showing the effects on her face, according to forensic artist Auriole Prince. Right is Anna in 10 years if she continues under her current levels of stress

    Today, our threats are deadlines, bathroom and kitchen renovations, social media overloads and websites to run.

    And if its not one thing, its something else pressuring us to perform or deliver or decide.

    Unlike our cavemen sisters, except for a few weeks holidays a year, our stress doesnt end. That means we are always and forever in this state of flight or flight.

    The result, our peripheral organs especially the skin, but also our sex organs suffer the latter is why stress affects fertility so profoundly.

    Heres what will happen to my skin in ten years if I continue under this amount of stress.

    Scary.

    YOUR FACE ON STRESS – WHAT’S GOING ON?

    More grey hair This is no myth, research last year found that high levels of stress hormones in the skin can cause hair follicles to be stripped of a type of stem cells that give hair its colour.

    More spots Acne and stress are directly related so if youre experiencing adult acne, whatever your age, look at your stress levels. Stress causes an inflammatory response in the body and leads the pores to become clogged and break.

    When this happens you get redness and pus a pimple. Moreover, under stress your adrenal glands (two small kidney shaped organs that sit on top of your kidneys administering stress hormones cortisol and adrenalin) go into overdrive.

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    Premature ageing: Stress makes us more prone to bags under the eyes, grey hair and wrinkles

    This leads to the release of more androgens make hormones from your sex organs and more androgens leads to pimples. In women this effect is magnified as we have more androgens made in our darnel glands than men do.

    Lack of radiance this occurs because my blood flow has slowed down and blood is being pumped into my muscles to rule my fight or flight reactions.

    Accelerated ageing – One US study found that women who were most threatened by the anticipation of stressful tasks looked older at a cellular level, some by as much as ten years.

    Bags under the eyes in my case, this is because I dont sleep enough and have an obsession with waking up early to get a headstart on the day. I know I dont sleep enough and according to Auriole, the effect isnt reversed by weekend lie-ins.Other people might wake in the small hours because of their stress load. Its all the same stress is the enemy of sleep.

    Increased jaw size this comes from tooth grinding, typical of stressed out Type-As like myself.

    I now have a mouth guard but according to my dentist the brilliant James Goolnik at Bow Lane Dental, I need to find a way to deal with my stress because a mouthguard could stop my teeth wearing down but it doesnt stop the grinding itself.

    Sagging skin the result of decreased blood flow and dehydration from stress leeching the vitamins, blood and moisture from my skin and focusing it on the muscles.

    Fine lines and dry skin stress reduces the skins own protective barrier made of healthy oils known as lipids, causing them to evaporate. This rich, moist barrier is hard to replace, even with the best creams, which is why stressed peoples skin always looks so desperately dry.Time to learn those breathing techniques

    Redness Stress is also a key element in inflammatory skin conditions such as rosacea, which is exacerbated if youre dealing with stress by using alcohol (red wine increases the likelihood of rosacea and broken capillaries).Moreover, other inflammatory skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis are directly linked with stress.

     

    SO WHAT COULD STRESS BE DOING TO YOU?

    MailOnline asked three brave volunteers to also take the test. The results are based on how they deal with stress.

    OLIVIA, 26

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    Fresh faced: Olivia doesn’t usually smoke, but will have up to 10 cigarettes a day if stressed, and drink more

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    Puffy: Auriole Prince says excess alcohol will cause dilated blood vessels to form on Olivia’s cheeks, while takeaways will cause her face to bloat.The acne is due to insulin spikes from a poor diet

    She says:I never smoke normally but if Im stressed can easily make my way through a pack of ten cigarettes in a day.

    I also like to drink wine (red or white) which doesnt always seem to help, as I get more stressed when Im drunk.

    Not a big lover of chocolate but if Im feeling stressed or down I tend to go through a day of not really wanting to eat, then a day of eating all the worst foods like pizza and take-away curry.

    To combat stress I sleep a lot. Im really bad – anything less than six or seven hours and I get really grumpy the next day and cant really function properly.

    I also go to the gym. Running on the treadmill and doing weights means my mind empties and I think of nothing.

    Or. I completely zone out by watching some trashy TV on Netflix has to be something really mindless so that I can totally turn my brain off.

    Auriole Prince says:Olivia drinks when she’s stressed, so will start to form dilated blood vessels on her cheeks which become permanent.

    She often binges on takeaways and fast food, so will start to bloat around her cheeks and jaw line.

    She has a stressful job, so frown lines and bags under the eyes will appear.

    Due to hectic lifestyle her skin and hair will become lack lustre.The acne is due to insulin spikes from poor diet.

    SAM, 33

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    Mindful: Sam admits alcohol such as beer and wine is his crutch when stressed, so has tried to cut back

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    A shadow of his former self: Stress means he at risk of developing jowls, plus general office stress will give him a grey pallor and extra wrinkles

    He says:I used to drink to excess – mainly beer and wine – but was worried about the health implications so I have cut down. Alcohol is the thing I still tend to turn to when stressed, however.

    It also means I eat badly the next day.

    Now to try and combat stress I I exercise frequently, which I find a massive help.I also use breathing techniques and positive reinforcement and try and get enough sleep.

    Auriole Prince says:For Sam, general stress in the office means deeper wrinkles.

    Drinking alcohol such as beer and wine is calorific – not to mention the hangover food the following day, hence some bloating of the face as a result.

    The slightly dark bags under the eyes are due to work stress, but he sleeps OK, which is why they aren’t worse.

    The slightly grey pallor to his skin is due to his hectic work lifestyle, while the slight redness on the nose and cheeks is a result of the drinking.

    DENI, 24

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    Clear skin: Deni currently tucks into chocolate when stressed and smokes four cigarettes a day

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    Wrinkled: Deni’s frown lines are due to stress at work, but the lines on insides of her eyes due to smoking

    She says:I eat lots of chocolate mainly high quality dark stuff smoke about 3/4 cigs a day, drink about 5 glasses of Prosecco and 3 gin and slims a week

    I drink about 3 coffees a day a soya latte and then Americanos/macchiatos (generally no dairy)

    I like to chill/sleep to deal with stress – and the gym helps massively.

    I work out three times a week for two classes at a time, generally, I also do yoga twice a week, weighlifting one a week, three lots of cardio and one set of circuits.

    Auriole Prince says:Deni’s frown lines are due to stress at work, but the lines on insides of her eyes due to smoking.

    Meanwhile the dark circles under eyes and sagging of skin to do hectic lifestyle.

    The dilated blood vessels on her cheeks are due to drinking, and there is some acne due to sugar spikes from chocolate and drinking.

    However there is no weight gain as she does tons of exercise.

    Anna Magee is the co-author of The De-Stress Diet: The Revolutionary Lifestyle Plan for a Calmer, Slimmer You with nutritionist and stress expert Charlotte Watts

    For more information about forensic lifestyle ageing visitchangemyface.com

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  • Women are being offered a glimpse of the future by a smartphone app which shows how drinking too much could affect their looks.

    It comes as part of efforts to target women aged 31 to 44 in a campaign to change attitudes about alcohol.

    Last year the Scottish government urged drinkers to take smaller glass sizes, to promote health and limit ageing.

    It has now updated its “drinking mirror” app to show how cutting back could improve your looks over 10 years.

    Official estimates suggest one in every 30 deaths among women is alcohol-related.

    Figures from the Scottish Health Survey also indicate more than one in three regularly drink more than is good for their health – the recommended weekly guideline of 14 units for women.

    Health Secretary Alex Neil told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “Over the past 20 years or so there has been a doubling in the number of deaths of women aged 31 to 44 as a result of over-consumption of alcohol and there’s been a trebling of the incidence of cirrhosis and liver disease as well.”

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    The effects of alcohol are not pretty – as shown by the Drinking Mirror, a very successful app promoting a healthier lifestyle

    Back at the beginning of January, as Britain struggled to overcome its collective festive hangover, the Scottish government released an iPhone app, which exploded in popularity. The app was conceived as part of a campaign aimed at women whose slogan, Drop a Glass Size, was designed to encourage a radical change in drinking habits north of the border.

    Developed by Auriole Prince, a forensics artist working with Rancon, a Cheltenham-based software company, the Drinking Mirror invites you to upload a photo of yourself, fill in how many units you drink a week and, at the swipe of a finger, see what you are going to look like in 10 years.

    It isnt pretty. In fact, the results bloated and blotchy are, in general, both hilarious and depressingly terrible. Ageing is always an approximation, especially with an app, says Prince, who has exploited her skills in the past on missing persons campaigns.

    It has to be an automatic process so you are taking an approximation and making it work for everybody. Its not particularly scientific but it is a fun way of getting the message across. The effects of drinking include weightgain its calorific. And it dehydrates the skin, therefore you lose the elasticity in your skin it wrinkles more.

    Its brilliant. Because it is instantaneous, anyone can use it, and it is doing it to your own face, not someone elses. It gets the message home a lot harder when you see it on yourself. Younger people might not pick up leaflets, but they will use an app and play with it.

    Even after just a few weeks, it seems the strategy has been a success. With only a relatively modest press launch, the Drinking Mirror has been downloaded more than 330,000 times, topped the app charts and been featured in national and international media from The Sun to the Wall Street Journal and NBCs Today Show.

    Jill Walker, head of health marketing for the Scottish government, says the app allows people to understandthe significance of a unit of alcohol. It also shows how small, easy changes to drinking habits can have a significant impact on overall health and well-being, she adds.

    While this is great news for the Scottish governments campaign, its also a clear indication that an app boom might just be round the corner, selling governmentmessages straight into our hands. Ivana Farthing, head of mobile and consumertechnology at Diffusion PR, points to US data that shows the average consumer watches 168 minutes of TV per day but spends 127 minutes in mobile apps up 35 per cent year on year.

    So if the popularity in mobile apps continues, its only a matter of time before apps overtake TV as the key channel for media consumption, she says. Although TVs are evolving with smart TV apps, so it may never happen.

    Jan Heuff, managing director of Rancon, sees apppotential everywhere. Most recently he has been working with finance companies, bringing gamer technology to apps that explain the importance of pension funds and investments.

    Its a very personal form of communication, he argues. Your phone is a private, personal object.If you can put something on there that talks to people in a meaningful way, it is a powerful piece of communication.”

    For Stephen Lepitak, news editor of marketingmagazine The Drum, its no surprise that governments are increasingly turning to this relatively new technology.

    The reach of an app is never likely to exceed that of a TV campaign, although it is likely to be a tenth of the price in terms of development. Native apps are also able to offer what a TV campaign cannot an element of interactivity and a platform that can directly engage and connect the user with those sending out the messages using social channels. They can also provide highly relevant and exact data which, again, TV campaigns cannot.

    The trend is set to continue. According to mobileanalytics firm Flurry, Christmas Day 2012 saw, globally, eight million new computer tablets switched on for the first time. While iPads still dominate, the growth in Android tablets and the launch of MicrosoftsSurface show the platform is becoming as Jan Heuff puts it not just desirable but essential.

    But while Apples app store alone has more than 800,000 titles, the problem for developers andcampaigners will, increasingly, be getting their appnoticed in a crowded marketplace.A free Welsh government app, Choose Well, designedto provide health information in English and Welsh,recently came under fire from politicians because, at a cost of 26,000 it had only been downloaded by 1,183 people a cost of about 22 a person.

    As an agency our mantra is engage, entertain and reward, Heuff reflects. If you can do those three things youve got yourself at least a hope of having a hit.

  • Women are being offered a glimpse of how they could look in future if they keep on drinking too much as part of a campaign to cut down drinking in Scotland.

    A 12 month pilot scheme set up by the National Union of Students will see seven accredited universities launch programmes intended to cut binge drinking and anti-social behaviour on campus.

    Latest figures show that around 38pc of women regularly exceed drinking guidelines.Photo: ALAMY

    By taking a picture of the user, the app aims to show how ‘dropping a glass size’ could “improve your looks over 10 years”, with a so-called magic mirror showing you “how much better you will look if you drink a little less alcohol”.

    In the same way that slimmers sometimes switch to a smaller plate to eat less, the Scottish government is calling on women to drop a glass size as a way of cutting back on drinking.

    Citing figures showing that around 38pc of women regularly exceed drinking guidelines, by drinking more than 14 units a week, the Scottish Government said it was encouraging women to think about the health effects of regularly drinking more than the recommended amount.

    The number of alcohol-related deaths among women aged 30-44 has doubled in the last 20 years, and the chronic liver disease and cirrhosis death rate among women in that age group in Scotland has trebled since the mid to late 1980s.

    Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil said: Evidence shows us that most people who drink alcohol, particularly at home, have no idea of how much they are actually consuming. This campaign will show people how small changes to their drinking habits can have a significant impact on their health and wellbeing.”

    Dr Samantha Robson, a GP, added: Many women dont think about the longer term effects of drinking or that on average it takes them longer than a man to recover from the damage caused by a big night. But cutting down a glass size, or having a break some nights, the result could make a huge difference to how they look and feel.

    The app is free until the end of March is available at Drink Smarter.

    Dry January: Follow Tara Gladden, who is writing for Telegraph Wonder Women on her efforts to kick the booze for a month to support Cancer Research UKs inaugural Dryathlon.

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