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They say it’s your hands that give away your age, but there’s another body part that might betray your true vintage just as clearly: your knees.

And these knobbly bits are the latest area that shape-conscious ladies of a certain age are getting obsessed about.  

Knee wrinkles — or ‘ninkles’ as they’ve been christened by Vogue deputy editor Emily Sheffield — are something with which many women will be familiar: the pouchy, saggy skin and deep grooves that begin to appear on our knees from our mid-30s.

Some of us just see it as a sign that we should sport our ninkles with pride or ditch the shorts and invest in longer skirts. But some women are so bothered by  their knees that they claim they‘re ruining their lives.

So why are knees so difficult to keep looking young? According to anti-ageing and hormone specialist Dr Cecilia Tregear, from London’s Wimpole Skin Clinic, ninkles occur as a result of the loss of elasticity and collagen in the skin, which is caused by a combination of factors.

‘Poor nutrition, sun damage, unbalanced or declining hormones — due to stress and approaching menopause — as well as a diet high in sugar, all conspire to create
wrinkly knees.’


These young-looking knees belong to my Ageless Sister Jackie Silver,
founder of [Link Removed]They belie her true age – Jackie is in her 50s!
Actual, original photo taken on a Blackberry.  

And you don’t have to be overweight or out of shape to get them. Far from it. Some beautiful models and actresses are afflicted by ninkles: Nicole Kidman, Elle Macpherson, Jerry Hall and Kate Moss, to name but a few.

View their photos and it’s as if all the wrinkles you might expect to find on their faces have somehow collected between their toned thighs and smooth calves.

‘In fact, skinny celebrities who have spent years restricting their food intake may suffer from saggy knees particularly badly because their bodies have been starved of nutrients vital for the skin, particularly protein and fats,’ says Dr Tregear.

‘Over-exercising has also depleted them of sex hormones necessary for collagen production.’

Unlike most body parts, which can be toned or sculpted to perfection in the gym, there’s little you can do about ninkles, other than to cover them with a maxi skirt.

Demi Moore allegedly had more than £3,000 of surgery on hers, but Dr Tregear warns that even if you do go under the knife, but you don’t address the underlying problems, ninkles will return.

Now, she has devised the first non-surgical treatment that promises to rid women of their ninkles forever.

It’s a targeted prescription treatment, tailored to the individual needs of each patient, and combines specially mixed creams containing bio-identical (natural not synthetic) hormones and vitamin A, which is clinically proven to erase wrinkles.

Hilary Philpot, 52, a health and safety manager from Muswell Hill, North London, has hated her knees for years, and can’t remember the last time she revealed them in public.

‘I’ve worn trousers every day since my late 30s,’ she says. ‘I’m slim, but my knees are lumpy and getting wrinklier and saggier as I get older. I walk a lot, but it’s made no difference to their appearance.

‘Though my partner loves me as I  am, I’m self-conscious about any- one else seeing my knees, which restricts my wardrobe to long skirts, dresses  or sarongs and makes going to the  beach embarrassing.’

A  friend recommended that Hilary go to see Dr Tregear in her Harley Street surgery. She was given a series of blood tests and then prescribed a cream to apply to her knees each morning and night for a month.

This contained prescription DHEA (a steroid hormone) to stimulate oil production and encourage increased skin thickness, bio-identical estrogen to help stimulate collagen production and boswellic acid, which also builds collagen, plus Vitamin A, which erases wrinkles.

In addition, Hilary was advised to eat less sugar and more animal protein, plus nuts and avocado (good fats), and to do some daily leg exercises to tone the muscles in her legs.
She was also told to drink two litres of water a day to help moisturise the skin and counteract wrinkles.

‘The knees require just as much care as the face, in terms of moisturising, massage and sun protection,’ says  Dr Tregear.

‘But women tend to neglect this area. Good nutrition, particularly protein, plays an important role, too, by supplying the nutrients that help produce oestrogen, testosterone, cortisol, DHEA and human growth hormone, all of which have an effect on the tone, thickness and elasticity of the skin.

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In addition, Hilary was advised to eat less sugar and more animal protein, plus nuts and avocado (good fats), and to do some daily leg exercises to tone the muscles in her legs.
She was also told to drink two litres of water a day to help moisturise the skin and counteract wrinkles.

‘The knees require just as much care as the face, in terms of moisturising, massage and sun protection,’ says  Dr Tregear.

‘But women tend to neglect this area. Good nutrition, particularly protein, plays an important role, too, by supplying the nutrients that help produce oestrogen, testosterone, cortisol, DHEA and human growth hormone, all of which have an effect on the tone, thickness and elasticity of the skin.

In addition, Hilary was advised to eat less sugar and more animal protein, plus nuts and avocado (good fats), and to do some daily leg exercises to tone the muscles in her legs.

She was also told to drink two litres of water a day to help moisturize the skin and counteract wrinkles.

‘The knees require just as much care as the face, in terms of moisturizing, massage and sun protection,’ says  Dr Tregear.

‘But women tend to neglect this area. Good nutrition, particularly protein, plays an important role, too, by supplying the nutrients that help produce estrogen, testosterone, cortisol, DHEA and human growth hormone, all of which have an effect on the tone, thickness and elasticity of the skin.

‘These hormones have receptors in the skin cells and stimulate fibroblasts that produce the collagen.’

Hilary was skeptical about the difference the regime would make.

‘But I hated my knees so much I was prepared to give anything a try,’ she says.

‘I was told full results would take two to three months, but within just a couple of weeks I could see a big difference in  the shape of my knees and the texture of my skin.

‘I think simply massaging my knees twice a day, something I’ve never done before, had some effect.

‘After a month, my knees are more than an inch smaller in circumference and have more definition. The skin is also much smoother. The difference is very visible.

‘I do feel a lot more confident and have even worn a dress that falls above my knees for the first time in years.

‘The added bonus is that I also feel much more energetic.’

A ninkle treatment consultation costs £200, with creams starting from £50 for a month’s supply.

For more information, contact 020 7935 8277 or visit wimpoleskincare.com

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