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TV detective stays stunning at 60 by jabbing tiny needles in her face: Dempsey and Makepeace star Glynis Barber reveals the secrets of her youthful appearance

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  • It’s been three decades since Glynis Barber appeared in the TV drama
  • But the 60-year-old, born in South Africa, seems to have barely aged a day
  • She has now revealed the secret to her youthful looks – micro-needling

More than three decades have passed since her days in the TV crime drama Dempsey and Makepeace but actress Glynis Barber appears to have barely aged a day

And now the 60 year old has revealed the secret to her youthful appearance – A bizarre treatment called micro-needling

The process, reported to boost collagen levels by 1,000 per cent, involves tiny needles inserted into the face, which the actress insists ‘isn’t painful at all’, in a bid to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and lessen pigmentation

Miss Barber said she believes that at her age she needs more than make-up to keep her skin looking fresh

Actress Glynis Barber (pictured) starred in the TV crime drama Dempsey and Makepeace 

‘Make-up can cover a multitude of sins but it will never cover bad health or skin that’s been neglected,’ she said

Several courses of the treatment are recommended but the age-defying actress said that after just one session she could still feel the ‘glow’ a week later

The treatment works by creating ‘micro trauma’ on the skin, causing it to re-heal over scars, as well as opening up pores so other products can be absorbed into the skin

During micro-needling hyaluronic acid is also injected into the skin, a substance which is found in fluids in the eyes and joints but extracted from rooster combs for medicinal use

The actress said she underwent a ‘masterlift’ when she visited skin expert Marie Reynolds in London, which involves a facial cleanse and cranberry face mask prior to the micro-needling process, followed by an apple stem cell face mask, massaged into the skin using Himalayan salt balls. Each step of the treatment was specially tailored to Miss Barber’s complexion

She said: ‘This really is bespoke work at its absolute best. It is literally the best treatment I’ve ever had’

Other celebrities said to be fans of micro-needling include actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Naomi Watts

Miss Barber starred in ITV’s Dempsey and Makepeace in the Eighties – which saw her play a British noblewoman, Sgt (Lady) Harriet Makepeace, paired with a streetwise New Yorker, Lt James Dempsey, in an armed unit of the Metropolitan Police. The star has never gone under the knife, claiming to be ‘surgeryphobic’ about cosmetic work, but has said that ever since her appearance on the programme she has been mistaken for women two decades her junior

The actress has been married to her Dempsey and Makepeace co-star Michael Brandon for 25 years and the couple have a grown-up son called Alexander

In a wide ranging interview about her beauty regime she said she is a firm believer in using cosmetic treatments to enhance appearance

And now the 60-year-old has revealed the secret to her youthful appearance - a bizarre treatment called micro-needling

And now the 60-year-old has revealed the secret to her youthful appearance – a bizarre treatment called micro-needling

‘Genetics only count for 25% and that’s a lot, but you are not doomed by your genetics. We have a lot more control than ever before and there’s tons you can do,’ she said

She has long been an advocate of healthy living and said that she has taken care of her body since her twenties

‘I’m not fanatical about my diet because I’m a firm believer in a little bit of pleasure does you good, and I’ve been a life-long lover of chocolate, except that now, I eat dark chocolate. I’ve also eaten organically for quite some time now,’ she said, adding that she often tries different treatments and believes in using food ‘as medicine’

The actress, who also played Glenda Mitchell – part of the notorious Mitchell clan – on Eastenders, said she has found fewer parts coming her way despite her youthful looks

She said: ‘Obviously Judi Dench is always going to work, but most of us the types of part we play and the size of role changes [as we age]. Apart from Judi and Helen Mirren, there isn’t an actress who hasn’t felt that’

Miss Barber is starring in Stalking the Bogeyman, a play about a man haunted by his attacker, at the Southwark Playhouse in London

Source: Daily Mail

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