Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells and impurities that accumulate on the skin’s surface and make the skin dry, flaky and dull. It also encourages cell turnover, revealing the newer, smoother and more radiant skin underneath. Moisturisers and oils are absorbed more efficiently when applied immediately after exfoliation.
Once a week only, use a gentle facial exfoliant that is suitable for your skin type. Choose one with small beads or mild acids, such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acid (BHA), that gently abrade and remove the top layer of dead skin cells.
Exposure to UV rays in summer can leave the skin looking mottled and uneven in tone. Freckles and sun spots may be enhanced. Take advantage of winter by using products that are designed to brighten the complexion and lighten uneven pigmentation.
When you’re sleeping, the metabolic activity of the skin cells is at its greatest. Help to speed up the skin’s process of self-repair with night creams and serums that counteract the damage accumulated over the day and provide intense hydration and nourishment.
To achieve a natural, healthy glow, apply self-tanning lotion to your face and body or use bronzing powder.
Blood vessels dilate when the temperature drops, so spending time in the cold can result in a flushed nose and cheeks.
Soothe your skin with products designed to lessen and inhibit redness.
Great for treating congested or dull, dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles, microdermabrasion is the progressive, controlled exfoliation of the upper epidermis using micronised crystals to reveal a new, fresh layer of skin that feels and looks smooth. Promoting the growth of new skin and collagen, microdermabrasion can be used on its own or to complement other facial treatments. A series of at least four dermabrasion treatments, each two weeks apart, is recommended.
IPL (intense pulsed light) photorejuvenation is a non-invasive technique that treats skin damage without disrupting the skin’s surface. It uses intense pulses of light to target areas of concern on the face, decolletage and back of the hands.
The result is an overall healthier appearance to ageing skin, reduced fine lines and a more even complexion through reduced pigmentation and age spots. Between one and five treatments may be required.
SUPERFICIAL PROCEDURE PEEL/FACE
This simple, non-invasive cosmetic procedure involves applying a facial peel best suited to your skin type. The aim is to increase cellular turnover and renew sallow skin, therefore improving the skin’s hydration and texture and reducing pigmentation and pore size. Depending on the condition of the skin, a course of peels may be recommended.