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Winter is coming…

 

And it’s a crucial time for our skin. We have to contend with the cold, wind and central heating drying and irritating our skin but it’s also an opportunity to introduce some new treatments, products and step up our skin care game.

 

Winter Skin Care Essentials

 

Moisturise

If you don’t usually use a moisturiser as part of your skin care regime the winter months might be the time to start; the wind picks up, the air is colder and while blasting the heating keeps our toes toasty, it is very drying for our skin. If you usually suffer from dry skin, have noticed your skin becoming dryer or spend lots of time outdoors, consider using a richer moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated. Don’t be afraid to reapply throughout the day if needed!

Protect

We might not see the sun much at the moment, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there! We still need to make sure we’re protecting our skin from UV throughout the whole year, even those colder months.

Hydrate

If you do notice your skin becoming dryer, take a look at adding some extra hydration. You can do this in the form of a facial, like a hydro facial which is designed to exfoliate and add moisture, or an at home moisturising mask to hydrate your skin.

Treatments and Products Best Used in the Winter Months

 

Retinol 

Retinol is best used during the winter months when some of the suns UV rays are blocked out. This is because retinol can leave the skin sensitive to UV rays, it can also become irritated, especially when you first start using the product. Sunlight decreases the efficacy of the product, which is one of the reasons we usually recommend this as part of your evening routine. Topical retinoids work by removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin (exfoliating), which helps to prevent them building up within hair follicles. When using a product like retinol it is even more crucial that you apply your SPF during the day.

Hydro Facial

A Hydro Facial is a fantastic treatment to have at this time of year as it really helps to hydrate your skin. Our Aquanor Hydro Facial is an advanced non–invasive skin rejuvenating and resurfacing treatment. Using multi–step technology and skin peeling solutions a hydro facial softens, exfoliates, extracts and hydrates skin. This can be used to; improve fine lines and wrinkles, reduce acne and pigmentation, improve congested pores, uneven or dull skin and improve dry, dehydrated skin.

Chemical Peels and Microneedling 

Both peels and microneedling are great for the winter months as they can require more recovery time than some other treatments.

Microneedling- Microneedling is a non-surgical rejuvenation technique, using advanced micro-medical skin-needling that stimulates the skin to regenerate and repair itself naturally and safely. This gives smoother, brighter, healthier, younger looking skin.

Chemical Peels- There are a wide range of peels available, offering a gentler, more effective alternative to physical exfoliation. Skin peels are a non-invasive treatment which use non-toxic chemicals such as salicylic acid to exfoliate the skin, remove dead cells, and leave behind a fresh, soft, smooth surface. Keep an eye out for our new peels coming in January!

Laser Hair Removal 

Prior to, and for two weeks after laser hair removal you need to avoid spending much time in the sun as this kind of UV exposure can cause burning during or after treatment. This means that the colder, darker months are a prime time to begin this treatment. Not only this, but as treatment courses are usually 8 sessions with 6 weeks between, starting in the winter means you can finish your course, or be well on your way in time for your summer holidays!

Comment your winter skin care questions below or pop in for your free skin assessment if you’d like to discuss your regime or any concerns in more depth!

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