If you have over-indulged during the party season, it’s not just your waistline that suffers….the skin’s barrier can become more fragile, leading to blocked pores and breakouts.
The bacteria that cause spots can lie deep in the pores so a weekly Glycolic facial peel can help detox skin. Suitable for all skin types, this gentle, non-abrasive exfoliation formula will decongest and detoxify the skin tackling blocked pores and excess oil to reveal a smoother and more radiant complexion. Combined with PDT, (a light-based treatment) this will also help brighten and clarify the complexion, encouraging fresh, healthy, clean skin from the inside out. From £60 a peel with PDT treatment around £200 per treatment from most clinics or call 0207 436 4441
* Anything that reduces oil production can help stop breakouts. Research says that diets high in refined carbohydrates can increase skin sebum so cut out sugar and eat more wholegrains, fruit and vegetables.
*Zap existing spots in two minutes with Neutrogena Light Therapy Targeted Acne Spot Treatment (£29.99 boots.com), which kills bacteria and reduces inflammation directly on blemishes using red and blue light therapy.
*Start using a retinol cream at night. Retinol helps to increase cell turnover keeping skin clear and will also stimulate collagen and elastin production. Try one of the high street serums like Super Facialist Retinol or for super Anti-Ageing Night Cream Monroe Night Recovery Serum £64.99 www.monroeoflondon.com
*Try sleeping on your back. Sleeping on your side or stomach allows oil from your hair to come into contact with the skin, which can lead to breakouts. Dirt, dust, and oil can collect on your pillowcase so change regularly.