As temperatures nose-dive, so does your skin’s moisture. Here’s how to fight back and recharge a dull winter complexion.
Boost Radiance with Photo Rejuvenation (IPL)
Lumecca, the newest IPL rejuvenation system boosts collagen, targets broken capillaries and sun damage, and will also help clear age spots and improve skin tone. A small hand piece emits as an intense flash of light which releases energy into the skin. One treatment, which is quick and relatively pain-free will instantly improve skin tone but for longer lasting results and a serious red carpet glow try a course of three to six treatments, spaced at least ten days apart (It is vital that you use SPF 30 after the treatment to protect the new skin.)
From £60 – £100 a session
Supercharge your Skin with a HydraFacial
This hard working facial is all about results, and delivers immediate, visible results and lasting anti ageing benefits with no downtime. The treatment combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration, red light therapy and antioxidant protection all in one session and is clinically proven to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, acne prone skin and brown spots. The whole experience lasts around 75 minutes. One treatment will give your skin a serious boost leaving the complexion instantly brighter, tighter and glowing. Cost from £125
Get Glowing with a Peel
A Glycolic acid peel is great for freshening up dull, tired skin. This acid occurs naturally in sugar cane and gently dissolves the glue-like substance that holds dead skin cells on the surface of your skin revealing a smoother, brighter complexion. It comes in a variety of strengths and is suitable for all skin types – even sensitive. You’ll need a course of four to six peels a fortnight apart to get glowing then a top-up once a month. There’s no downtime. From £60
And Don’t Forget….
Skin changes during the winter months and can easily become dry, flaky and sensitive due to central heating and frequent changes in temperature, i.e. going from warm rooms to chilly winds.
*Look for ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, and Urea in your moisturiser as these are humectants which bind moisture to the skin.
*Add another layer like a serum to your daily skincare regime to give your skin the extra support it needs.
*Use a weekly mask at home to help hydrate and improve texture of the skin- Try Rosina Rosina’s Kale and Pomegranate Enzyme Exfoliating Mask (£20 rosinaslotionspotions.com) a multi-tasker and an all in one cleanser, mask and a facial designed for daily use to remove pollution and dead skin cell build up.
*Boosters are a new addition to skin care and are designed to be added to your current regime to tackle specific skin concerns. Try Hylamide Glow Radiance £20 boots.com) a pick me up booster for tired, dull skin. This fast acting serum also contains melanin peptides to encourage a natural golden sun-kissed glow and will help even out skin tone – to use simply add a couple of drops to your normal moisturiser.
*Try a moisturiser with light reflecting particles – try Olay Essentials Complete Care Multi Radiance Fluid SPF15 (£9.99 www.olay.co.uk)
* If you are on a tight budget make your own radiance mask. Honey and lemon have natural properties that work to brighten and give a natural glow to the skin. Simply mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with one tablespoon of honey and dab gently over damp skin face. Leave on your face for 15-20 minutes, and then wash your face with cold water. Use once a week.