But while ending up elbow-deep in a bucket of soapy bubbles might not appeal, for skin health devotees there’s a lesson to be learned: now’s the perfect time to indulge in an aesthetic treatment or medical grade product that leaves your complexion rejuvenated and sparkling fresh.
Harsh central heating, extreme weather conditions, and a general lack of time outdoors means our skin takes a battering over the winter months, leaving it looking dull and dry. Read on, however, for four top treatments to clear out pores, exfoliate, tighten and brighten, in time for lighter days (and evenings) ahead…
Best for… instant resultsHydraFacial
For instant, impressive results, a HydraFacial should be your first port of call. “It’s an amazing treatment for deep cleaning of the skin,” explains EV Expert and Practitioner Sean White of Sean White Aesthetics, London.
“It works to improve overall skin texture, tone, and appearance, thanks to a deep exfoliation that cleans your pores, removing debris and allowing for a better penetration of face serums tailored to your skin type.”
The treatment begins with lymphatic drainage to improve circulation and remove toxins, followed by a gentle exfoliation, before debris is vacuumed from pores using a special device (if you’ve had this treatment before, you’ll know just how satisfying this part is).
The skin is then saturated with serum ‘boosters’ that are chosen depending on your skin type and needs, including brightening vitamin C. “Super serums are made with nourishing ingredients that create an instantly gratifying glow,” explains White. “This includes hyaluronic acid, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, and glycolic acid.”
At the Thames Skin Clinic in Twickenham, clinicians also team the HydraFacial with other treatments, such as the Obagi Blue radiance peel, laser treatment, LED treatment or “plasma shower”, an advanced atmospheric pressure technology using ionised gas to target inflammation caused by acne and rosacea, to maximise results.
Best for… skin brighteningZO Skin Health Brightalive Serum
This power-packed serum deserves its name, fading dark spots on the skin while hydrating and improving skin clarity.
Ingredients include papain, which provides gentle, enzymatic exfoliation; precision-driven encapsulated peptides which aid in speedy skin brightening; niacinamide, which helps to reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone and support the skin's barrier function; and tranexamic acid, which helps minimise discoloration without irritation or sensitivity.
The gentle formula can be used both morning and evening – results are even more impressive when paired with the brand’s 0.5% Retinol Skin Brightener. During the day, the Instant Pore Refiner also helps keep pores clear.
Take note: For best results, you should be following a ZO Skin Health protocol to suit your skin.
Best for… lifting and tighteningTriBella
If it’s sagging skin you’re concerned about, this three-in-one facial treatment is worth investigating. “It’s the perfect treatment if you’d like an overall pick me up,” says White, and it’s ideal “for anyone suffering with thread veins, sun damage, pigmentation or loss of elasticity.”
This skin renewer uses a device by Venus Versa to refresh and rejuvenate. It works by fusing three different applicators with distinct modes – photorejuvenation, anti-ageing and skin resurfacing – to tone, tighten, and firm.
Best for…maintaining resultsMedik8 Oxy-R Peptides
You might want to make sure you’re awake before applying Medik8’s Oxy-R Peptide serum – its ingredients are so powerful that the bottle involves a somewhat unusual click-activated system, to ensure the formula remains stable from activation through to the very last drop.
Master the application, however, and this silky serum should help maintain your new complexion. Its peptides block the enzyme tyrosinase from functioning; this is the key enzyme responsible for forming pigment in the skin, meaning fewer blotches and dark spots.
As well as on its own, it can be used before and after the brightening Medik8 Even Professional Peel to assure long lasting results.
Sean White, Director
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