January Complexion SOS

Penny Pratley - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Well, Christmas is fast becoming a distant memory! The Christmas and New Year festivities can take their toll on our complexions, all the overindulgences can leave us with dark circles and bags under our eyes, spots and dehydrated skin. These are common complaints I hear from clients in the salon every January.

Post party skin needs help for fatigue, sensitivity and breakouts. Our change in diet, lack of sleep and too much alcohol leads to increased levels of toxins in our bodies and this has a huge impact on our skin.

So what do we need to do to restore and revive our complexions?

Professional Facial - Many of my clients are a little guilty of neglecting their skin over Christmas, so a good start to January is to resume your beauty regime with a deep cleansing and rejuvenating professional facial. Every clients skin is different with different needs so I tailor a facial from a variety of carefully selected products including masks, exfoliators and serums.

Deep Cleansing - To combat breakouts and sensitivity we need to restore barrier function and brighten the skin. A good deep cleansing routine is needed, this will help slow down breakouts and help get your skin back on track.

Vitamin C - This powerful antioxidant is brilliant at brightening the skin and giving it it's radiance back. It also helps to stimulate the production of collagen, the main protein which holds our bodies skin together. Much needed!

Hyaluronic Acid - This is one moisturising ingredient that is so effective at helping keep the skin looking plump and feeling silky smooth. It can actually hold 1,000 times it's own weight in water.

Serums - These gels have smaller molecules than face creams which means the active ingredient can penetrate deeper into the skin and you will notice a better result in a shorter time. You will also notice that these serums don't sit on the skin like a cream, they are very quickly absorbed.

8 hours sleep a night - I know you've been told this before but 8 hours sleep a night really does play an important part in your daily skincare routine. Skin does most of its repair and regeneration at night, peaking between 11pm and 3am, so we need to help it along a little. Some of my younger clients seem to think it's ok to go to bed with a skin full of makeup but believe me if you want a fresh, clear complexion you need to free the skin of any makeup, pollution, bacteria and dirt before you go to sleep every night. It's quite important to choose a vitamin packed night cream to help in these rejuvenating hours. These ingredients will help nourish and top up the skin with the vitamins lost during the day.

Detox - This time of year I try and encourage my clients to up their intake of fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants. I'm not a massive believer in a detox myself but I do think its a good idea to banish the alcohol for the month of January. The start of the year is an ideal time to re-evaluate your entire lifestyle and consider the changes you might make to make yourself healthier. We all enjoy the odd glass of wine after a long day at work, myself included, so while I agree we should banish some toxins from our lives it's sometimes not sustainable for months on end. I am a believer in eating healthily but being mindful about the bad stuff and enjoying it in moderation. That's not so hard is it?

Water - I know, I know, here she goes again but this is one of the main ingredients our bodies just can't live without! Our bodies are literally made up of 78% water - it needs it! If you're not good with water (I'm not it's so boring) try putting a bottle with a litre and a half of water in it by your sink, every time you pass have a gulp and make sure it's gone before you go to bed. I find it goes down easier at room temperature too - try it.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your January and I look forward to seeing you all in the salon very soon,


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