Winter Glow

Top tips to rejuvenate your skin

Posted: 10.12.12

We could all do with a little advice when it comes to caring for our skin during the cold winter months. It’s not jut a thicker cream that will help – there are specific steps every one should take to ensure their face receives the extra TLC it needs during this period. After all, you wouldn’t forget to take sunblock on holiday would you? Just as you take precautions when you’re heading somewhere hot, you need to be aware of how to look after your skin when it’s not so sunny. 
We asked Dr Mica from Harley Street’s Waterhouse Young Clinic for her essential tips on what we can all do to now to invest in our skin for a youthful looking future.

Dr. Mica top 5 tips for how to look after your skin this Winter:

1. Use a sunblock
The sun may not be shining in the UK but UVA is still present – even on grey, cloudy days! A lot of people make the mistake of only using a product with an SPF factor during summer months when in fact you should use one every day; especially if you are over 30. UVA has anti-ageing effects which means even if you make an effort to apply SPF in the summer, if you don’t keep applying during the winter, the benefits are lost.

2. Protect your lips
It’s not just your face that needs TLC – don’t forget about your lips. The bitter winds have a harsh, drying effect on lips. To keep them hydrated using a good quality lipbalm.

3. Customise your regime
Be conscious of your age and therefore the needs of your skin. Your 20s to 30s is the key time to think about prevention and doing what you can to reduce the affects of ageing. It’s also a good time to test out different products however don’t use creams for maturer skin, these are too rich for your skin type. From 25 onwards collagen production reduces so you need to boost stimulation by regularly exfoliating. During your 30s you’ll see lines appearing so it’s a good time to increase vitamin intake, and try more intensive treatments like chemical peels. 
By your 40s skin loses it’s elasticity and from here on you need to use collagen boosting products.

4. Increase Vitamin C
Don’t just stock up on orange juice and multivitamins to protect against colds, vitamin C is bursting with benefits for your skin. It’s anti-inflammatory so will protect against redness and is packed with antioxidants to reduce the dulling effects of pollution and free radicals.

5. Book a HydraFacial
Different seasons call for different types of care and the winter is a good time to invest in the texture of your skin. A HydraFacial is ideal. It’s the latest non-invasive skin resurfacing and rejuvenating treatment, performed by doctors at the Waterhouse Young Clinic. A medical, rather than a pampering facial, it’s the most intensive cleanse you’ll ever experience and it leaves your skin glowing for weeks.

HydraFacial: What happens:
You’ll be asked to lie-back and relax in a comfy seat which is similar to but far more luxurious than a dentists chair. A special hand held device is then moved over the skin to remove dead skin cells and impurities in the skins, whilst infusing it with cleansing, hydrating and antioxidant serums. The device makes a soft hum and it feels like a small hairdryer going over your face with tiny pricks, which are soothed by blasts of cooling and cleaning water – it’s unlike any other facial experience you’ve had before! Red LEDS lights are then shone on the skin to aid circulation, reduce redness and irritation and to stimulate collagen and elastin production.

The results: A plump, tighter, fresh looking face that lasts! If you’ve got a big day or special event coming up it’s worth booking one a couple of days before to allow your skin to breath afterwards; you certainly won’t want to clog it up with make-up. In fact the natural glow will make you wonder why you even need it.

Waterhouse Young Clinic, 21 Devonshire Street, London, W1G 6PB. To book call 0207 486 3849.
The clinic offers a range of treatments which can be recommended for your skin following a consultation and Visia skin analysis. These include treating fine lines, wrinkles, ageing signs, crow feet, hyperpigmentation, acne and skin rejuvenation services. The HydraFacial treatments start from £200.

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