As the urge to hibernate full-time officially sets in this month, consider turning those extra hours of Netflix into a beauty advantage. The absence of powerful sunrays and inflammatory heat during the chilliest months makes it the ideal time to book treatments that would normally require a heavy-duty beach umbrella (and sometimes a full-body kaftan) afterwards to protect you if you had them in the summer.
Whether it’s scheduling a dreaded laser hair removal session or finally ridding yourself of that annoying skin tag, these treatments are better endured now than later and some are actually especially nice to experience, so…the heated couch and your collagen-boosting LED light mask await!
Stubborn pigmentation beware—here at Face Up we have the technology and products that progressively target hard-to-treat surface imperfections like never before. Using a combination of treatments and home care, the area initially may appear darker and sometimes a drying, almost crust, texture of the skin forms which flakes off after 10-14 days. Pigmentation is notoriously difficult to treat and is a progressive treatment, which means you need more than one! Especially if the pigmentation has been sitting happily on your skin for many months or even years. Fewer daylight hours in the autumn and winter is the perfect time to embark on getting it treated.
Thread Veins & Skin Tag Removals
It is also recommended to treat unwanted red veins and skin tags during the cooler months with the help of advanced Electrolysis. Sometimes, veins look worse before they look better as there is a short downtime period after the treatment while the skin begins to heal, around 48 hours, where we need to keep the area dry and makeup free. We would always encourage clients to have these treatments at least 6-8 weeks before any special occasion to ensure they are fully healed on the surface.
Ellipse Laser IPL Hair Removal
The technology in Ellipse IPL Laser hair removal is largely based on hair colour and skin tone, so having an even, tan–free surface to work with means better, faster results. Ellipse Laser IPL hair removal can be done all year round but there are benefits in the winter because there is less sun exposure than other times of the year. The light targets melanin pigment in the hair, therefore having the least amount of melanin in the skin makes the treatment easier, safer, and most effective. At Face Up, we do Ellipse treatments all year round but we do have some yearly clients who strategically book sessions to coincide with the cooler, darker months.
Skin Peels and Rejuvapen Skin Needling
Peels are amazing for hydrating the skin, leaving it looking and feeling plumped, smooth and even toned. They quickly and painlessly encourage cell turnover, which, should be noted, can temporarily increase vulnerability to the elements. Since chemical peels can make skin slightly more sun and daylight sensitive, by removing superficial layers, the winter is an ideal time to try one. Also, exposure of treated skin to a lot of heat, such as the hot sun, can sometimes induce unwanted swelling.
Another Face Up Favourite is Rejuvapen Skin Needling, as winter’s excessive indoor heating and brisk, cold air can dull the complexion, a session of micro-needling can allow nutrients, like vitamins C and E, to penetrate and rejuvenate skin, whilst stimulating collagen production, improving acne scars, lines, wrinkles, stretch marks while giving you a radiant glow …without the sun
Laser and Light Resurfacing Treatments
Face Up’s go-to treatments for winter brightening are light and laser treatments like Ellipse Laser IPL (intense pulsed light) and Light Fusion LED. The best time for these treatments is winter, especially for skin in which we are targeting pigmentation. IPL targets pesky blemishes, redness, lines, wrinkles and brown spots while Light Fusion is a lower level treatment but still successfully targets pigment to even out colour, as well as stimulating collagen production and helps with fine lines and texture. In either case, now is the time to do it. Post-treatment, your skin is slightly more sensitive to sunlight, which can result in new, unwanted spots.
With the temperatures beginning to dip and the sun setting earlier each day, your first impulse may be to put away your favourite SPF in the cupboard. But as we will always tell you, protecting skin against UV damage is a year-round commitment. Incidental sun exposure—the kind experienced on a daily commute—has a cumulative effect that results in fine lines and sagging skin. And research suggests that a thick layer of broad-spectrum SPF may be just as important for those who are holed up in an office as it is for those who spend their days hitting the slopes or taking snowy walks during winter weekends.
Recent data indicates that pigment cells can be stimulated not only by the sun’s bright UV rays but even by lower doses of ambient and infrared light, emitted by your computer screen or overhead lamps. People used to think, ‘What’s the point of wearing sunblock in winter?’ But now we know that even your office lighting or your phone screen can be harmful.
Before you dash off to the store to stock up on cold-weather SPF, you might wonder what exactly to look for. If you’ve already got a favourite nourishing moisturizer for day, layering over it with a simple powder block will work wonders: Susan Posnick Brush on Block SPF30 (or BOB as we call it) dusts easily onto skin with its built-in brush and provides a smooth, matte finish.
For purists who prefer a dedicated sunscreen to counteract the season’s dry indoor heat and humidity, a richer, more hydrating sunscreen with an SPF of 30, like Vitage Skin Defence SPF30, helps to counteract the harsh air.
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