Party prep heroes - Last-minute festive beauty from sk:n clinics

With the winter months passing in a whirl of buying presents, social events and last-minute preparations, it’s all too easy to reach the Christmas party season feeling totally under-prepared. Beauty regimes are easily pushed aside in the rush of festive planning so this year don't leave yourself off the holiday wish list and visit the expert sk:n team of specialists at sk:n clinics to help you look and feel your best.

“There are a number of fast and effective treatments which can instantly improve our skin's appearance, with immediately noticeable results. A key factor in skin looking tired or lacklustre is the slowing of cell renewal. Investing in a treatment such as a peel or microdermabrasion can kick-start this process and encourage collagen production, leaving beautifully refreshed skin” explains sk:n clinics' Medical Standards Manager Lisa Mason.

Whether you're looking to reduce frown lines, eradicate blemishes or reduce redness, the experts at sk:n clinics have a host of speedy and effective treatments requiring minimal downtime, allowing you to face the festivities with flawlessly glowing skin:

Chemical Peels

Peels have evolved hugely and, due to an advanced carrier system, downtime can now be as little as a few hours, and the only visible trace can be a little reddening of the area.

Peels are pain-free and highly effective; your skin is gently swept with a non-toxic chemical solution to exfoliate and encourage collagen production and cell renewal. The procedure can treat complaints such as lines and wrinkles, acne and acne scarring, age spots, hyper-pigmentation and sun damage. There are several types of peels available (salicylic, glycolic and more), each one specifically prescribed according to skin type and desired effect. Peels can also be used to refresh the hands and neck. After the first session, skin feels noticeably softer and looks subtly younger. A further three treatments will unveil even better results. (From £60)

Microdermabrasion

Microcrystals are gently propelled across the skin's surface to remove the top layer of cells. This pain-free rejuvenation process reveals new and healthy skin cells, which leads to collagen production and plumper skin. This treatment can improve congested skin, fine lines, superficial acne scars and mild pigmentation. Skin will feel softer and look subtly improved after the first treatment, however a course of six across many weeks is recommended. Over time, circulation should increase within the dermis and newer, healthier skin cells are produced. (From £50).

Isolaz®

Ideal for congested, acne-prone skin, Isolaz® incorporates a pore cleansing vacuum to help loosen and extract blackheads and excess oil with broadband blue light technology to help thermally destroy acne causing bacteria and reduce facial redness. On average, six treatments every one to two weeks are needed, followed by a maintenance skin care plan, however instant results can been seen with just one treatment. The treatment sensation has most commonly been described as similar to that of a warm massage. Skin is purified from the inside and out, leaving your complexion looking clearer for longer. (From £130).

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