Top treatments for Christmas
The countdown to Christmas is well and truly underway and whilst you’re busy preparing, we understand that you’ll want to look and feel good whilst enjoying the seasonal festivities. sk:n have got you covered: we offer a range of rejuvenating skin treatments that make a big difference, all with minimal downtime and noticeable results, perfect for the jam-packed party season!
We caught up with aesthetic nurse and sk:n regional trainer Ruth Breeden, to find out about her top Christmas treatment picks.
MICRONEEDLING COMBATS SIGNS OF AGEING
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The Dermapen revitalise is a type of Microneedling treatment that targets the deeper layers of the skin for a rejuvenating effect. It can help to combat the signs of ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles and loss of volume as well as minimise the appearance of large pores. Tiny needles in a hand held pen device cause microscopic punctures in the skin. These micro-injuries, prompt your skin into repair mode, encouraging the production of collagen to renew the skin which has experienced trauma.
Before your treatment numbing cream is applied to the skin, so the treatment is painless. After your treatment your face may be slightly red for one, possibly two days; you can cover up any redness with a non comedogenic breathable, mineral based foundation such as Lycogel. Your skin will be sensitive to direct sunlight, so it’s really important to ensure you wear at least an SPF30 if you are spending time outside.
One week post treatment and your increased collagen levels will peak; your skin is likely to feel tighter and firmer, plus it will look brighter and fresher. As with most procedures, we recommend a course to see full, optimal results, however after your first treatment you are likely to experience noticeable results. Combine this with the fact that this treatment incurs a very minimal amount of downtime, it’s the perfect Christmas preparation treatment.
SKIN PEELS BRIGHTEN YOUR SKIN
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Peels allow you to quite literally give your skin a fresh start, by removing dead, dull damaged skin and prompting a brighter, clearer complexion as new skin cells are encouraged to grow. In the lead up to Christmas when we are ‘time poor’ but ‘plans rich’, lighter peels such as a Glycolic or a Mandelic peel, as opposed to deeper peels or resurfacing options, will allow you to refresh your appearance in time for a big event without being out of action with peeling skin during of the busiest times in your social calendar.
Glycolic peels help to improve the appearance of dull, tired skin. Mandelic peels are suitable for sensitive skin types as well as darker skin tones and is effective in targeting acne breakouts, discolouration, uneven skin tones and fine lines. During the treatment the non-toxic chemical solution is rubbed into the skin. Your face will feel warm with a stinging sensation which will subside as soon as the neutraliser is applied by your practitioner.
Post treatment your skin will feel tight and over the next couple of days after the procedure the treated area may begin to peel, or appear slightly flakey; this is completely normal and should last just a few days; during this time it’s really important to protect your healing skin with an SPF. You should continue your treatment plan into the festive period and into the New Year to achieve optimum results with multiple peels.
CHOOSE LIP FILLERS FOR A SUBTLE RESULT
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Lip fillers are a treatment using Juvéderm® dermal fillers to create volume and re-contour or add definition to the lips. Juvederm® contains Hyaluronic acid, a substance which naturally occurs in the human body and so is completely safe to use. At sk:n, you will only ever be treated by a doctor or nurse prescriber, who have extensive experience administering fillers along with a detailed knowledge of facial anatomy. Your practitioner will work with the natural shape of your lips, using the highest grade medical products, following strict protocols, ensuring the ‘overdone’, or ‘duck lip’ look is avoided.
Before your treatment your practitioner can apply a numbing cream to your lips which means the injections will be more comfortable. Juvederm® also contains a local anaesthetic called Lidocaine, this will help to ease discomfort post treatment. Results are immediately noticeable, swelling and redness are common side effects and they will subside after 2 – 3 days, your nurse or doctor will talk you through side effects and after care. If you are planning to have lip fillers in time for a special festive party then I’d recommend having the treatment 7 – 14 days before the big event in order to give your lips time for the product to settle in. The effects of dermal lip fillers can last up to 9 – 12 months.
ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS TURN BACK THE CLOCK
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Anti-wrinkle injections work by blocking chemical signalling agents required for muscle contraction. When injected into specific muscles it temporarily stops them working and reduces the wrinkles caused by muscle contraction. Anti-wrinkle injections are most commonly used to reduce frown lines, both on the forehead and glabella area (in between eyebrows) and the crow’s feet around the eyes.
The tiny needles that are used to inject mean that you may only feel a short, sharp scratch as the needle goes into the skin; it’s completely manageable and would not be described as painful. The results of anti-wrinkle injections will take on average around 3 – 5 days to take effect (it can take as long as 2 weeks, although this is rare) and can last up to 6 months; making it the perfect pre-Christmas treatment, to give you youthful looking, rejuvenated and refreshed skin in time for the festivities.