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skin new yearTips to combat winter skin and keep a healthy glow this party season…

Tis the season to be glowing! Its that time of year ladies and gents, parties and events are filling our calendars and of course the New Year is closing in on us, all of which are likely documented by infamous selfies and group snaps a plenty. Not to mention the winter cold can bring about many changes in the way your skin looks and feels…

But fear not, we have you covered with some of our skin survival tips to ensure that your skin is not ravaged by the cold winter weather and stays looking fresh, glowing and party ready throughout.

Dry air is caused by cold weather and low humidity levels which strips the skin of precious moisture. Without prompt care and attention this can lead to cracking and bleeding. Central heating is another factor which tends to be overlooked when trying to retain skins moisture, as do hot baths, showers and harsh cleansers.

To keep skin looking smooth and youthful you need to counteract these effects to reduce itching, chapping and redness… here are our tips to keep your skin at its best and feeling more comfortable this season.

  1. Clean with Lukewarm Water

Hot baths and showers feel great during winter, but whenever you can, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping your skin of its all important oils which help to protect your skin and keep it soft and supple.

  1. Moisturise Directly Afterwards

Moisture is essential right after you wash and applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle handy near the bathtub and don’t be afraid to use liberally overtime you wash your face.

  1. Consider Moisturiser Carefully

Petroleum-based ingredients within some over-the-counter moisturisers can further dry your skin through the winter months. A smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients would be a safer choice. Opt for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution as its more likely to help skin retain moisture during winter. Try Jan Marini Bioglycolic Face Cream, a highly moisturising cream which helps to soothe and condition painfully dry skin and contains Glycolic acid as well as Hyaluronic acid for added glow.

  1. Protect your Skin

Pull out your stylish gloves and scarves to help protect skin from cold winds, rain and snow. Another important factor… sunscreen! Winter sun can easily be overlooked, but it can also be just as damaging as the summer sun, apply a safe option such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to exposed areas. Try Obagi Sun Shield SPF50 for example.

  1. Consider Humidity to avoid Dehydration

Central heating systems dry out the air, consider installing a humidifier in your home, particularly where you sleep, this will put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.

  1. Drink water for Hydration

We tend to turn mostly toward hot drinks during winter which leaves out our much needed water intake but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from both the inside and out. Try swapping your hot cocoa for a little warm water with lemon. This tasty substitute can be refreshing and hydrating at the same time.

  1. Exfoliate Skin Care

Its easy to forget to help the skin shed off dead cells during winter, particularly on our hands. Yet if dead cells are plentiful, moisture can’t penetrate. Find an exfoliating mask, such as Jan Marini’s ‘Sugar Plum’ to use on both your face and hands, as well as gently on your lips. Be sure to follow immediately with moisture so that a smoother appearance can be seen. Try a microdermabrasion or Obagi Blue Radiance skin peel to accelerate the growth of new skin.

  1. Chemicals – Avoid Toxins, Allergens and Irritants to Protect your Skin

Especially if you have eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis, you should avoid allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare up. Winter skin is more fragile, so avoiding fabrics that may irritate your skin (like wool) and chemical laden detergents would be a good tip to keep in mind. Instead, use mild cleansers and moisturisers designed specifically for sensitive skin.

Do you have any tips for comforting winter skin? Please share them with our readers by emailing your experiences to info@skinmedical.co.uk or complete our booking online form at http://www.skinmedical.co.uk/book-online/ .

 

 

winter skin treatmentsWinter is often accompanied by an urge to wear extra layers and hibernate. It’s also the perfect time to undergo a range of treatments, in the absence of sun and inflammatory heat. Laser treatments often require you to avoid harmful UV rays, making winter an ideal time for a number of skin treatments.

 

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a revolutionary treatment, and one that when it comes to baring skin in summer is much appreciated. Many people begin to consider having laser hair removal in summer time, when shaving and waxing becomes tedious – but winter is actually the ideal time to begin treatment.

Sun exposure and a tan are a no-no when it comes to laser hair removal. During the summer months, patients often have to take a break from their treatment if they’re planning on experiencing some summer sun. We usually advise you wait 4-6 weeks following sun exposure to have treatment, or until your tan has faded, as the laser is attracted to pigments in the skin and therefore there is an increased risk of adverse effects. That makes winter – in the absence of sun – the perfect time to have laser hair removal treatment.

As an added bonus, you’ll be able to squeeze in a fair few treatments between now and summer (we usually recommend a minimum of 6-8 treatments, 6 weeks apart). That means by the time summer rolls around you’ll be well on your way to being hair-free.

 

Tattoo Removal

Just like with laser hair removal, tattoo removal is best when done in the winter months as sun exposure can increase the risk of adverse effects. As the tattoo begins to fade, many people prefer to cover it up – something which is far easier in the winter months!

Again, laser tattoo removal requires a course of treatments (the exact number does vary from person to person, depending on the size, colour and density of the tattoo) but there’s a very good chance that your regrettable tattoo could be banished before the summer rolls around.

 

Chemical Peels

The winter months can be especially harsh on your skin, and you can experience dryness and a generally poorer complexion. Fortunately, chemical peels can rejuvenate your skin to leave it look refreshed and toned.

Once again we advise that you should have no sun exposure before having a chemical peel, making them the perfect treatment to have done in winter. Peels can address a number of concerns, including facial dullness, acne, dehydration and other skin issues. If you have a busy summer coming up (summer is notoriously wedding season), we recommend you begin a course of chemical peels in the winter to ensure your skin is looking the best by the time your events roll around.

We offer Obagi and Jan Marini peels, and have a range of options suitable to all skin types. A medical practitioner will always carry out a full skin consultation and will be able to design a treatment plan which is specifically tailored to your skin concerns.

 

To find out more about the specific treatments we offer, or to book a free consultation with one of our practitioners, contact our Manchester clinic on 0161 839 7663.

How common is acne? The vast majority of teenagers will at some time have a few acne spots. Approximately 20% of these experience more troublesome spots referred to as acne and Its treatment will require the help of a skin specialist or practitioner.

What are the causes and how long will it last? Active Acne normally begins in the early teens and reaches its peak between 17-21 years if not treated. Many of these patients then improve and are spot free at 25 years of age. In the case of some people, acne may persist to the age of 40 or beyond if it goes untreated. This untreated acne will escalate the risk of acne scarring.

Acne is a disease which is caused by the grease glands and their channels through which the grease (sebum) passes to the surface gets blocked. The areas which the disease glands occurs tends to be mainly on the face, back and chest, which are therefore the main sites for acne. Consequently, acne is associated with increased grease production, and people with acne often experience or complain of greasiness in their skin. Sufferers will recognise several different types of spots such as black or white heads. The small red lumps seen in acne are called papules and the yellow spots are pustules.

Acne scarring can result from inflamed spots which may become big and, at times, tender. Such large spots are called nodules and may lead to permanent scars if they go untreated.

The spots of some patients with black skin become dark and this pigmentation can last for months. It is therefore important even more important that such patients are treated early.

Why do these spots occur? Grease glands are controlled by the sex hormones and this is why acne arises at puberty and acne normally is due to an excessive response of the grease glands. Skin bacteria are responsible for the formation of the red and yellow spots. After puberty, the skin of the face and upper trunk, with or without acne, contains bacteria. Such bacteria get into the ducts of the grease glands where they make chemicals which eventually escape into the deeper parts of the skin.

What Aggravates Acne Spots?
1. A flare of acne is common just before the monthly period.
2. Pregnancy does not usually influence acne.
3. Sunbeds and sunshine give little benefit and can trigger adverse reaction.
4. Diet has probably no role in acne and poor personal hygiene does not worsen it.
5. Squeezing spots
6. Stress

What Treatments are available? Acne can be treated effectively only if the following rules are understood by patients.

General principles
It is important to remember that acne lasts for many years but that, despite this, the spots can usually be kept under excellent control providing proper and timely treatment is applied.

Topical Treatment
Some patients with mild acne will respond reasonably well to treatment applied to the skin (topical treatment). However there will normally be side effects:

Side effects of topical treatment
Mild irritation with some scaling and redness occurs frequently and can easily be controlled by cutting down the number of applications from two to one a day, or even less often, and applying them to less irritated parts of the face only.

Treatment by mouth (oral treatment)
There are three types of oral therapy: antibiotics, hormones, and retinoids. All are available and, with the exception of retinoids, should be combined with topical therapy, however can have side effects such as widespread itchy rash may appear and therapy has to be stopped.
Minimal sickness or abdominal pain (colic) may occasionally occur, sometimes with mild diarrhoea. This usually stops after a few days or may need other treatment for a few days. In case of females, antibiotics taken by mouth may also slightly increase the risk of contraceptive pill failure. Other mild side effects can included sensitivity to the sun (doxycycline) and darkening of scars (minocycline).

Light treatment
At the Skin Medical we offer NLite laser treatment for treatment of Active Acne and acne scars. We also use specialist skin products to tackle the acne process as a complementary treatment to Nlite.

Treatment of scars
Patients with severe acne often develop scars, and scars are difficult to treat. At Skin Medical we offer fractional skin surfacing using lasers and Nlite laser to stimulate collagen growth to target area.

If you are finding it difficult to cope with your acne, why not
contact Skin Medical on 0161 839 7663 for a free consultation with a nurse practitioner.

Conclusion
1. Acne can be controlled and capable of being cured however it is emphasized that to avoid the risk of permanent acne scarring intervention is recommended sooner rather than later.
2. Active Acne can be a persistent skin condition that will require regular intervention and treatment.
3. It is important that you complete your treatments as recommended by your practitioner to minimise the risk of scarring in later stages of the healing process.
4. Treatments are available that can guarantee a satisfactory result.

How successful is treatment for Acne?
Acne is usually one of the easiest of the persistent skin conditions to treat, but it must be treated sooner rather than later. Early treatment minimises the risk of scarring.
It is important for you not to give up your treatment since doctors can now offer therapies which can guarantee a satisfactory result in virtually everyone.

The above information is based on the information contained in the British Association of Dermatologists’ information leaflet about Acne.

It’s still not too late to make the most of our offers this January.

Refresh your skin and start the year with confidence.

  1.  Medical microdermabrasion with facial mask treatment: £49 (usual price £85)
  2. Chemical Peels 40% and 70%: £45 (usual price £75)
  3. Skin analysis and Jan Marini glycolic cleanser: £25 (usual price £31)

Treatments take approximately 30 minutes and are performed by nurses.

Book online or call one of our clinics:

Manchester: 0161 839 7663

Leeds: 01132 43 93 43

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