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Redness, irritation and dryness can all be caused by cold weather and central heating, team that with everything that comes with party season and it's no wonder the skin is left feeling in need of some TLC!
Ice water plunge
A cold mask for 20 minutes features in quite a few of Skin Matters facials - it soothes, refreshes and tightens and also takes inflammation away and brightens the skin. If you've had some late nights this is a great simple way to brighten up the skin and take down any inflammation or puffy eyes! Washing your face with cold water soothes, refreshes and tightens. We use iced water ourselves in our home routines, plunging the face in iced water every morning followed by a cold shower every other day. This stimulates and aids fat burn, so do it after a workout! We would also recommend using ice to reduce redness or inflamed spots. Cucumber water in an ice tray freeze, massaged on the skin, really freshens and reduces heat, all whilst moisturising the skin.
Detox with tea and electrolytes
During party season many of us indulge ourselves a little more than usual, a little more often. You can hide the symptoms by taking extra antioxidants, drinking green tea or taking electrolytes. Couple this with eating well where you can, you need plenty of super greens. IV Vitamin infusions are amazing this time of year, a different kind of cocktail that's really good for you. Infusions are full of vitamin C and B12 that really hydrate the system back up. Infrared saunas will also help you to detox and reduce inflammation.
Brighten up with AHA and collagen
Use mild AHAs to brighten the skin. The AHAs most commonly used in cosmetic products are glycolic acid and lactic acid. Other AHAs to look out for include citric acid, 2-hydroxyoctanoic acid and 2-hydroxydecanoic acid. All will aid the overall look and feel of the skin. Collagen sheet masks such as Mesoestetic Crystal Fibre Mask are also amazing to rejuvenate tired skin. Or if you want to take it one step further, treat yourself to Collagen Stimulation Therapy, cutting edge treatment that harnesses your body's natural powers of healing to tighten skin. It is especially effective for addressing the visible signs of ageing as well as sun damage, scarring, slackened skin, stretch marks, uneven skin tone and dilated blood vessels. Collagen Stimulation Therapy can be done on all areas of the face and body and is suitable for all skin types.
Night time is cell recovery time
There's quite a lot of uncertainty around what a serum is and what it does. Even if you use a great moisturizer at night a serum may still be beneficial. Whilst moisturisers keep the skin hydrated, serums such as Estee Lauder, Night Repair penetrate the skin more deeply to deliver key ingredients. Serums at bedtime assist with skin's cellular recovery with high concentrations of certain active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid (to reduce lines), vitamin C (to brighten the skin) or glycolic acid (an exfoliant), to name just a few.
Hydrate inside and out
Hydrate from the inside out; get plenty of vitamin C and omegas. Moisturise and protect using an oil based moisturiser with vitamin A, C and E if the skin is particularly dry, treat yourself to a professional specialist treatments such as an Advanced Vitamin Facial to nourish and soothe the skin.
For more information, visit www.skin-matters.co.uk
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