The Christmas and New Year’s parties are now over, and if you’ve been overdoing it, the holiday season is very likely to have taken a toll on your complexion.
Let’s be honest, the holidays can make your skin look tired, sallow and puffy. If your New Year’s resolutions include trying to have better skin, you might want to start by making amends and undoing the damage caused by the countdown.
Give after-holiday skin that extra SOS attention with these tips:
- Get rid of toxins
The most crucial step after partying is to remove toxins, which accumulate in your body when the liver is overloaded with alcohol and rich foods. These toxins will be expelled through your skin, giving you a tired, pallid complexion, a puffy face, and breakouts.
The solution? The Black Diamond Facial – an ultra-detoxifying treatment which exfoliates, tones and brightens by blasting skin-saving, detoxifying carbon combined with light laser to promote lymphatic drainage and deep cleansing which will eliminate that puffy, after-party look.
- Fight breakouts
Pimples are a main post-holiday woe for many. During the holiday season we find that clients don’t always stick to their strict skincare routine. The solution? Get back to basics with gentle antiseptic products that will help clear your skin without stressing it out.
Our best-selling products to clear breakouts are the Lamelle Clarity and Acnevelle ranges.
By combining an inside-and-out treatment of supplements with topical treatments, Clarity and Acnevelle give you a more comprehensive pimple solution. What’s more, the topical products in the Clarity range are some of the most technologically advanced in the industry. Clarity also contains a new, specially created form of retinoid (Vitamin A) that’s milder on the skin than prescription-strength retinol but just as effective.
- Regenerate skin
After giving your skin a good detox, a jolt into regeneration will help bring back that pre-holiday glow!
The solution? Stimulate the skin with collagen induction therapy, such as Fractionated Laser and Skin Needling (Dermapen/Dermastamp) treatment. This helps rejuvenate, repair and restore skin. It powers the skin cells, stimulates collagen production and creates a healthy skin matrix, giving you plumpness in areas of volume loss, a tighter and firmer jawline and a reduction in lines and wrinkles.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Dry, crepey skin is quite common after a long holiday, erratic sleep hours and dietary changes.
We can boost your skin from within. Restylane Skinboosters infuse a thin layer of micro droplets of hyaluronic acid beneath the skin surface, where it draws water and provides long-term deep hydration. You will get a refreshed and radiant look that lasts.
- Repair sun damage
Sun damage is a given after any holiday season. 90% of your skin-ageing concerns are caused by UV exposure. An easy, painless procedure, the IPL (a light treatment) can fix any pigmentation, sunspots or redness – in one single treatment! The light lifts off any sun damage and can leave you with dark spots for 3 – 7 days. Once the marks disappear, you will be left with a glowing, clear skin.
- Tweak and refresh
As the first weeks of the year notoriously draw crowds to the gym, aesthetic waiting rooms are packed with people making good on their New Year’s resolutions. We often see an influx of patients with a ‘bucket list’ of procedures to try in the new year.
While the January ‘makeover’ mentality may be part of the push, practical reasons also play a role in the bump. December often means travel, kids home from school, and encounters with friends and family you haven’t seen all year, or in other words, not the ideal time to book a procedure that requires lengthier recovery times.
We see lots of appointments for Botox, Voluma, and lip fillers. People who came in for Botox prior to the holidays also come back for just a sprinkle more so they’re ‘fresh’ for the new year.
How to avoid new year/new you pressure
This time of year, many of us feel pressure to look, feel, or act differently. The culture impulse for a ‘new you’ to accompany the new year is a strong one, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you should schedule that treatment that you have always wanted to do right away.
At the end of the day, it just feels good to do something for yourself. Whether the impetus is a desire for a smoother forehead, a small lift, or spots to go away, give yourself a break. Go talk to your therapist, or doctor, who can steer you in the right direction and work out a plan for the year to give you the results that you have always dreamt of.
Time is a construct, after all, so try not to let the new year’s pressure get to you, and leave your post-holiday stresses to the professionals.
May 2021 be YOUR year!