December usually means the silly season with parties, Christmas and of course the beautiful beaches right here on our northern doorstep.

Regardless of your fast fix, feel-good goal – radiant skin, a smoother silhouette, shiny hair or whiter teeth – there is a beauty solution to address your needs both at home and in the Clinic. It goes without saying, when you combine your home care with Clinic treatments the results are faster and better, revealing a more radiant version of YOU.

When we start the summer unveiling process after the cooler months of hiding, often what we see is not what we thought was there last time we had a good look, how did it get there, where did it come from, and how can I be seen in my summer sleeveless dress? There are a few shapeshifters to help reduce unwanted fat, dry body skin, orange peel dimples and the white pasty colour. At home, the best treatment is every day dry body brushing.

Dry body brushing is recommended as a preventative for dry skin and a way to exfoliate the skin, thus stimulating skin renewal, leaving it smooth to the touch. Other benefits of dry body brushing are: it assists with the reduction of cellulite, cleanses the lymphatic system, removes dead skin layers, strengthens the immune system, stimulates the hormones and oil-producing glands, tightens the skin preventing premature ageing, tones the muscles when used in conjunction with regular exercise, stimulates the circulation, helps aid digestion and it is easy, inexpensive and invigorating. Dry body brushing may be performed every day prior to showering for the optimum results.

To enhance the smooth, rejuvenated body skin, it is the perfect time to massage in a nourishing Vitamin A and Glycolic body balm. This combination of ingredients is one of the best topical skin rejuvenators, improving both the tone and texture of the skin. Body gels containing capsicum and aminophylline will help reduce the cellulite dimples. This should be applied directly after dry body brushing or a body scrub to allow more effective absorption.

When considering the order of application, apply the anti-cellulite gel followed by the hydrating body balm for the best results. A few days diligently following this home care treatment, the skin will be more hydrated and will no longer be looking like a dried out Autumn leaf. As for removal of the white pasty skin, this can be miraculously hidden with a fabulous in Clinic spray tan, or an application of an at home tan accelerator.

Always exfoliate before tanning and moisturise the drier body areas such as the knees, elbows and ankles to help prevent the tandoori chicken appearance.

In Clinic procedures for the body to reduce fat may consist of either fat freezing treatments, radio frequency and cavitation or lymphatic drainage. By undertaking either Radio Frequency (RF) or fat freezing now, the results are not instantaneous but will be achieved and enjoyed while still enjoying summer. Lymphatic drainage pressotherapy treatments are the ideal way to detox during the party season, to reduce the side effects of jet lag and to improve the appearance of cellulite.

While every seasonal period brings with it new sets of challenges for the facial skin, summertime and party time, tend to deplete the skin of hydration and cause hyperpigmentation issues and a even duller complexion. To counteract the damage and to restore the skin’s health and glow in Clinic treatments can be focused on infusing the skin with Vitamin C, oxygen and hyaluronic serum.

The JetPeel or micro-hydrabrasion treatments are the ultimate procedures to gently but effectively exfoliate the skin before an oxygen and vitamin infusion. These treatments are the number one choice when it comes to achieving the best result for a deeply hydrated, rejuvenated and glowing skin, all without having to endure downtime. Add the LED (light emitting diode) treatment to the oxygen infusion and the absolute ultimate in skin health will be shining brightly at every social occasion and will be the envy of all.

LED Skin Care Treatments can also be utilised as a stand-alone procedure for the time poor person who needs the radiant boost for their skin.

Maintaining and boosting homecare is so important even when the party finishes at dawn. It is always easier to keep the skin, rather than making a last ditch effort to retrieve it from the depths of dull and lifeless despair. A simple routine of cleansing, toning (using gauze and a good enzymatic toning lotion), repair (using mandelic arginine serum and vitamin A), hydrating (using a cocktail of hyaluronic, growth factor, vitamin C and grape seed hydrating serum to stimulate cellular regeneration), and protection (sunscreen applied every 3 hours) will always be the staple of a time efficient, healthy skin care routine.

Though this time of the year is filled with merriment and joy, it is also not without its stresses, which may include an endless list of parties and functions. In order to keep your body and skin in optimum health and revealing radiance, indulge yourself with a little holiday decadence both at home and in our Mona Vale Skin Care Clinic, all without the calories.

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