Renewal and spring cleaning are always top of mind this time of year. We turn our attention to discarding the old to make way for the new and shedding the dull of winter in exchange for the vibrant, youthfulness of spring. As crucial as this renewal process is for nature, it is just as necessary for our skin and body. With summer just around the corner, many of us resolve to get into shape for the summer swimsuit reveal. Unfortunately, there is no easy fix and a combination of at home, and in-clinic treatments need to be utilised to provide the best possible you.
Number 1: Calm down. Anxiety produces extra cortisol, a hormone that encourages the body to store fat. Deep breathing exercises performed every day this spring and summer will assist in combating stress.
Number 2: Scientists have increasingly demonstrated the effectiveness of light, particularly infrared, near-infrared light and LED, in managing a variety of medical conditions, including aching muscles and joints and aging skin. The light used in the treatment is non-harmful and scientists believe can cause positive effects to the skin’s collagen production. Due to the heating, the treatment results in sweating out of toxins and fat tissue being liquified.
Number 3: Do strength training workouts twice a week. The more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism and the more calories you burn all day long.
Number 4: While invasive procedures like liposuction are suitable in certain circumstances, demand is growing for non-invasive alternatives that require minimal downtime. Fat freezing is one such treatment where areas of the body can be frozen and fat cells destroyed and removed from the body permanently.
Number 5: Sleep more. Your skin and body restore themselves while you sleep. Applying active products to the surface of the face and body before bed can increase their absorption, revealing smoother and more hydrated skin.
Number 6: Radiofrequency skin tightening, stimulates collagen and will often smooth contour irregularities, and the appearance of cellulite and can improve the appearance of stretch marks. Experience a series of RF treatments to achieve the optimum results.
Number 7: Lay off the sugar. Sugar is single-handedly one of the biggest causes of premature ageing throughout the whole body.
Number 8: Lymphatic Drainage, either manual or with pressotherapy, can achieve a considerable reduction in the appearance of cellulite, reduce the discomfort of fluid retention and assist with a weight loss programme.
Number 9: Skip the tanning at the beach or the almost obsolete solarium and achieve the honey glow of your dreams with a professional spray tan.
Number 10: Full body microdermabrasion and peeling treatments gently reveal smooth, soft, radiant skin, from head to toe.
Number 11: Just as our bodies need support from nutrients to function, so does our skin. Peptides, essential fatty acids, growth factors, and amino acids, which we know are necessary in facial applications, also work wonders on the body.
Number 12: HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) can tighten and tone the skin. Two treatments are usually required, spaced about 3 months apart to achieve the best possible tone of the skin.
Number 13: Making sure the body is adequately hydrated both internally and externally is absolutely essential if you want to get the most from both your home, gym and in clinic treatments.
Number 14: Plasma Pen is one of the best in clinic treatments for the appearance of stretch marks. Depending on the colour present (white, grey, silver, red or purple) this will determine the number of treatments required.
With swimsuit season right around the corner, today is the best time to start your promise you have been making to yourself all year, the best version of you that you can be. I often refer to the health jigsaw puzzle, and this is the perfect example of it, where multiple modalities are available, clicking one piece at a time, to help you be the best YOU.