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Party-prep your skin

Kate Edwards

Party season is starting to ramp up, and if you’ve left your preparations till the last minute, never fear! There are some great treatment options available to make sure you put your best face forward.

It’s that time of year when our social calendars overflow – and we want to be looking our absolute best. In a perfect world, we would all have been prepping for the party season at least six weeks beforehand. But life gets in the way and before we know it, we’re faced with a big event only a few days off, and tired skin that is showing signs of stress, overwork and under-sleep.

If you’re the ‘go big or go home’ type of person, this is not the time to do anything drastic. The last thing you want to do is wind up at your office party looking like you’ve got serious sunburn! Luckily there are some fantastic last-minute treatments that will help your skin appear radiant and healthy, without having to go into social hibernation for a few days.

We asked Suzie Hoitink from Clear Complexions to share her recommendations for getting party-ready, whether you have two weeks or just one day.

Feeling relatively organised: two weeks before

Clear + Brilliant ™

This is the ‘little sister’ to Fraxel™. Manufactured by the same company, it also utilises fractionated laser technology but doesn’t penetrate the skin as deeply and is less intense.

“So unlike the 4-5 days of redness and skin peeling you can experience from Fraxel™, your skin will only appear red on the day you have the procedure, with a few days of slight roughness,” says Suzie.

Clinically proven to fight the signs of ageing Clear + Brilliant™ helps improve tone and texture and gives skin a radiant, youthful glow.

Running out of time: one week before

HydraFacial MD™

“This treatment is perfect as a pre-event treatment as it gives the skin such a plump and fresh appearance,” says Suzie. “And it can be targeted to your specific skin concerns.”

A convenient 30 minute procedure that promotes skin health and creates an instantly noticeable improvement in skin tone and texture, HydraFacial MD™ is totally unique in that it is a four-step treatment combining cleansing and exfoliation, acid peel, extraction and hydration and infusion.

Panic stations: a few days before

Superficial peel  

“This is not the time to be booking in for heavy peels that can cause redness, irritation or last minute break-outs,” says Suzie.

“Instead look for superficial procedure peels based on organic compounds such as lactic, salicylic, pyruvic and ascorbic acids. These agents work with your skin’s natural physiology to improve skin health and can be customised to work with your skin’s specific requirements.”

The treatment takes approximately 15-20 minutes with little to no shedding of skin, and you can return to normal activities afterwards. Mineral make-up can be applied directly after the treatment, although it’s usually recommended to wait for a few hours.

Genesis Laser ™

This non-invasive laser treatment uses high-power microsecond pulses at high repetition rates to gently heat the mid dermis, stimulating collagen and hyaluronic acid.

“It’s expected that directly after treatment the area will feel warm and you may appear pink. In most cases there is absolutely no downtime at all.”

A course of three to five treatments is usually recommended to increase collagen stimulation and production, but a one-off treatment can leave your skin appearing softer and hydrated.

D-Day: same day miracles

Omnilux Medical ™

Omnilux Medical™ light therapy works with your body’s own natural processes to counteract the effects of ageing.

“A 20-minute Infrared or Red light treatment will leave your skin feeling and looking firmer and plumper.”

There is no need for recovery time, and makeup can be re-applied immediately after treatment.

Microdermabrasion and Mask

Microdermabrasion uses crystals to gently remove the outer layer of dead skin cells that clog up your pores and give your skin a dull appearance. Combined with a sucking action, microdermabrasion can improve your skin’s texture and circulation and help reduce breakouts.

“When combined with a Vitamin C, B3 or Hyaluronic Acid mask, the result is a hydrated, smoother feel to your skin. There is absolutely no downtime with this treatment and you can go back to your normal routine immediately,” says Suzie.

Special offer for HerCanberra readers.

To celebrate their 10th birthday, Clear Complexions are offering 20% off any treatment of your choice!* Perfect for looking and feeling your best in time for Christmas. Simply mention HerCanberra and this offer when you book.

*Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or program. Limited to one per person. Offer expires 24 December 2015.

the essentials

What: Pre-event treatments from Clear Complexions
Where: Bruce, Woden and Gungahlin – visit the website for clinic details
When: Visit the website for clinic opening hours

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Kate Edwards

Kate Edwards juggles work as an advertising writer with freelance journalism, being married, and raising two hilarious and full-on boys. When she’s not madly zipping around town ferrying kids or getting to meetings, you can find her enjoying a post work-out coffee with her female tribe, attempting to cook paleo treats for her family and bingeing on the latest TV series sensation. More about the Author

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