Whether you’re starting to notice a few fine lines where once there was only smooth, supple skin, or the winter is dulling your natural glow, the secret to getting great results is in the long-game.
Let’s face it, an annual facial is a wonderful thing, but it won’t make a lasting difference to your skin. On the other hand, you could spend a solid month undergoing every treatment in the salon, and, while you’ll be looking fabulous, without maintenance or lifestyle changes, the results won’t be long term either. The key to great skin is regular maintenance, both at home and in the salon.
I wish I could promise miracles, I really do. But the (not so exciting) secret to real results is to work consistently toward your long term skincare goals.
The Skincare Marathon
I’m sure you’re asking “what kind of marathon are we talking here”? In my experience, it takes 12-18 months of commitment before you’ll see real, noticeable results that last. A 3-pronged approach is what I recommend to all my clients, consisting of a daily skincare routine, tailored salon treatments, and a healthy diet.
Skincare At Home
While most of us don’t have the time or energy to adopt the 10-step Korean skincare routine which has gained a cult following, some daily skincare is a must. At the minimum, I recommend double cleansing, which leaves your skin in prime condition, followed by a moisturiser specific to your skin type, and a separate SPF for daily use.
There are a huge range of skincare treatments that are suited for different skin types and target areas. The “right” treatment can vary hugely between individuals, which is why I always consult with my clients prior to deciding on the best course of action.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it reflects your inner health. By working on your skin from the inside-out, you’ll see results even faster. Hydration, as always, plays a huge role, but so do your food choices. Healthy fats from nuts, avocado and oily fish all help to nourish your skin, while alcohol, sugar and dairy do the opposite.
While it might not be a quick fix, together, we can turn back time, erase imperfections and create a smooth, glowing complexion. In the words of supermodel, Rachel Hunter, “It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.”