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    Quick and easy suggestions to improve your skin in time for Valentine’s Day

    Quick and easy suggestions to improve your skin in time for Valentine’s Day

    Whether or not you have a special date or engagement arranged for Valentine’s Day you may be wondering what treatments and skin rejuvenation techniques you can go for that quickly and effectively improve your skin. The 14th of February isn’t far away now but there are a number of techniques and treatments you can consider that will produce noticeable results within just a couple of weeks or in some cases even less.

    Brigstock Skin and Laser’s stated aim for all of our clients is to ensure you are proud of your skin. Depending on what you are aiming to achieve your complete skin transformation may take many months. Here, however, are a number of simple procedures and dietary changes that will make a significant positive difference to your skin in time for the 14th.


    At this time of year, approaching the end of winter, microdermabrasion is one of the best treatments to consider to give your skin a refreshing boost. It’s quick, easy and provides instant results without any downtime. That’s why this month we’re offering you a free session whenever you introduce a friend to the clinic. The micro-crystals used in the treatment effectively remove the winter build-up of dead skin cells that cause your skin to appear dull. During your treatment this build-up is removed encouraging better cellular renewal whilst stimulating your skin’s blood circulation. This, in turn, improves the overall texture and elasticity of your skin, reducing wrinkles and giving your skin a refreshing radiant glow.

    Obagi treatments

    The Obagi Blue Peel Radiance is a fantastic treatment that you can do before a big date or function. The treatment is a light chemical peel that improves your skin tone, reduces you pore sizes and leaves your skin feeling firmer, fresher and brighter. It’s designed to take effect immediately and has practically no downtime so you can benefit from the effects of the treatment that same evening. Your treatment takes about 45 minutes and is most effective as a series of 4 to 6 sessions although one treatment session is enough to ensure, as the name implies, your skin looks instantly radiant. Many of the other Obagi treatments are designed to transform your skin over a period of many months. They do however start to take effect almost immediately and within a couple of weeks you will see a significant change. Some products will induce peeling, but with careful management and regular application of the Obagi specialist moisturisers you will see noticeable improvements in time for the 14th.

    Botox and fillers

    Botox normally takes around a week to 10 days to take full effect. It’s an ideal treatment if you have fine lines and wrinkles you’re looking to get rid of. Done in the right way it can give your face a lift so that you look well rested and refreshed. For deeper crease wrinkles you might want to consider dermal fillers. These take effect immediately although the initial inflammation you experience directly after your injections will subside after a day or two. Done well, dermal fillers can have a dramatic effect, immediately enhancing the way you look and feel and are a great way to quickly enhance your appearance.


    Diet is so important. The health of your skin is a direct reflection of your internal health. You understand this intuitively whenever you meet somebody who is ill and note that they look ashen. Fruits and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants essential for the clearance of your cellular waste products or free radicals and a recent small study also suggested that increasing your intake of fruit and vegetables can improve your skin colouration in a way that actually makes us look more attractive. Replacing grains based foods like wheat, rice and pasta with vegetables will not only improve your skin health but also help control your weight. Drinking plenty of water is also important to ensure your skin is well hydrated. Herbal teas, green tea or white tea (without milk) are excellent alternatives to plain water. The added advantage of green and white tea and many herbal teas is the high level of antioxidants they contain. Of course added sugar should be avoided with all drinks as should fruit juices as in many ways their high fructose content can be worse than pure sugar alone. Intermittent fasting also helps to remove your body’s cellular junk or free radicals. Reducing your calorific intake to 500 calories a day for women and 600 for men once or twice weekly stimulates a process called autophagy. This natural detox process is known to slow down as we age. Stimulating it through fasting helps improve our skin tone and helps reduce wrinkles through improving your skin’s elasticity and collagen production.

    Collagen stimulation

    There are a number of established collagen stimulation techniques including Intense Pulse Light (IPL) and Dermaroller. Collagen is an important component of your skin that improves elasticity and volume.  Dermaroller is one of Dr. Vajpeyi’s preferred collagen stimulation techniques. The dermaroller instrument itself is a roller with a series of micro needles attached. After applying local anaesthetic the dermaroller is applied over your chosen treatment area. This micro-needling stimulates your body’s natural repair process, which includes the production of collagen. Best results are achieved by having 3 treatment sessions; 1 every 6 weeks. However, you will notice improvements to your skin following your first session.  IPL works in a similar way to micro-needling by stimulating your body’s natural repair process. The main difference is that the controlled trauma is delivered through the use of pulses of light. The energy of the light is sufficient to initiate the repair of the skin, but the frequency of light used ensures that only the lower dermal layers of the skin are treated leaving the surface of your skin unaffected.

    Jane Iredale Make Up

    Jane Iredale is Brigstock Skin and Laser’s new mineral make up. The great advantage of Jane Iredale make up is the added vitamins and ingredients that have a beneficial effect on your skin’s health. This makes Jane Iredale an ideal accompaniment to many of the clinic’s treatments and ideal if you’re planning a big night out on the 14th.
    Hopefully you’ll find these suggestions helpful and if you’re looking to find out more about any of these treatments be sure to contact the clinic on 020 8683 6730 and speak to your clinical technician.

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