The secret to maintaining a beautiful complexion is in being consistent BUT adapting to the changing climate. Summer products are too light for winter cold, and you will find your skin feeling tight, dry and starting to accumulate unwanted wrinkles.
It’s a great season to check into a spa and give your skin a couple of treats. Top of our list this month is to try out some Anti-ageing light therapy.
Light therapy exposes the skin to infra-red light. A red infrared It is great for combating breakouts and clearing skin. There are two types of light, with distinct differences in results. A white infrared is used for wrinkles. The infra-red triggers collagen and elastin production, which we all know is a good thing! And there is a red infra-red which helps with acne and skin problems such as inflammation, rosacea and even scarring. Here’s a great article from Huffington Post that will give you all the technical info!
It’s non invasive and pretty quick so you don’t have to suffer any downtime. It is a proven therapy and used even in medical circles for skin conditions.
If you are more of a ‘stay-at-home-beauty’ gal, there are several products which can deliver (hopefully) great results without leaving your home sanctuary! BUT be prepared to set your budget back a chunk. This impressive device from Aduro Australia is asking a $400+ outlay. This is probably a cost effective outlay if your skin requires multiple ongoing treatments.
Alternatively, head to a skin clinic and get some other treatments at the same time!
Endota Spa’s Intense New Age facial offers a market leading anti-ageing light therapy facial, with glycolic peel and hydro-microdermabrasion. 75 minutes will leave you looking amazing for the winter chill!
Our second item on our skin ‘to-do’ list is to up our antioxidants both applied topically and consumed.
A hydro mist applies a layer of antioxidants to the skin that help fight free radicals and protect the skin barrier. This amazing little spritz can do a world of good for your skin. It is available at Endota Spa for $64. That’s only about 14 coffees ladies!
We can also improve our antioxidants by adopting a good diet. Better Health Victoria recommends the following (we’re oh-so-not keen on the offal but the rest looks pretty do-able!!):
Good sources of specific antioxidants include:
- allium sulphur compounds – leeks, onions and garlic
- anthocyanins – eggplant, grapes and berries
- beta-carotene – pumpkin, mangoes, apricots, carrots, spinach and parsley
- catechins – red wine and tea
- copper – seafood, lean meat, milk and nuts
- cryptoxanthins – red capsicum, pumpkin and mangoes
- flavonoids – tea, green tea, citrus fruits, red wine, onion and apples
- indoles – cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower
- isoflavonoids – soybeans, tofu, lentils, peas and milk
- lignans – sesame seeds, bran, whole grains and vegetables
- lutein – green, leafy vegetables like spinach, and corn
- lycopene – tomatoes, pink grapefruit and watermelon
- manganese – seafood, lean meat, milk and nuts
- polyphenols – thyme and oregano
- selenium – seafood, offal, lean meat and whole grains
- vitamin A – liver, sweet potatoes, carrots, milk, and egg yolks
- vitamin C – oranges, blackcurrants, kiwifruit, mangoes, broccoli, spinach, capsicum and strawberries
- vitamin E – vegetable oils (such as wheatgerm oil), avocados, nuts, seeds and whole grains
- zinc – seafood, lean meat, milk and nuts
- zoochemicals – red meat, offal and fish. Also derived from the plants that animals eat.”
Enjoy the cooler weather and look after yourself!
<3 The Chevron Renaissance Team