Trending: The best beauty treatments to try this winter
If you’re a summer baby through and through, it might help to know that winter has its upsides. There’s hot chocolate, cashmere and ice skating. Oh, and the fact that many of your go-to beauty treatments actually work better when performed during the colder months. Yep, an absence of sun, heat and humidity can maximise the results of everything from laser hair removal to keratin hair straightening. Feeling better about hibernating now that there’s pampering involved? Keep reading for the best beauty treatments and products to invest in now.
One of the latest beauty treatments on offer, eyebrow microblading (commonly called brow feathering) is a process where a trained beauty therapist tattoos on individual brow hairs with a single handheld blade. The idea is to create a naturally full brow look that lasts for up to 18 months. A type of cosmetic tattoo, it needs the same attention to healing as any other ink. Microblading in winter can be easier to take care of because cooler weather means less sweat and sunlight, which can cause both fading and a change in appearance.
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Many brightening facials include peels – or deep exfoliation – done with acids (like glycolic, lactic and malic) or enzymes. These do incredible things for skin clarity, but can also sensitise the skin to the sun thanks to their ability to whisk away dead cells that stick to the surface layer. Because winter has lower UV levels than summer, it’s a fantastic time to schedule one in. That said, you should never skimp on sunscreen no matter the time of year - ensure you’re wearing a broad-spectrum formula daily to protect skin and maximise results.
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Or for at-home solutions, try Kiehl's Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub available at Farmers, The Body Shop Drops of Light™ Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel or The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% available at Farmers.
Laser hair removal
You might be getting around in jeans and joggers, but surprisingly, winter is actually the best time to start laser hair removal. That’s because both fake tan and colour from the sun can affect how well the treatment works. In fact, many technicians refuse to do hair removal on tanned skin due to a risk of burning, and if you do get laser during summertime, you aren't able to expose your skin to the sun for two weeks, which is rather inconvenient. So now is your chance! If you’d love to retire your razor one day, book your first appointment in winter, as it'll take multiple treatments 4-6 weeks apart for permanent results. It might seem a bit odd focusing on hair removal in June, but just think of it as early preparation for swimwear season.
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Want a shortcut to glowy skin? Professional dermaneedling might be your answer. Designed to rejuvenate the skin by creating 'microtraumas' that ultimately boost collagen production, needling can help to counteract a dull winter complexion. If you’re keen to give it a go, book an appointment over winter to keep skin looking fresh. Protect your investment by ensuring you’ve got a lineup of the best skincare products for boosting radiance on hand at home. Think: An exfoliating face cleanser, brightening eye cream and rich moisturiser.
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Or give these products a try in the comfort of your own home: <insert products, e.g. Skin Gym Face + Lip + Body Microneedle Set available at Sephora, Lonvitalite Microneedle Derma Roller 0.30mm – Titanium 540 Needle Roller available at Mecca, Manicare Microneedle Derma Roller available at My Chemist and Chemist Warehouse>.
Keratin hair straightening
Keratin straightening smooths out curly and coarse hair by chemically relaxing it. Super-effective, these salon treatments come with a laundry list of aftercare you’ll need to follow to ensure they work. Commonly, this includes not wetting or tying up your hair for three or so days. Winter makes this a little easier, but rain can pose a problem - so check the weather forecast before you book your appointment. For upkeep at home, invest in sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner, nourishing hair treatments and leave-in oils for dry hair.
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Laser for pigmentation
Another treatment best done when the sun isn’t shining is laser pigmentation removal. Procedures vary but most work by targeting brown spots, which absorb the light of the laser, breaking down the excess melanin. The pigment is then drawn to the skin’s surface and either flakes off or fades with home care products. The entire process causes sensitisation to UV rays, so again, high protection sunscreen is essential. You’ll also want to look into moisturising products geared towards dry winter skin to keep your complexion hydrated.
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There are a few reasons getting a gel manicure or pedicure over winter delivers more bang for your buck than any other time of year. For one, nails tend to get dry and brittle in the cooler months, so regular upkeep can help to ward off breakage. If you’re a beach bunny during summer, you might find your nails chip a lot quicker than you’d otherwise expect due to being immersed in water more frequently – winter solves this too. Bonus: hand and foot massage causes a boost in circulation which can bring relief from joint pain caused by the cold.
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If you’ve ever had lash extensions, you’ll know that how long they last is heavily dependent on the glue the lash artist uses to attach them. What you may not know is that when there is too much moisture in the air, many types of lash glue fail to activate during application, resulting in lashes that can fall out prematurely. The good news is that dry winter days are arguably the best time to get eyelash extensions done. Not sold? Try an eyelash lift and tint instead – this buzzy treatment delivers a more subtle definition and without the aftercare.
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