Look Good This Summer By Plumping Up

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Finally, summer is approaching, and with summer comes the sun, trips to the beach, holidays abroad, more selfie opportunities, and plenty of other reasons you might be thinking of giving your skin a lift. Dermal fillers are an affordable and non-surgical option for boosting your skin, and are perfect for anyone wanting to look more youthful and feel more confident this summer.

What are Dermal Fillers?

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Dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid fillers that are injected as soft gels just beneath the surface of the skin. Sound scary? Don’t worry. Hyaluronic acid is completely natural. Found organically in the skin, hyaluronic acid is the go-to ingredient for hydrating skincare products thanks to its anti aging benefits. Proven to moisturise and calm inflammation, it is now the filler of choice for many thanks to the plumped and hydrated look it provides.

Dermal filler treatment can smooth out your fine lines, make you look younger and restore volume to your skin. If you’re hoping for a plump, hydrated look and a healthy glow this summer then dermal fillers might be right for you.

Why Choose Dermal Fillers?

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What makes dermal fillers the best choice for boosting your skin this summer? To start with, dermal filler treatment is non-surgical. Unlike other surgical options to lift and boost your skin, Katie Alex can help you to achieve a brighter, smoother look with no surgery involved. After attending a consultation at Katie Alex Aesthetics’ private clinic in Altrincham, Cheshire, and then a short procedure where Katie will inject the filler into the targeted areas, you’ll be on your way with minimal downtime or recovery period.

Thanks to the natural ingredients involved, dermal fillers begin to be naturally broken down by your body after around twelve months, though this varies from person to person. So if you want to go back to your original look you can, no problem! Katie Alex uses fillers from Juvederm’s premium VYCROSS® range by Allergan, which use a smoother gel to reduce swelling and bruising and increase your comfort during and after your dermal filler treatment. VYCROSS® fillers also last longer than standard dermal fillers and start to be broken down after around twelve months. Unlike some other clinics, Katie makes sure her clients always get that ‘natural’ look that everyone is after. Dermal fillers are great for looking plump, smoother and brighter, with natural-looking, beautiful results!

What Can Dermal Fillers Do For You?

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Dermal fillers are the perfect treatment for  reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, restoring volume, plumping and hydrating the skin and correcting asymmetry in facial structure. Used for lip augmentation, smoothing out lip lines and cheek enhancements, dermal fillers are the perfect option if you’re wanting to give your skin a boost and plump up this summer.

As we get older, we naturally develop more lines on our face and our skin begins to lose some of its volume. Our dermal fillers are perfect for reducing the appearance of signs of aging and enhancing all your best natural features. Impermanent and convenient, dermal fillers are a fantastic option for anybody wanting to try a new, lifted, youthful look this summer!

If you want to give your skin a lift this summer, dermal fillers can give you the plumped,  boosted appearance you’ve always wanted! If you’re interested in our high-quality, non-surgical fillers, call Katie Alex at the clinic today on 0161 989 1211 to book your consultation!

It’s Time To Stop Suffering With Bad Skin

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With summer on the way, it’s more important than ever that you make sure you have a skincare routine that is working for you, to properly protect, renew, boost and brighten your skin. In this blog post, we’ll be taking a look at Katie Alex’s skincare brand of choice: Alumier MD.

What is Alumier MD?

Alumier MD is a science backed, physician-only and medical-grade skincare brand. Alumier MD was created by a group of PhD biochemists, medical physicians and skincare experts with a combined 100 years of experience to create tailored products to help give you clear, beautiful, luminous skin.

Alumier MD’s product development process is based around the ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ mantra. By putting together 10 different ‘Skin Profiles’, including dry, oily, normal and combination skin, Alumier MD creates products perfect for different skin types and concerns. They also create their products with the Fitzpatrick skin types in mind, to make sure they’re sun safe and work for all skin tones as well.

Alumier MD products are focused on the science and physiology behind good skin, formulating deeply effective products to treat a wide variety of skin concerns. Alumier MD products utilise deeply effective ingredients, and innovative packaging and delivery systems to ensure you’re getting the most out of your skincare routine.

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Alumier MD is only available from qualified, partnered physicians. As the products are so potent and effective, it is important to have a skincare professional like Katie Alex, who understands the concerns that can be treated, the effects, and active ingredients in each and every product in the Alumier MD range. Because qualified physicians like Katie are administering the products, you can be sure that your skincare routine is completely tailored to you and working as well as it possibly can for your skin and concerns.

Alumier MD products are also free of parabens, sulfates, petrolatum and dyes, packaged in an environmentally friendly way, use ingredients that are sustainably sourced and don’t cause any damage to the environment, and are never tested on animals, making it perfect for those of us trying to create a kinder and more ethical skincare routine.

Alumier MD Vitamin C Serum

One of Katie’s favourite Alumier MD products is their revolutionary EverActive C&E serum – an answer to the hundreds of Vitamin C serums that don’t work as well as they could do, and don’t give you the results you need. Vitamin C is an amazing ingredient with a wide variety of skin benefits, and when formulated properly, can have a huge impact on the appearance and condition of your skin.

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Vitamin C can help to improve the appearance of the skin, as well as promoting skin health. Alumier MD’s EverActive C&E serum, with its high concentration of vitamin C, can help to:

  • Brighten and revitalise dull skin by gently exfoliating and removing the layers of dead skin on the skin’s surface.
  • Smooth fine lines and wrinkles and plumping and firming skin, by boosting its natural collagen production.
  • Fight free radicals like pollution and sun damage, leading to younger, brighter-looking skin.
  • Brighten and reduce hyperpigmentation and brown sun or age spots, as well as evening out skin tone.
  • Repair skin from sun damage by encouraging skin turnover and increased cell regeneration.
  • Improve the appearance of scars.
  • Protect against sun damage.

Vitamin C, while an incredibly effective skincare ingredient, can be very unstable and can easily lose its effectiveness. In many vitamin C serums, it is often not present in high enough concentrations to be as effective as it can be, and is also commonly deactivated by being exposed to air and light, which oxidises it and means it is no longer effective.

To combat this, Alumier MD’s vitamin C serum comes in three separate, small vials, with a unique delivery system in the cap which keeps the vitamin C crystals separate from the liquid part of the serum until it is ready to be used. The serum is also kept in opaque packaging to prevent vitamin C deactivation from light entering the bottle. The serum is activated only when you need to use it, ensuring that the product remains effective for longer.

EverActive C&E also contains the highest available strength of vitamin C concentration – at 15%, which is considered the optimum amount by dermatologists and skincare experts.

Alumier MD Sunscreens

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While Vitamin C is a wonder-ingredient and can help improve the appearance of sun damage, as well as strengthening your own skin, it is not a replacement for sunscreen, and the two work best in conjunction with each other. Sunscreen is one of the most important parts of any skincare routine, and is the best way to prevent the appearance of ageing and protect the skin.

The Alumier MD range of sunscreens offers a three-in-one sunscreen, moisturiser and foundation for a variety of skin tones, while also remaining incredibly effective as a facial sunscreen. Katie Alex is proud to be a stockist of Alumier MD skincare because of their commitment to quality, science led formulas and effective results. So, if you’re looking to update your skincare routine using high-quality and deeply effective products, or if you want to learn more about the other treatments offered at Katie Alex Aesthetics, contact the clinic on 0161 989 1211.

The Revolutionary Treatment You Need – Plasma BT

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Plasma BT is a revolutionary new treatment, designed to help treat a huge variety of skin conditions. It uses plasma, sometimes known as the ‘fourth state of matter’, which has been used for many years in the medical field, and is now being applied by the aesthetics industry. It can treat a whole host of problematic skin conditions, including crow’s feet, wrinkles and fine lines, active acne, hooded and sagging eyelids, skin tags and uneven skin pigmentation. Now, Plasma BT treatment is available at Katie Alex Aesthetics to help solve all of your skincare woes.

What is Plasma BT?

Plasma BT is a safe, non-surgical and non-invasive treatment, with no downtime and no need for anaesthesia. Plasma BT treatment comes in two forms, Plasma Surgical and Plasma Shower, each applying the plasma technology differently.

Plasma Surgical is a more precise form of Plasma BT treatment, and works well for treating issues like crow’s feet, the appearance of scars and hooded or sagging eyelids. It uses a small handpiece with a needle on the end to create a tiny arc of plasma between the device and the skin. This causes sublimation, which penetrates the skin and tightens it. Plasma BT uses many of these precise applications of plasma in one treatment, which helps to tighten the skin and boost collagen production, improving the appearance of the area.Plasma Shower uses as larger circular tip to create a small ‘disc’ of plasma which is moved gently over the skin. This helps to kill germs and bacteria on the surface of the skin, which are a common cause of acne flare ups, as well as promoting healthy skin regrowth. It also helps to improve the effectiveness of any other skin boosting creams or serums, as it temporarily breaks down the skin’s cell adhesion molecules (CAMs), which allows products to absorb more quickly and deeply.

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Watch a short video about how the Plasma BT treatment works here.

How Does Plasma BT Work?

Using the Plasma BT device, the treatment creates a small amount of plasma close to the skin. Plasma Surgical uses the process of sublimation to impact on several different layers of the skin, while also tightening skin and stimulating the production of collagen to help bring elasticity back to the skin, something that we lose as we age. Plasma Shower helps to disinfect the skin’s surface and even out skin tone, while also making skin more absorbent to creams and serums that help to improve the appearance of the skin.

What Are The Results?

Plasma Surgical is a particularly effective treatment for eye rejuvenation, or non-surgical blepharoplasty treatment, as it offers long-lasting, effective and beautiful results without any of the surgical intervention, anaesthetic or long downtime associated with traditional eyelid surgery. Results can last for many years, making it a cost-effective treatment too! After treatment, the results slowly improve over a period of around six weeks, when optimum results are visible.

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Plasma Shower is perfect to treat pigmentation or active acne, as it disinfects and cleanses the skin without the use of any irritant ingredients. After treatment for acne, skin starts to clear and look healthier after a few days, but optimum results usually take up to three weeks to appear as the skin goes through its natural regeneration process.

Is Plasma BT Right For Me?

If you’ve been struggling with conditions such as acne, skin tags, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin pigmentation or hooded or sagging eyelids for a long time, Plasma BT might be the perfect treatment for you. It is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment that usually takes less than an hour to carry out, and afterwards you can get back to your day straight away!

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Katie Alex is a fully qualified nurse, and is highly experienced in carrying out Plasma BT treatments, with fantastic, beautiful and natural-looking results. At Katie Alex Aesthetics, we offer free consultations for all of our treatments, including Plasma BT, so contact Katie Alex today, find out if Plasma BT treatment is right for you.

You Need To Protect Your Skin With SPF

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You may think that SPF and sunscreen are holiday essentials and nothing more, but you’d be wrong! Even in the classic British weather we all want to escape so much, your skin is still at risk from harmful UV rays, so if you aren’t using a sunscreen every day, now might be the time to start! SPF protection isn’t discussed very much, especially during the winter months and when the weather is distinctly lacking in sunshine, but it is the key to a successful anti-ageing skincare routine. At Katie Alex Aesthetics, we recommend a good SPF as the number one addition to your skincare routine.

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What is SPF?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, and refers to products that help protect the skin from UVB rays. UVB rays are shorter rays that burn the surface layers of the skin causing the majority of sunburn, and have strong links to certain varieties of skin cancer, so it’s vital to protect your skin. At Katie Alex Aesthetics, we recommend an SPF of at least 40, which protects skin from 97%-98% of UVB rays.

Your SPF should also contain UVA protection. UVA rays are longer than UVB rays, and can penetrate the skin more deeply. They impact elastin in the skin, and are the number one cause of collagen loss, causing premature signs of ageing. UVA rays are responsible for a variety of aesthetic issues, including wrinkles, leathery skin and brown pigmentation spots. UVA rays also have links to skin cancer, and can penetrate windows and glass, so even if you spend most of the day indoors, you still need an SPF product with solid UVA protection.

UVA protection in the UK is measured on a scale of 1-5 stars, with 4 stars and up being the recommended level. However, most facial sunscreens don’t use the star rating, so you should make sure the facial sunscreen specifies it protects from UVA and UVB waves, or is described as a ‘broad spectrum’ sunscreen. Broad spectrum means that a product has been tested and approved for UVA and UVB protection. In order to protect your skin properly from the sun, you should make sure you have an SPF that contains both UVA and UVB protective factors.

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What SPF Should I Be Using?

Chemical and physical sunscreens are available, and both can combat a combination of UVA and UVB rays. Chemical sunscreens work by breaking down UV rays into harmless heat and light when they hit the skin. If you’re doing a lot of exercise or physical work, chemical sunscreens are better as they absorb into the skin and won’t sweat off, however, for daily use we recommend a physical sunscreen. Physical sunscreens are good for people with sensitive skin as they don’t penetrate the skin. They work by physically reflecting the UV rays off the skin, as opposed to breaking them down once they hit the skin.

At Katie Alex Aesthetics, we recommend the Alumier MD range of skincare and sunscreens to best protect from sun damage.

Many people believe that having an extra product to put on in the morning is a waste of time and makes their skin and makeup feel heavy and uncomfortable. Alumier MD’s range of sunscreens act as combination products, as they are deeply moisturising, contain UVA and UVB protection, and are available in tinted and untinted varieties, so they can act as a replacement for foundation too. This helps to reduce the amount of different products you need to use every day, and makes inserting a sunscreen into your skincare routine absolutely effortless.

Clinically formulated to provide high levels of UVA and UVB protection, Alumier MD is only available through highly experienced skincare professionals, such as Katie Alex. They use high-quality ingredients developed by a team of professionals to make effective, tailored skincare, and all Alumier MD products are free of parabens, sulfates, petrolatum and dyes. They also do not test any of their products on animals, making them a highly ethical company.

At Katie Alex Aesthetics, we know that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to skincare, and Alumier MD’s range is developed to incorporate products tailored to different skin types, tones and concerns. This includes products formulated specifically for dry, oily and combination skin, ranges for sensitive, acne-prone and pigmented skin and specialist anti-ageing and rosacea treatments. We stock a wide range of Alumier MD sunscreens and other Alumier MD skincare solutions to make sure that you get the product that is perfect for you.

At Katie Alex Aesthetics, we want to make sure you feel amazing in your own skin. The best way to get bright, youthful and beautiful skin and prevent from sun damage is to get your hands on a good sunscreen, and using SPF is important for your general health too! So even if it’s a bit of a gloomy, grey day outside, we have the sunscreen solution for you.

If you need a new SPF solution or want help getting the best skin of your life, contact the clinic on 0161 989 1211, and see how Katie Alex can help you protect your skin.

Make A (Mother’s) Day Of It.

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner (March 31st, for those of you who forgot!), now is the perfect time to treat your mum to a relaxing Mother’s Day present at Katie Alex Aesthetics, so she looks her absolute best for the day that’s all about her.

With a variety of skin procedures available, this year you can help your mum feel incredible, and boost her self-confidence. We have everything you need to help show your mum how much you appreciate her and everything she does for you this Mother’s Day.

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Dermaroller

Dermaroller is an advanced form of medical skin needling – a process that uses tiny micro-needles to puncture the skin, creating tiny “micro-injuries” in the skin, which then tricks the body into kick-starting the skin healing process, boosting collagen production and helping to create new, fresh, smoother skin.

Dermaroller is effective as it reaches below the top layers of skin, unlike many other treatments which are only effective in the upper layers of skin.
This might sound a little scary at first, but Dermaroller treatments are a safe and effective way to give skin that healthy boost, and like all of our treatments, are administered by Katie Alex herself, a fully-qualified and experienced aesthetic nurse.

Lines and wrinkles in the face and decolletage are effectively treated with Dermaroller treatments, as well as stretch marks, acne scarring and sun damage.

The newly regenerated skin visible after Dermaroller procedures doesn’t fade, but the skin will continue to age as normal, so we recommend you start incorporating regular dermaroller treatments into your skincare routine.

It usually takes around 6 weeks for the best results to show after a dermaroller treatment, so if you want to get your mum an early Mother’s Day present that will keep her skin glowing after the big day has been and gone, now is the perfect time! Mother’s Day will arrive and she’ll be looking and feeling her best.

Chemical Peel

Chemical Peels are a brilliant treatment to tackle age spots, pigmentation and acne, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. The peels contain trichloroacetic acid, a non-toxic chemical that gently penetrates the skin’s upper layers, causing them to peel off over a period of around a week. This then leaves the new, radiant skin showing underneath, and the upper, damaged layers are removed.
Chemical peels have been used in the aesthetics industry for many years, and are a safe and incredibly effective treatment that will help make you and your mum look brighter, fresher and younger in time for her special day.

Plasma BT

A revolutionary skin treatment, Plasma BT comes in two separate forms, Plasma Shower and Plasma Surgical. Plasma BT treatments work on the surface of the skin, as well as in the epidermis and the dermis, to provide results that are effective from the inside out. Plasma Shower and Plasma Surgical use the same technology, but are applied in different ways depending on the desired results, so your Plasma BT treatment can be tailored to you or your mum’ specific skin concerns.

Plasma Shower is a form of needle-free mesotherapy, and is used to sterilise the skin by destroying  and removing bacteria. This prevents bacteria buildup that causes and worsens acne, as well as improving the absorption ability of the skin, so that any other skincare products that are applied become more effective. It also boosts collagen production and speeds up skin regeneration, causing the skin to brighten and tighten, leaving your mum looking and feeling brand new.

Plasma Surgical is a device that uses a small needle to direct the plasma treatment directly into concentrated areas, and is a great alternative to traditional eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), as it provides similar results without the traditional risks associated with surgery. It can also be used to treat a variety of skin conditions that may be making you, or your mum, feel insecure, including lines and wrinkles, skin tags, broken blood vessels and the appearance of scarring. Plasma Surgical takes around a week for your skin to return to normal, so that when mother’s day comes around, you’ll both be feeling the best you can be.

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Mother’s Day is the time of year when you really get to thank your mum for everything she does for you, and what better way to show how much you care than by giving her the gift of a real confidence boost? At Katie Alex Aesthetics, we strive to create natural-looking and beautiful results, so you and your mum can spend some quality time together looking and feeling your best this Mother’s Day.

If you want to give your mum a treatment at Katie Alex Aesthetics this Mother’s Day, contact the clinic on 0161 989 1211, and help her get ready for her special day.

Is Ultra Femme 360 Right For You?

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If you’ve noticed that as you age, the way your vagina looks and feels seems to be changing, then you’re not alone. With an increasing number of women speaking out about their intimate health recently, as well as the effect it can have on their sexual health, general health and well being, we thought there was no time like the present to discuss one of our most sought-after treatments – the Ultra Femme 360.

 

Why Do Our Vaginas Change As We Age?

 

Like all skin on the face and body, the tissue located in the vagina is strengthened by collagen and elastin that are produced within the skin. However, as we age, the amount of collagen we produce naturally decreases, as does the rate at which collagen regenerates in the body, causing sagging and laxity in both internal and external areas.

 

The Effects Of Childbirth On The Vagina

 

Understandably, childbirth also has a significant effect on many women’s intimate health, changing the sensitivity, tightness and appearance of the vagina. While most women will regain vaginal tightness within around 6 months of giving birth, if they’ve had multiple vaginal births, had children later in life or faced complications during childbirth, their chances of suffering from long-term vaginal laxity increases.

 

Both ageing and childbirth can lead to vaginal laxity (looseness), dryness and in some cases exacerbates the symptoms of stress incontinence. These symptoms can be a real knock to your self-esteem, and might be preventing you from having the quality of life that you want.

 

The treatment often recommended for stress incontinence is pelvic floor exercises such as Kegel exercises. Building strength in the pelvic floor helps to support the bladder and can be very effective. However, these exercises don’t take into account the part loss of vaginal elasticity plays in managing incontinence.

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The Effect On Relationships

 

Many women are also unhappy about the appearance of their vagina and labia, which can lead to a reduced sex drive, insecurity and unhappiness, which may cause strain on their relationships.

 

Until very recently, the only solution to these issues were vaginoplasty and labiaplasty, which are invasive and uncomfortable treatments, with considerable downtime, and can take months to fully heal. They are also very expensive procedures with a considerable number of associated risks, including infection, scarring and a loss in sensitivity.

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At Katie Alex Aesthetics, we have the solution. The Ultra Femme 360 treatment from BTL is a revolutionary treatment used to combat the effects that aging and childbirth have on the vaginal canal, as well as working to improve the appearance of the inner and outer labia.

 

Ultra Femme 360 uses radiofrequency to gently heat the vaginal tissue, increasing blood flow and stimulating the body’s natural regeneration processes including inducing increased collagen production, as well as lifting and tightening of the tissue in the area. Ultra Femme 360 can be used internally to treat vaginal laxity and stress incontinence, or externally to tighten and improve the appearance of the labia. The process is quick and painless, with most treatments taking less than half an hour for both internal and external treatment. Some women report feeling a pleasurable warmth, but we assure you that there is no pain or discomfort felt during an Ultra Femme 360 procedure. At Katie Alex, we usually recommend a course of four Ultra Femme 360 treatments, but results can usually be felt after the first treatment.

 

Katie Alex, dubbed the ‘Cheshire Fairy Godmother’, is an experienced and qualified aesthetic nurse, leading her clinic in the leafy suburb of Altrincham. Katie is using the revolutionary and award-winning Ultra Femme 360 technology to improve the lives of women across the North West. From a reduction in incontinence to a better and more fulfilling sex life, contact Katie Alex and see what Ultra Femme 360 can do for you.

How to Keep Your Skin Happy This Winter

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How to Keep Your Skin Happy This Winter

Winter can be tough on our skin. Cold weather, harsh winds and rain can all have an impact, and though staying indoors cuddled up under a blanket is tempting, it isn’t always the best thing for your skin either.

In this post, we discuss what you can do to keep your skin happy and give yourself a boost before the weather gets warmer again.

1      Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise!

It seems obvious, but a good moisturiser and skincare routine is the best thing you can do to help protect your skin this winter. The cold air and lower humidity can really take its toll, as the lack of moisture in the air means skin gets drier than in the warmer months, which can lead to flaking, cracking and chapped lips. Using a richer moisturiser than in summer, as well as a hydrating lip balm with SPF protection, will help give your skin the nourishment it needs.

Thicker, creamier products are great for dry skin, but for oily or combination skin types, finding humectant products that aren’t too thick and won’t clog your pores is vital. Avoiding astringent cleansers, including those with alcohol in them (often listed as alcohol denat on ingredient lists) will also help boost hydration.

To help find the right skincare regimen for you, Katie Alex stocks Alumier MD’s range of skincare solutions. Alumier MD offer products for a wide range of skin types and concerns, including sensitive, dry, oily and combination skin, as well as ranges for problem skin, including anti-ageing treatments, as well as solutions for acne, hyperpigmentation and rosacea.

If you want to help brighten, smoothen and rejuvenate skin, chemical peel treatments can also help give your skin a boost. They help to reduce acne and the appearance of sun damage, while refreshing and illuminating your skin.

2      Turn the Hot Tap Off.

There is nothing nicer than turning the shower up or climbing into a hot bath when the weather outside is just horrible. Unfortunately, this might be doing your skin more harm than good. Very hot or long showers can strip the skin of it’s natural oils, leading to drier skin, and more breakouts as your skin overcompensates by producing excess oil to make up for what it has lost. This goes for your hair as well! 5-10 minute showers in warm or lukewarm water are what is best for your skin. If you have to warm up quickly or just can’t go without your long, hot showers, use an absorbent moisturiser straight away to reduce the strain on your skin and lower oil production.

3      Protect your Skin.

Just because the sun isn’t shining, it doesn’t mean you can neglect your protecting your skin from the sun. Everyone, regardless of skin tone or type should wear an SPF of at least 30 anytime you’re going outside, even in winter. Dressing appropriately for the weather, including a hat, scarf and gloves if you need them is also vital to keeping your skin happy and healthy.

Physical, or mineral sunscreens containing titanium oxide or zinc oxide are particularly effective, as they sit on top of the skin and reflect the sun’s rays back off it, but chemical options which absorb into the skin and convert the harmful rays into non-damaging light and heat are also available. If you’re particularly active, chemical sunscreen is best, as it won’t sweat off, but if you have skin conditions like rosacea or acne, physical sunscreens will cause less irritation as they don’t absorb into the skin.

If your skin is suffering from prior sun damage, a dermaroller treatment might be perfect for you. Dermaroller treatments work by puncturing the skin with tiny needles to cause “micro-injuries”, which stimulates the body’s natural healing and rejuvenation processes to leave skin brighter and smoother, and can reduce wrinkles and stretch marks, as well as improving the appearance of sun damaged skin.

4      Try and Stay Active.

If it’s cold and rainy outside, exercise might be the last thing on your mind, but it will do wonders to keep your skin looking its best.  Going for a walk, or even hitting the gym if you feel up to it, will increase your circulation and blood flow, jump-starting your skin’s own renewal processes and brightening your complexion.

5      Turn Down the Heating.

While the cold air outside is drier than in summer, unfortunately, so is the warm air in your house. Sitting by a hot radiator or open fire dries out the air, and your skin will feel it too. Turning the heating down a little will not only save on your heating bill, but will keep your skin feeling fresher and hydrated. You can also invest in a humidifier if your house is getting a little too chilly!

6      Stay Hydrated.

It may seem obvious, but drinking water is a surefire way to hydrated, plump skin. It is recommended that we
drink two litres of water a day! If this seems like a lot, try consuming foods high in water too, like peppers, cucumber, watermelon, kiwi and tomatoes, which will help increase your water intake without you even realising it.

Winter can be tough on your skin, but if you take care of it, your skin will thank you. At Katie Alex Aesthetics, we have experience caring for all types of skin. If you still feel like you could do with a boost to get you through the last leg of the winter months, see if our chemical peels or Dermaroller treatments are right for you. Contact the clinic on 0161 9891211 and see how Katie Alex can keep your skin happy this winter.