When 90 per cent of your body is hidden behind layers of cashmere, wool and (hopefully faux) fur, who can be bothered with pedicures and waxing? We hate to say it, but once the temperature dips, it's hello chocolate pudding, goodbye self respect - at least in the beauty department.
There's nothing wrong with secretly sporting bare toes all winter long, but there are some beauty treatments it just makes sense to do now. Just ask facialist Melanie Grant: "Winter is an easier time to hibernate, so it's great for corrective treatments as they make the skin more sensitive and can require downtime," says the sought-after Double Bay Clinic director. Spare yourself some trauma once summer rolls around by booking the below before it's too late.
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1. Laser hair removal
You know that fur we mentioned earlier? You want it to be in the form of a fetching gilet, not lurking beneath your skinny jeans. Laser hair removal requires a course of six to 10 treatments (depending on your skin and hair type) over a number of weeks to catch hair throughout its growth cycle. It's imperative you avoid the sun at least two weeks before and up to four weeks after each treatment, plus you'll need to avoid waxing, so getting laser done in winter is a must.
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2. Fraxel and IPL
Pesky pigmentation starting to appear? With the sun behind the clouds and less intense than in summer, now is the ideal time to get it treated. "The skin will be far more susceptible to sun damage [post treatment] as it's completely fresh, raw skin underneath - like a baby's," says Grant, who zaps pigmentation with Fraxel (a laser resurfacing treatment that Grant uses on a conservative setting for pigmentation) and IPL (Intense Pulse Light), with treatment varying according to client. "Treatment depends on whether the pigmentation is hormonal or due to sun damage - they're very different. You might have Fraxel first then IPL four weeks later to reduce the redness that many people experience after the pigmentation is removed," says Grant.
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3. Chemical peels
From pigmentation to anti-ageing, acne-fighting to skin brightening, there's a peel for almost every face. The results can be astounding, but they're not immediate: you usually have to wait for your skin to literally peel off to reveal a radiant complexion underneath. "Most people's skin will shed from days three to six and you have to stay out of the sun," says Grant. You'll probably want to stay out of sight as well, making winter the perfect time to book in - just get your Netflix subscription sorted first.
By now you deserve some serious pampering and the harsh winds and drying cold of winter are starting to take their toll, so make sure you splurge on some seriously hydrating facials, hair masques and body treatments to keep your skin in top condition - you'll thank us come September.
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