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Treatments to rejuvenate your skin in winter

Article by Dr Tracy Mountford

“When winter comes round especially at this time of the year it’s the most beneficial time to prepare your skin for the summer months ahead with the right treatments and products best suited to you.  The dip in temperatures and lack of humidity and wind factor all have an effect on causing, rough, red, taut, dry and blotchy skin. Exfoliation is of the utmost importance during the winter months as the metabolic rate slows down in the winter and our skin doesn’t naturally exfoliate as quickly, but there are more effective treatments to help promote healthier, clearer, superfluous looking skin which are more long term.

Intense Pulsed Light treaments- what they do

At this time of year I readily recommend to my patients a course of IPL to achieve the best results to improve skin quality. IPL Photo rejuvenation (Intense Pulsed Light) will simultaneously treat a wide range of facial imperfections, safely and effectively such as broken capillaries, skin discolouration, age spots, freckles, sun damage, mottled pigmentation and rosacea. It also improves enlarged pores and dull complexions to give a smoother, more revitalized skin, the skin feels tighter and looks firmer. The same treatment can be used highly effectively on the neck, chest and hands.

A cold gel is applied to the area to be treated and pulses of light are applied. Usually a course of treatments is recommended and the number of treatments required would be discussed at the time of the initial consultation, as it varies from patient to patient. This provides excellent long-term results and minimal adverse effects. It offers a safe, dramatically rejuvenating treatment that can be tailored to your own individual skin condition and skin type. Each treatment takes about 20 minutes, you can return to work the same day and resume all your regular activities. Treatment costs start from £90 for a small area to £350 for the whole face depending how much area needs treating.

To help maintain these results I would recommend a high factor sunscreen of 50 and a daily application of Vitamin C Serum which protects the skin from premature ageing by providing the maximum antioxidant protection it needs from the damaging rays of the sun even in winter!”

Photo credit: Salvatore Vuono




Dr Tracy Mountford

Tracy is a top non-surgical cosmetic doctor to many A list celebrities and is highly regarded by her peer group. She is known for her light hands and natural looking results and has been voted one of the top Botox doctors in the UK. Tracy is the founder and Medical Director of The Cosmetic Skin Clinic and has over 20 years experience in advanced non-surgical facial rejuvenation techniques. She is a founder member of the BACD (British Association of Cosmetic Doctors) and is regarded as a key opinion leader in the field of aesthetic medicine. Tracy is frequently quoted in the national press & magazines. She has also appeared on television programmes such as - BBC Breakfast, ITV - GMTV & This Morning, UK Living - The Truth About Beauty and 10 Years Younger: The Challenge.

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