FACE IT: Beauty with Amanda Care
For her column, beauty expert Amanda Care of Face It, Devonport, looks at ways for us to keep our skin feeling soft
As some of you may know, I recently spent some time in the Malborough region of the South Island visiting my father. Having only previously been during winter, visiting in summer was just divine. The lush green of the vineyards, combined with the splendid weather, meant there was a lot to love about the place.
We also spent a few days on the coast at Kaikoura. It was also pretty in its own wild way. I loved the beaches with all their stones, which were polished to smooth perfection from the continual pounding of the waves. The kelp flies on the other hand, were not endearing at all, but that's a rather strange story I will save for another time!
Members of the Malborough Rock and Mineral Club told me during our visit, that the tumblers they use work upwards of 100 hours to polish stones to perfection.
Thankfully, our skin does not need that many hours of work to look smoother.
Here are my top tips for a smoother skin:
Sun Protection - To help prevent scaly patches and wrinkles in the future cover up with a good quality moisturising sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Ultraceuticals Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF50+ $75.
A chemical and physical exfoliant. A dual action exfoliant with ingredients like lactic acid and salicylic acid will unclog pores, remove impurities and give you an instantly smoother, brighter complexion.
Ultraceuticals Ultra Gentle Exfoliating gel is free from parabens, fragrance and contains antibacterial properties. $70 for 200ml.
Microdermabrasion. The treatment refines open pores, deep cleanses congested skin, improves skin texture through deep exfoliation and refreshes tired and dull looking skin. This treatment is still hugely popular due to the noticeable difference achieved after just one visit, to achieve optimum results and keep your skin looking its best it is recommended to have weekly treatments for six weeks then maintenance treatments every four to six weeks. Cost is $90 for one treatment, or see offer below.
Superficial Chemical Peels. My personal favourites are either, the A-Zyme which uses pineapple enzymes and vitamin A, to plump and smooth, or the Lactic Peel (AHA's), a fast way to decrease pore size and rejuvenate the face without any downtime (a great lunch time peel!).
I love having this peel prior to a special night out, as it makes my make up just glide on and look flawless.
A-Zyme $160. Lactic Peel 30% $77.
Smooth, radiant skin is only a click away, book online at www.faceitbeauty.co.nz for a skin consultation so we can customise a plan for you.