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Big event coming up? – when is the best time to start your skin care preparation?

We’ve all been there, a big event slots it’s way in to your calendar – milestone birthday, wedding, engagement, deb ball, graduation – the list is endless. The moment when the tireless agendas of checklists begins and the world of event planning swings in to overdrive with details finessed down to the very last detail. Or are they?


We all know the majors – venue’s, catering, photographers, outfits… but what about your skin care?


Now it may sound odd to think about your skin care at this point, you may even have a great daily skin care routine already in place. What else could you possibly need to consider?


The truth is, this is actually THE time to start thinking if there are any more ingrained skin conditions you would love to have under control before the big event. In fact, it is worth noting that the ideal lead time for getting your skin in prime condition for your big day would ideally be 12-months plus, if not 2-years!


Treatments for conditions such as scarring (including acne scarring), rosacea (those red cheeks and nose we try desperately to disguise with heavy make-up), acne, pigmentation and unwanted hair to name a few generally, require a series of treatments, not just a once off visit to your dermal specialist.


Depending on the condition you are wanting to treat, your budget, prescribed treatment procedure and desired outcomes – the most time you can allow yourself and your dermal specialist to achieve your goals the better.


Many treatments can only be performed at certain intervals to allow the skin to rejuvenate and repair as necessary between treatments. Recent studies have also found that optimal results for certain treatments might be 3-4 treatments spread a month apart followed by a 3-month break before another series of treatments. This is particularly relevant to the likes of skin needling (or micro-needling). A procedure where tiny punctures are created on the skin that encourages our skins own wound healing response which includes the production of essential minerals and proteins to improve collagen levels responsible for skin elasticity and fighting the signs of ageing! Research has shown that exceeding the prescribed treatment sessions of the series can actually start to deplete the collagen that has been repaired in the previous sessions; Hence having a reverse effect on the desired outcomes of the treatment. Hello wrinkles and loss of elasticity!


It’s also really important to note that particular treatments will also require a level of pre-treatment preparation by you at home to ensure that your skin is responsive to the in-clinic component of your treatment plan. Cosmetic peels for example can require 3-4 weeks pre peel preparation to help strengthen your skin and ensure that all precautions are taken to reduce the risk of any possible side effects.


Post treatment, some procedures can have considerable down time as your skin heals and rebuilds from treatments and can vary greatly depending on your chosen treatment method. Let’s take cosmetic peels for example again, your face is not going to look it’s best in the days immediately following a peel while your skin can shed for up to 14-days post treatment. It is well worth discussing your lifestyle and commitments in the days following your procedure with your dermal specialist so they can accurately prescribe you the best treatment but also the best home care advice.


So, what do you do to ensure that you have your skin in the best health in the lead up to your big event? You speak to your dermal specialist as far in advance as possible and let them know your desired goals and budget! This is so important so that they can work with you to discuss what treatments are available and which ones are likely to achieve your desired outcomes in the time frame available.


It’s also a brilliant opportunity to ensure that your home care routine is up to scratch allowing you to get the most out of your in-clinic treatments.


If you need to up the serums, find a love of daily SPF or just enjoy a hydration boost with a regular facial – consider now the best time to add to your skin care routine together with your dermal specialist to achieve your desired results. It’s a partnership and as your specialist, we want you to achieve your goals just as much as you do so we are here for the ride with you.


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