With summer approaching, you might start thinking of lighter make-up or none at all but all the imperfections we have hidden all winter stare at us in the mirror, yet professional advisers say you cant, or shouldnt, hide under a suntan!
The main problems are blackheads, white heads and spider veins.
Blackheads are caused by glands blocked by skin and grease. Sometimes these build up with bacteria and cause acne. If these spots are on the body you can use a loofah or body brush with an anti-bacterial soap or exfoliant recommended by your pharmacy. Do not scrub inflamed skin.
On your face exfoliate gently. Kanebo have a beautiful product to exfoliate with Micro Peeling Powder it is not gritty or abrasive but is very efficient and clean. Avoid heavy creams these can also cause milia (little white spots). They are balls of skin cells trapped under the skin. Sometimes they disappear with time. Exfoliation will help free them or you could ask your therapist to free them with a sterile needle.
Chemical Peels will help these skin conditions but must be applied by a professional therapist or dermatologist. NO SUN afterwards and a strong sun block is recommended. If possible avoid a peel during the summer months.
Spider veins are tiny red or blue veins that burst under the skin and are usually found on the cheeks and nose. They can be caused by the elements, wind and sun (golf, tennis and paddle players beware, use a sunscreen applied frequently as your sweat will easily wash it off). They can also be caused by body heat (too much sun, alcohol, red meat, etc). If you resort to squeezing spots and blackheads make sure you always cover your fingers with tissue. Pregnancy can cause spider veins there are 2 of you i.e. more body heat. Treatment can be with laser or Intense Pulsed Light (I.T.L.)
Remember that the sun is the Bad Guy in your skins life! A little goes a long way.