24 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts Beauty Naomi Jones shares more Secrets from the Salon.... Post-Summer Skin Repair Naomi Jones A fter enjoying the summer, achieving your golden tan, sipping gin and jumping in and out of the pool, it’s time to repair summer damage and prepare for the colder months. Yes, I know you’ve also survived school holidays, sunburn and insect bites but it sounds less glamorous for a beauty page! Whatever the reasons for the damage, we all want our lovely skin restored and, ideally, a smooth, flawless complexion - there is nothing quite like it for a youthful glow. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, girls, but in order to achieve this we must put in some effort! However, this is lovely pampering effort… You probably already cleanse your skin both morning and evening. Applying your favourite serums, eye creams, moisturisers and sun blocks are next in your routine. And then, of course, you need to exfoliate about twice a week to eliminate dead skin. After all, there is no point in smoothing your treasured lotions and potions onto a layer of grime and dead skin cells. If possible, to complete the regime you should aim to have a facial about every four weeks. A professional facial is the best treatment to go for as your beauty therapist will analyse your skin and advise you of the best action for your specific skin type, taking into consideration your long term goals which could be to target lines and wrinkles, sun damage and pigmentation, dryness, dehydration, spots and acne or simply to have a really professional deep cleanse. What is a facial treatment? A facial is a procedure involving a variety of skin treatments including cleanse and tone, exfoliation, steam, extraction, creams, lotions, facial masks, peels, and massage. There are different kinds of masks for different purposes: deep-cleansing by penetrating the pores; healing acne scars or hyper- pigmentation; or brightening for a gradual illumination of the skin tone. Some masks are designed to dry or solidify on the face, almost like plaster; others just remain wet. The perceived effects of a facial mask treatment include revitalising, healing or refreshing. They may yield temporary or long- term benefits depending on environmental, dietary and other skincare factors. The facials that we perform in the salon use products with a high percentage of active ingredients not available to the consumer over the counter although you can carry out a home facial using pre-blended facial masks; these are readily available in most skincare shops or from your local salon. Or try some homemade ones from the ingredients of your store cupboard! The basic goals of facials are the same whether the treatment is professional or home-based: to deeply cleanse, nourish and hydrate the skin. And, of course, to enjoy it!