Glow for it, girl: Expert tips on how to bring your skin alive


Glow for it, girl: Expert tips on how to bring your skin alive

Aesthetic physician Portia 'Dr P' Gumede gives the inside gen on chemical resurfacing and injectables

Nokubonga Thusi

Whether you’re prepping for a big occasion or just working on a radiant glow during winter, aesthetic physician Portia “Dr P” Gumede shares some tips:
Consult a dermatologist or visit an aesthetic centre before trying any skin treatments
“Medical aesthetic procedures are game changers when it comes to prepping the skin before a big day. We’re able to help people achieve very visible and long-lasting results within a few months, and what we do now can really change the way you feel and look after your skin for the rest of your life. The sooner we can identify your concerns, the less intense the treatments will be, and we’ll have more time to achieve your desired results,” advises Dr P.
Start with a chemical resurfacing treatment
“Chemical resurfacing is a great treatment to start with. It addresses a wide range of concerns like acne, pigmentation, dehydration and skin texture. Schedule a chemical resurfacing every four to six weeks in the months leading up to your big day,” says Dr P.
Injectables are a good option to reduce visible fine lines, but less is always more
“If you’re considering injectables, now is also a good time to start talking to your aesthetic doctor about what he or she recommends,” says Dr P. “Especially with brides, I prefer a less is more approach. Micro-dosing injectables help to soften harsh lines without rendering your face immobile.”
Make sure to schedule any ‘last minute’ touch-up treatments or resurfacing well in advance“We don’t want your skin to flake right before the big day,” says Dr P. “Schedule your last chemical resurfacing treatment three to four weeks before. A light chemical peel will enhance your radiance, improve your skin texture, and ensure that your makeup goes on flawlessly. If you’ve enjoyed the results of your injectables, then this is a good time for a touch-up or some tweaks.”• Dr P adds that dermaplaning is a great, non-invasive treatment that uses a tiny scalpel blade to scrape the skin surface and remove dead skin cells, to try to improve  texture and lustre.

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