Flawless Skin

To achieve a flawless complexion in time for a big event, start the following skincare regime four months beforehand: Step 1: Book yourself in for a professional skin analysis Rather than self-diagnosing your skin, it is best to leave it to a professional facialist to perform a thorough skin analysis, as it is paramount that you use the right skincare for your particular skin type and condition. To get the best out of your session, bring along with you the skincare products you have been using, so that your therapist has a clear understanding of what you have been doing with your skin.

Step 2: Adopt a personalised daily skincare regime During the consultation, your facialist would have recommended skincare products suited to your skin type and condition - so use them! You do not need to spend hours every day on your skin to get visible results, but you certainly need to create a twice-daily habit comprised of the following steps: cleansing your skin; applying some eye cream; and, applying a treatment cream to your face and neck.

Also, of course, you must use a sunscreen when exposing your skin to the sun. Step 3: Perform a weekly mini facial treatment on yourself Very importantly, following the weekly habit of exfoliating your skin and applying a mask will have a positive impact on your skin. So, make sure you obtain a professional recommendation for these products as well. Exfoliating your skin will leave it looking fresh and clean and will get rid off any surface flakiness, as well as allowing deeper absorption of the active ingredients present in your skincare products. Facial masks can have many benefits, depending on their formulations (these benefits include: cleansing, nourishing, soothing, healing, stimulating, etc...).

Step 4: Book yourself in for three monthly professional facial treatments A series of three professional facial treatments will take your skin to the next level of rejuvenation. Select a facial that includes the following steps: cleansing, exfoliation, steaming, extractions (no blackheads allowed by D-day!), facial massage, mask application and moisturisation. Book your last facial two days before the big event, but omit the extraction stage! Instead, select a non-thermal skin restoring treatment as an add-on (ask your professional for LED or low level laser modalities).

Step 5: Eat nutritional plant-based foods Eating a plant-based diet provides our body with thousands of phytonutrients essential for the proper functioning of the skin and, as a result, enhances the way it appears, contributing to a healthy, younger looking skin. The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines recommend that adults eat at least five kinds of vegetable and two kinds of fruit every day. A good way to eat the daily requirements of fruits and vegetables is to drink them! So get into those juices and smoothies!

Step 6: Get some beauty sleep In order to function well, our bodies need about eight hours of sleep every night. The first visible signs of sleep deprivation usually show as dark circles and bags under the eyes, as well as dull or drawn looking skin. This causes increased inflammation within the skin, subsequently leading to accelerated skin ageing and wrinkling. Here are a few ideas for a good night’s sleep: avoid caffeine four to six hours before bed time, develop a regular bedtime schedule so your body clock is well regulated, place a few drops of lavender pure essential oil on your pillow. Tips provided by Christine Clais - French-born skin expert, educator, speaker and author, with over 20 years of experience in the beauty industry.

Internationally, Christine is regarded as one of todays most well-respected and sought after facialists. She has helped more than 30,000 women from all over the world, including clients in France, the United States, China and Australia. An advocate of integrative skincare, Christine Clais educates women on the importance of skin care and the fundamentals of caring for your skin from the inside out. To find out more about Christine, visit www.thefrenchfacialist.com