Spring Treatments for a Summer Body

The weather has lost its chill and we are losing the winter layers of clothing. When we start to shed the comfortable cocoon which was able to hide the few extra kilos, the cellulite and the rough, dry, peeling skin that of course appeared from nowhere over the last few months, it can become quite a daunting task knowing where to start our Spring cleaning treatments in order to reveal our best summer bodies.

Cellulite is one of the greatest challenges, women more so than men are concerned about, particularly when they are preparing for the swimming season. Regardless of size, fat is only one component of the cellulite puzzle. Fibrous connective tissue adheres the skin to the muscle beneath, and the arrangement of this is different in men than women. Connective tissue contracts and stiffens with age, and this will tighten or pull down the skin, causing fat cells to push out on the skin. Cellulite can be greatly improved, so much so that the appearance is greatly diminished and is no longer visible on the surface. There are four main components to minimizing cellulite: 1. increase circulation which can be assisted with exercise and dry body brushing 2. flush toxins both internally by drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day and externally by having detoxifying body wraps in the clinic and at home by using specific gels to massage into the area after dry body brushing 3. strengthen collagen with skin microneedling 4. reducing fat intake in your diet and increase exercise.
Fat freezing or cryolipolysis targets fat reduction in certain areas of the body. Fat cells can be compared to a balloon that expands and contracts. When you lose weight through diet and exercise you do not actually lose fat cells. Rather, your fat cells shrink. Cryolipolysis eliminates fat cells in specific areas to reduce bulges and provide a much slimmer contour. The 1 hour targeted controlled cooling treatment uses a specialized vacuumed applicator, literally freezing the fat cells, crystallizing them, they die and they are naturally eliminated from the body as waste. Spring is the perfect time to start this treatment as the results can take 2-3 months to achieve the permanent results.
Dry body brushing is one of the most simple and effective treatments that can be performed both at home on a daily basis prior to showering, and before other clinical treatments. This simple treatment provides a vast array of benefits that assist with the skin’s natural detoxification process. Dry brush exfoliation stimulates blood and lymph flow, while removing the dry dead skin cells to help strengthen your immune system and enhance the skin’s ability to remove toxins. In addition, dry body exfoliation can reduce cellulite by helping to break up the toxic deposits of store fatty tissues, stimulate the oil glands producing the necessary oils to keep the skin healthy and finally, stimulate the creation of new cells to assist in an overall tightening and regeneration of the skin.
Body peels, Fractional Laser and the IPL treatment are best performed in the Spring in order to allow the time for the exfoliation process of removing the rough, dry and brown patchy skin. Depending on the depth of the body peel, there may be a slight flake of the skin after the treatment to reveal smoother skin or with a deep intensive peel there may be a shedding of the skin like a snake, which will assist with uneven brown patches being eliminated. When choosing the IPL or Fractional Laser treatment the sun damage from years of lying in the Australian sun will be reduced to leave a more even colouring of the skin and will also produce a slight skin tightening effect.
Herbal, mud and aromatherapy wrap treatments may be used alone or in conjunction with body brushing or salt exfoliation prior to the treatment. The wrap has been utilized for thousands of years to assist with body rejuvenation and detoxification. Some of the most widely used muds come from the Dead Sea which will both hydrate the skin and reduce roughness and inflammation. Herbal wraps may contain revitalizing eucalyptus and rosemary, firming cypress and dandelion, and antioxidant providing ginseng root and lemongrass. The herbs in the wrap solution begin to break down into amino acids, which the body needs as nutrients to maintain cellular health. The herbs penetrate though the skin’s pores, and help to cleanse the underlying tissues, while the amino acids help to repair the damaged tissue on a cellular level, which in turn, leads to healthier skin and increased elasticity.
With a review of some not so great life style choices that have snuck into our everyday living, Spring is the perfect time to unveil what has accumulated over the winter months. Begin the transformation of your body both internally and externally now with a combination of a healthy diet, exercise, and the taking advantage of effective clinical treatments. Start now and have a head start on Summer.