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CITYMATTERS.LONDON 25 April - 08 May 2018 | Page 21 Wellness Matters SWITCH UP YOUR SKINCARE REGIMEN FOR NEW SEASON WARMER weather has us spring cleaning our homes and wardrobes, but one thing that often gets overlooked is skincare. Skin takes a beating during those long months of cold, dry, windy weather with the central heating cranked up to Caribbean temperatures, so adapting our routine to seasonal changes is important to deal with shifts in climate, sun levels and exposure to external aggressors. Primas Medispa is a beauty spa and dermatology clinic in Ludgate Square offering the full spectrum of skincare and beauty, plus medical, surgical and cosmetic treatments under one roof. We spoke to dermatologist Dr Sajjad Rajpar about how to put your best face forward: brighter days mean better skin spring clean your skincare routine with the help of hardworking treatments designed to help you put your best face forward. Go under the microscope If your skin reacts badly to a change of seasons, identifying the source will put you on the fast track to recovery and help prevent it happening again. “We get a lot of patients who experience an acne flare-up because they’re still using a winter moisturiser and their skin can’t cope with the increased grease production,” Dr Rajpar says. “Others find that sun exposure causes increased pigmentation in warmer weather.” Primas uses Visia Skin Analysis UV light technology to scan and evaluate six key areas that affect complexion appearance and health. The results help identify the exact cause of conditions. Get a full skin check It can be easy to ignore moles and skin tags when they’re hidden under layers of clothing, but increased sun exposure should serve as a reminder to get checked for skin cancer or melanoma. Dr Rajpar uses a Dermoscope to check the pigment below the skin surface and identify any abnormal moles or other lesions. Scrub up well with a peel Snow, sludge, and rain can cause build-up of dead skin cells, leftover product, and environmental toxins, so start the season right with a facial peel designed to renew cells and improve collagen. For those with more severe hyperpigmentation, a chemical peel will shed the top layers of the skin Spring clean your skin to stimulate new cell growth, while Tixel, a more advanced treatment, uses natural heat to flush out old damage and even out skin tone. Leave clogged pores to professionals Warmer temperatures can leave pores clogged with makeup, sweat, grease and dead skin cells, so try a cleansing facial to clear congestion, balance ph levels and start anew. Keep that fresh feeling after you leave the salon by trading heavy products like moisturisers and foundations for lighter versions during the warmer months. Primas Medispa, 6 Ludgate Square EC4M 7AS the great outdoors: sweat it out in fresh air Top 3 outdoor fitness classes BASE FIT This astroturfed outdoor training area/gym opposite Shoreditch High Street Overground has been kitted out with battle ropes, Olympic bars, hurdles and ladders, and kettlebells to keep you guessing through the range of circuit-based bootcamp classes. Get set to sweat through intense HIIT workouts, Tabata, boxing drills and core work; rain, hail or shine. Braithwaite Street E1 6GJ SWIFT FITNESS BOOT CAMP Like to get social while you sweat? SwiftFitness Bootcamp weaves team games and partner workouts into their hour-long sessions for a bit of friendly competition, and holds regular socials outside of boot camp that range from after session drinks, to rock climbing. Don’t expect to slack off though, each workout combines fat burning intervals and HIIT that will see you burn up to 700 calories per session. Tabard Gardens SE1 4LW BRITISH MILITARY FITNESS BMF’s ‘civilian-friendly’ military-grade physical training is one of the most popular outdoor workouts in the UK, busting burpees out at 140 parks across the country. Militarytrained instructors will separate you into groups based on your fitness levels, then take you through a 45-minute cardio and strengthbased workout. Expect to burn around 640 calories for your efforts. Shoreditch Park N1 6TA Find your adventure & we’ll help you get there. We treat people who love sport, and our goal is to help you achieve yours. Use the code CITYMATTERS and get 20% off your first appointment. [email protected] +44 20 3893 5100

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