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Beauty expert Sally Corless, of Eden Health & Beauty Spa, answers your health & beauty queries. crack

Question 1 - My skin has suddenly gone dry and flaky, I always cleanse and moisturise what should I do?

Answer - There are several things that spring to mind. Firstly, we are at the change of seasons and the time of year when we put the central heating on. This immediately appears to have a drying effect on the skin. Your skin has a natural protective layer of oil and water and what actually happens is a change in the water level causing the skin to dehydrate, rather than a change in oil levels. This commonly results in flaky patches, fine lining and a dullness to the complexion.

You mention cleansing and moisturising but no mention of toning. This important step must not be missed out and in itself often results in dehydration. Cleansing strips the protective layer from the skin and toning actually reinstates this and corrects its’ balance which will immediately result in more productive work from your moisturiser.

Finally, it is important to change moisturiser every 6 months to prevent your skin adjusting to it, resulting in it losing its’ efficiency. If it is a favourite, come off it for about 3 months. When you go back to it you will be astounded by the results reminding yourself of why you loved it in the first place.

Question 2 - I have noticed to my horror that some red wavy lines have appeared on my face. I hoped they would disappear with time, but they haven’t and some look really angry. Is there anything I can do or do I have to live with them?

Answer - In short - no you don’t have to live with them. They are called thread veins and are incredibly common, mainly due to the fact that so many things can cause them. Some examples are extreme weather conditions (sun, wind, cold), alcohol, spicy foods and hot steamy baths, but there are many more. I cannot determine why you have developed them without chatting to you further but would imagine the sun may have aggravated them.

There are several treatments:

• Electrolysis (commonly used for hair removal), this works very efficiently. It treats each vein individually using a needle and heat to coagulate the enlarged tiny blood vessels.

• Sclerotherapy can be used but works best on the larger deeper thread veins, normally found on the legs. This involves injecting a powerful irritant chemical into the affected veins.

• Laser therapy is very successful, but not advisable on dark skins as the pigment blocks the laser beam possibly resulting in pigmentation loss. It can also cause some initial bruising.

Your local expert can guide you to find the best treatment for you through a free consultation. More thread veins can appear, it is best to treat as they occur.