A new year brings a fresh start, but it happens right in the middle of the coldest months. Cold temperatures and dry air are a challenge for our skin, and if you don’t get professional treatments already, the new year is time to set a new skincare resolution and face the challenge head-on. In addition to dryness, the winter air can trigger rosacea flares or speed up the development of lines and wrinkles. Luckily, there are many options to stay hydrated and healthy despite the harsh weather.
An easy way to give a boost to your regular skincare routine is to get a facial that targets one or more concerns you have for your skin. Moisturizing facials in the winter will help your skin volumize and retain moisture and hydration longer. Facials don’t only have to be on your face: some services offer full-body facials that moisturize and exfoliate skin on other parts of your body as well. The cold winter air dries out our skin faster, but skin that’s deeply moisturized has more defense against dry air.
If you have acne prone or oily skin, a cleansing facial will keep your skin clear and able to use the moisturizer that you apply; clogged pores aren’t able to absorb active ingredients as well as clean skin can. Using too much moisturizer in the winter increases the potential for clogged pores, so don’t overdo it to try to compensate for moisture lost from dryness.
For a deep facial exfoliant, you can get a chemical peel. These are acid-based solutions used by your dermatologist or esthetician that dissolve dead cells on the top layers of the skin. Chemical peels can be adjusted in strength for your needs, and since they expose sensitive layers of skin, you may need some time to recover depending on the solution. These are great to get done in winter because you’ll be spending more time inside during the winter, putting you less at risk for UV damage.
Even the best skincare routines need professional support now and then to take care of stubborn buildup. Microdermabrasion is a professional treatment that uses a small buffer to polish dead skin, blemishes, and buildup. Like many kinds of facials, microdermabrasion treatments aren’t only for facial skincare, but can also be used to treat other areas on the body. Well-exfoliated skin encourages healthy growth of cells and tissue, which can in turn hold onto moisture and hydration better.
Your dermatologist can use LED or UV light to treat a number of skin conditions for medical or cosmetic purposes. In both cases, light is used to encourage natural healing in your skin, which can help soothe acne and inflammation or resurface your skin for anti-aging treatments. Laser therapies can target scarring like stretch marks or acne scars. Like a chemical peel, there is usually some downtime needed after a light therapy or laser treatment. The winter is a great time to take care of your skin and relax indoors as your immune system works in the background to repair the areas treated.
Contact us at SE Dermatology today to find out how to best support your skin this winter.