Now that the holidays are behind us, we find ourselves in the dead of winter, with cold, dry air assaulting our skin. Many feel that the summer climate affects our skin more negatively, but that’s not the case. Although UV rays from the summer sun can damage youthful, radiant skin, the winter dryness, and prevalent winds can cause just as much damage if not more.
The critical component for proper skincare during the colder months is to understand the danger that winter poses to our skin. To combat these hazards, the team at Aria DermSpa in Madison, CT, offers these helpful hints.
Yes, we know that drinking adequate amounts of water during the winter months is more difficult, but it’s just as important than when lying by the pool when its 90 degrees. With lower humidity, the skin can dry quickly causing a dull, chapped appearance. Although moisturizing the skin surface is essential, hydrating your body from within is crucial, as well. Drinking plenty of water, at least 80 ounces per day, is good for your overall health throughout the year.
You may use a skin moisturizer that works fine in the spring and summer. But as it gets colder, you should adjust your skincare routine accordingly. Find a moisturizer ointment that’s oil-based, not water-based, as the oil will create a protective barrier on the skin that holds more moisture than a lotion or cream. Many night-time moisturizers are oil-based.
Slather on the Sunscreen
Yes, it’s winter, not summer, but does the sun stop shining cause the temperatures drop? And remember, when it snows, it makes the outdoors like a beach in the Carribean when it comes to sun glare. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to all skin exposed to the elements including your face and hands. This practice should be daily, apply the sunblock about a half-hour before going outdoors.
Cosmetic Treatments for Winter
You should also seek a professional that specializes in skin health. The best of these are dermatologists who help their patients retain their youthful skin and beauty. Here are a couple of treatments that work well during the winter months, when staying indoors is more convenient:
A chemical peel shoughs off old, tired skin layers to reveal fresh, radiant skin. The process includes a recovery period when the treated skin must avoid the sun. Winter is the best time to have this treatment when staying indoors is more manageable. It’s also easier to cover up with scarves and hats as you venture outdoors.
Although PRP facial rejuvenation offers little to no downtime, this procedure is an excellent wintertime treatment to eliminate uneven skin tones, fine lines, a rough skin texture, and acne scars. It also adds skin elasticity to help tighten skin to that youthful glow.
The treatment uses the body’s healing properties found in the blood. Also known as a Vampire facial, it employs platelet-rich plasma (PRP) delivered to facial skin to stimulate the healing process and produce glowing skin.
This laser skin resurfacing treatment is a quick, convenient process to attain healthy, smooth skin. Fractional laser skin resurfacing (Fraxel) is for patients who don’t have time for a long recovery associated with most laser treatments. It is a gentle, minimally invasive procedure that employs advanced laser technology to resurface facial skin with a gentle approach.
Another great benefit with Fraxel is it can be tailored to your unique skin issues, including uneven skin texture, scarring, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and fine lines.
Look Great this Winter and Beyond
You don’t have to wait until spring to boost your skincare regimen to look your best. Schedule a consultation today to find a procedure that is best suited to your cosmetic concerns.