It’s Fall… Time to Winterize your Skin
With fall finally here, my mother-in-law recently asked me how to keep her summer complexion, and avoid the dull, dry skin that winter brings.
This is a great question, because we all fall into a comfortable skin care routine, and don’t necessarily change it with the changing weather. Today I’m going to discuss three options for maintaining that summer glow.
1. Change up your moisturizer. Light moisturizers are perfect for the humid, sweaty weather that summer brings. But dry indoor heating and brisk outdoor wind mean your skin may need a little more protection. If you have dry skin, like me, you may like a heavy cream moisturizer. My winter standby is a jar of Eucerin– generally the heavier and thicker the product, the longer the moisturizing effect. If your skin is more oily, you likely won’t need something quite so heavy, but do considering upgrading the moisture factor from your regular summer routine.
2. Buff away dead skin. Microdermabrasion uses fine polishing crystals to exfoliate the dull outer layer of dead skin, returning you to that soft summer glow. At-home kits are available, or you can go to a dermatologist or plastic surgeon’s office and have a professional-strength treatment. Microdermabrasion only removes the dead skin cells, so it really won’t improve fine lines or wrinkles. What it will do is give you softer, brighter skin.
3. Try revealing younger skin. A micropeel is a type of laser peel that removes not just dead skin, but the outer layer of live skin as well. This is different from a traditional laser peel because it only removes a few micrometers of skin (hence the micro), which is very superficial. This means that recovery time is faster than a traditional laser peel, and it can be done in the office, instead of in the operating room. Because you are creating a very shallow wound, the underlying collagen is stimulated to grow, which will improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It will also result in smoother, softer skin. The downside is that you will be red, flaky and peeling for anywhere from a few days for up to a week. How long depends on how deep you decide to go with your peel. And this is the beauty of the laser micropeel (and one of the reasons I love doing them)- you can literally dial in the depth you want for the peel. You have a few more wrinkles around your mouth? We can go deeper in just that area. We use a numbing cream applied to the skin beforehand, so discomfort is very minimal. And winter is a great time to consider a micropeel, since you’re generally out of the sun anyway.
Do you have a seasonal product that you love using for your skin in the winter?