Colder weather not only affects how you dress, but it also affects how you care for your skin. Colder temperatures create drier skin, which dulls your complexion and exacerbates imperfections like fine lines and wrinkles. Increased skin dryness and irritation are due to a few factors, including stronger winds, drier air, and the use of heaters and furnaces (which dry the air and your skin).
To keep your skin looking and feeling its best during the fall and winter months, you need the right skincare routine. Here, our Idaho plastic surgery practice offers a few tips:
Invest in high-quality, medical-grade skincare: Many over-the-counter skincare products (and even those found at upscale department stores) contain cheap, filler ingredients that strip your skin of moisture and contribute to dry skin. Only medical-grade skincare products like SkinMedica® provide both medical and aesthetic benefits and are clinically proven to improve your skin. SkinMedica is an anti-aging, pigment-correcting skincare line that offers many options to hydrate and protect the skin.
While the price tag for medical-grade skincare may be higher upfront, you’ll spend less money overall because you need very little of the product to reap the benefits. Plus, the results are well-worth the investment you make in achieving healthy, youthful skin.
Cleanse gently: Over exfoliating your skin by using harsh scrubs or abrasive materials (such as certain sponges or facial brushes) can actually make your dry skin worse. Instead, use a gentle cleanser in the winter months that includes hydrating ingredients. This will keep your skin looking soft, healthy, and supple. We recommend the SkinMedica facial cleanser which hydrates and refreshes the skin while removing environmental pollution, excess oil, and makeup.
Use lukewarm (rather than hot) water: Many people think that the hotter the water, the cleaner their skin. But, you don’t need scalding hot water to clean your skin effectively. Hot water strips the skin of its natural oils and makes it drier and more sensitive. To keep your skin’s natural moisture barrier intact, use warm water, which will gently dissolve away dirt and oil without causing dry, irritated skin.
Add moisture to the air: Using a humidifier at home can help put moisture back into the air, which can ease skin dryness. Consider using one in your bedroom for overnight relief. This will allow your skin to soak up extra moisture as it goes through its natural recovery process while you sleep. Who doesn’t want to wake up with with dewy, hydrated skin?
Include medical spa services to your skincare routine: Adding aesthetic services such as chemical peels, photo-rejuvenation, or laser skin resurfacing in Idaho Falls can not only help your skincare products work more effectively, but they also create lasting changes from deep within your skin. Medical spa procedures like HydraFacial® can combat the effects of winter weather by protecting the skin using a combination of antioxidants, hydrating agents, and collagen boosters. Your skin will look more radiant and feel softer so you look your very best year-round.
Advantages of Medical-Grade Skincare
As a plastic surgeon serving Pocatello, I want my practice to offer the highest-quality services. That’s why Freeman Plastic Surgery provides a complete range of high-quality, medical-grade, prescription strength skincare products. These products are designed to protect, correct, heal, and improve the quality and health of your skin. We are happy to help you find the right product and brand for your skincare concerns, and will work with you to create a customized skin care regimen.
If you would like to discuss specific plastic surgery procedures and if they are right for you, request a consultation online or call our office at (866) 833-5351.