Most people I know are very aware of their skin care regimen in the warm weather, but seem to consider it secondary during the winter time. I suppose we are all more self conscious during bikini season and tend to let a lot of things go as the weather gets cooler and we cover up more. Interestingly, skin care seems to go along for the ride. despite the fact that this is the perfect season to have a photofacial, peel or laser treatment. Below I have listed a couple of basic tips for maintaining (and oftentimes, improving) your skin health. For all of the services that I offer in my practice, whether facelifts or tummy tucks, the SKIN is always covering my work. So it’s important to keep this layer healthy, and I can’t do it alone.
Sun Protection Factor
First of all, don’t be fooled into thinking that you don’t need SPF in the Winter months. Ultraviolet rays are the number one controllable aging factor in our lives. Make sure you apply an SPF of at least 30 EVERY SINGLE DAY to keep your skin young and healthy. Also, make sure that your product protects against both UVB and UVA rays.
The next most important factor, which is more obvious in the winter is moisturizing. We all know that the air seems to be more dry during these times of year. However, proper moisturizing is not only determined by your creams, the basics begin with your cleansing products. Never use soap. I typically recommend any of the moisturizing cleansers available over the counter. Pick a brand, Tone, Dove, Neutrogena (always a favorite), but try to avoid actual "soap" because it works by robbing your skin of essential oils.
When it comes to the actual moisturizing product, I have very little loyalty. Studies demonstrate the simple vaseline works pretty well as compared to some very expensive alternatives. I will admit, that I prefer some of the moderately priced products because they leave my own skin less greasy. I happen to carry the Vivite’ line from Allergan in my office, and I find it works quite well. There are many other products out there that will also give you a good result.
So, let’s not forget that one of the basic tenets of skin care is the inclusion of some kind of retinoid (vitamin A derivative) to help improve skin tone and diminish fine lines and wrinkles. It really works! I like several products for this, Renova, Triluma, and Vivite’ Vibrance are all good choices.
Don’t forget to exfoliate. Especially during the winter when your skin is being dried by the environment constantly (as mentioned above) exfoliation helps to remove the older, dead layer of skin slough and allows the newer, fresher skin to shine through. Exfoliate one to two times each week, but not more than that.
Following some basic rules of skin care really can help you to look better, and perhaps younger. Combining these regimens with some simple and affordable treatments such as a fractionated laser or IPL will set you up to look terrific in the Spring!