New England is known for many things. One of the most famous or infamous things, depending on your perspective, is the weather! We are lucky to experience all four seasons: perfectly picturesque fall foliage, endless summer beach days, spring flowers, and yes, lots and lots of snow and cold temperatures! Unlike other parts of the country, New Englanders have to adapt to some unpredictable elements which include adjusting their lifestyles and routines to the varying temperatures.
You may think taking care of your skin in the summer months is the most important time to be mindful of protection. However, winter is as important, if not even more important. The products you use and the habits you maintain combined will help to greatly support hydration and overall skin health during these sub-zero months. Just think, every room you walked into has the heat on. Excessive heat will dry your skin. When you walk outside, your face is exposed to wind chills and frigid temperatures. These factors contribute to redness, irritation, and the development of more wrinkles over time. Take a look at the skincare products listed below that can make a big difference in your skin health if used correctly. Some of them (dependent on skin type and condition) could be part of your treatment plan with us all winter long:
TNS Recovery Complex | A growth factor that helps your skin recover and reverse from the elements.
Keraphine | Exfoliates off the dry, dead, and damaged skin cells. It forces new, healthy and hydrated skin cells to surface. This alpha-hydroxy body lotion rids the skin of grey tones and flakes that simply cannot be hydrated with moisturizer.
Exfoderm | A lactic and phytic acid serum cream that helps gently lift off dry skin cells while providing hydration to the surface of the skin.
Teoxane | A hyaluronic acid serum which holds 1,000 times its weight in moisture. It also acts as a topical plumper for fine lines and wrinkles—AKA, “moisturizer on steroids.”
Epidermal Repair | A concentrated blend of beta glucan gotu kola extract which easily rehabilitates dehydrated skin. Gentle enough for the most red and sensitive skin.
C E Ferulic | An oil blend of the highest quality antioxidants and vitamin E to protect and preserve the skin barrier.
Lactic Acid Treatments | In-office treatment that rehydrates and gently removes flaky and irritated dry skin. *
*All customized for certain skin types and only sold to patients that have been assessed by our medical aesthetician Beth Walker.
Now that we’ve defined the best products to use, let us take a closer look at our lifestyle choices that will help us to achieve maximum results from the products we are using. A great tool in your home or workspace is a humidifier. Heating systems greatly dehydrate the skin. Adding some water to the air is a great way to stay hydrated and keep your skin looking lovely. Another piece of advice which is often overlooked is opting for a lukewarm shower versus a hot shower. Even though it is difficult in the winter months, it is important to be mindful of the benefits of cooler water on your body.
SPF is another product that one does not think of during the winter. It is so essential to your daily life. Using an SPF daily with zinc oxide will help to protect your skin from windburn and cold temperatures. Windburn results in dry, red irritated skin. Zinc Oxide is a white powdered mineral that is insoluble in water and widely used as an additive. It protects against UVA and UVB light rays. Learn more about how we can help you protect your skin from the elements… schedule your lactic acid and SkinMedica® Illuminize peel today with Beth to truly kick this winter skincare regimen into high gear! An Illuminize chemical peel will provide you with more radiant skin with minimal downtime. Just think, a brighter and more uniform complexion will be the result! Call us today at 401-331-0202 to schedule a personalized consultation with Beth Walker, Medical Aesthetician who will be able to coordinate a treatment plan just for you! Stay warm and look great even during the coldest of temperatures! #ChoosePolacekMD