Posted in Skin Care
Many feel that summer is the worst time for one’s complexion— but that’s not always the case. Keeping your skin hydrated, healthy, and protected during the winter can be a whole other challenge. The harsh winter dryness and steely winds can cause just as much damage to our skin as the sun, if not more.
To combat the harsh winter elements, it’s important to understand and prepare yourself for the dangers that winter poses to your skin. Dr. Gray at Bay Area Plastic Surgery has put together some helpful tips to protect your skin this winter season.
The best trick when it comes to keeping your skin supple in the winter is right under your nose— literally. Staying hydrated by drinking water continuously throughout the day can keep your skin hydrated inside and out. Once we close our windows and turn on our heating systems or start a nice fire, our homes tend to become very dry. Not to mention that winter can be an arid climate, even in the Bay Area, with a lack of rain and heavy winds. The easiest way to combat this is by investing in a humidifier, which puts moisture back into the air and, in turn, back into your skin.
Switch Up Your Products
We all have our ride-or-die products. The ones we just cannot live without. However, keep in mind that some of these products may contribute to your skin’s dryness. Take a look inside your medicine cabinet and hold off on any harsh scrubs or acid-based products, as these treatments can be too harsh for the winter season. Instead, switch up your beauty routine with calming, hydrating solutions.
Don’t Skip the Sunscreen
Just because the sun isn’t out for as long and it’s not as hot outside, this doesn’t mean that you should stop using sunscreen. And when it snows, the snow reflects the sun the same way it does on a warm beach and can sunburn your skin the same way too. So, before you hit the ski slopes or head to the mountains to play in the fresh powder, be sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to all exposed skin about thirty minutes before going into direct sunlight.
Cosmetic Treatments for Winter at Bay Area Plastic Surgery, with Dr. Gray
When you’re doing everything right for your skin, but you’re not seeing any improvement, maybe it’s time to seek professional help. At Bay Area Plastic Surgery, we offer a variety of non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments that work well during the winter months:
Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
Fractional laser skin resurfacing harnesses precise laser technology to reduce wrinkles, age spots, uneven skin texture, acne scars, crepey skin, and sun damage. Cynosure® SmartSkin™ is ideal for patients who don’t have time for a long recovery associated with most laser treatments. It is a gentle, minimally invasive treatment that resurfaces facial skin with a gentle approach.
Chemical peels are a great way to brighten skin, smooth fine lines and texture irregularities, and regulate sebum that contribute to acne. At Bay Area Plastic Surgery, they offer a wide variety of peels to suit your individual needs. By gently sloughing off the top layer of damaged skin, chemical peels help to boost collagen production to reveal smooth, supple skin beneath.
Look and Feel Great This Winter
Ready to feel confident this winter? Bay Area Plastic Surgery offers many state-of-the-art non-surgical and surgical procedures of the breast, body, and face that can have you looking great and feeling even better. Contact Bay Area Plastic Surgery here to schedule a consultation today!