The harsh weather of winter can wreak havoc on a healthy complexion. Winter’s cold, dry air can irritate the skin—often causing dry, cracked, and flaking skin. In Indiana, we are no strangers to the perils of the colder months. Having battled the wind and cranked up the heat, come the end of winter, our skin is zapped of its natural oil barrier, leaving our skin struggling to retain moisture.
Parched, the skin tends to lose its healthy luster. And, while the appearance of chapped skin is not aesthetically pleasing, for many, the resulting tight and even itchy skin proves far more uncomfortable.
3 Ways to Save Your Skin
Along with Dr. Robinson, we, at Indiana Plastic Surgery, understand the frustrations that come along with seasonal skin issues. We would like to introduce you our two estheticians, Valerie Weisbrodt and Mary Fefferman, our licensed esthetician. In hopes of helping you prepare for the warmer months ahead, Valerie suggests these three health-forward skin treatments.
Gentler than many skin resurfacing treatments, microdermabrasion is perfect for when our skin is at its most sensitive. Microdermabrasion works by removing the outermost layer of skin while buffing and lifting away dead skin cells—exposing a new, fresh layer of brighter skin. Furthermore, microdermabrasion stimulates the dermis of the skin, promoting healthy cell growth as well as encouraging collagen production. By improving your skin’s natural elasticity, microdermabrasion helps to tone and firm tired skin.
The benefits of microdermabrasion last long beyond the treatment itself and can actually enhance your at-home skin care regimen. How is this possible? As dead cells are removed, skin care products are better able to penetrate deep into the skin instead of simply settling over the skin’s surface.
A lustrous complexion reflects your skin’s health. Facial treatments are a wonderful way to quickly boost the vitality—both in health and appearance—of your skin. Two of our spring-forward favorites:
Hydrating Facial A lack of hydration is one of the biggest battles as we leave winter and head into spring. Our hydrating facial is just that—an overall burst of hydration.
Revitalize Therapeutic Facial This facial utilizes the healing powers of papaya. Rich in vitamins A, B, and C, these skin-healthy antioxidants ward off the appearance of aged and damaged skin. Also considered a natural alpha-hydroxy acid, papaya exfoliates the skin by breaking up dead skin cells. The brightening effects of papaya are perfect for fighting off a dull, uneven winter complexion.
As the weather changes, so too should your skincare routine. A more emollient or hydrating product may be a necessary addition to your skincare regimen. SkinMedica’s new HA5 which is composed of 5 different forms of Hyaluronic Acid works synergistically to provide instant smoothing results and continuous hydration throughout the day. Hyaluronic Acid holds in moisture, keeping skin healthy, resilient and supple.
This March, leave winter behind you—rejuvenate your skin in time for spring. Visit us at Indiana Plastic Surgery to learn more skin-healthy ways to a luminous complexion.