Winter skin can be a drag. The temps go down, our heaters go up, and our skin starts to shrivel, right? Luckily, there are adjustments you can make to your skincare routine for these long winter months that will have you loving your skin once again.
* Hydrate. Don't Over-Moisturize
Moisturizers don’t always moisturize! If you feel like your skin is always dry and flaky despite slathering on your moisturizers, they're not working. You need to exfoliate and hydrate. To effectively hold in your skin's own moisture (yes, healthy skin cells create their own moisture), you need a skin hydrator. Over-moisturizing is like reapplying a chapstick over and over again to your lips and they just keep feeling drier and sadder. Turn that frown upside down with Hyaluronic Acid. With its unique ability to hold 1000 times its weight in water, hyaluronic acid is the most powerful and natural ingredient known to skin science. Replace your moisturizer with a hyaluronic serum like SkinMedica’s HA5 or our very own FACE custom formulated HA serum. Applied topically, it increases hydration, improves elasticity, and reverses free radical damage. HA is safe and effective for every skin type and is unmatched in its hydrating ability to plump the skin, increased smoothness, and to soften and decrease wrinkles. Can we get a Woop Woop for HA Serum?
* Sunscreen? Do I Have To?
Do you know how irritating it is when your dentist tells you that you only have to floss the teeth you want to keep? Well, we hate to tell you this but you only need to wear sunscreen on the days you don’t want your skin to be aging! Don’t be fooled by shorter and cloudy days. Snow reflects the sun powerfully and clouds only filter out the burning rays, not the aging rays. Not to mention the radical damage we can get driving in our cars and even under indoor lighting. There are many varieties of sunscreens for every single skin type that will protect your skin all year long. Trust us on this one. You need to be wearing sunscreen every darn day, even in the winter. While we are nagging, don’t forget your neck, chest, and hands. Just look for the main ingredient to be at least a 4% Zinc Oxide. SPF if your new BFF!
* Take Advantage Of The Season
Now for some even better news to chase away the winter skin blues. Because our skin tends to have less sun exposure in the Winter, it can be the best time to do a series of laser, IPL, or BBL treatments to tackle the sun damage spots, redness, acne, and unwanted hair. Schedule a series of monthly treatments to make some significant changes in your skin. Say good riddance to sun damage, redness, acne, unwanted hair and hello to a new year and a radiant youthful glow!
* Too Hot To Handle?
Splish Splash! Are you taking a bath, long about a Saturday night? Rub-a-dub, just relaxin' in your tub, thinking everything is alright? Cold days tempt us to take long hot baths or sing a little longer in a nice steamy shower. No matter how good it feels, long exposure to hot water strips away your own natural oils and increases dry dehydrated skin. Not so great for Winter skin! Turn down the temp a bit, shorten the time, and sing in the car instead. *Bonus points if you pat, not rub, dry and apply your body oils and HA serum in the first few minutes out of the shower for best product penetration.
* Pamper Yourself
So you want hydrated skin back and you want it yesterday? Hydrafacial = Hydration and so much more! Our go-to monthly skin health treatment is the Hydrafacial. It’s an “I want it now” treatment. It won “The Best Facial to Transform Your Skin” in NewBeauty Beauty Choice Awards in the “Instant Results” category. This skin-perfecting treatment removes dead skin and infuses your complexion with hydrating ingredients for a healthy, plumper and beautiful skin. It also sucks out the blackheads with a hoover like a vortex extraction that is painless and downright awesome. The perfect treatment for a special event or just one of those days it is dark at 4:00 and you are googling “How to move to Arizona.”
So it turns out winter comes every year around these parts, and we’ve got you and your beautiful face covered. No need for the winter skin blues. Reveal your best skin all year long at Sarah Hamilton FACE. Happy New Year!
-Kristen, Master Aesthetician