How to get your winter skin “party ready” — fast
‘Tis the season… that takes a toll on your skin! Cold, harsh weather. Overheated rooms. Short, dark days. Holiday-related stress and overindulgence. It all shows in your skin. So how are you supposed to look your best for the fast-approaching parties, social events, and endless photos?
Whether your skin could use a pick-me-up or a calm-me-down, you have many popular options that don’t require recovery time.
Hydrate deeply for a dewy epidermis
As you pass back and forth — between the cold, windy, dry air outdoors and the blazing heaters and fireplaces indoors — your skin can become parched and irritable. Calm and refresh your face in a flash with a quenching aesthetician treatment that’s also a treat.
Nourishing facials are a popular way to pamper your dry and reddened skin, helping to repair and fortify against irritants and loss of moisture. Try a face mask for an infusion of emollients and nutrients like peptides, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidant vitamins B5, C and E. The deep facial massage will also help stimulate your skin’s blood flow, healing processes and oil balance.
Your complexion will immediately look fresher and more content for the party.
Peel to reveal a fresher face
Renew and enliven your complexion with a clinical exfoliation to shed the dead, dingy skin cells, while producing more fresh, new skin cells. An exfoliating treatment will smooth out and brighten the look of your skin.
A glycolic acid peel sends alpha hydroxy acids down into your skin to help shed dull cells, clear pores and stimulate new cell production. Clear + Brilliant offers similar but more visible benefits by penetrating your skin via laser to rebuild collagen and elastin. With either of these treatments, depending on your skin and treatment intensity, your skin may experience light peeling, inviting fresh and healthy skin to become visible.
Microdermabrasion exfoliates using crystals to loosen damaged and dying skin, then suctions it off. Enhanced DermaSweep microdermabrasion treats your skin in much the same way, except that it utilizes tiny bristles and serums that infuse healthy rejuvenating agents into the skin.
Plump up slack skin
Collagen induction therapy (CIT) — also called Microneedling — has been taking the media by storm. It uses tiny needles at the skin’s surface to stimulate collagen production for a smoother, firmer appearance. Boost suppleness by having your dermatologist leverage the microchannels created by the needles to deliver vitamin-rich serums deeper into the skin.
Is your skin looking extra withered? Try dermal fillers to plump and restore any area of your face that needs a boost in volume. While you’re at it, you could also add some fun umph to lips or cheekbones.
You shouldn’t need recovery time with microneedling or fillers. But just in case, allow a few concealer days before any special event or photoshoot.
Beat seasonal breakouts
Invading pimples are more common in winter, due to clogging from dry, peeling skin— plus the holiday stress doesn’t help!
A clinical acne extraction facial is an excellent way to help you calm and smooth out acneic skin. An esthetician uses a combination of tools and expertise to carefully and methodically remove comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), while avoiding causing scarring. They will also deep-clean bacteria from your pores to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
Even if winter is taking a toll on your skin, you can still look your best for holiday events. Schedule an appointment with a dermatologist or esthetician at California Skin Institute. There are treatments to make your complexion look smoother, healthier and more vibrant immediately. Many also have a positive cumulative effect, so ask your dermatologist about healthy, skin-beautifying habits to carry into the New Year.
Results may vary and are not guaranteed.