Winter might be magical with its holidays, snow and cheer, but there’s one part of our being that’s not so thrilled to welcome this cold season: our skin. Every minute spent in cold air and wind can leave our skin dry, itchy, red and raw. And if you add the stress of holidays and constant change in temperature (moving from indoors to outdoors and vice versa), it’s not a surprise that our skin looks tired and unattractive. Luckily, there’s one type of treatment that can make our skin perk up even in the middle of winter—facials!
Here’s a list of the best facial treatments for dry skin in winter:
Ice cold temperatures cause dead skin cell build-up on the surface which can produce a dry and dull look. But, if you add regular exfoliation to your beauty routine, you’ll get rid of all the unwanted layers, revitalize your skin, remove discoloration and pigmentation and also clean your face and re-moisturize it. Plus, no matter how picky you are when it comes to your skincare products, there is an endless choice of different exfoliants suitable for all skin types (just follow your treatment with a moisturizing cream).
Winter is the perfect time to get a chemical peel since there’s so little sun outside to harm your sensitive skin after a treatment. A good peel will remove all dead skin cells from the surface of your skin and also encourage good collagen production leaving your skin looking bright, fresh and full of life. And since there’s a lower amount of UV rays outside, winter is the perfect time for chemical peel healing—it will be painless and quick.
If you’re looking for a treatment that will do more than remove dead skin cells, try ultrasound. Ultrasound technology is extremely non-invasive yet it brings excellent mini facelift results. The sound waves from the painless Ultherapy procedure stimulate the body’s natural healing processes which result in lifting and tightening of loose skin on neck and face. The fact that this procedure is non-surgical and non-invasive means that you can continue with your life right away and avoid all the foreign substances being injected into your body. The results are amazing and they build gradually over the following two to three months, which can be especially noticeable in winter when we naturally look a little tired and drained. You, on the other hand, will simply glow with your tighter, refreshed and toned skin!
Many facial lovers’ favorite, microneedling, is one of the most sought-after treatments in winter. While it might sound scary (everything with ‘needle’ in its name does) microneedling is actually very simple and a lot less painful than you might think. This process involves thousands of microscopic punctures into the skin which boost its natural production of elastin and collagen. This boost of beneficial proteins irons your pesky wrinkles and lines, fixes pigmentation and even helps with stretch marks and acne scars.
This process is best performed in winter when the UV ray exposure is minimal. Microdermabrasion removes upper skin layers with a diamond-tip device that removes dead skin cells and clears the top layer of the skin. From treating sun damage to fixing the complexion, one of the best things about this process is its ability to be tailored to every individual patient.
A Few Additional Pro Tips
As temperatures drop and evaporation increases, it’s completely natural for your skin to lose moisture. This process will leave your skin looking dry and feeling irritated and flaky even if you practice good moisturizing every day. In order to improve your moisturizing game, invest in some good hydrating masks and hyaluronic acid—these will reduce dryness, irritation and redness and allow your skin to retain more moisture. If you have the chance, don’t hesitate to add some antioxidants and vitamins to your facials. These offer additional protection from the elements and feed your skin for extra strength. Antioxidants also reduce inflammation and reverse free radical damage while vitamins improve circulation and encourage cell regeneration and growth.
As soon as winter starts, our skin starts changing, and not always in a good and healthy way. Even if you reduce your sun exposure and bundle up with scarves and hats, lack of moisture in the air will dry out your skin and cold and wind will leave you irritated and flaking. But, with regular facials, you can actually use this subpar time to rejuvenate your skin, improve circulation, restore hydration and look better than ever. This will allow you to get that healthy glow and shine all through cold winter months!