Central heating, cold raw temperatures, lack of sunshine, extra make-up.... Winter does a number on your complexion. If your coming-out-of-hibernation complexion looks drab, dry, flakey... seriously sub-par…it’s time to spring clean your face.
Do it with a doctor
If your idea of “spring cleaning” means a totally born-again complexion, consult an MD about “skin resurfacing.”
Skin resurfacing is all about “controlled damage”. Doctors use lasers, light, electronics, needles and/or chemicals to destroy skin tissue.....superficially and even at deeper levels.....so natural healing will kick in and generate fresh, new epidermal layers.
The upside of skin-resurfacing? You can take years off the look of your skin...get rid of age spots, uneven texture, fine lines.....get tighter, brighter surface texture.
The downside? Professional skin-resurfacing is expensive, painful, requires time to recuperate in private (any where from 48 hours to more than a week). You can expect raw, blotchy, hyper-photo-sensitive results the first day. And you’ll probably need multiple appointments to get the results you want.
Among the most popular skin-resurfacing at medi-spa’s and skin clinics:
Fractional laser treatments: Take about 45 minutes, are more invasive that other treatments (can cause bleeding) require sedation, takes 5 -10 days to heal, yield optimal results from multiple appointments, $$$.
Broad band light laser treatments: Take about 15-30 minutes, are less invasive, require local or topical anesthesia, leave skin red and raw for days, best results from multiple monthly appointments, $$
In-office chemical peels: Three-step process takes about 15 minutes, is least invasive, leaves skin red and sensitive for a few days, then visibly peels off for another few days, best results from semi-annual appointments, $$.
Do it Yourself
The simplest, at-home way to “spring clean” your skin is by sloughing or exfoliating. It’s all about getting rid of the dead cells that build up on skin’s surface, adding years to your appearance. And, revealing the fresh, glowing skin that’s hiding beneath.
Mechanical Exfoliation requires using a scrub to physically remove skin’s top layer. Avoid cleansers or exfoliators with large buffing beads or seeds – these won’t do the trick. Instead, look for products with professional grade micro-crystals that have flat, straight edges and can physically get under dead surface cells to lift them away.
Chemical Exfoliation relies on acid-based “peels” to dissolve the “glue” that holds dead cells to skin’s surface, and to stimulate new ones. Experts agree: products with alpha hydroxy acids and specifically glycolic acid, the smallest of the AHA’s, are most effective. It penetrates deeper, faster and gives you an incredibly fresh, bright, renewed complexion almost immediately. And, word from Allure magazine is that glycolic acid even “regenerates collagen, thickens the epidermis and dermis and evens skin tone.”
For a super fast, intensive clean up of winter-worn skin, ..apply an AHA peel when you go to sleep…and use super dermabrasion cream in the morning and in one day, you’ll see fresh luminous skin.
For daily sloughing use a gentle cleanser with micro- crystals, like aluminum oxide, morning and evening and you’ll see a renewed complexion within in a week’s time. Try Take Off Time Cleanse + Buff.