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Cold Weather Skin Care

It’s time to get ready for cold weather. We purchase snow boots, winter coats, and gloves to protect us from the harsh winter weather. One thing we often forget to protect is our skin. The transition from summer to winter is when our skin is the most vulnerable. Humidity goes down, so there is no moisture in the air for our skin to soak up like it does in the summer. The cold winds also strip the skin of its natural barrier that holds in moisture. Following are some tips to protect your skin this winter so it will look its best as we enter the holiday season.



Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
    Adding more moisture to your skincare is what’s really going to help it prevail through the cold winds and low humidity levels. Yes, even those who are more on the oily side, gear up your skin for more moisture! By adding moisture, you are helping your skin build back its barrier to prevent damage done that could potentially cause more aging. Without that barrier, the skin becomes more susceptible to other skin conditions like eczema and wind burn. Also, the skin doesn’t have that bounce and resiliency which can cause it to crack and split. This can be not only very painful, but also causes further damage and possible infection. Fine lines and wrinkles are more noticeable and will develop faster when skin is not adequately hydrated. If dealing with acne or oil-rich skin, dehydration can cause the oil glands to go into over-production, causing more shine and breakouts.

What products?
    Your winter skin-care regimen should include more than one product, including a cleanser that does not contain sodium laurel sulfate, a product to repair and correct, a daytime and nighttime moisturizer, and a formula for the eye area. Many women find that they get the best results by using products from the same manufacturer. The ingredients are designed to work together, acting as a “skin-care power team.” In general, most women will want to switch to a richer or creamier formula instead of lightweight lotions. Look for a dermal repair cream that contains vitamin C and E. This will improve the appearance of skin tone, texture, and firmness, as well as repair and rehydrate without clogging the pores. A key ingredient to look for in a moisturizer is hyaluronic acid. SkinMedica's HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator immediately reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles and supports the skin's natural ability to replenish its own hyaluronic acid for overall skin health. Hyaluronic acid will draw moisture to the skin — holding up to forty times its weight in water, which smooths out rough textures and the appearance of wrinkles — as well as help to create a moisture barrier on top of the skin. Salicylic acid and beta hydroxy acid also serve to gently exfoliate the dead skin, especially important in the winter. Don’t forget the eye area. You need a product that is gentle enough for this sensitive area, but tough enough to help reduce the appearance fine lines and puffiness.

Protect from the sun
    The most important product that everyone needs to make sure they are using for the fall and winter is SPF! Even though it’s winter and you may not see the sun, those harmful UV rays are still coming through and being absorbed into the skin, causing damage. In fact, the states that comprise the Pacific Northwest with increased cloud coverage and snow — giving the belief that we are safe from sun exposure — have the highest rates of skin cancers. The clouds and snow actually intensify the UV rays, creating an oven effect where the rays are trapped and snow deflects the rays up, like a mirror. Look for an oil-free, SPF 30 formula that is light enough to use under your makeup without having to worry about it clogging your pores and is gentle enough to even be used on post-procedure and sensitive skin patients.
    Just like women change their wardrobes every season, remember to update your skin care routine too. Protecting your skin from the cold, wind, snow, and UV rays are vital in keeping your skin looking its best. The cold weather is coming. Are you ready?

    Call or stop in Oasis Medical Spa and Wellness, 2502 E. Empire St Suite C in Bloomington, 309-662-6772. oasismedicalspaandwellness.com. They offer a complete line of professional-grade products from SkinMedica and Obagi.
    
    For more information regarding cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, contact Dr. Paige Holt - 309-664-4444,
Dr. Laura Randolph - 309-664-6222, or
Dr. Chad Tattini - 309-664-1007 at Twin City Plastic Surgery or

twincityplasticsurgery.com.

 

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