Beauty Treatments to Keep your Skin Glowing This Summer
Winter may be hard on your spirits, but it’s even harder on your skin. Both environmental factors (like harsh winds and decreasing moisture levels) and lifestyle changes take a toll on the epidermis during the cooler months. Exposure to the elements, hot baths and showers, and our tendency to indulge in less-than-healthy comfort foods can create a “perfect storm” of skin problems. Fortunately, at the Grace Clinic, we offer a number of convenient spring skincare solutions that can get you glowing again in time for summer.
Three Winter Skin Problems (and How to Solve Them)
Problem: Dryness, Dullness, and Flaking
Solution: Microdermabrasion; Topical Treatments
People of all ages, races, and genders typically experience some degree of skin dryness and dullness during the winter. Even if you use moisturizer regularly, dead skin cells tend to build up over the colder months because the skin’s normal rate of cellular turnover slows down. This layer of dead skin prevents the absorption of topical products, reducing their effectiveness and making dryness a chronic issue. It also makes the skin look dull and lifeless.
To restore the skin’s natural luster and allow moisturizers to penetrate the epidermis properly, this layer of debris must be removed. Dr. Grace generally recommends SilkPeel Dermalinfusion, a type of microdermabrasion, to both scrub away dead skin cells and deliver nourishing hydration directly into the skin. The SilkPeel system uses a diamond-tipped wand to perform gentle, sterile manual exfoliation. Then, a moisturizing serum is applied to rejuvenate the skin and treat the patient’s specific skin concerns. Different serums are available to address dullness, oiliness, and uneven skin pigmentation.
Problem: Chronic Breakouts
Solution: The BHA 20 Peel; Clenziderm
Transitional seasons, like spring and fall, are associated with an increase in acne symptoms. During the spring, glands in our skin begin to produce more oil; we also start to sweat more. When these irritants combine with built-up dead skin cells, our pores and hair follicles become clogged and susceptible to bacterial infestation.
Topical treatments can’t bring seasonal breakouts under control until facial pores are cleansed of debris. That’s why salicylic acid peels are our best “front line” defense against seasonal acne: These peels dissolve pore-clogging debris while also reducing inflammation and gently resurfacing acne scars. Two of our top choices for acne management are the BHA 20 Peel and the Clenziderm system by Dr. Obagi.
Problem: Wrinkles and Sagging Skin
Solution: Chemical Peels; Photofacials
Winter doesn’t cause wrinkles or sagging skin—these issues are directly linked to age-related collagen loss—but it can make them more apparent. As environmental moisture levels decline, the skin often appears drier and thinner, which exacerbates the symptoms of skin aging. Signs of UV damage from the previous summer, like age spots and diffuse fine lines, also typically show up during the winter months.
Addressing these issues requires a comprehensive solution that’s capable of penetrating into the deeper layers of the epidermis. Both photofacials and chemical peels strip away the stratum corneum, forcing the skin to replace its damaged, aged outer layer with healthy new tissue. In the process, wrinkles, age spots, and other blemishes are stripped away. Collagen production also increases after peeling, leaving the skin feeling firmer and smoother.
Finding the ideal skincare solution—and achieving flawless results—sometimes requires a combination of treatments or multiple treatment sessions. To ensure that your skin is radiantly ready for summer, start taking care of it now: Contact Dr. Douglas Grace to arrange a professional skincare consultation.