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Cleaning up (and Preventing) Winter Damage on Your Skin

While we may not be braving feet of snow, howling winds, and subzero temperatures over the winter months here in South Carolina, the season does present its challenges for your skin.

From indoor heating to drier, colder air, your skin needs a little extra TLC to weather the winter and prevent damage.

Here at Palmetto Aesthetics and Wellness, we want our clients in Sumter, South Carolina, to greet spring with bright, even-toned skin. In the following, we look at several ways to protect your skin at home, and should inevitable damage develop, how to correct it right away.
Your daily winter care

Your skin relies on moisture to keep it healthy, and winter can be a tough haul in this regard. While we typically enjoy great humidity here in the Southeast, the winter months bring on drier air, and your skin may be left a little parched. This isn’t helped by the fact that when your home heat goes on, the arid indoor air can be your worst enemy. To fight back, you should tweak your skin care regimen to replenish the moisture.

For example, try switching to a lotion that contains less alcohol and more water in its list of ingredients. As well, limit the amount of oil in your facial moisturizers, because you don’t want to clog up your pores, which produce natural oils that are for more beneficial to your skin.

By the same token, when it comes time to wash, avoid hot water and harsh soaps that strip your skin of its natural oils. Instead, use warm water and a gentle cleanser. And when you get out of the shower, don’t dry off completely. If you apply your body lotion while you’re still a little damp, it traps the moisture, allowing your body to soak it all in.

And while the sun may not be as high, please be mindful of continuing to protect your skin against exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Use sunscreen, even if the sun isn’t out, to ensure that you don’t fall victim to premature aging.
Damage done

Even with your best efforts at home, your skin will still feel the effects of winter, especially as you get older. As the years go by, damage from the wind and sun begin to take their toll, especially as your skin is unable to keep up with repairs as it once did. This is largely due to a natural decline in collagen and elastin, leaving you without the structural proteins necessary to repair years of exposure to the elements.

In the end, your facial veins, age spots, and scarring begin to become more pronounced. Luckily, we have just the right technology to breathe new life into your skin after many winters.

It’s called intense pulsed light (IPL) laser therapy, and we use this technique to send energy into your tissue without harming the surface area. This energy accomplishes several things:

    It’s absorbed by your melanin (pigment) in order to break up discolorations
    It constricts and destroys spider veins
    It breaks up scar tissue

Using the ThreeForMe™ laser, we’re even able to tackle rosacea, which can flare up during the winter months.

On top of clearing away unwanted blemishes, the ThreeForMe IPL technology also spurs a mild healing response in your body, which typically comes in the form of renewed collagen production. With renewed collagen, we not only tackle the damage of winter, we can rejuvenate your skin, making it appear more youthful.
Undoing a long winter

One of the best advantages of our IPL laser technology is that we can undo the damage brought on by the long winter months in just 1-3 treatments. Each treatment lasts less than an hour, and we space them out by several weeks to allow time for your skin to rebuild in between appointments. Since the technology is noninvasive, there’s no downtime afterward, which means you’re free to get on with your day right away.

If you’d like to come out on the other side of winter with fresh, vibrant skin, give us a call or use the online scheduling tool on this website to set up an appointment.

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