By Vanessa Steele, Medical Aesthetician At Image Clinic
Working in the beauty industry for many years and currently running an inspiring medical cosmetic clinic, Image Clinic in South Windsor, I always think to myself, “There has to be a way my clients can understand, as I get asked often, why skin changes during the harsh winter weather.” My answer to my clients is always this: Think of it this way, the same way we change our clothes seasonally, light clothing in the summer, heavier clothing in the winter, our skincare regime has to go through the same seasonal changes as our clothing does. Makes sense, right? Now, it is my job, along with all the skin professionals in the industry, to educate you on how to adjust the right products and regimes according to your skincare’s winter needs.
First things first. The realization that yes, as we begin to age, our skin will be joining us down that same route. One must first understand when it comes to skin, over time, our natural hyaluronic levels begin to decrease, similar to how collagen decreases as well over time. During these changes, our skin begins to have a more difficult understanding of holding its moisture levels the same way it once did. As the winter weather begins, along with the changes of a warmer climate indoors, especially with our heat on, and a much colder climate outdoors, this takes a huge hit on our skin and most feel this through the facial areas which are most exposed. We tend to experience dryness, sometimes flakiness, or even itchy skin.
Now, let’s discuss your best treatment options when colder months are among us. The most common practice I remind my clients, and one that I can never, ever, stress enough, is to exfoliate and hydrate the most during the winter months! The first treatment I always have my clients begin with before we go forward with any other treatments is a Dermal Infusion Facial Treatment (SilkPeel). This treatment provides a non-invasive, 3-in-1 experience that is everything a client needs to prepare for winter. I always choose the Hydrating Solution that infuses hyaluronic acid, Aloe vera, and chamomile into the skin, while my handpiece is deeply exfoliating (like a microdermabrasion) and extracts every little bit of build-up and impurities. I collect every bit of those impurities and excitingly show my clients every bit that is floating in the jar, dry skin and all! Every client that leaves our facial treatment room cannot believe how much more radiant, clean and soft their skin appears and feels; they feel this way for weeks. For at home care, I always suggest continuing to exfoliate at least two to three times weekly to maintain the dead skin cells from building up. Using an exfoliant with gentle enough microbeads that do not overdo the skin while washing is the perfect choice. The same way we tend to our face, is the same way we need to tend to our bodies. Using a body exfoliant or a loofa is my personal favourite shower regime to maintain soft skin year-round.
As we exfoliate the skin, we must also remember to rehydrate the fresh skin. One of my top favourite products we carry at Image Clinic for the winter months (that I continuously love putting on my face every morning and night), is our SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator. This is my go-to product that acts as my face, neck, and approved eye cream, for the months my skin feels drier. HA5 provides immediate hydration that works with five different forms of hyaluronic acid, working synergistically to balance the moisture levels in the skin all day long. The skin instantly feels more plump, fine lines and wrinkles soften and immediate hydration soothes. Pair this product with their HA5 Smooth & Plump Lip System and feel the same boost of hydration and softened fine lines on the lips after each use. Clients must also be aware that when using thicker products in the winter months to not bring them too close to the eye area as that skin is much thinner than the rest of the face. As for our bodies, switch up your body lotions with something a bit heavier. My personal favourites are body oils that are made to use right after the shower on wet skin, and that dry incredibly fast once towel dried, leaving a silky finish on the skin for the rest of the day.
I hope that during these winter months my skin advice adds as a good change in your skincare regime, whether at home, or visiting your favourite spa. Come visit me anytime at Image Clinic to create a customized treatment plan designed for all of your skin needs during all seasonal changes. Consultations are always free, and I hope to always leave my clients with the best treatment knowledge, skincare routines and self-care advice. Remember, always take the time to love yourself and the skin you are in.