With winter comes dull skin and lets face it having healthy looking skin that glows is the ultimate goal.
Winter is the perfect opportunity to invest in beauty treatments that require some down time or zero sun exposure. Whether it’s a chemical peel to remove hyperpigmentation and scarring, or a laser hair removal treatment to banish pesky unwanted hairs, the winter months are a time to be proactive and treat yourself. I’ve compiled a list of five at-home and in-office treatments you can try when you can’t escape the cold temperatures.
- LED Treatment (In- Office Treatment & At-Home Treatment)
What is the treatment? If you’ve ever tried an LED facial at a spa, chances are the treatment used a red or blue light. LED facials are one of my favorite types of facials, since I have acne-prone skin. Multiple wavelengths penetrate the skin to kill the acne-causing bacteria and stimulate collagen production. These acne fighting facials are painless and require no downtime after a spa visit; however, you can do an LED skin treatment in the comfort of your own home with the Lightstim. The Lightstim is an at-home LED light therapy device that uses blue and red light energy to treat acne, and reduce redness.
Lightstim is so simple to operate and can be used in your daily skincare routine. Once you plug in the device gently place the light over the area of skin you want to treat, hold the device in place until the three-minute timer beeps, and then move the light to a new area. Please keep in mind this device helped improve my skin, but I recommend discussing a treatment plan with your dermatologist or esthetician prior to trying this device.
Pro tip: You can decrease the number of times you use the Lightstim throughout the week as you begin to notice your skin improving. Be consistent with this treatment and you should see results within 3-4 weeks. Also, make sure you use the eye goggles that come with the device to protect your eyes from the LED lights.
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What is does?
- controls acne
- minimizes breakouts
- diminishes scarring
- promotes overall glowing complexion
Why Try it in the Winter? With winter comes dull skin and let’s face it, having healthy looking skin that glows is the ultimate goal. If maintaining the appearance of a Jlo glow is a top priority for you during the frigid winter months, then LED treatments can assist you on your luminous journey by enhancing the skins circulation and thus a natural glow.
Fear not gorgeous, chemical peels are like a BFF you see every three weeks that you know will support you and your journey to healthy skin regardless of how often you visit one another.
What is the treatment? Is it just me or do the words chemical peel sound really intimidating? Fear not gorgeous, chemical peels are like a BFF you see every three weeks that you know will support you and your journey to healthy skin regardless of how often you visit one another. A chemical peel treatment uses chemical solutions like glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid or carbolic acid to improve skins appearance and texture. I cannot stress how amazing chemical peels are for exfoliating the skin and improving its texture.
Some of the peels I have tried in the past include glycolic peels and salicylic acid peels. I can recall feeling minor discomfort as the glycolic acid was applied to my face, but it was tolerable and worth enduring the tingling sensation to achieve beautiful results (beauty is pain after all). Glycolic peels are safe for all skin types and will leave your skin looking refreshed and rejuvenated . Salicylic acid peels exfoliate the skin and reduce hyperpigmentation and acne scarring.
If you choose to do an at-home chemical peel, it’s very important to research all of the ingredients before trying it on your skin for the first time. At-home chemical peels tend to be milder than the professional peels available at spas; however, the risk of burning the skin from a chemical peel treatment is still high, so make sure you research a good esthetician who knows how to treat your skin type.
Pro Tip: Post treatment, be sure to add moisturizer and an ample amount of sunscreen to your face. Chemical peels cause a reaction that is similar to a sunburn, so UV protection is highly recommended.
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What is does?
- removes dead skin cells
- unclogs pores
- reduces acne scars and hyperpigmentation
- rejuvenates complexion
Why Try it in the Winter? Chemical peels remove dead skin cells, which can be caused by dry temperatures during the winter. The “peeling” of dry damaged skin will help stimulate new healthy skin cells and restore your skin’s natural glow. The skin is left in a fragile state that requires limited sun exposure meaning booking a winter appointment may save you the agony of recuperating indoors post treatment during the summer.
3. Laser Hair Removal (In-Office & At-Home Treatment)
What is the treatment? Laser hair removal uses laser light to target the hairs pigment (hence why the best candidates for laser hair removal are people with fair skin and dark hair even though the laser technology has improved and there are more devices that are safe to use on medium to darker skin tones as well) and damage the hair follicles to stop future hair growth. I’ve done several laser hair removal treatments in the past and I am always pleasantly surprised by the minimal discomfort I felt during the treatment session (the laser feels like a rubber band snapping against your skin). Each session is less than half an hour dependent on what area you of the body you are targeting and the thickness of the hair you are treating. Medical esthicians recommend doing six to eight treatment to see results.
Pro tip: Apply sunscreen on the treated areas even in the winter, and refrain from exercising and using steam rooms, and hot saunas as this can cause irritation to your skin as your pores are open.
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What is does?
- removes unwanted hair
Why Try it in the Winter? The winter months are a great time to try laser hair removal since exposure to the sun before and after a treatment is a huge no-no. Sun exposure on lasered skin can cause hyper-pigmenting, burning or even worse scarring so its best to have the treatment done in the winter.
4. Hydrating Moisturizer (At-Home Treatment)
What is the treatment? Adding a hydrating moisturizer into your skincare routine should be a top priority as the temperature drops. Though this isn’t a treatment per se investing in a little self-care and massaging a hydrating moisturizer into your skin after a relaxing bath is basically the equivalent of going to the spa. Moisturizers like the treatment lotion from La Mer have ingredients like sesame seed oil which helps fight dryness and keeps skin hydrated.
Pro tip: Invest in a moisturizer that is really hydrating but also has SPF added this way your skin is both hydrated and protected from UV rays.
What is does?
- plumps and smooths dehydrated skin
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Why Try it in the Winter? It’s pretty self explanatory especially if you’re use to colder temps, but just to recap when the wind gets stronger and you’re bundled-up to your eye balls (hello winter) your skin is likely suffering and changing as well. So when winter rolls around it’s time to implement new skincare products into your skin care regimen and swap out water-based moisturizers and opt for a moisturizer that contains ingredients like coco butter, shea butter and hyaluronic acid (a substance that retains water to keep your skin moist).
5. Exfoliation (At-Home Treatment)
What is the treatment? Navigating from being indoors to outdoors during the winter months can wreak havoc on your skin. Hot indoor temperatures dehydrate skin sucking the moisture out and frigid weather mixed with harsh winds is a recipe for disaster. Dry flaky skin builds up leaving you with a dull complexion and dehydrated skin during the winter months which is why exfoliating is extremely important. Exfoliating removes dry skin cells and helps your skin absorb moisturizers and serums.
Pro Tip: Do not over-exfoliate- this can irritate your skin and cause inflammation. If you have sensitive skin you should consider exfoliating once and week and if you have normal skin two-three times a week is best.
What is does?
- removes dry skin and dirt buildup
- brightens complexion
Why Try it in the Winter? There’s nothing worse than flaking skin in the winter. To combat dry skin you slather on more creams and hope for the best, but unfortunately this quick fix will not help. In order to get the best results from your winter skincare routine exfoliation is your best bet. Exfoliators help products absorb into the skin which is super important in the winter.