By March, your skin is just as sick of winter as you are: Months of cold weather and harsh winds take a toll on the body’s largest organ, creating problems that range from simple flaking to red, blistering rashes.
Though topical treatments can temporarily ease the symptoms of winter skin, they don’t really attack its root causes. To effectively hydrate and rejuvenate your skin, you’ll need to look beyond superficial solutions and try a medical-grade procedure like the HydraFacial. The HydraFacial painlessly exfoliates the skin before delivering healing, nourishing serums deep into the epidermis.
Why Does Winter Weather Damage Your Skin?
Winter skin is usually caused by a combination of outdoor conditions and lifestyle factors. Cold, dry air and high winds strip moisture from the skin, leaving it dry and fragile. Taking hot showers and turning up the thermostat to warm up compounds this initial damage. Both of these habits increase moisture loss and strip our skin of its natural oils. Even if you have naturally oily skin, this isn’t a good thing: Once the skin’s protective barrier has been eroded, it’s easier for acne-causing bacteria to penetrate its surface. Paradoxically, this kind of dry skin actually makes breakouts worse.
Cellular turnover (the rate at which dead and damaged skin cells are replaced by healthy cells) also slows down in the wintertime. As temperatures plummet, blood vessels in the skin contract, impeding the skin’s natural cycle of renewal. This causes layers of dead skin to build up, resulting in overall dullness. Wrinkles, fine lines, and areas of loose or thin “crepey” skin also typically worsen as regeneration slows down.
How the HydraFacial Can Help
Every HydraFacial starts with a gentle yet thorough exfoliation that stimulates the process of cellular renewal. First, the skin is cleansed with the HydraFacial system’s patented Activ-4 cleanser, then an acidic solution is applied to dissolve remaining debris. The HydraFacial system uses a very mild organic acid to break down dead and damaged skin cells, so this treatment won’t irritate your sensitive winter skin. Finally, vortex extraction technology is used to remove loosened particles and powerfully unclog pores and hair follicles. This process primes the skin for further treatment: Getting rid of built-up dead skin and toxins is necessary to facilitate serum absorption.
During the final stage of HydraFacial treatment, hydrating serums that are rich in vitamins and antioxidants are infused into the skin. Patients have the option of choosing from four “Booster” serums designed to address specific skin concerns, so the HydraFacial can be completely customized to meet your needs. Different serums are designed to combat skin discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles, signs of UV damage, and uneven skin tone and texture. These serums also stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, setting the stage for firmer, younger-looking skin that can effectively retain moisture.
This spring, let our skincare experts ensure that your outer glow matches your inner glow. To discover the benefits of the HydraFacial, contact the Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa for more information on this gentle restorative treatment.