It’s Wintertime; Be Kind to Your Skin

The long, hot days of summer are gone, and with another cold, dry winter ahead, it’s time to be extra kind to your skin. The challenge you now face is preparing for the cooler weather and keeping a healthy glow until spring arrives once again.

When the temperature drops, the moisture in your skin tends to evaporate more quickly. The cold, dry air isn’t the only problem. Indoor heating, hot showers, and frequent hand-washing are all factors making your skin feel and look so dry and flaky.

A new skin care routine may be one of your New Year’s resolutions, but sometimes your skin needs just a bit more support to take on this challenge. At Dr. Bresnick’s SILK, A Medical Spa in Encino, CA, our expert team of highly trained and skilled nurses and aestheticians can help you achieve a stunning and natural-looking result throughout the winter.

How About a Platinum HydraFacial®?

We offer a variety of HydraFacial treatments, each individually formulated for you. Our Platinum HydraFacial® includes everything you need to transform your skin with LED light therapy and lymphatic drainage, which flushes toxins from your system.

Take It Easy With Exfoliation

Many cleansers and other skin care products contain chemicals that help exfoliate your skin. These can be excellent for making your skin look fresher, but since they can also be drying, it’s probably best to tone it down during the winter months. Rather than exfoliating at home every day, consider visiting our medical spa for a professional facial or chemical peel. An expert can also advise you on the benefits of other treatments, such as intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy to even skin tone. With the proper treatment or selection of treatments, your skin will take on a newly radiant glow.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

The best time to apply your moisturizer is while your skin is still a little damp, like after taking a shower or bath. Apply to your face, hands, and the rest of your body in the morning and before going to bed. Not only will this help your body retain its natural oils, but the moisturizer will also shield your skin’s natural barrier against the cold.

Give Your Skin a Treat

After spending time outside in the cold, resist the temptation to hop into the shower and turn up the heat. The hot water will strip your skin of its natural oil protection. Instead, enjoy a long soak in a warm tub and add something as a treat to the water. A mix of baking soda or a couple of tablespoons of olive oil could be all you need. As an alternative, you could even try olive oil and oatmeal together.

Wear Sunscreen Year-Round

It might come as a surprise to learn that the sun can still damage your skin in the winter. Protect yourself by covering all exposed areas with full-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher (50 is even better as the spring approaches). Limit the amount of time you spend in the sun, especially outdoors, with the sun reflecting off the snow all around you.

Eat Right, Stay Hydrated

Drinking an adequate amount of water throughout the day will help retain your skin’s youthful glow. Also, seek out foods rich in antioxidants, as these are your body’s best natural source. You’ll be pleased to learn that some of the most delicious antioxidant-rich foods include raspberries, blueberries, spinach, nuts, green tea, and dark chocolate. Add walnuts or flaxseeds to your salad, and the extra omega-3 fatty acid will instantly boost your skin’s ability to retain moisture.

Get the Best Skin Protection Treatment in Los Angeles

At SILK Medical Spa in Encino, CA, our expert team of nurses and aestheticians offers the latest advances in skin care with a customized approach to treat your unique needs and help you protect your skin all year long. Dr. George Sanders and Dr. Stephen Bresnick, two of the nation’s top plastic surgeons and skin care experts, oversee this state-of-the-art facility. Call us at (818) 981-8888 or contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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