Winter is the best time to schedule many skin procedures for several reasons including: your skin is usually back to its natural color, meaning you don’t have a tan, and you aren’t outside as much, which limits your sun exposure and your risk of any adverse reactions from treatment.
Some of the treatments and procedures best to get done in the winter months are: Chemical peels, CO2 laser skin resurfacing, and IPL Photofacial. Winter is also a great time to start more aggressive skin care products such as the Obagi Nu-Derm System.
Chemical peels are a great way to resurface your skin, get rid of sun damage or skin pigmentation caused by acne, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improves overall skin tone and texture. That being said, not all chemical peels are right for all skin types, so be sure you consult with your skincare professional to choose the right peel for you.
A patient favorite at WIFH is the VI Peel, this peel is safe for all skin types. At WIFH, we offer the regular VI Peel as well as the VI Peel Precision Plus and the VI Peel Purity Plus depending on your individual skin treatment needs. Peels are a great way to start and conclude every season so that you slough off the damage and dead skin caused by the environment. So, if you aren’t really into routine skin treatments; chemical peels can be done a couple of times a year just to refresh your skin.
CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
CO2 laser skin resurfacing is an amazing but aggressive skin procedure, which is why wintertime is a great time to have it done. Winter is also best, because you want to avoid any sun exposure prior to and after your CO2 treatment. Keep in mind that Fractional CO2 is only safe for lighter skin types.
CO2 laser skin resurfacing helps to rejuvenate the skin, getting rid of sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, while improving skin tone and texture. There is some downtime associated with this treatment, so you’ll want to consult your calendar before scheduling. I would give yourself at least a week to recoup before a major event.
IPL / Photofacial
IPL, or intense pulsed light therapy, is only safe for lighter skin tones as well. However, IPL is a great way to get rid of the damage the sun has caused. You want to be as close to your natural skin color as possible when getting this treatment done, and you also want to be sure you protect your skin following treatment to avoid any recurrence of the sun damage the IPL was meant to remove.
IPL can also treat redness in the skin caused by rosacea. Whether you are treating browns or reds, you will need a series of IPL treatments for best results. IPL also does a nice job in improving skin texture and tone as well.
New Skincare Routines
Starting new product lines like the Obagi Nu-Derm system is best in the fall and winter. The basis for this product line is to lessen sun damage and to resurface the skin. It stands to reason that if you are removing pigment, it would be counterintuitive to be out in the sun just to redarken or encourage new sun damage to settle on the skin. Plus, once you see how amazing your skin looks, you’ll think twice before going back in the sun without sunscreen and/or a hat to protect your flawless skin.
If you’re looking for the best skin procedures to schedule this winter, call or visit WIFH. We always offer a free consultation, so you can make sure you are finding the right procedure and skincare products for your skin.