If you speak to anyone from Hawaii, he or she will tell you the only thing he or she misses is the seasons. The flower blossoms of spring bring renewal. The hot sun of summer invites trips to the lake. The falling leaves serve as a harbinger of the cold temperatures of winter. Winter wonderlands fill our dreams with huge falling snowflakes blanketing the world in white.
Winter, while full of wonders, also does a number on our skin. Since skin’s number one ingredient is water, our skin cells are under attack by bitter, cold winds and temperatures and intense heat from being indoors. We don’t consume as much water since we don’t sweat as much, and we are less conscious of maintaining our skin care routine.
MDPen, a leader in supplying practitioners with microneedling pens, cautions against throwing your skin care routine to the wind (pun intended). In fact, winter is the time to rev up your skin care regime when your skin needs it the most. Below are tips on skin care in the winter.
SKIN CARE FOR THE SEASONS: HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR SKIN IN WINTER
- Maintaining moisture is key. As we’ve explained above, your skin is more apt to become dry and flaky in the winter months than any other season. Now is the time to add hyaluronic acid to your skin care routine to promote water retention in your skin cells. Able to hold 1,000 times its weight in water, hyaluronic acid also revitalizes the skin’s outer surface layers, so they look and feel softer and smoother, which improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. MDPen offers its own proprietary Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum specially formulated for microneedling machine patients but works wonders as a part of a regular skin care regimen.
- Invest in a humidifier. Since your skin is more dehydrated, putting moisture back in the air will restore your natural glow. Use at night when your indoor heat is running more with the lower temperatures. Adding a facial mist as well can add to your skin’s moisture content.
- Remember to exfoliate. This is a common step to skip in your winter skin care routine, which absolutely should not be. In the winter months, your dry skin actually becomes less efficient in getting rid of dead skin cells, which can result in a build up — and a dull appearance. Exfoliate just as frequently as in the summer — at least once a week — and follow up with a cleanser and moisturizer.
- Remember sunscreen. So many people think that during the winter, you don’t need sunscreen. After all, the sun is shrouded in clouds. However, how many times have you been outside all day in the snow and returned with a red face and cheeks? Ultraviolet rays are still present and wreaking havoc on your skin and possibly causing premature aging.
- Minimize hot water exposure. We all love hot baths in the winter, especially after a day in the snow. However, remember that water does not moisturize your skin; it actually repels it and strips your skin of natural oils. The same advice applies to long showers. Cooler showers and baths are best and a moisturizer applied directly afterwards while your skin is still moist is one of the best ways to rehydrate your skin.
- Avoid scratchy clothes. With virtually all of our skin covered in the winter, there is more opportunity to irritate it with scratchy clothing. Choose soft fabrics instead as well as loose clothing that won’t rub your skin.
- Drink water. Your skin cells can be replenished from the inside-out as well. Avoid caffeine since caffeine can dry out your skin, and alcohol, which is a diuretic and dehydrates you as well. Drink herbal tea, which not only is caffeine-free but most likely contains powerful antioxidants that combat early signs of aging.
Winter is a cherished time of year. Holidays are festive occasions, and families spend more time together as the weather drives us indoors. It’s a time of New Year’s resolutions as Nature rests from its active year.
MDPen supports microneedling practitioners with top-notch microneedling equipment such as microneedling pens, serums, and marketing materials. We offer microneedling training seminars all around the country, enabling your aesthetician practice, physician’s office, or day spa to become certified in MDPen’s equipment and be able to offer microneedling procedures at your healthcare facility.
A GOOD TIME FOR MICRONEEDLING PROCEDURES
Winter is also the perfect time of year for patients to receive microneedling procedures as it’s easier to adhere to the aftercare instructions. There is no temptation to go out in the sun afterwards, and the procedure is quick and easy. Keeping your skin clean and hydrated following a microneedling procedure are the key steps to amazing results.
Microneedling helps reduce the signs of aging by stimulating collagen production in the skin’s lower layers, which increases the skin’s elasticity and gives the treated area a fuller appearance. Microneedling is also very effective in treating stretch marks, acne scars, brown spots, and skin pigment issues. As a non-invasive skin care procedure, microneedling is an affordable and effective option for many who want to improve the appearance of their skin.
MDPen encourages celebration of the holidays and hopes you have joy throughout the season. Being cognizant of your skin care and taking extra care during the winter months will help your skin stay radiant all year long.