Winter Facials And Why They Are a Must!

Mother nature is not always kind to our skin, especially in the winter months.  While we are trekking to work or out shoveling snow, the cold air and harsh winds can leave our faces feeling raw and red.  In addition to the elements, mere temperature changes can shock our skin into protest.  It is crucial that we not forgot our skin in the winter months and even possible that we care for our faces more during these frigid times.   A refreshing winter facial is an excellent way to reset our skin and will restore moisture and improve circulation in preparation for the upcoming season.  The right facial will rejuvenate your skin and keep it glowing as if it were summer.

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The reason we want to improve circulation to our face is to stimulate the skin’s natural renewal.  The stimulation can take the form of exfoliants, masks, or peels, all of which remove dead skin cells and reveal new cells underneath.  All technical terms aside, one of the ultimate benefits of a facial is that of relaxation and stress relief….these are an added bonus to better skin.

Cleansing is critical for all skin types but even more so for those prone to blemishes.  A basic facial includes cleansing which will help unblock pores and will promote healing and restoration of the skin.  While we may think we are cleansing when we shower or remove make-up, a deep cleansing that accompanies a facial  will provide optimum results.  Upon cleansing, nourishing the skin with a good moisturizer is key.  Winter months require more moisture and protection which means we need to remain vigilant in our skin care and sun protection regime.

Some additional facts that we tend to forget in the winter months are:

Exfoliation is the key to skin turnover and will brighten one’s complexion-

Skin cells tend to turn over more slowly in the winter which is why an exfoliation treatment will help sluff off gray winter skin and even aid with discoloration and pigmentation.  A gentle peel is a great way to exfoliate and while they usually require staying out of the sun, that is not a problem when it is cold and dark out!

Hydration isn’t just about drinking water –

In colder temperatures, water evaporates out of the skin, leaving it dry and flaky.  A hydration mask can provide moisture and a medical grade facial will help in reducing the redness associated with dry, irritated skin.

Vitamins and antioxidants give your winter skin that summer glow –

Many facial treatments seal in vitamins and antioxidants that help protect your skin from the elements.  These blends can help reverse the damage we accumulate with sun exposure and pollution.  In addition, many antioxidants also help reduce inflammation, improve cell circulation and stimulate the growth of new skin cells. 

Winter can really wreak havoc on our summery complexions but it doesn’t have to.  Following these basic guidelines will ensure that your skin will survive the winter months with minimal setbacks:

*  Use lukewarm water 

– hot showers dry out the skin and if not properly moisturized can cause cracks and winter eczema.

*  Stay hydrated

 –  moisturize to prevent water from escaping the body.

*  Protect your skin 

–  wear gloves, hats, and most importantly sunscreen to shield the skin from the cold temperatures.

*  Use Skin care products wisely

– avoid masks and peels, astringents and lotions that contain alcohol as they dry out the skin.

*  Do not exfoliate too much

–  while exfoliating the skin helps in ridding dead cells, you have to be careful during winter because the skin barrier is already compromised by the cold weather.

*  Don’t forget the hands!

– the skin on the hands is thinner and has fewer oil glands than other body parts.  Moisture escapes from the hands quickly, making them prone to cracks and itchiness. 

*  Care for your feet

-choose glycerin based creams and petroleum jelly to moisturize.  Make sure you exfoliate the skin on your feet occasionally so that it can absorb moisturizer easily.

*  Follow a skin care regime

–  Being consistent with a basic and simple skin care routine will make your skin happy during the winter months.

A customized facial tailored for your needs can result in great results.  By focusing on your skin care concerns early,  you can plan on your winter glow lasting well into the Spring.  Why not treat yourself to a winter facial this month?  Call us today to schedule your free consultation at 770-212-2242 or go online to schedule at