How to Get Summer Ready Skin with These Popular Winter Skin Care Treatments
With winter right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about skincare treatments that will help your skin be ready for next summer.
Some treatments are best to get in the dead of winter—either for safety purposes or to get the best results come the warmer season.
Though summer seems far away, you’ll need a head start to have your skin summer ready. So winter is the perfect time to start skincare treatments.
Here’s a look at how winter affects your skin along with tips for achieving summer-ready skin with popular winter skin care treatments.
The Impact Winter Has on Your Skin
Since skin thrives in consistent conditions, the transition from warm to cold weather can wreak havoc on your skin. When the temperature and humidity drops and the cold weather and wind arrive, your skin has to work in overdrive to maintain hydration.
Other factors that affect your skin during winter include lifestyle changes, such as taking hot showers and turning on home heating systems.
This change in seasons can affect your skin in the following ways:
- Loss of hydration
- Cracks in the outer layer of skin
- Tighter, drier skin
- More inflamed pimples
Winter weather affects your overall skin health. And since the skin barrier becomes disrupted during this transition, it is more susceptible to irritation and inflammation.
Why Some Treatments Are Good To Get In the Winter
Some treatments are best left for the winter because exposure to the sun can harm your skin during these treatments.
It’s also important to get a head start on these treatments so you can enjoy optimal results in time for the summer.
Here are some of the most popular winter skin care treatments that will leave you with glowing, summer-ready skin:
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments use pulses of light to target pigment and boost collagen production in the skin to reduce the appearance of sun-related hyperpigmentation, rosacea, brown spots, freckles, fine lines, and large pores.
Treatments should be spaced four to six weeks apart, and the number of treatments you need will depend on various individual factors.
Winter is the ideal time for IPL and other laser treatments since these treatments increase the skin’s sensitivity, especially to sunlight and UV rays.
Since IPL treatment targets pigment in the skin, you should stay out of the sun for six weeks prior to treatment.
It’s also important to avoid sunlight after treatment or use a broad-spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen if you plan to spend time in the sun.
A facial peel, also known as a chemical peel, helps shed sun-damaged skin from summer by exfoliating the top layer of skin, allowing new cells to generate and making it easier to treat deeper layers of skin throughout the winter.
The result of these treatments is smoother, brighter, and healthier skin. And combined with moisturizing skin care products which penetrate the skin better after exfoliation, your skin can maintain a more youthful complexion throughout the winter.
Chemical peels use a chemical solution to slough off dead skin cells, stimulate collagen production, and boost cell turnover, improving skin tone, texture, and clarity.
Peels vary in strength—superficial, medium, and deep. So, the type you choose will depend on your skincare needs and the issues you want to treat—such as:
- Hyperpigmentation from sun damage, age spots, freckles
- Fine lines and wrinkles
The winter is an ideal time for facial peels since the skin is sensitive and susceptible to sun damage after treatment, and you must avoid exposure to sunlight during the healing process.
Your skin will also look red and flaky after treatment, so winter is a good time to hibernate while your skin recovers.
Sclerotherapy for Veins
Sclerotherapy treats unwanted veins, such as varicose and spider veins, that often appear on ankles and legs. This treatment involves injecting a medical liquid into the treatment area to reduce the appearance of the veins.
For two to four weeks following treatment, you might experience bruising in the treatment area. And if you take Aspirin or NSAIDS before treatment, you may bruise more prominently. For this reason, you likely won’t want to opt for sclerotherapy treatment during the bare-leg summer season.
CoolSculpting body contouring treatments deliver controlled cooling to break down subcutaneous fat cells beneath the surface layers of the skin. This treatment is ideal for winter because it takes some time to see optimal results.
The number of treatments varies per person, but it will likely need to be done several times to see optimal results, with each treatment spaced apart by 6 to 8 weeks.
It takes three to four weeks to start seeing results. And optimal results are usually visible at eight to 12 weeks. So, if you want your body bikini-ready in time for summer, you’ll want to start these treatments in winter to get the results you’re after.
Winter is the perfect time to get a head start on achieving summer-ready skin. So, consider your skin care needs and the timeline you’ll need to see optimal results in time for the upcoming summer season.
Dr. Caroline Tosoni pursued her Medical Degree at McMaster University and completed her post-graduate medical residency in Family Medicine through the University of Ottawa in 1998. Fluently bilingual in French and English, she opened her medical practice in Ottawa in July of 1998. Since 2000, Dr. Tosoni has focused her medical practice on Cosmetic Dermatology and has received extensive training and obtained multiple certifications in various medical cosmetic enhancement procedures such as Phlebology, Botox® Cosmetic, Dermal Fillers, SoftLift,™ BeautiPhication,™ Belkyra injections, CoolSculpting,™ Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Laser Medicine. Dr. Caroline Tosoni is also proficient in the treatment of Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and Migraine Headaches with Botox® Therapeutic. In 2015, Dr. Tosoni’s practice officially received a Focused Practice in Dermatology designation by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Ontario Medical Association.