Taking care of your skin is crucial all year round. However, it is especially important to take care of the skin during the drier, colder months. The skin on the hands and face tends to crack easily or flake, making someone appear older and less flattering. So, before you step out into the cold, we want to provide some skin care tips to keep the skin fresh, moist, and healthy throughout the dry and cold winter months.
Skin Care Tips
Moisturise daily: It is important to moisturise the skin daily to keep it from getting chapped or cracked. To prevent the skin from drying out, an oil-based moisturizer or ointment can be used to protect the layers of skin.
- Slather on sunscreen: It is important to shield and protect the skin even when the sun is hiding behind the clouds. Most people think about slathering on an SPF sunscreen only when it is spring or summer; however, sun damage is possible even when the sun isn’t shining as bright because the harmful UV rays still come through cloud coverings.
- Take shorter, cooler showers: Long, hot showers can dry the skin out, so it is important to take showers that are cold to lukewarm in temperature and to limit the amount of time you spend in the shower.
- Ease up on exfoliants: Harsh scrubbing agents in cleansers, peels, masks, or toners should not be used daily; exfoliants can remove the natural oils that keep the skin fresh and moist. Only use harsh exfoliants one to two times per week.
Those with skin flaws such as wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, and blotches that are unresponsive to over-the-counter products can undergo aesthetic treatments. Patients can take advantage of some of the non-surgical options designed to treat dried-out and aged skin with minimal downtime and pain.
Non-Surgical Facial Procedures
- Chemical peels: A controlled thermal injury (peel) is caused to remove layers of damaged skin. It will leave the skin tighter and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes.
- Dermabrasion: A mechanical sanding process is used to remove the outer skin cells and promote the formation of new collagen and healthy skin cells. Dermabrasion can be used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin texture.
- Dermal fillers: Synthetic formulas are used to stimulate healthy connective tissue by adding volume and reducing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, creases, and hollows on the face.
- Anti-wrinkle injections: Prevents the release of neurotransmitters that cause certain facial muscles to contract. This allows fine lines and wrinkles on the face to smooth out.
Each of these non-surgical procedures can be performed alone, or one or more can be combined for a total facial makeover. It is winter, so don’t forget to be kind to your skin by practicing healthy skin habits and undergoing routine cosmetic treatments if necessary.
If you are interested in a facial procedure, Dr Zoumaras can help you decide on the best treatment for addressing your goals. You can schedule your consultation by calling 02 9327 1700 or by filling out our online contact form.
Disclaimer: At Artiste Plastic Surgery, our Plastic Surgeons led by Dr Jack Zoumaras have been trained to the highest possible degree. All surgery has risks and it is always advised to get a second opinion. Risks are very real and we cannot guarantee any result. Results are illustrated as a guide only. All risks are managed and any need for revision surgery or complications (1-5%) can be managed by our specialist plastic surgeons.
Any statements on how you will feel is based on Level V Evidence:
Level V: How you will feel after plastic surgery varies between individuals, depending on psychological and physical factors. Our internal research is based on how patients in our practice feel after surgery.
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