Plummeting temperatures and snow advisories generally mean two things: it’s time to put on your fuzzy socks, and you need to pay extra special attention to your skin. Dry winter air and whipping winds can do a number on your skin, leaving you longing for more moisture and yearning for the days of summer when your fine lines and wrinkles weren't quite so prominent.
Beat the forecast and conquer your complexion woes with this down and dirty guide to cold-weather skincare.
Your New Skincare Regimen
Everyone seems to understand the benefits of a daily skincare routine, but there are hundreds, if not thousands, of products to choose from. Where in the world should you start?
Enter the SkinMedica® skincare line. Every product is backed by years of research and testing. Ingredients are chosen with care for the utmost efficacy, and the goal is not to override your skin’s natural properties but to strengthen them. Even better, the line works with all skin types.
Get started by incorporating these three products first:
- SkinMedica® TNS Recovery Complex: Wrinkle prevention starts here, with a clinically tested complex with a triple-threat combo of benefits. Not only does TNS Recovery replenish skin, it also enhances tone and texture while improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The secret sauce, so to speak, is a potent mix of growth factors, soluble collagen, matrix proteins, and antioxidants.
- SkinMedica® Total Defense + Repair: This broad-spectrum sunscreen keeps damaging UV rays at bay while simultaneously improving your skin’s firmness and elasticity. It absorbs easily and doesn't leave behind any greasy residue, so you can wear it under your makeup and heal your skin as you go about your day.
- SkinMedica® HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator: Hydrated skin is healthy skin. As the aging process begins to strip away your own reservoir of hyaluronic acid, replace what you’ve lost thanks to this HA-containing moisturizerand revel in your newfound, supple contours and plump, glowing skin.
Twice-Weekly Skincare Treatments
Twice a week, take a few extra moments before bed and dig deep with an extra cleansing step added to your normal routine. We recommend SkinMedia’s GlyPro Exfoliating Facial Cleanser. The tiny, eco-friendly microbeads in this exfoliating cleanser scrub away complexion-dulling dead skin, revealing a brighter, more radiant look, refining skin texture, and reducing pore size.
Next, kick back in a bubble bath and let Revision Skincare’s Black Mask work its magic. Mineral-infused soil and salicylic acid purify skin, exfoliating to clear the way for a powerful dose of hydrating and soothing ingredients. Redness is minimized, moisture is restored, and excess oil is banished, leaving behind a soft, smooth result.
Monthly Pampering and Deep Clean
You know how much you look forward to your monthly massage, and indulging in a periodic mani-pedi afternoon is just as relaxing. What you might not realize is that your skin is yearning for a little extra attention now and then, too. While daily and weekly routines are fantastic for maintaining skin and preventing excess build-up of everything from dead cells to free radicals, every once in a while, you need to reestablish your baseline and get underneath the surface to really make a difference.
The HydraFacial® mimics many of the same results you’d get from a much more invasive chemical peel or microdermabrasion but without the downtime or the icky discomfort. Thanks to a unique, multifaceted system that includes vacuum-based impurity removal and custom combinations of antioxidant and anti-aging serums, HydraFacials clean, refine, hydrate, and refresh in one painless session. Do you have specific concerns about your skin’s health? Your specially blended serums can be formulated to help improve the appearance of everything from fine lines and wrinkles to age spots and acne.
Aesthetics at Illinois Eye Center recommends scheduling a monthly HydraFacial to support your skin’s natural healing and rejuvenation processes. Take your lunch hour and do something special for yourself—your skin deserves it!
Are the dark days of winter already wreaking havoc on your skin? Call Michelle or Alicia at 309-243-3875 to schedule your skincare consultation at Aesthetics at Illinois Eye Center today.