Your skin is exposed to a lot throughout the summer months. By the time fall rolls around, it starts to look pretty dull. The winter brings on more dryness causing your skin to lose its natural glow. Microdermabrasion is the perfect treatment to get your skin winter ready as it reveals healthier skin below the dull surface that summer has left behind. This non-invasive treatment provides an affordable solution with fewer side effects than costly plastic surgery. Instead, you will see dramatic effects that leave your skin looking and feeling beautiful.
Undoing Summer Skin Damage
The sun is good for us, providing much needed Vitamin D. However, too much sun exposure is very damaging to the skin. Without proper protection, your skin is vulnerable to sunburn, which can increase your risk of skin cancer. The more you expose your skin to the sun and its UV rays, the more damage you are causing and the higher your risk for skin cancer.
Let’s not forget how the summer sun also leads to the early appearance of wrinkles. Sun damage accelerates the ageing process of your skin, which means the healthy collagen your skin produces can be damaged. This weakens the elastic tissue that helps keep your skin stay firm and youthful. The more damage from exposure to UV rays, the more your skin loses its normal shape, plumpness, and firmness, which can lead to wrinkles and sagging. Last, but by no means least, the sun also increases irregular colouring on your skin, causing age and sunspots. Your skin appears uneven, which can make you look much older.
On top of the damage of the summer sun, as winter arrives, it is common to have itchy, tight, dry skin. Winters are drier, which can lead to flaky, dull skin. While moisturizing and hydrating winter skin can help, it does little to remove the dead skin cell buildup. The best way to improve the appearance of your skin during winter is to exfoliate to get rid of flakiness. Not only do you remove that dry and flaky skin, but you also create a more welcoming surface to absorb the much-needed moisturizer to keep skin soft and smooth.
So, we’ve established that as winter approaches, your skin needs the care to help it recover from the damage of the summer sun, the environment, and another year of ageing! We’ve also reviewed the importance of exfoliation for winter skincare. Microdermabrasion is ideal for helping remove the damaged outer layer of dry skin that makes your skin appear dull.
Winter is ideal for cosmetic treatments such as microdermabrasion because the treatment increases photosensitivity. During the winter months, there is less sun exposure, so there is no risk of hyperpigmentation following treatment. Hyperpigmentation is caused when you have more melanin, which is responsible for your skin tone. This can leave areas of your skin darker than others, creating an uneven appearance. It can also slow down recovery time following treatment.
And let’s not forget, as the holidays approach, winter becomes very social. You’ll want to have a refreshed and more radiant appearance for all of those social gatherings.
What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion gently exfoliates the top layer of your skin, which stimulates your natural response to rejuvenate new cells and produce collagen. Because it is non-invasive, it is a popular procedure for ridding the skin of its dull appearance. Using a “facial wand,” the procedure offers a super exfoliation process that takes less than an hour.
The wand blows tiny crystals against your skin, “abrading” the “stratum corneum,” the dull top layer of your skin. As the crystals blast away dead cells, a gentle vacuum removes the cells, leaving behind a fresh new layer of healthy skin.
Although there are many cosmetic treatments available to rejuvenate your complexion, microdermabrasion is quick and painless with no downtime required. It not only works for dull, ageing, or sun-damaged skin but is also very effective in reducing the appearance of light scarring as well as controlling acne. Treatments are customized to suit the needs of your skin type and skin challenges. It can be repeated every month or so to help your skin recondition itself with new cells and collagen.
The term recovery might sound a bit extreme when it comes to microdermabrasion. The procedure won’t cause issues or pain following treatment. However, there can be redness, sensitivity, and itchiness. The redness is much like sunburn, and only lasts about 48 hours. That’s one of the main reasons winter is perfect for treatment, as you will not need to worry about irritation from sun exposure.
To help your skin recover, you can use these tips:
- Remove dead skin cells with a wet cloth and rehydrating toner following your treatment.
- When your skin has completely dried, apply a rich moisturizer.
- To avoid peeling, moisturize for 4–6 days after the treatment.
- Use sunscreen when you go out, even if it is cold and overcast.
- Stay out of the sun for at least a week following treatment to avoid hyperpigmentation.
- Drink water and eat lots of fruit and fresh vegetables to stay hydrated.
- Never scratch or pick at skin following treatment.
- Do not use cosmetic or skin products with harsh chemicals for at least a week.
- Do not rub the area.
- Do not tan or use tanning treatments for at least a week.
- If you feel tenderness or burning, you can apply a cold compress to your skin or use an anti-inflammatory cream.
Microdermabrasion provides an affordable, highly effective cosmetic treatment to breathe new life into your dull, summer weary complexion. You will have minimal recovery time, as it is non-invasive. You can continue to book monthly treatments to keep your skin looking more youthful and to help maintain your natural, more youthful glow.
If you would like more information about the winter skin treatments we recommend, call our Clearview Medispa team at 416-445-2639. We can schedule a consultation to discuss microdermabrasion and see if it is right for you.