Winter is a time for many people to stay indoors as much as possible. Even so, the cold, dry winter air can wreak havoc on your skin, as well as heated indoor air. Winter weather can cause an increase in acne breakouts, eczema flare-ups, and premature aging of the skin due to a lack of moisture. If you are looking for a way to combat these problems without having to brave the elements outside this winter season, then skin rejuvenation treatments may be exactly what you need! In this blog post we will discuss three different types of skin rejuvenation treatments and all the benefits that they have during the winter months.
Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, also known as a photofacial, uses light that locks onto and destroys pigments in the skin while preserving the surrounding healthy skin. The Venus Versa™ IPL photofacial treatment, in particular, has been found to be especially effective in the removal of discolorations, sunspots, redness, rosacea, and spider veins, as well as in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
When having a Venus Versa™ IPL photofacial treatment at Therapeutic Aesthetics in Burlington, Pickering, or Toronto, the applicator will be moved over the treatment area. This wand will deliver pulsed beams of light into the skin, while a built in cooling feature simultaneously cools the skin and maintains your comfort. Since some areas may be more sensitive than others, however, you may experience a light snapping sensation on your skin. Luckily, the entire treatment is completed quickly and only takes about 15-20 minutes.
After having a Venus Versa™ IPL photofacial treatment, your skin is likely to react as if you have a mild sunburn. This means you can expect the skin around the treatment area to become red, inflamed, and itchy, anywhere from a few hours to a few days after treatment. While you are recommended to return to your daily activities, it is strongly encouraged to remain out of the sun.
Nanofractional Skin Resurfacing
The Nanofractional skin resurfacing applicator evenly distributes variable energy densities using a single tip. It works well to even out the skin tone by decreasing the appearance of acne scars, traumatic scars, striae, rosacea, dyschromia, deep wrinkles, and enlarged pores. This treatment minimizes the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, promotes faster healing with little to no downtime, and promotes faster wound healing.
When receiving Nanofractional skin resurfacing treatment, you can expect some warmth and tingling on your skin. The entire treatment should only take about 30 minutes to complete, but you may experience some mild redness after it is done that can last for a few hours or days. This will be dependent upon how sensitive the treated area of the skin is to heat stimulation at any given time during treatment.
About 24 hours after the treatment, the warmth will go away and your skin will look sunburned. In most cases, it is recommended to have 3-4 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart from one another for best results.
Chemical peels are another type of commonly used cosmetic treatment. A chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment that applies a chemical solution to the skin, which causes it to exfoliate and peel off, revealing new skin underneath. Chemical peels are one of the most effective ways to treat signs of aging, discoloration, and UV damage. They can also be used to treat damaged skin, pigmentation, uneven skin texture, fine lines, and wrinkles.
There are a few different types of chemical peels, but the most common type is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) peel. AHAs are a group of acids derived from natural sources such as fruits and milk sugars. When applied to the skin, AHAs work by exfoliating the top layers of skin, which reveals newer and healthier skin underneath. This type of peel is best used for treating signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation spots caused by UV exposure damage or other types of discoloration.
An alternative to AHAs are TCA peels that use trichloroacetic acid (TCA) as the peeling agent. TCA is a stronger peel that can be used to treat more severe skin problems such as deep wrinkles, scars, and sun damage. It is also effective in treating age spots, melasma, and other types of hyperpigmentation.
When getting a chemical peel, you can expect the chemical solution to be applied to the skin for a certain amount of time, then it will be removed and/or neutralized.
After a chemical peel, it is normal to experience some mild discomfort, redness, swelling, and crusting. It can take up to two weeks for your skin to completely heal from this type of cosmetic treatment. Depending on the strength of the peel and your skin type, you may experience more or less discomfort and side effects.
Benefits of Skin Rejuvenation in Winter
Now that we’ve looked at three common skin rejuvenation treatments, let’s take a look at why it makes more sense to complete these treatments in the wintertime. Here are some benefits of winter skin therapy:
Less Sun Exposure
Wintertime is known for shorter days, spending most of your time indoors, and cloudy days. All of these things minimize the amount of sun exposure your face deals with. For many skin resurfacing treatments, it is recommended to avoid sun exposure during recovery. While this can be a challenge in the summer months, it is easy to accomplish during the winter time.
More Time to Relax and Heal
Another benefit of having skin rejuvenation treatment in the winter is that most people generally have more time during the winter to relax and heal from the treatment. Additionally, your skin can heal more thoroughly without being exposed to the sun outside. Then your skin will be ready once the weather starts to warm up.
Better skin protection
Winter is associated with cooler weather, and even snow in some places. This ultimately means that many people’s winter clothes are aimed at covering as much of the body as possible due to the cold. Not only does covering up the skin reduce sun exposure, but it also provides an extra layer of protection from irritants and environmental pollutants.
With these benefits in mind, it is clear that winter provides a great opportunity for you to gain all of the rewards of getting a facial rejuvenation treatment while also enjoying some additional perks. Make sure to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible so that we can help you complete one of the skin rejuvenation treatments listed above. For more information, just give us a call or schedule a consultation at one of our Burlington, Pickering, or Toronto locations.