SKIN 911- Reviving Winter Skin
True winter has hit Charlottesville with temperatures dropping, windy days, and a setting sun prior to 5 pm. While some of us look forward to wearing puffy coats and drinking warm drinks by a fire, these wintery conditions can wreak havoc on the status quo of our skin. It is safe to say that likely any glow from the warmer months is gone, and most of us are seeing only the damaged skin from getting that glow and now fighting with dry, pale, and dull skin. Here are some tips and products on how to avoid winter-ravaged skin and maintain a “just vacationed” look on our faces.
HYDRATE AND MOISTURIZE
Skin needs to be properly hydrated to look its best. Hyaluronic acid is an excellent water-attracting substance that can be purchased in many over-the-counter topical products but our favorites are hyaluronic acid serums that feel refreshing on the skin. Dr. Magee’s favorite serum is Nua’s Ultra Hydrating Serum. This serum gives tight, dry skin the moisture it craves. Packed with humectants, this quick-absorbing serum continually draws moisture from the air, so your skin stays hydrated throughout the entire day. Plus, all that added hydration naturally plumps your skin, refining the surface of your complexion.
Beauty does come from within and one thing that is easy and free to incorporate into your diet for the skin is WATER. Be sure to fill up your bottle at least eight times a day. For food, eat foods like berries, watermelon, cucumbers, celery, bell peppers, and leafy greens such as spinach. Foods rich in omega 3 fatty oils also bring moisture to your skin. Turn down the temperatures in your baths and showers because these steamy sessions can strip your skin of needed oils. Adding a humidifier to your bedroom can boost hydration. And avoid overdoing it with alcoholic beverages.
DEMOLISH THOSE FREE RADICALS
You might be thinking, what is a free radical and why does that matter to me? Free-radical damage is the pesky thing that often causes many of the visual and hidden signs of aging. Free
radicals are byproducts that are formed in the skin when oxygen is used by the body. Their presence in our skin alters its DNA which results in aging. When talking about antioxidants, more is better. A well-rounded approach starts with eating a diet rich in antioxidants by adding beans, mixed berries, apples, and artichokes. Adding skin products that contain antioxidants such as Vitamin C, vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, and grape, rosemary, or green tea extracts. Our favorite antioxidant packed product is Nua’s Brightening Vitamin C Serum. Topical Vitamin C is sensitive to heat, light, and oxygen, so it is best to purchase this product from a trusted source.
PROTECT You may tire of hearing it, but to keep your skin healthy — both to reduce the risk of skin cancer, but also to maintain an appealing cosmetic appearance — you must use a broad-spectrum sunscreen and you must reapply it often, even in the winter. It is thought that over 90% of skin aging effects are caused solely by the sun. All skin tones are subject to the cosmetic aging effects of the sun, even if some skin tones are more prone to skin cancers. In fact, people with less fair complexions and who do not burn easily, often never develop the daily regular habit of using sunscreen, and are the ones who end up with more cosmetic sun damage. Sunscreens work by physical and chemical means. The active ingredients of physical sunscreens, zinc and titanium dioxide, block and reflect UVA and UVB rays from the sun. Other sunscreens are made of chemicals protectants or chemical and physical protectants, which work by absorbing the ultraviolet rays before they penetrate the skin. The best product lines provide safe, oil-free, and non-comedogenic chemical and/or physical barriers with added benefits such as antioxidants and water resistance. A great supplement to sunscreen is wearing sun protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses.
Hope you like our winter skin survival tips and please stop by Nua Medical Spa and we will be happy to help you revive that winter skin. We have estheticians and skin care experts who would love to help you personalize a skin care regimen that will fit your needs any season.