Four Steps to Glowing Holiday Skin
Madison, Wisconsin - Cold and windy weather, amped up stress and less sleep during the holiday season conspire to zap your skin of its glow. But UW Health Transformations aestheticians and surgeons have tips for healthy holiday skin.
Winter's low humidity levels, alcoholic beverages and the environment rob skin of hydration, according to Transformations Jeune Skin Care aesthetician Lisa Klein. She recommends drinking ounces of water equal to half your body weight.
"For example, someone who weighs 150 pounds should drink 75 ounces of water each day to stay hydrated," said Klein. Adding fresh lemon or lime to water will detoxify the liver.
Removing dead skin cells from your face will promote a healthy glow. Klein said there are some home remedies and professional solutions to consider.
"You can exfoliate your skin at home by using an electronic rotating brush, a granular scrub or a wash cloth," said Klein.
She also suggests using products with exfoliation properties like hydroxy acids or Retin-A, used as directed. Klein said that it's possible to overdo it with Retin-A, an aggressive exfoliator.
"Start with a little every two to three days and build from there," Klein says.
Klein recommends professional guidance in the use of such products. She added that medical-grade products yield better results than department store products.
"For an extra boost, consider a chemical peel," said Klein. Chemical peels have down times of up to 7-10 days.
Klein said a good moisturizer suited to your skin type is a smart investment. But she said some people may need a skin consultation to solve problems like dryness and flaking.
"I’ve had clients who have naturally oily skin but have flakiness, which is typical of dehydration," said Klein. "We can analyze their skin and come up with a regimen that will improve skin health."
She added that healthy makeup, that doesn't have artificial fragrances, dyes or fillers, is another way to keep skin looking its best. Mineral makeups are non-irritating and don't clog pores.
Fillers and Laser Treatments
"The important thing is to plan ahead since there will be some down time, depending on the treatment," said Cat Burkat, MD, FACS, UW Health surgeon.
Botox injections relax the smile lines around the mouth and lines between the eyebrows. But Botox takes 1-2 weeks to take effect. Fillers can improve the smile lines between nose and mouth, augment cheeks and soften other facial lines.
"There is a chance of bruising. So a few days of recovery may be necessary," said Burkat.
"These are ideal treatments because there is minimal down time," said Marcus. "You can wear makeup right away. And yet over a period of 2-7 days, brown spots will flake off and there is a fresher, cleaner appearance to the skin."
Date Published: 12/02/2014