The Best Facial Treatments for Fall and Winter

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As the weather gets cooler, we shift our wardrobe to include warmer layers of clothing—why not take that same approach to our skin care routine? You can add extra moisture and protection to your skin care routine. Better yet, why not get professional treatment?

Professional facial treatments offer many benefits

Professional treatments can reduce the skin damage that summertime has done. Controlled exfoliation breaks down the dead stratum corneum (skin’s outermost layer) cells, allowing your esthetician to treat deeper levels of the skin. The outermost layers of the skin can be removed to allow new cells to grow and give you a radiant fall glow. As an esthetician I advise my clients to have professional treatments during this time of year. This will help their skin recover from the summer, as well as ease through the seasonal shift. It will also keep their complexion healthy for fall. There are many other reasons to get in-office treatments.

  1. More potent ingredients, faster results. Don’t get us wrong: At-home skin care products and treatments can be effective when used correctly. However, there are certain results you just can’t achieve without the help of a professional. Professional treatment in a clinic or spa will be more effective than any home treatment. Professionals have access to higher-quality active ingredients that penetrate deeper than any retail product.
  2. Incorrectly using potent treatment can lead to more harm than good.The pH levels of the skin can be adjusted and controlled by a professional. This is done by using high-quality professional-grade machines, products and tools. If these professional products are used incorrectly (by a customer at home), they can cause serious skin damage.
  3. Experts can accurately diagnose your skin type. We often misdiagnose our own skin type. A professional assessment of your skin type may help you maintain a balanced complexion. Professionals have the tools and knowledge to help you analyze your skin and tailor treatments for your needs.
  4. You can relax with professional treatmentsAn expert not only knows how to navigate professional products properly, but also has the ability to create a relaxing, luxurious experience that eases the mind, body, soul.

The Best Facial Treatments For Fall and Winter

There are many professional options available today. If you’re wondering which one is right for you around this time of the year, below are a few suggestions, along with why I recommend them, the process and the cost involved. You can keep your skin looking youthful and supple all year long by making some changes to your existing regimen, as well as professional treatments.

1. Chemical Peel

What is it: Chemical solution applied to the skin to remove dead skin cells, stimulate cell turnover, and improve collagen production to produce smoother, healthier skin.

Who is it for? Anyone who wants to improve the overall health of their complexion. Depending on the strength of the peel—superficial, medium or deep—it can address many specific concerns from reversing hyperpigmention, smoothing wrinkles and improving skin tone, texture and clarity.

It’s not the best time to get it: It’s a great way to address multiple skin concerns at once. Because we are less likely to get complications from too much sun exposure, this time of year is great.

How it works A thorough consultation between you and the professional happens a week prior to your appointment, during which certain ingredients are advised to be avoided days leading to the peel. Your skin is cleansed and prepped with a solution that will neutralize your skin’s pH. Each peel is unique. A professional will determine what product to use based upon your skin’s needs and concerns. To wrap up the treatment, soothing products will be applied.

Longitude of appointment: Can vary. Every location is different but it’s typically 45 to 60 minutes.

Downtime: The process is quick and painless (for most), but the downtime depends on the strength of the peel and the state of your complexion prior to the peel. You’ll begin to see peeling and flaking of the skin in the days after, which can be esthetically displeasing for some. The outer layers will begin to shed and new skin cells emerge. You may feel tight and dry. This phase can last from 5 to 10 days.

Aftercare: Depending on peel strength, it’s best to avoid harsh sunlight, hot yoga, heavy cardio and sweaty activities for the first 48 hours. Calming creams can be used to soothe dry patches, even though we do not want to promote skin peeling. SPF should be applied every morning and throughout the day if you’re outside.

Cost: $150–$500. It’s best to do chemical peels in a series for optimal long-term results, however, you will still see the benefits from just one.

These are the best products for at-home to improve your results PCA Skin Total Strength Serum, Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment, SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum, iS Clinical Reparative Moisture Emulsion and EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40

2. Microdermabrasion

What is it: A procedure where the upper layers are removed using a diamond- or cristal-tipped device. The treatment physically exfoliates the upper skin layers, accelerating cell turnover for a smooth texture and even tone. It also stimulates collagen production and elastin production, which can smoothen out wrinkles and fine lines.

Who is it for? Everyone, because it can be customized to your skin’s needs, from reversing sun damage to smoothing and revitalizing the complexion, which is just what we need as we shift into fall.

It’s not the best time to get it:Removing the outermost layer of skin can rejuvenate summer-damaged skin.

How it worksThis treatment is often added to a face-lift or performed on its own. After a double cleanse, mild exfoliation is performed to prepare the skin for microdermabrasion. There are two types, crystal and diamond, of microdermabrasion. The crystal microdermabrasion produces micronized crystals that resurface the outer layer of the skin. Another type uses a diamond-tipped tool for harder-to reach areas or areas that need more abrasive treatment (corner, ears, and eye area). The type of microdermabrasion will be tailored to your skin’s concerns and needs.

Longitude of appointment: Timing may vary, depending on whether it’s done by itself or as an add-on. Usually, it takes 30-60 minutes.

Downtime:There is absolutely no downtime with this service! While it is best not to get this service before you sweat heavily or are exposed to UV rays a lot, other than that your makeup will be flawless and last much longer.

Aftercare:This treatment will enhance your current regimen, increase its efficacy, and extend the life span of your serums or creams. The microdermabrasion treatment will increase the product-absorption rate, which can cause some discomforts, such as burning or stinging. Use potent skin care products.

Cost: $50–$100. Typically won’t break the bank with this one.

These are the best products for at-home to improve your results Eminence Mangosteen Resurfacing Concentrate, Dr. Dennis Gross Universal Peel Pads, SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic and Caudalie Radiance Serum

3. Microneedling

What is it: A minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that involves puncturing the skin with needles (or a dermaroller), which causes trauma and lesions to the skin to trigger your skin’s repair process and collagen production.

Who is it for?An individual who seeks to prevent or reverse the effects of aging, improve texture and tone, and promote clarity.

It’s not the best time to get it: This procedure is not performed on sun-sensitive skin due to the small punctures you are promoting within the skin.

How it worksBefore microneedling, you will need to do some light cleansing and gentle exfoliation depending on the needle size. A numbing cream can be used to reduce discomfort depending on the depth and strength the needle. After microneedling, skin is infused with serums and treatment creams—firming, hydrating, calming, brightening, etc.—to target your skin concerns.

Longitude of appointment: Usually 30 to 60 minutes (timing may vary depending on facility protocol).

Downtime: It would vary on the depth of microneedle being used.

Aftercare: After your treatment, avoid using a harsh exfoliating or resurfacing cleanser within the first 72 hours; use mild cleansing balms and milk cleansers instead. Your esthetician may recommend that you avoid exfoliating with retinol and serums. Consider adding calming, soothing and restorative products to repair the skin barrier. It is important to use sunscreen at all times. Depending on skin type, infusing the skin with collagen and peptides is great for the anti-aging treatments.

Cost:From $50 to $300 It will vary depending on where you live.

These are the best products for at-home to improve your results iS Clinical Youth Complex, Eminence C + E Rosehip Firming Oil, Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream, Naturopathica Chamomile Cleansing Milk and SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E

4. Laser Treatments

It’s what it is A procedure that directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light to treat skin. This procedure can be used to target pigmentation, scarring, acne, age spots, scarring, and any other hair issues.

It’s for: A person who is looking for dramatic results, or who has tried several chemical peels to address skin concerns.

It’s not the best time to get it: Depending on the depth of the laser treatment, the healing time can be pretty lengthy with a laser facial and it is heavily advised to stay inside to avoid UV rays.

How it worksBefore the laser treatment begins, your skin is prepared and usually numbed. The laser level determines the application of an ointment or icepack to the skin.

Longitude of appointment:It takes one hour. Usually, lengthy paperwork is required prior to service.

Downtime:Depending on the intensity/depth of laser treatment, usually it takes between two and three weeks.

Aftercare: Just like after microneedling, it’s important to reevaluate your skin care regimen to tailor your complexion post-healing. You can replace exfoliating cleanser with milk cleansers or soothing balms. Also, resurfacing treatments such as peels or retinols should be replaced with calming serums. Avoid picking or peeling any flaking or scabbed skin. If you’re experiencing sensitivity or redness, applying ice packs may provide some relief.  

Cost: Costly: $500–$1000+ (series typically involved)

These are the best products for at-home to improve your results iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advanced Plus, Avene Tolerance Extreme Cream, Naturopathica Chamomile Cleansing Milk, SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier and iS Clinical GeneXC

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