The 3 Winter Skin Care Treatments Recommended Outside Of Your Daily Routine

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The transition between the summer to winter months has an effect on your skin. With the temperatures rapidly dropping and the low humidity levels present, your skin will need a refresh. To aid in the sun damage from the prior season and the flakiness or irritation caused by the weather change, skin treatments can be a useful resource. Haute Beauty sat down with Haute Beauty experts to discuss the top 3 winter skin treatments they recommend to both rejuvenate and moisturize your skin. Here's what they had to say:

Dr. Kiran Mian, Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali | Skin | New York

Dermatologists often refer to the fall and winter seasons as “laser season.” Due to less sun exposure and being less tan, wintertime is optimal for laser and light therapy. These energy-based therapies target chromophores in our skin, including blood vessels and pigment. Broad-based light, for example, is one of my favorite wintertime skin procedures. BBL uses filtered wavelengths of light to target blood vessels and sunspots in our skin, undoing sun damage accumulated from the summer months. Acquired pigment turns almost coffee grind-like and flakes off, leaving beautifully even-toned skin. The light energy also stimulates collagen production, keeping pore size tight and the dermis nice and strong. Avoiding sun pre and post-procedure is crucial for a smooth treatment without the complication of discoloration. 

Fractionated laser therapy is another of my favorite wintertime procedures. Lasers use a specific wavelength to achieve a targeted goal. Fractionally ablative lasers target the water in our skin—they create small channels in the skin which then stimulate healing. The benefits—the skin produces new collagen, strengthening the dermis, erasing fine lines, creating tightness, smoothing out skin texture, clearing away sun damage, tightening pore size. This “new” skin is glowing, soft, and smooth. This powerful device creates magic, but does require some healing time. A cozy winter week spent catching up on Netflix while your skin heals is the perfect time to do this procedure. 

Another wintertime favorite is Kybella. Kybella is an injection used to melt away the subcutaneous fat pad under the chin. With a few sessions, it can really help to reduce the “double chin” appearance. As the deoxycholic acid dissolves fat cells, it causes a bit of temporary inflammation and swelling that can last for about two weeks. Timing this procedure with the turtlenecks and scarves of our winter wardrobes can help get through the healing period. 

For more information, visit Dr. Bhanusali's website, Instagram, or Facebook!

Dr. Bertha Baum | Skin | Miami/Ft. Lauderdale

Besides the regular use of sunscreen, healthy eating, drinking water, no smoking and no alcohol, while maintaining a good skincare routine, here I recommend great treatments you can do at your board-certified dermatologist:

Aquagold is a personalized cocktail created for your skin type that allows for a microinfusion of nutrients where we can add hydration to the skin as well as many other great improvements to the skin tone and texture.

Monthly Hydrafacials can add glow and hydration to the skin through 3 simple steps that cleanse, extract and hydrate with the correct ingredients for your skin. It does all of this through the patented vortex fusion delivery which allows for painless extractions

BBL, IPL and Laser treatments since we are not being exposed to the sun as much during the wintertime and also we can cover our chest, arms and any areas we treat during the 2 week recovery period without worrying about being too hot outdoors.

For more information, visit Dr. Baum's website, Instagram, or Facebook!

Dr. Nianda Reid | Skin | Philadelphia

Summer months can do a lot of damage to our skin from UV rays and photodamage, leading to hyperpigmentation and dehydrated skin. Here are some treatments that you can do in the winter to help your skin recover.

Microneedling is a great way to rejuvenate the skin. Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, can boost collagen production, reduce scarring and improve fine lines and wrinkles. Winter is the perfect time to heal from a microneedling procedure and facilitate rejuvenation of the outer layers of the skin.

A chemical peel is a technique where a solution is applied to the skin with the goal of creating a controlled injury to the outermost layers of the skin. Chemical peels are a great way to treat skin texture, pigmentation, scarring and fine lines.

Depending on the depth, chemical peels can expose deeper layers, which makes the skin much more sensitive to the sun during the healing stages. Getting a chemical peel during the winter months means that your skin is much more protected during the healing stages. This also means that you will be ready by the time summer rolls around with a more even skin tone and vibrant-looking skin.

The cold winter months are the perfect time to schedule your laser treatment whether it be for photo-rejuvenation,  to treat blood vessels or Laser hair removal. Too much sun exposure before and after laser treatments can increase your risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

For more information, visit Dr. Reid's website or Instagram!