Seasonal Skin Update

A change in seasons also calls for a change in your skincare routine! It’s that time of year to reorganize your cosmetics drawer with products that combat the harsher fall and soon-to-be winter weather. From barrier creams to bath oils, Dr. Steven Greene gives his professional input on effective treatment regimens for the seasonal skin sufferer.

What changes will you notice about your skin during this time of year?

  • Cooler temperatures remove natural oils from the surface of your skin, leading to dryness and irritation.
  • Contracting and expanding blood vessels due to temperature fluxes may trigger flares of skin redness, also known as rosacea.
  • Cold, dry weather exacerbates eczema-prone skin–a chronic condition caused by inflammation.

What can we do to alleviate skin-related symptoms due to seasonal change?

  • Swap out sheer coverage moisturizers for barrier creams with anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant ingredients.
  • Invest in a humidifier to keep inside central heating from drying out your skin.
  • As tempting as a hot shower may be during this time of year, opt for a warm shower or bath instead. While taking a bath, pour in a cap-full of bath oil to help seal in moisture.
  • Don’t forget your lips and hands! Cover exposed hands with gloves when outside and use a daily hand moisturizer to prevent cracked skin. Apply lip balm as needed to keep your smile moisturized.

Want to take your skin hydration up a notch?

At Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle, we offer a skin rejuvenation service called the HydraFacial. This medical-grade facial consists of exfoliating surface build up of dry and dead skin cells while simultaneously infusing antioxidants, vitamins, and soothing serums for optimal hydration benefits. To learn more about the HydraFacial and other services, please contact our office directly to schedule a complimentary consultation with our Master Esthetician.

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