Winter skin is a whole different ballgame than summer skin, isn’t it? Coming in out of the cold to a warm and toasty room may feel great, but it wreaks havoc on your skin. Wind, cold air and indoor heat can dry out and even chap your skin, which, in turn, needs much more love and attention to remain healthy, rejuvenated and beautiful during the winter. So what’s a girl to do? Here are a few general tips to preserve your skin in the cold of winter:
- When heading outdoors into the cold, cover as much exposed skin as possible, and continue wearing sunscreen.
- Select a good eye cream like Natura Bissé “Diamond Extreme Eye”($202) or La Mer “The Eye Concentrate” ($190) available at Joseph. Indulgent? Perhaps. But a good eye cream is worth the investment.
- Don’t forget your lip balm, and make sure it has SPF! We like Revive Intensive Volumizing Lip Serum ($115), also available at Joseph. Again, pricy, but you can’t put a price on saving your lips from a harsh winter chapping.
- Keep your home comfortable, but not too warm.
- To prevent the face from becoming too dry, wash it with lukewarm—not hot—water.
- Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!
In addition to these everyday tips, we consulted with local skincare experts to recommend their favorite facials to protect fall and winter skin. Not surprisingly, most emphasize the importance of moisture. Also underscored are facials that provide excellent exfoliation, treat breakouts and add supple texture. Put your best face forward with these facial treatments, all endorsed by Memphis-area skincare professionals:
Microdermabrasion Plus (LED with 24k Gold Mask)
This sweeping mechanical professional “peel” cleansing eliminates rough, dead skin from the surface, and sophisticated particle-free technology smooths the skin. That’s followed up with LED red or yellow light therapy, which effectively warms up the skin to balance imperfections by activating nutrients. Next, a 24k gold mask—a high-performance mask that moisturizes, hydrates and helps brighten and reduce brown sun spots—is placed and massaged into the skin.
This facial is a perfect renewal treatment for post-summer, and “gold” is the key “deep glow” resort facial ingredient! Recommended by the Mona Esthetics, now located in Laurelwood Shopping Center.
ECHO Oxygen Treatment
The Echo2 Plus™ Oxygen Facial is a popular treatment before special events because it offers immediate and noticeable improvement. Skin appears healthy, supple and glowing both in pictures and in person! This is also a great facial for teens struggling with acne.
The Echo2 Plus™ utilizes a unique four-step process, which cleanses, nourishes and revitalizes every treated skin cell through the use of pure oxygen. The facial begins with gentle exfoliation to remove dead skin cells, is followed by a unique process known as osmotic hydration, and continues with a topical vitamin-enriched mask that is massaged into the face, drawing moisture to the skin cells just beneath the epidermis. Following the hydration process, pure oxygen gas along with vitamins A, C and E and 87 other minerals, enzymes and amino acids are propelled deep into the lower layer of skin through a soothing vapor mist. After the Echo2 Plus™ Oxygen Skin Care Treatment, the skin appears softer and revitalized.
For teens or adults who have active acne, the Echo2 Plus™ provides healing nutrients the skin needs. For optimal results, the treatments should be performed in conjunction with using a simple at-home skincare program designed specifically for acne-prone skin.
Many surgeons have embraced the Echo2Plus™ Treatment System for use both before and after facial surgery due to the ability of oxygen to speed the healing process. The Echo2Plus™ system was a first-choice shared with us by two Memphis-area skincare experts, so this one must be twice as good! Both Solutions Medical Center in Collierville and Heather Boutique and Spa in East Memphis say that the ECHO Oxygen Treatment is one of their most popular facials, especially for fall and winter, when skin requires moisture and renewal.
Clear + Brilliant Laser Resurfacing Treatment
Keep your skin looking its youthful best with quick and easy Clear + Brilliant (C+B) treatments. C+B is a gentle laser skincare treatment that fights the effects of aging skin. It’s an easy procedure to add to your routine, much like the way you plan for a massage or trip to the hair salon. If you’re battling the effects that aging can have on your skin, or trying to address it before the battle even starts, C+B can help. Benefits include improved skin tone, a more balanced and radiant skin tone, and a noticeable reduction in the appearance of pores.
Anyone can benefit from C+B treatments, but if you’re seeking a dramatic correction, there are alternative options, such as Fraxel® or Thermage® that may be a better fit. Each of these are top recommendations for the coming months available at Solutions Medical Center.
Green Science™ Skin Renewing Facial
The AVEDA Green Science Skin Renewing Facial is ideal for winter because it is formulated to help repair and regenerate skin and restore moisture, which is imperative during the cold weather months. The home care items to support the facial treatment are also in line with caring for winter skin. This rejuvenating facial combines powerful plant ingredients to renew, repair and regenerate your skin while lifting and firming. Plus, it yields a noticeable reduction in fine lines and wrinkles and improves the skin’s barrier strength while reducing the appearance of age spots. This facial is recommended in a series of three and is available at Rachel’s Salon & Day Spa, an exclusive Aveda Concept salon and spa located in downtown Memphis.
Tourmaline Botanical Skin Resurfacing
Want radiant skin in a hurry? It only takes an hour with AVEDA’s smoothing new personalized facial powered by the energy of tourmaline. This non-invasive treatment balances skin’s nature and your spirits with formulas containing marine, plant and mineral extracts that infuse visible life into skin. The result? A fabulous glow! Recommended in a series of three, this facial is recommended by Rachel’s Salon and Spa as an ideal facial with quick results for reviving skin this season.
Thank you to our contributors for this quick list of fall/winter facials. Check out these top recommendations from our area experts, or make an appointment to customize a plan that best suits your individual needs. Visit the destinations listed below and find even more in the Memphis SB Guide.