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October 15, 2020

Four Ways to Get Your Skin Ready for Winter

Did you know that your skin can go through changes depending on the weather? Winter is coming so now is the perfect time to pamper your skin. Arizona’s dry air and cooler temperatures can be harsh on our skin. This can result in excessively dry and inflamed skin, especially on your face. Guerra Plastic Surgery Center’s Medical Esthetician, Rebecca Cekala, shares four ways to combat winter’s most common ailments for your skin.

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Schedule Monthly HydraFacials

There’s a reason HydraFacials are so popular among stars in Hollywood. This treatment gives you immediate results that will last. HydraFacials are an in-office treatment that is completely painless and can be done on your lunch break! The HydraFacial Glow is achieved in three steps: Cleanse + Peel, Extract + Hydrate, and Fuse + Protect. This means that Rebecca will cleanse your skin, extract any blackheads and other impurities from your skin, and finally infuse powerful serums that contain antioxidants and peptides to keep your skin looking a youthful glow. All you need is thirty minutes for this treatment and your skin will be glowing for months on end!

Add Vitamin C to Your Routine

There are a lot of serums out there that claim to have multiple benefits for your skin, but none of them are like Vitamin C. This powerful antioxidant is safe for most skin types, hydrates, brightens, promotes collagen production, and so much more! Rebecca recommends the Obagi® 20% Professional-C Serum to her patients. This medical-grade serum is formulated with Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid to penetrate deep into your skin. The Obagi® 20% Professional-C Serum is packed with antioxidants to help protect your skin from UV damage while also brightening away hyperpigmentation. This is a staple in an effective winter skincare regimen.

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

One of the biggest skincare myths is that you don’t need to wear sunscreen in the winter, because the sun isn’t always out. You NEED to wear sunscreen all year round, no matter if its sunny, cloudy, or rainy outside. Clouds actually amplify the sun’s UVA rays which are responsible for premature aging, and no one wants that! Another important thing to note is that if you are adding a Vitamin C serum to your regimen, you need to be wearing sunscreen. Vitamin C can be very photoreactive and if not paired with sunscreen, can cause damage to your skin. Colorescience® has a ton of different options depending on what you are looking for in your sunscreen. Hint: they make a brush-on SPF 50 mineral sunscreen that is perfect to throw in your bag and apply on the go!

Use a Gentle Chemical Exfoliant

Winter is the perfect time to incorporate a gentle chemical exfoliant into your weekly skincare routine. One of our Medical Esthetician, Rebecca’s, favorites is SkinMedica®’s Age Defense Retinol Complex .25. This is a gentle retinol that does not irritate your skin and is perfect for beginner’s just adding retinol to their routine. Retinol helps to fight the first signs of premature aging while magnolia bark in the Age Defense Retinol Complex .25 extract soothes any inflammation you may have. If you’re wanting a product that’s even more gentle, try out SkinMedica®’s AHA/BHA Cream twice a day after cleansing. This must-have is perfect for all skin types, even sensitive skin, that want to achieve even skin tone and texture. As always, make sure to patch test on a small area on your face first.

If you’re concerned about how your skin is reacting to the changing weather, make an appointment to see our Licenses Medical Esthetician, Rebecca Cekala. She will set up a consultation to go over a completely customized treatment plan to achieve all of your skin goals. Click here to book an appointment or call Guerra Plastic Surgery Center in Scottsdale, Arizona at (480) 970-2580.

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