Best skincare treatments are done in the winter

Winter is a good time to splurge on facial treatments that are often not recommended in the summertime. Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peel series are great treatments with many benefits, but they should be received in doses of 4-6 for the best results. Sun exposure should also be avoided when enjoying these treatments.

Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic treatment in which the face is sprayed with exfoliant crystals to remove dead epidermal cells. It then uses vacuum technology to pick up the crystals. It is often termed "sandblasting" for the skin. This type of skin rejuvenation is used to treat light scarring, discoloration, sun damage, and stretch marks.

Microdermabrasion utilizes an exfoliation process that gently removes the outer layer of your skin, where the dull, dead skin cells lie. The treatment uses tiny crystals that break up these cells to reveal the smoother, softer skin underneath. The crystals are gently worked into your skin by a handheld device. This exfoliation will allow the skin to appear brighter and more youthful.

Because of this slightly aggressive form of exfoliation, it is not recommended for skin with broken capillaries, inflamed acne, and overall sensitive skin. This treatment should be done every 2-3 weeks and a total of 4-6 sessions. And sun abstinence and the application of sunscreen are a must during these treatments.

Chemical Peels are similar in benefits and contraindications. The difference with Chemical Peels is they work in the deeper layers of the epidermis. They break the chemical bonds in the skin that hold cells together. This allows your skin cells to turn over quicker which is crucial in the aging process.

Always consult with your Esthetician before receiving these treatments but when you do, follow the rules! This is the only way to reap the benefits of skincare. Start now as the warm weather will be here before we know it... hopefully!

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