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Taking Care of Winter Skin:

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As we trudge our way through the winter climate waiting for the first signs of spring, we are noticing our hair is a little more brittle, our nails aren’t as pliable and our skin feels chapped, crepey or tight and rough. The heat that is forced out through vents in our cars, at home and at work are sucking the humidity out of our skin and we can see the results visibly.

So what can we do? It is imperative to keep the skin hydrated throughout the year as well as protect it with a proper sunscreen. Yes, it is true!! There is sun even in the winter. Don’t be fooled by the clouds, that sun is still plenty strong enough to create havoc on your skin. In fact, during the winter the sun is not only affecting us from above, but it can reflect upwards off the snow or ice as well.

There are several home care products that can be applied daily to combat our tight, chapped skin. I prefer medical grade quality products containing Hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is present in our skin, especially when we are young. It is a molecule that acts like a sponge and can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water!! That is like the difference between a grape and a raisin! Applied 1-2 times per day either as a serum  (concentrated) prior to your moisturizer or directly in the moisturizer, it will not only make your skin feel better right away, but will help revitalize your skin in the long run by maintaining a balanced PH. Additionally, for those who can handle it, products containing a mild glycolic or AHA used a few times a week will aid in relieving dehydrated skin, allowing for a brighter, more glowing skin that will allow better penetration of the Hyaluronic acids and other hydrating products to sink in.

At Toronto Dermatology Centre, the winter is a perfect time to treat sun damaged skin, broken capillaries or any number of other laser related treatments, as the urge to be outside in the sun is decreased during the winter months. Relieving brown spots, broken red veins on the face or body and even smoothing out the skin with laser resurfacing is ideally treated during the fall/ winter and will help to brighten up your face for the spring to come.

Finally, treatments such as the Oxygenated Facial, which, again, infuse Hyaluronic acid (there is that word again!!) into the skin immediately during treatment, or Silk Peel microdermabrasion, which removes dead skin cells and infuses healthy ingredients deep in the skin, are easy, lunch hour treatments with absolutely no downtime and give an immediate lift to your spirits and overall look.

Make the most of your winter this year by approaching your skin care needs with confidence. Book your complimentary consultation with one of our medical estheticians to help you maintain great skin or to improve any concerns you may have. This is the best time to do it!!

~ Sheri Roselle, Medical Esthetician at Toronto Dermatology Centre

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