Get your skin in shape for the winter

January 9, 2008 5:17:43 PM PST
Keep your skin healthy and beautiful even during the harshest weather.

Would you like to have beautiful, healthy-looking skin, even in the harshest winter weather? Well, our next guest has advice on keeping your skin in shape this winter. Dr. Rick Noodleman is the medical director of Age Defy Dermatology and Wellness.

Rick Noodleman, M.D., Dermatologist
Medical Director, Age Defy Dermatology and Wellness
3803 S. Bascom Ave., Suite 200
Campbell, CA 95008
Phone: 408-369-4203
www.agedefy.com

Dr. Rick Noodleman suggests the following:

  • Sun protection continues to be important even in the winter. Winter is also the time to focus on repairing the damage from the sun.
  • It is important to hydrate your skin in the winter.
  • Procedures especially beneficial during the winter months include:
    1. The "Laser Peel and Half Time Heal" CO2 laser approach using the special postoperative dressing and hyperbolic oxygen permitting healing within one week.
    2. Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
    3. Pumpkin facial mask

    The winter season takes its special toll on your skin.
    Instead of getting a much deserved rest and rejuvenation, the cooler seasons work our skin overtime as it prepares for the demanding task of defending itself against the woes of cold weather. The chilling cold in the air from the change of seasons can leave your skin chapped and devastatingly dry.

    The scarcity of humidity, compounded by indoor heating is the most vicious skin-drying scoundrel.

    Our skin is made up of different layers. The outer layer (the epidermis) is the most likely target of our environment as the harsh elements can hardly reach the next lower, or dermal layer that lies below.

    The epidermis constantly peels off and rejuvenates. But during this course of molting the skin looks dry and you tend to lose the natural glow that you were so proud of. The peeling off is more likely to occur during the fall & winter months as the winds are dry and squeeze out the natural oily texture of the skin.

    Again there are many who are allergic to the cold environment. They suffer from painful allergic manifestations that have a detrimental effect on the skin and can even lead to infections. They fail to acclimatize with the sudden change in the climate and the greatest effect is felt on the skin. Skin happens to be the reflection of how you are affected by changes in your environment.

    Winter often spells disaster for your skin. It looks rough and chapped, feels tight and drawn. What should be one of your greatest assets becomes one of your biggest beauty problems. You have to take extra care for your skin during this season. However, with the right skin care and preventive maintenance you will find that having beautiful skin, even during the harshest weather is not that difficult after all.


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