I’m sure you’ve felt it too–it’s officially getting cold! Winter weather is here and a refresh to your skincare routine will protect your skin from winter’s harsh blows. Lovely Laban, NP-C MSN, and co-founder of Skin by Lovely, has these recommendations for winter skin care:

Lovely’s Winter Skin Care Tips

  1. Repair Summer Damage During Winter Months
    Even when precautions are taken, sun exposure in the summer months still causes damage to skin. Winter is the ideal season to start ramping up on brightening treatments and products that help treat dull skin, dark spots and skin discoloration.  We recommend chemical peels such as the Cosmelan Depigmentation Peel to fade hyperpigmentation issues related to summer sun damage while adding the SkinMedica Lytera Skin Brightening Complex to your daily winter skin care home regimen, available in both of our aesthetic clinic locations and online.
  2. Go Coconuts For Your Cleanser
    With colder temps and lower humidity, a non-acid cleanser is best for those that have dry skin year round. Look for natural cleansers that contain coconut milk, which has antibacterial properties but doesn’t irritate or strip moisture from sensitive or dry skin.  Our very own Refinement skin care line by SBL Labs includes a coconut milk cleanser that you can order online or purchase in one of our facial aesthetics practices in Santa Monica or Portland.
  3. Don’t Let the Clouds Fool You
    Winter’s shorter, darker days don’t mean you should skimp on your sunscreen. UVA rays penetrate through clouds and windows and damage deeper layers of the skin even in the middle of winter.   A tinted, chemical free, broad spectrum sunscreen is your best bet.  We recommend EltaMD, which includes zinc oxide, the most powerful ingredient for protecting against harmful UV rays.  This line of sun protection is available in our online store and in both of our convenient locations.
  4. Preserve Delicate Skin–Without Preservatives
    The skin around the eye is uniquely delicate and absorbent. Because of this, Lovely recommends an eye cream with natural ingredients free of parabens, carcinogens or harmful preservatives.  We recommend our own Refinement Bright Eye, an all-natural eye cream with active ingredients such as Vitamin C and Silk Amino Protein.
  5. Stimulate Cell Turnover–Gently
    Active products, such as retinoids, can be too harsh on the skin in the cooler winter months, but we still need to use a product that stimulates cell turnover. A gentle skin resurfacing product with probiotics and plant enzymes to gently exfoliate is a must have for winter.  Try the SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser and schedule a treatment with one of our SkinMedica chemical peels or a gentle VI Peel.

For product purchase information or to schedule an appointment for help with your winter skin care woes and get more winter skin care tips based on your specific skin type and needs, contact us at our Santa Monica facial aesthetics practice or our Portland aesthetic dermatology clinic and speak with one of our aesthetic specialists today!