Winter is the perfect time of year to start promoting skin solutions. Banish dry, winter skin with resurfacing treatments or remove unwanted hair during the season with the least exposure to sunlight.
With cold, windy days come dry, itchy skin and chapped lips. During the winter, patients should be encouraged undertake laser skin treatments and change their skin care routine. Many clinics find an uptake in laser procedures during the winter because of patients’ decreased exposure to natural sunlight.
Recognising the basic structure of skin will help to understand the effects of treatments and products on the skin’s biological functions. Skin is composed of three primary layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and subcutaneous tissue. The outermost layer of the epidermis is the stratum corneum, providing a barrier against water loss and absorbing unwanted materials that come into contact with the skin. Exposure to natural elements such as low temperatures, indoor heating, low humidity, and harsh winds can disrupt the water moisture in the stratum corneum. The skin can then be further irritated by harsh soaps and prolonged, hot showers.
Skin rejuvenation treatments and laser hair removal procedures are ideal during this time of year because of the low exposure of clients to sunlight. During colder temperatures, patients are more likely to be covered-up and remain indoors, ensuring that treatments are safer and more effective with less exposure to harmful UVA and UVB rays of sunlight.
Using the Palomar Cosmetic IPL system, skin rejuvenation procedures are able to remove the upper layers of skin and reveal fresh and healthy skin below. The Candela GentleLASE is an alexandrite laser that is one of the most effective on the market for targeting and removing unwanted hair. It becomes even more effective during winter, as skin becomes less tan and the contrast between the hair follicle and skin colour increases, thereby making it easier for the laser to effectively remove hair. The targeted laser tip is able to target melanin quickly, comfortably, and effectively.