Don’t Fall Back into Old Habits!

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Summer is gone, but the need for skin care remains. Around this time of year, people start to think that they do not need to protect their skin as carefully as they do during summer months. As long as the sun shines, we need to use proper SPF sunscreen to protect our skin from harmful rays. This is especially true if you plan on enjoying winter sports where the sun’s reflection off the snow increases its potentially adverse effects. Make sure to use lip gloss with sunscreen to avoid a chapped wind-burned sensation.

The fall and winter months are also a good time to exfoliate any leftover sun damage (e.g. pigmentation, brown spots, un-even skin) by using heavier peels and microdermabrasions. These treatments address the build-up of dead skin cells, leaving the skin feeling fresh, clean and healthy. Some dermatologists offer Skin Medica’s Vitalize Peel (about 2-3 days of flaking), or the first crystal-free DermaSweep Microdermabrasion (no downtime!).

You may want to change your home skin care routine to include the use a hydrating mask to infuse the skin with a mixture of human growth factors to hydrate, moisturize and firm/plump the skin. Doing this once a week for ten minutes will cleanse your face without making it feel like your skin’s natural oils are being stripped away.

Finally, the skin care products you used during the summer months should change, as well. If your skin is feeling drier, you should consider switching over to a milky cream cleanser. One such smoothing cream, “Glytone Body” helps re-texturize and soften any dry, chapped, rough and callused areas on your heels and/or elbows.

There is a lot to consider about your skin care regimen when transitioning from the summer to fall and winter. A good dermatologist will be able to provide a wide variety of products and procedures to meet your skin’s unique needs. For more information about how to decide on your fall/winter skin care needs, call Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Care at 661.254.3686, or visit our website at