Prepping for sunny days is probably the last thing on your to-do list right now, but it shouldn’t be. “Most in-office facial cosmetic procedures are designed to refresh and rejuvenate the skin by creating micro-wounds that help with keratinocyte (skin cell), melanocyte (pigment cell), and collagen turnover, getting rid of dullness, uneven tone, and fine lines and wrinkles,” explains Bansal.
But while these procedures are super-effective at zapping complexion imperfections, they can also make skin temporarily red, flaky, and sensitive—over and over again, since most require a series of treatments.
“Avoiding the sun is key to recovery and getting the best results possible, so the winter months—when ultraviolet light exposure is minimized and indoor activities are the norm—is an ideal time to get them done,” adds Alster. What’s more, it’s easy to cover up side effects from face and body treatments with a pair of opaque tights, scarf, or turtleneck.
Here are three easy ways to overhaul your skin this season:
Clear + Brilliant Laser Treatment
A gentle resurfacing laser treatment that refreshes your skin from the inside out. The laser energy creates millions of microscopic treatment zones in your skin, replacing damaged skin with healthy, younger-looking skin. This treatment also helps reverse sun damage, remove red and brown spots, and improve the texture and tone of the skin.
A quick outpatient procedure that erases the small, red-purple veins in the lower legs, it involves injecting a solution into the blood vessels to irritate their walls and cause them to snap. Recovery requires wearing medium-strength compression hose for two weeks so that veins don’t reopen—making covering up with long pants a must.
This minimally invasive treatment uses a rolling device to glide over skin and pierce it, creating tiny wounds that stimulate new cell growth and collagen production. A series of four performed one month apart is recommended to treat fine lines, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, and scarring.