Woman Applying Exfoliating CreamChanges in the weather typically will leave your skin flaky and dry, especially after seasons like winter, which brings cooler and windier weather.

The cooler weather, combined with dry indoor heat, deprive your skin of its moisture.

As spring nears, here are some helpful tips to get rid of dull skin and brighten your complexion through exfoliation.

Exfoliating your skin will help shed the dead skin cells that can build up visibly when your skin is dry.

There are a few ways to exfoliate, both at-home and with treatments that take place in a med-spa setting. These products and treatments will rapidly exfoliate your skin, leaving you with “baby soft skin” smoothness and will freshen your appearance.

The best exfoliating product for at-home use is a prescription strength Retinol cream or Retin-A. There are different strengths depending on one’s skin type.

The best in-office exfoliating treatments include:

Dermasweep with Epi Infusion
This particle-free microdermabrasion treatment combines exfoliation with the delivery of skin specific topical solutions leaving the patient with fresher-feeling and better-looking skin, improving the tone and texture of the skin while delivering nutrients the skin might be lacking.

The solutions are formulated to treat specific dermatological conditions. The solution is applied under vacuum pressure at the same time the system exfoliates the epidermis. This medical-grade re-surfacing treatment will smooth skin, minimize pore size, lighten sun-damage and refine scars.

Chemical Peels
Artemedica’s chemical peels are topically applied acids that create a uniform and controlled exfoliation designed to even out skin discoloration while smoothing and brightening the skin.

There are three different peel strengths to choose from. Depending on the strength of peel you and your Aesthetician choose for you, other issues such as fine lines, wrinkles, acne, acne scarring, melasma and sun-damage can be treated as well.

No matter what the strength, your skin will be smoother and brighter in just one treatment. Treatments performed every 6-8 weeks are recommended for lasting results.

Dermaplaning
Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair (peach fuzz). Dermaplaning has been used for many years.

Using a delicate touch, the provider simply abrades the surface of the skin using light feathering strokes. This is a great treatment for patients who are pregnant or nursing, or do not want to use chemicals on their skin.

It is also a first choice for patients who have excess vellus hair on the skin. This hair often causes a buildup of dirt and oils in the follicles, so removing the hair gives you healthier looking skin.

Although merely an old wives’ tale, many patients are often concerned that the hair will grow back heavier and darker after dermaplaning. This is not the case. As long as the hair is superficial vellus hair, it will grow back at the same rate and texture as before the treatment.

Removing epidermal skin also allows products to penetrate more readily into the deeper layers. Dermaplaning is most often used on patients with rough, dry skin, superficial hyperpigmentation, mild acne scarring, or fine lines and wrinkles.The treatment results in a more refined, smooth, glowing appearance.

For a customized product and treatment plan, we invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our Medical Aestheticians at (707) 577-8292.