Tips for Keeping Skin Healthy in Winter

Now that Bay County has hit some cooler temperatures, we’d like you to be aware that your skin may dry out, or even crack, from the dry air the winter season brings. At Gulf Coast Facial Plastics, Dr. Daniel Daube and his team have developed several tips to help you keep your skin healthy during the colder months.

1. Take Shorter Showers!

We know that sounds so simple and it is! When the weather turns cooler, it is ever so tempting to take a nice, long shower, but cutting down the time you spend showering is actually better for your skin. Ideally, you should not shower more than ten minutes using warm water. While a hot shower may be relaxing, many people use water temperatures that are way too high. Showers that are too hot can dry out the oils in your skin. If your skin is red when you step out of the shower, it’s time to adjust the temperature of the water to a warmer setting.

2. Moisturize… Moisturize… Moisturize!

During the winter months, your skin tends to dry out from a colder environment when we use more dry heat in our home and cars. For the best possible results, use lotion directly after showering, which will help trap in moisture quickly. In addition, remember to moisturize your hands frequently as well, preferably after each washing.

3. Use Sunscreen.

During the winter, most people forget about the need for sunscreen, but it’s just as important in the cooler months. Rays from the sun are always a viable threat to the health, and appearance, of your skin. In addition, bright reflections on winter days can actually magnify the sun’s rays, increasing the risk of sun damage. Get in the habit of using products that contain sunscreen every day, regardless of the season. Be sure to contact our aesthetician to learn about the specially-formulated products we carry that include sunscreen.

4. Eat Well and Stay Hydrated.

Did you know that not following a proper diet and staying hydrated can cause your skin to dry out, whether in the summer or winter? Make sure to eat foods that are rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. It is also extremely important to drink enough water throughout the day.

5. Switch Out Your Skincare Products.

During the winter, you need to use cream-based cleansers that will help your face stay both clean as well as moisturized. Avoid products that contain alcohol, since these are more likely to dry out your face and body. Don’t forget to moisturize your face and lips at night as well.

These tips may seem so elementary, but we constantly see skin issues arise from people not following these simple steps. The winter can be harsh to your skin, so come to our Medical Spa where we’ll show you the most current in skincare routines that will keep your skin healthy year-round.

TOO COOL! A FrozenC Facial

Cryotherapy sounds like an intimidating word, but instead is really wonderful, new technology that supports the FrozenC Facial.

This new aesthetic experience is, literally, the coolest by delivering medically therapeutic levels of extreme cold, which is clinically proven to increase blood flow and revive tissue! The Food and Drug Administration has cleared this tool to be used to:

  • Rejuvenate Collagen and Elastin
  • Shrink Pore Size
  • Kill bacteria and significantly improve Acne
  • Reduce the appearance of Rosacea

The FrozenC Facial is a truly refreshing experience, but also provides the coolest pre- and post-op inflammation pain reduction! Facial treatments only last approximately five to ten minutes each, while three to five treatments are recommended.

The procedure is completely safe because the device has sensors that provide feedback to maintain the proper temperature range.

Gulf Coast Facial Plastics, under the direction of Dr. Daniel Daube, is extremely proud to be the first medical spa in Bay County to introduce this extraordinary technological breakthrough. But this is just one of our exciting options that can be combined with the FrozenC Facial. Ask us about our LightStim treatment, which helps to firm aged or tired skin, and reduces the appearance of pore size, smooths and textures the skin to increase elasticity to recapture your radiant glow. Then, there’s our Dermaplane treatment, which provides a light facial exfoliation that removes dead skin cells and fine hairs on the face.

At our practice, we truly live out our slogan – Where Art and Medicine Come Face to Face. We want to help you put your best face forward by offering the very latest in technology. Call us today to book your appointment for the FrozenC Facial, a refreshing way to beat the heat!

3 Tips for Combating Wrinkles

From advanced professional products, over-the-counter anti-aging treatments, and everyday health habits that support a youthful appearance, it’s possible to reduce the appearance of those fine lines and wrinkles that make you look older than you feel. Make skin care a priority by working these three easy wrinkle-reducing tips into your beauty routine.

Protect Your Skin from the Sun

While being out in the sun can feel great, it can take a toll on your skin, leaving you vulnerable not only to cancer but also to signs of premature aging including heavy wrinkles.

If being out in the sun is a must, start your day by applying a sunscreen with SPF 30 protection or higher and plan to re-apply it as directed. Add a protective lip balm and consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat to help deflect UV radiation.

Find Products for Your Skin Type

The type of everyday skin care products you use matters. Facial cleansers and body wash for oily skin contain agents that strip away excess oils and if your skin is already dry, that could lead to more dryness that makes wrinkles look more pronounced. If you have sensitive skin or are prone to breakouts, heavy moisturizers with oils and waxes can clog your pores.

No single product works for everyone, but looking at labels carefully and choosing one for your specific skin type is a good first step to finding the products that will be most effective for you.

Less is More

When something works well, it’s tempting to think more is better, but some skin care products are designed to work with the skin’s natural rhythm and using them too often diminishes their beneficial effects. Anti-wrinkle peels and abrasive exfoliants used to remove dead skin cells can damage the new skin your body creates if they’re used too often. Moisturizers designed for daily use can suffocate pores when applied too often. Unless a medical professional recommends using a product differently, stick to the directions on product labels.

Healthy skin looks and feels great. If you’re satisfied with the products you use and love the results, keep up the good work. However, if the outcome isn’t quite what you hoped for, the team at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics can help find a solution for you.