The shift from summer to winter not only affects our wardrobe, but significantly impacts our skin, too. The cold, dry winter air can make our skin prone to dryness, breakouts, and various other issues. Our skincare routine needs a seasonal update, just as our closets do, to better protect and nourish our skin in the colder months.
Winter presents us with specific facial skin concerns such as dry skin, UV damage, vascular lesions, hyperpigmentation, and the appearance of freckles. Body skin also tends to show discolouration, a mismatch of skin tone, paleness, dryness, and, surprisingly, an increase in hair growth.
Luckily, InMode's cutting-edge treatments, such as Lumecca, DiolazeXL, and Vasculaze, are designed to address these common skin concerns. Lumecca works to counteract hyperpigmentation, freckles, and vascular lesions, DiolazeXL effectively handles unwanted hair growth, and Vasculaze targets vascular lesions. Let's dive deeper into why your skin will thank you for keeping up with treatments during the winter season.
Common Face Issues in Winter
As we navigate through the winter season, our face is often the first to feel the brunt of the harsh weather. Several common facial skin issues tend to flare up during the colder months, leaving many of us grappling with new skincare challenges. Some of the most common issues include:
During winter, your skin is up against a variety of moisture-zapping factors. Chilly winds outside and warm, dry air indoors can strip your skin of its natural oils, leading to a loss of moisture and making the skin feel tight and dry. This moisture deficit often manifests as flaky patches, rough texture, a feeling of tightness or itchiness, and in some cases, can exacerbate skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Skin's natural exfoliation process also slows down when it's dry, leading to a buildup of dead skin cells that can make your complexion look dull and lifeless. The drop in temperatures also causes blood vessels to constrict, which can deprive your skin of necessary nutrients, worsening the dryness.
While it's easy to associate UV damage with sunny summer days, it's crucial to remember that the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays are present all year round, even on the cloudiest winter days. This continuous exposure can lead to skin damage, contributing to premature ageing, hyperpigmentation, and in some cases, increasing the risk of skin cancer.
Just because you're bundled up doesn't mean you can skip the SPF! It remains an essential part of your skincare routine, winter or summer, to protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation.
Vascular lesions, including spider veins and broken capillaries, can become more noticeable during the winter months. This is due to the dramatic temperature changes when moving from a cold outdoor environment to a warm indoor one, as these fluctuations can cause blood vessels to contract and expand rapidly.
These small, dilated blood vessels can create red, web-like networks on the skin that may cause cosmetic concerns. Pale skin associated with winter can make these vascular lesions appear more prominent, which underscores the importance of proper skin care and treatment during these chilly months
Hyperpigmentation refers to the darkening of an area of skin due to an excess of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its colour. During the winter months, existing hyperpigmentation can become more pronounced. This may be due to the lower light levels in winter, causing the skin to overproduce melanin as a form of protection.
Freckles, small, concentrated spots of pigment, are generally a result of sun exposure, and they can darken or multiply as a result of UV radiation. Even in winter, freckles can still darken. Just because the weather is cooler doesn't mean your skin isn't still susceptible to the sun's effects!
Common Body Skin Issues in Winter
As we bundle up for winter, our body skin also bears the brunt of the colder weather. Many people experience skin issues and changes in skin tone and hair growth during the winter months. While these issues might be hidden under layers of clothing, it's important not to neglect them.
Discolouration & Mismatch of Skin Tone
As your skin sees less sun, it may become lighter, revealing areas of uneven pigmentation or previous sun damage that was masked by a tan. This discolouration can occur anywhere on the body, making your skin tone appear patchy and uneven. These changes can be due to a reduction in skin cell turnover during colder months or prior sun exposure that has caused permanent changes in pigment cells.
Winter months often mean less exposure to sunlight, leading to paler skin. This can exacerbate the appearance of blemishes, dark spots, or discolourations. While embracing your natural skin tone is always recommended, for some, this seasonal change may lead to a desire for treatments that rejuvenate and revitalise the skin's appearance
The dry and often harsh winter air can sap the moisture out of your skin, making it feel tight, rough, and uncomfortable. This dryness isn't just limited to your face; the skin all over your body can experience these changes. This lack of moisture can disrupt the skin's barrier function, making it susceptible to irritation and inflammation.
Interestingly, our body hair growth may also increase during the colder months. This is due to the body's natural tendency to grow more hair to help insulate itself against the cold. In modern times, where most people have heating in their homes and warm clothes to wear, this additional hair can often be seen as more of a nuisance than a necessity.
How InMode's Technologies Help
As we grapple with these common winter skin issues, it's comforting to know that InMode's cutting-edge treatments are designed to combat these problems. Offering a suite of treatments to address a variety of skin concerns, InMode has innovative technologies that can help rejuvenate your skin, promoting a healthier, more youthful appearance, irrespective of the season.
Lumecca by InMode is a powerful Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment device specifically designed to treat a variety of skin issues. From reducing the appearance of vascular lesions and hyperpigmentation to improving skin tone and texture, Lumecca has you covered.
During the winter months, when skin is often paler, it's an ideal time to use Lumecca. The contrast between the darker pigmented spots or blood vessels and the surrounding lighter skin increases, making the treatment more effective. With Lumecca, you can brighten up your complexion and tackle those stubborn chilly winter skin issues.
InMode's DiolazeXL is an advanced diode laser system designed to target and reduce unwanted hair growth. Winter is an ideal time to undergo DiolazeXL treatments, as the skin is less exposed to the sun. By starting your sessions during this season, you can achieve long-lasting hair reduction, enjoying smooth, hair-free skin in time for summer.
Vasculaze is an innovative technology designed to effectively treat vascular lesions, such as spider veins and broken capillaries. It offers a non-invasive solution, delivering targeted energy to the affected area, causing the blood vessels to coagulate and be naturally reabsorbed by the body.
Don't let winter dull your skin's radiance. Experience the transformative power of InMode's advanced treatments, including Lumecca, DiolazeXL, and Vasculaze. With the winter season providing optimal conditions for recovery and results, now is the perfect time to prioritise your skin's health. Find an InMode partner clinic near you today. For more information, get in touch with us.