Fall is finally here, and if you live in Arizona you are probably anxiously awaiting the end of triple digit weather. The change in the seasons also signals a time to change your skin care regimen. The top layer of your skin is constantly turning over to reveal new skin, but during the cooler times of the year skin turnover slows down. This slowing process causes a resultant dullness from excess dead skin layers. You need to incorporate exfoliation into your fall/winter regimen.
For exfoliation I like a product from the cosmeceutical line Image called “Total Resurfacing Mask.” This product can be used at home two to three times a week and is three pronged. The first prong is appropriately sized mechanical beads, the second prong is pineapple and papaya enzymes, and the third prong is healthy chemicals like alphahydroxy acid.
If you feel like you need an increased boost, more of a clean slate, you can go to a medical facility that offers Hydrafacial MD Treatments. It is a medical grade facial that involves a four step process. The first step is full face exfoliation for more glow and to unclog your pores, the second step is full face extraction for every pore on your face, the third step is a light no peel chemical peel for superficial lines/wrinkles/pigmentation, and the last step is deep vortex driven hydration.
Speaking of hydration, it’s content tends to decrease in your skin during the cooler months. You need to change your lighter summer moisturizer to a product with a higher moisture content. I like a product from Tensage Biopelle called “Stem Cell Cream.” This product has an excellent hydration content but also includes several other ingredients to get more bang for your skincare buck like retinol and stem cell activators. Retinol is a light resurfacer and is great for age management or to minimize scarring. Stem cell activators recruit the magical cells in your body, stem cells, that haven’t decided what they are going to be when they grow up. This causes them to become new skin cells resulting in younger looking skin.
It is also time to repent for your summer sun sins! We all get more sun exposure during the summer than we should, this causes accelerated aging and uneven pigmentation from sun spots. You can get ready for the myriad of upcoming parties and family events with a few quick, minimal down time procedures like photo facials, micro-needling, or chemical peels. It is important to get a skin consultation from a qualified physician to decide which procedure is best for your skin type and condition.
Lastly, don’t forget your sunscreen. This is the easiest, cheapest way you can maintain your results and prevent accelerated aging. An SPF of 30 or more should be used every single day applied on your face, neck and chest. With these few simple tricks you can look your best and shine for the holiday season!
Written by: Dr. Jannessa Iannitelli
Dr. Jannessa Ianniteli owns and operates Enhanced Image Med Spa in Glendale, Arizona. She believes in a whole body and life approach to medicine and Aesthetics. Dr. Iannitelli is a member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery, American Osteopathic Association, American College of Family Practice, American Women’s Medical Association, and the American Academy of Pain Management. She received the George Wong, MD “I Care” Humanitarian Award at Pacific Hospital of Long Hospital and the Academic Excellence Award in Family Practice.