Cooler Weather & Lasers: The Perfect Combination

When we think of autumn, we conjure up images of colorful leaves, pumpkins, fresh corn, and frosty nights. Rarely do we think about the effects of colder weather on our skin. Luckily, our skincare experts always have your best interest in mind and recommend adding something else to your picture of the perfect fall: Lasers. Autumn is the ideal time of year to give laser skin resurfacing a try, for all of the following reasons:

1. Protecting Your Skin from Sun Damage will be Easier During the Fall

Laser skin resurfacing makes the skin temporarily more sensitive to sun damage—A side effect that’s much more difficult to work around during the summer months. In the fall, you’ll be able to benefit from the reduction of UVB rays that occurs as the earth tilts away from the sun (provided you live at a higher latitude). You’ll also be able to use the shorter days to your advantage by engaging in outdoor activities after the sun has set.

Just be aware that the lack of UVB radiation doesn’t mean you can skip sun protection altogether: We’re exposed to UVA radiation all year long, so you’ll still need to use sunscreen and cover up after having a laser skin treatment in the fall. You just won’t have to worry about damage occurring as easily with mild to moderate sun exposure.

2. You’ll be Able to “Reset” Your Skin After Summer

Even if you’re a disciplined sunscreen user, it’s not uncommon for some degree of sun damage to occur over the summer months. Consumer-grade sunscreens are not always as effective as they should be (up to 40% of drugstore brands don’t live up to their advertised SPF value), leaving our skin more vulnerable than we realize. Likewise, sunscreen may wash or rub off when we swim or exercise.

Even mild sun damage heavily contributes to the formation of new wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and areas of flaky or rough skin. If you start seeing more of these problems during the fall, it’s not your imagination playing tricks on you: You’ve sustained some degree of UV damage over the summer, but our Fraxel laser can help. By gently dissolving the uppermost layer of the epidermis (where most UV damage occurs), Fraxel laser treatment can erase many of the signs of photoaging. Laser skin treatments also increase collagen production, making the skin firmer, smoother, and stronger.

3. Your Skin Will be Glowing by Christmas

Having several laser treatments in succession can produce striking results, taking up to five years off the appearance of your skin. However, these treatments need to be spaced several weeks apart in order to give your skin a chance to regenerate between each session. Starting laser treatment in the fall is, therefore, the best way to ensure your skin is completely rejuvenated in time for the holiday season.

 4. You’ll Banish Breakouts

Fall is officially breakout season: During early autumn, our skin continues to produce excess oil, just like it does over the summer months. At the same time, the sudden influx of cooler air causes dryness and irritation. This leads to the development of breakout-prone “combination skin” that doesn’t respond well to topical treatments. Laser treatments, on the other hand, can control even severe breakouts by dissolving dead skin cells, opening the pores, and reducing the number of harmful bacteria on the skin. These treatments can also smooth out acne scars and tame redness and inflammation.

Autumn is already well underway, so if you want to enjoy these benefits, you should act soon: Contact the skincare experts at PSSF to book your laser treatment today.

Top 10 Beauty Tips to Stay Glowing in the Winter

Hydrating and moisturizing your skin can do wonders during the cold and dry winter season. Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg created this infographic that includes ten winter beauty tips to stay glowing in the winter. By following these tips, you can maintain your healthy glow all season long!

  1. Gently massage your face once a day to increase blood circulation. Oxygen flowing to your face will make the skin look radiant and glowing.
  2. Use a hydrating facial mask at least two to three times a week to increase the moisture content in your skin while nourishing it with nutrients.
  3. Invest in a humidifier to replenish the moisture level in the dry winter and HVAC air every night, relieving you of dry skin and sinus irritation.
  4. Sleep on silk pillowcases and sheets to minimize friction on your skin, as eczema, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis can be worse in the winter.
  5. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables everyday to give your body a vitamin boost, which can make you look and feel healthy.
  6. Take daily flaxseed oil supplements, which can help prevent wrinkles and can hydrate and smooth out your skin.
  7. Dry skin can lead to the appearance of more fine lines, so remember to apply eye cream to moisturize your under-eye area every single day.
  8. Limit your alcohol and caffeine intake during the winter to keep your body from dehydrating further, which can be unforgiving on your skin.
  9. Keep lips soft by dabbing on lip balm rich in castor oil, vitamin E, cocoa butter, or olive oil each night before going to bed.
  10. Use an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup instead of your regular makeup remove wipes, which can be harsh in the winter.

For more skincare tips, contact Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg.

Get Gorgeous Skin this Spring

Give your skin a springtime tune up. If you’ve got moderate to severe sun damage, come see us and ask about the Obagi Nu-Derm System. Clinically proven to be the best prescription based skin care system available for the treatment of sun damaged, pigmented, or aging skin, this system may be the solution you’ve been seeking for your skin. If you’re hiding your skin’s problems under a thick coat of makeup, come see us. Spring is a time for rejuvenation.

How Does It Work?

Most traditional skin care products treat the surface of the skin. Many do this job very well, but for problems that aren’t surface problems, these products can be ineffective. The Obagi Skin Health Restoration System works at the cellular level. It can correct surface discoloration and blemishes while stimulating cell renewal. This results in brighter, softer, healthier skin, and often a noticeable change in the appearance of age spots, discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles, etc.

This program isn’t one you do on your own. It works best when performed under the guidance of our specially trained physicians. We typically recommend using the skin conditioning program for 3 skin cycles (about 18 weeks) and then consider following up with an Obagi Blue Peel done by one of our physicians.

Other Spring Skin Care Tips

The Obagi Nu-Derm System is one of the best options available for total skin renewal and is highly recommended for those with significant sun damage. If your skin isn’t in need of a comprehensive renewal, try some of these other spring skin care tips:

  • Use Sunscreen– The Nu-Derm System is specifically designed for those with significant sun damage. If you don’t yet have moderate to severe sun damage, take the steps to prevent it. Wear a good quality sunscreen every single day. Use SPF 15 or higher for daily use and at least SPF 30 on days when you’ll have extended sun exposure. Reapply often. Sunscreen use is one of the best ways to keep your skin looking its best.
  • Try a Peel– Does your skin need a good “spring cleaning”? Come try one of our chemical peels. They can treat a variety of skin conditions including hyperpigmentation, dull skin, aging skin, and wrinkles. Peels loosen and remove the dead, outer layers of skin and allow fresh, healthy skin to shine through. We offer a variety of peels (from superficial to deep). Many of our peels require no downtime after treatment.

This spring make your skin the best it’s ever been; call us at 540-371-7730 to schedule your appointment.

Skin Care Tips for Gorgeous Winter Skin

Have you ever noticed that as the air gets colder your skin gets drier? Winter’s chilly air might be a welcome break from the heat of summer, but for your skin it is a time of serious adjustment. Cold air is less humid than warm air and when you fire up the heat inside, the problem gets even worse. To keep your skin looking radiant through the holiday season and until spring, try these simple skin care tips. This year make sure the only flakes in your life are snowflakes, not dry, flaky facial skin.

Switch Up Your Products

The transition between summer and winter is the perfect time to reevaluate your skin care products. Don’t just wander aimlessly down the beauty aisle at your local store; come in to Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg and let us help you find the right products for your skin. If you’ve been struggling with dry skin, battling acne that won’t go away, wanting to fade brown spots, or combating fine lines and wrinkles, we can recommend products that will target your problem areas.

Many of our patients love using the Obagi Medical line of skin care products, a unique facial care system that focuses on building a strong foundation for a lifetime of radiant, beautiful skin. Unlike store products, each product in the Obagi line works in synergy with the others for more dramatic results. With the Obagi line you’ll know that your skin care products are working together, not counteracting each other. You won’t find Obagi on the shelves of your local store, but we do carry it here and are certain that you’ll love it just as much as we do if you give it a try.

Moisturize More

One key for combating the dryness of winter is to step up your moisturizing routine. If you’ve only been the occasional moisturizer, make sure you do it every day, preferably after each cleanse. Moisturizing won’t just keep your skin soft; if you choose a moisturizer with an SPF you’ll also be protecting your skin from the sun’s rays and reducing your skin cancer risk. (The Obagi line includes sun protection.)

Exfoliate Less

Exfoliating to strip away dead skin cells is great skin care advice in the warmer months, but in the winter you’ll want to exfoliate less. Exfoliating can dry skin and during the winter you want as much moisture as you can get.

Skip the Hot Showers

A hot shower might warm you up on a chilly morning, but it will also dry your skin. Opt for a warm shower and a cup of hot cocoa instead.

Put the Twinkle Back in Your Eyes

If you want to reward yourself with a real holiday treat, give your eyes a boost this winter. The Elastiderm eye products from Obagi are some of our most popular sellers. They can noticeably tighten the skin around the eyes for a more youthful look. If your eyes have lost their twinkle and found a few wrinkles instead, give yourself the gift of Elastiderm this holiday season.

Winter might be dry skin season, but with a few changes to your skin care routine you can feel moisturized all winter long. Come see us for some personalized skin care advice or to give the highly recommended Obagi line of products a try.