The holidays are rapidly approaching, so it's time to get your skin glowing! With lots of holiday parties, family gatherings, and tons of photos, your skin needs to be at its best.

There are so many procedures and creams available now, but patients often don't know when to try these procedures so that they are ready in time.

Here is a timeline that you can follow for procedures and treatments that will have you glowing in time:

Timeline

6 weeks

1 month

1 week

Day before

Laser resurfacing- non-ablative

Fraxel laser

  • Treats wrinkles, fine lines, scars, and pores.
  • Redness for 5-7 days.
  • 1-3 months to see the result of each treatment.

Botox

  • Relaxes the muscles in the face to soften the appearance of wrinkles.
  • 7-10 days to see the results.

Cleansing brush

  • Helps get rid of dead skin cells and helps exfoliate to brighten the skin.
  • Don’t over use them! Use only 1-2 times a week to keep your fresh look.

Hydrating creams

  • Plumps up the appearance of the skin with hyaluronic acid.
  • Look for Neutrogena Hydraboost!

 

Fillers

  • Fills in areas of volume loss and fills in deep lines.
  • Results are immediate but you can have swelling and some risk of bruising that can last 10 days.

At home glycolic peels

  • Helps get rid of dead skin cells to get rid of the dullness.
  • Try DCL 10 or 20% glycolic peels or L’Oreal glycolic pads.

 

 

IPL, lasers for redness, or lasers for pigmentation

  • Helps with brown pigment and clear blood vessels to even out your complexion.
  • Allow 2 weeks to see the results.
  • With IPL, you can have some darkening for 7 days.

 

 

Overall, in the winter months, our skin becomes dry, chapped, and even cracked. Cold weather, wind, low humidity, and dry indoor heat all contribute to water evaporating from the skin and leaving it dry. In addition to procedures, here are a few tips to get holiday-ready, radiant skin from your daily routine:

Avoid harsh products. Try to avoid facial products that contain alcohol, such as toners and astringents. Products containing retinoids or retinol are great for your skin, but they can be drying and slightly irritating in the wintertime.  You can use them every other night.

Drop the hot showers. It's comforting to take long, hot showers or baths, but these actually dry out the skin. Try to take relatively short, warm baths or showers.

Moisturize. Try to moisturize your skin at least twice a day. The best time is immediately after a shower or bath. Thick, rich creams are best for moisturizing and maintaining the skin's protective barrier.

Nazanin Saedi, M.D. is a board certified dermatologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and an assistant professor of dermatology at Thomas Jefferson University. She is the director of the Jefferson Laser Surgery and Cosmetic Dermatology Center. Dr. Saedi is a specialist in cosmetics and Mohs micrographic surgery.


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