Q&A

BACK TO SCHOOL TIPS FOR YOU!

Question

Now that the kids are back at school, it’s time to treat myself and my skin. What do you recommend?

Answer

The kids are back in school, fall and the holidays
are fast approaching, so take advantage of September and early October – before things get even busier – to help your skin be its best!
Start by repairing sun damage from the summer. If you haven’t used a retinoid like Retin-A before, now may be the time to start. Retin-A speeds up the turnover of dead skin cells, and can help to repair skin from the damaging rays of the sun.
But don’t think you can make up for a lack of sun-block by using retinoids either. It’s so important to not allow your skin to be on the receiving end of sun damage to begin with. That means you need to use, or continue using sun-blocks in fall and winter. In fact, the sun is no less damaging this time of year; it’s just that with cooler temperatures you think it is, and you can be deceived into leaving your sun-block out of your skin-care routine. Don’t– and don’t forget the backs of your hands in the mix. The skin is thinner there, so your hands often show age, including sun spots and wrinkles, first.
Here’s a tip: an anti-oxidant, like coffeeberry or green tea polyphenols, dramatically helps protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun. Use it underneath sunblock, but consider changing the formula for fall. Maybe you were using an anti-oxidant serum for the summer? Now it may be time to change to a richer cream.

Question

Should my skin-care regimen change with the upcoming cooler months?

Answer

Yes; changing the formula for your antioxidant is just one good option to consider. In fact, you will likely notice with the advent of cooler air that your skin, even if it was oily over the summer, becomes drier. Never mind how it looks and plays havoc with your makeup, it feels awful! Do you keep wearing flip-flops and t-shirts in a Chicago fall? No? Then your skin care “wardrobe” should change too.
First, consider switching cleansers to one that has a hydrating component. Then, you may want to find a richer moisturizer, and
one that includes a humectant, which pulls moisture from the atmosphere into your skin. Also, think about using your alpha-hydroxy product or your retinoid a little less frequently. The point is to maintain a protective barrier for your skin. Don’t let it get stripped away by treatments that were great in summer when oil was your problem, but might be more drying in the fall when summer humidity is gone.
But don’t make the mistake of thinking you can’t exfoliate in dryer months. Just the opposite is true. Without some exfoliation, dead, dry skin can build up and actually keep your moisturizers from getting where they are needed. “Balance” is key., and experimenting early in the season to help you find the right mix of products and frequency will help you find yours.
One tip I share with all my clients: Get a humidifier, or
get it out of the attic now. Dry air will pull moisture from your skin, simple humidifier puts it right back in. And if you have a
“whole house” humidifier on your furnace, don’t forget to change the filter and turn it on before the first frost. But still consider supplementing your whole house unit with a separate one in your bedroom for those long cold winter nights. Your skin will be more moist, supple, and grateful!

Question

This is great information, but I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. How can I get help this fall and winter to make my skin, with its particular issues, look its best?

Answer

In addition to the great lines of targeted products we have in our office, we are known for our unique touch when it comes to microdermabrasion, glycolic peels and facials, and more.
We at Steil Dermatology would be happy to meet with
you and talk about your unique skin-care needs. We’ll do a personalized assessment, and even create a plan that works just for you and your sin care goals.
You’ll be amazed at the more beautiful, healthy you that we can help you discover at Steil Dermatology. You do so much for others; why not give your skin a fabulous fall?
Call our office today to schedule your consultation.