CHARLOTTE, N.C. - "I think in the winter you just have to pay more attention. Especially, you know, today it's 36 degrees and I can just tell that my face is just tighter than it usually is," says Uptown Charlotte resident Michael Trent. The 37-year-old has been seeing a medical esthetician for skin care for three years. He says, "It's been a noticeable difference ever since. I definitely get compliments every once in a while."
Trent's learned, among other things, to use a heavier moisturizer in the winter. Charlotte Plastic Surgery's Melody Palmer, a medical esthetician, says with winter's drier atmosphere, putting moisture back into your skin is crucial. She says, "Think of your heavy night cream but you can use them twice a day."
Skin care doesn't have to be costly. Many of Palmer's products are comparable to drug store or department store prices. She even recommends a drug store cheapie as great lip moisturizer at night: Aquaphor. She also has this skin trick: "Sometimes what works for me is putting a humidifier in your bedroom at night, help your skin, your hair, even the inside of your nose and throat feels better, more hydrated."
Palmer says it's also important to wear sunscreen on your face, neck and hands during the winter. UVA rays penetrate the skin regardless of weather. Plus, now is the time to exfoliate, either manually or chemically. Palmer says, "Any of those things that make you more photosensitive, it's better to do in the fall and winter months."
Palmer says preventative care now is more affordable than spending thousands of dollars later on lifts and lasers. Trent agrees. "Surgery's expensive and it's a lot cheaper to pay for what I'm doing now than down the road pay for a face lift. Not that I'm opposed to it, but if I can avoid it, I will," he says with a laugh.
Palmer says sun damaged skin is especially prevalent in the South. She says skin care for both men and women is important after the age of 25 and definitely by 40.