5 Beauty Treatments That Are Actually More Effective In Winter

Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.
No matter what else is going on in our ever-frantic lives, our skin is always (rather annoyingly) front of mind. We collect countless serums and pencil in spa appointments to keep our most nagging concerns at bay. But since we’re bundled up from head to toe during the winter anyway, can't we just put our preening on pause?

Well, the colder months are actually prime time for ramping up on skin treatments. For instance, at-home hair-removal tools like the Gillette Venus Silk-Expert IPL work best on untanned skin. And laser facials can benefit from time spent hibernating indoors away from the sun. To break down which treatments are worth scheduling now and why, we spoke to dermatologists Dr. Sherry Ingraham and Dr. Amanda Doyle (with the Russak Dermatology Clinic in New York City). Hey, at least you'll have the perfect excuse for staying indoors and bingeing on TV.
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Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.
Roll It Out
Our skin takes quite the beating when the temperature drops. Dullness, redness, breakouts — we see it all. Dr. Ingraham suggests micro-needling (whether at-home or in-office) to cut down on dry skin and to promote collagen production. If you go the at-home route, be sure to smooth on a protective cream post-session. Look for one that contains ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids to restore lipids in the skin, says Dr. Ingraham, and you'll have a flake-free glow all season long.
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Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.
Zap Away
Shaving your legs and underarms every day can feel pretty pointless when you're just going to layer on sweaters and scarves. So to cut down on your efforts, consider an at-home intense pulsed light (IPL) hair-removal tool. A device like the Venus Silk-Expert IPL can be used to target the melanin in the hair follicle; with weekly use, the heat in the pulsed light breaks the hair-growth cycle permanently removing visible hair. The greater contrast there is between the color of your skin and hair, the more effective it will be. So if winter's got you looking ghostly, embrace it.
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Sculpt Smartly
We all have stubborn areas on our bodies that, no matter what we do, seem to remain unchanged. And we're okay with it. But if you've ever considered a body sculpting or body contouring treatment, we've been there, too. Winter is a good time to take the plunge, says Dr. Doyle. These treatments can take anywhere from one to three months before you see full results, so you may have more patience now than when warm weather hits. And heads up: Bruising on the treated areas is totally normal. All the more reason to cozy up under lots of layers.
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Look Into The Light
Winter naturally means more time spent indoors, so it’s the perfect time to repair sun damage from summers past. Use the colder months to schedule light-based therapies, like fractional laser facials or IPL photofacials, says Dr. Ingraham. Not only can you afford yourself some downtime to heal from any redness or swelling post-treatment, but you'll also be able to avoid significant sun exposure which can cause hyperpigmentation.
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Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.
Peel Back The Layers
While we all know a chemical peel can reveal a glowing, healthy complexion, it's the gross, peeling skin afterward that keeps us from booking appoints on the regular. Our advice — watch the weather reports. Snowstorm coming? Book a peel and hibernate for the weekend. When you shovel yourself out post-storm, your skin will be glowing and bright.
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