Prepare your skin for winter

Have you noticed that your skin is drier during the Toronto winter months? Lower temperatures outside, decreased humidity and indoor forced air heating all contribute to water loss in the skin. The result is dry, flaky, itchy, uncomfortable and unattractive skin. Dry skin also has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. Several skincare products need to be switched during different seasons. The light-weight moisturizer that you use during the summer may not be rich enough for you in winter. As well, your face and body require different products for optimal results. Dermatologist Dr. Martie Gidon, Director of Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa, shares some tips to help you prevent dryness and maintain a clear, healthy complexion throughout the winter season.

1. Prevent Dry Skin

Say GoodBye

Pass up those long, hot showers and use warm water instead for 5 to 10 minutes. Use a mild, fragrance-free hydrating body cleanser and exfoliate your body at least once a week so moisturizers can penetrate more effectively. Gently pat your skin dry with a soft towel.

2. Upgrade Your Body Moisturizing Routine

Ensure you use the appropriate moisturizer for your skin type and use it frequently, especially right after your shower to lock in water. Apply moisturizers that contain humectants, emollients and even occlusive ingredients if you are very dry. What’s the difference amongst these ingredients? Humectants attract water into the skin and include glycerin, hyaluronic acid, ceramides and alpha hydroxy acids. Emollients restore the skin barrier and smooth the skin, and include lipids, oils and shea butter. If your skin is very dry, you can also add a moisturizer containing occlusive ingredients such as silicone, lanolin and white petrolatum to seal in water.

3. Facial Skincare

Wash your face twice a day with a mild, fragrance-free cleanser. Gently pat skin dry and apply products lightest in texture first, such as antioxidant and hyaluronic acid serums. Moisturizer comes next and then sunscreen, yes, even in the winter. Use oil-free products if your skin is oily or acne-prone. At night, add your repair product such as a retinol or glycolic acid and top it with your moisturizer. Don’t forget to treat your neck as well. Remember to exfoliate gently twice a week to remove dead skin cells, improve product penetration and help skin glow. Add a lip balm to prevent chapped lips.

4. Try a Mild Hand Soap

Cold temperatures, frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers all contribute to dry, chapped hands. Use a gentle soap and after washing or using a hand sanitizer, apply moisturizer immediately afterwards. Wear gloves outside and protective gloves indoors for any housework or food preparation. Use a rich hand cream at night and if you are very dry, wear cotton gloves as well.

5. Foot Work

Dry heels are a common concern during the winter. Pumice feet after soaking or bathing, use an AHA moisturizing cream to help exfoliation and top it up with an emollient cream. Pull on some booties for an overnight treatment.

6. Turn on your Home Humidifier

It’s surprising how many patients say they have a humidifier but it isn’t turned on! Although indoor heating keeps you comfortable in your home, the hot, forced air causes dry skin. A humidifier will re-introduce moisture back into the air to help keep your skin hydrated.

7. Drink More Water

Are you drinking enough fluids? Your skin cells are made up of water and just like any other body organ, it won’t function at its best without it. Studies have not proven that drinking eight cups of fluids per day will prevent dry skin, but it does keep our bodies healthier.

8. Wear Comfortable Clothing

Avoid rough clothing next to your skin. Wear soft, cotton fabric and then heavier woollen clothing over it if necessary. Layering is a good idea since you can remove layers to prevent over-heating which is uncomfortable for skin.

Need more advice on your skincare routine? Talk to our team at Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa for more advice on calming your skin during the colder months. Give us a call at 416-483-4541 or fill out a contact form to learn more.

Written by Dr. Martie Gidon

Gidon Aesthetics and MediSpa - Center for Laser Skin Resurfacing, Laser Skin Tightening and Cellulite Treatment. Cosmetic Dermatology practice of Dr Martie Gidon in Toronto providing a wide range of laser and light based therapies.

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Skin Care Decoded: A Basic Guide to Common Ingredients

Have you ever thought about the ingredients that are actually included in your personal skincare products? It’s safe to say that with the abundance of options on the market, along with the plethora of ingredients they contain, most of us have been confused by the labels on our favourite brands at one time or another. It’s best to see a Toronto dermatologist if you’re unsure of what will work best for your skin concerns.
Here’s a simple breakdown from our Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa team.
• Hyaluronic Acid: A transparent, gel-like molecule contained in dermal fillers that is produced naturally in the body to keep the skin and connective tissues lubricated and cushioned. It helps the skin absorb and retain water. The synthetic version in skincare products moisturizes and plumps skin while making fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable.
• Ceramides: Lipids (fat molecules) that help protect the skin’s outer barrier, shield it from harmful environmental elements, hold onto moisture to keep skin supple, smooth, and moisturized, and bind skin cells together.
• Glycerin: Attracts water from the surrounding atmosphere into the outer skin layer to keep skin dewy and replenish moisture to prevent dehydration. It also supports the skin barrier to stop water loss.
• Antioxidants: Vitamins and minerals that prevent and reverse damage from free radicals – molecules that harm the skin cells.
• Retinol: An antioxidant derived from vitamin A that encourages skin cell turnover, new blood vessel production, and collagen regeneration.
• Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta-Hydroxy Acids (BHAs): Exfoliate skin to remove dead skin cells and unblock pores. BHAs such as salicylic acid penetrate deeply into the pores to strip away excess oil.
• Caffeine: Helps to reduce swelling and inflammation while tightening and brightening skin.
• Isopropyl Alcohol: Enhances skin penetration of other ingredients and acts as a preservative but can cause dryness and irritation.
• Zinc Oxide: A mineral that physically blocks a wide range of ultraviolet rays and blue light. It also protects skin from irritants.
We’ll help you build a customized skin care routine for your unique skin type and concerns. For more information, contact Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa to request a consultation with Toronto dermatologist Dr. Martie Gidon. Give us a call at 416-483-4541 or submit your info via contact form.

Written by Dr. Martie Gidon

Gidon Aesthetics and MediSpa - Center for Laser Skin Resurfacing, Laser Skin Tightening and Cellulite Treatment. Cosmetic Dermatology practice of Dr Martie Gidon in Toronto providing a wide range of laser and light based therapies.

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8 Ways to Improve Sun-Damaged Skin

Many of us wish for a golden, glowing tan, but spending hours in the sun unprotected isn’t advisable, giventhe risk of skin cancer, heat exhaustion, and eye damage. In fact,excessive levels of sun exposure are also thought to be the primary cause of accelerated aging. Sun damage, also referred to as “photoaging,” happens when damage accumulates on the skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays, resulting in brown spots, redness, rough spots, lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and skin cancers. The best way to protect yourself against these changes is simply to follow sun safety practices such as wearing abroad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30+ each day, seeking shade and wearing protective clothing plus sunglasses. Our Gidon Aesthetic & MediSpaclinic recommends these skin resurfacing tools for Toronto patients to correct skin imperfections.

1. Fractional Laser Resurfacing

If your skin is sun-damaged, you may have wrinkles, age spots, blotches, loose skin, and spider veins. Fractional laser skin resurfacing uses tiny columns of energy to stimulate collagen remodeling in the deeper layers for a smoother texture and clearer tone.

2. IPL Photorejuvenation

IPL (intense pulsed light) is a light-based treatment as opposed to a laser. It creates a more even skin tone by minimizing sunspots, freckles, spider veins and other types of discolouration with brief pulses of light that cause pigment to be eliminated.

3. Microneedling

Another effective way to kickstart collagen production from the inside out is with microneedling. This treatment involvesmicrofine needles that create controlled injuries to stimulate new collagen. Radio frequency can be added as well as personalized serums to enhance the treatment.

4. Photodynamic Therapy

Photosensitizing agents are applied to the skin and activated with light to destroy damaged cells.

5. LED Photomodulation

LED photomodulation is a non-ablative, low-intensity light therapy that enhances the skin quality with pulses of red or blue light.

6. Microdermabrasion

The microdermabrasion device gently exfoliates to rejuvenate dull or damaged skin while encouraging more collagen development. The skin immediately feels soft and smooth.

7. Chemical Peels

The chemical solution exfoliates the damaged surface layer of skin to reveal fresh, smooth skin.

8. Medical Grade Therapeutic Skin Care Products

At Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa, our experienced team can analyze your skin and determine which therapeutic skin care products would be best for your skin type to help prevent more sun damage, reverse existing damage and maintain the effects of in-office treatments.

Interested in reversing the signs of sun damage on your skin? Each patient is unique – we can help you create a treatment plan for your specific concerns. To explore options for skin resurfacing, contact our Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa practice serving Toronto and surrounding areas. Give us a call at 416-483-4541 or fill out a contact form.

Written by Dr. Martie Gidon

Gidon Aesthetics and MediSpa - Center for Laser Skin Resurfacing, Laser Skin Tightening and Cellulite Treatment. Cosmetic Dermatology practice of Dr Martie Gidon in Toronto providing a wide range of laser and light based therapies.

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