By Jim Fackrell, PA-C
Spring will bring the regeneration of the grass, trees and beautiful flowers. Unfortunately, the end of “old man winter” doesn’t always bring beautiful things. The bite of winter can leave your skin dry, flaking and, let’s just say it, “aged looking skin.”
Winter can really take its toll on healthy skin.
The heaters in our home dry out our environment and our skin. The wind and cold also wreak havoc on our overall skin health leaving it dry, scaling, wrinkled and sometimes cracked. Most veterans of the cold have become very well adapted to its stressors. They turn up their humidifiers on the heaters or place humidifiers in areas where they spend most of their time. However, the more experienced winter survivors will also integrate heavier creams that protect the skin barrier in such harsh conditions.
As we transition into springtime conditions, our tried and true “best friends” may no longer continue to serve us. Like trading your heavier clothes for the tank top and shorts, our heavier creams should also be traded for lighter lotions that double as a moisturizer and skin protectant from the sun.
Vitamin E, ceramides and sunflower oils help to trap moisture within the skin cells to keep cells moisturized. Both alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids are a plus in helping to replenish dry skin. Glycolic acids can also help to gently remove dead skin cells and leave youthful, glowing and revitalized skin.
Spring cleaning does not just pertain to cleaning your house. Cleaning and exfoliating your skin can eliminate the dry, scaling rough layers left over from old man winter.
Full body exfoliation should be considered for overall spring cleaning and exfoliation. Use the scrub of your choice, paying close attention to the upper and lower extremities, including your feet, to remove the undesired layers of skin. Removal of the hair is sometimes neglected ‘wink’ over the winter and is recommended to be accomplished after exfoliation is complete.
There are many techniques that can help our skin. The technique that we all must consider is incorporating a Specialist in skincare for our daily skincare regimens and visiting your local dermatologist for an annual full body and skin consultation every two years, or every year after the age of 40.
The protection and prevention of aging our skin should not only happen with the change of seasons or as we get older, it should happen before signs of damage occur. Early intervention will keep our skin looking younger longer and prevent skin damage, as well as some skin cancers.
If you find yourself a little behind the game in your skincare, the most important thing to remember is it’s never too late to start. Schedule a skin check with KMC Dermatology today. Call us at 844-KMC-DERM or visit our website at KMCPA.com.
1. Egg White and Citrus Face Mask (normal to oily skin)
Mix two raw egg whites with 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice. Apply to skin and let rest for 15 minutes until dry. Rinse well with warm water. The Result: Tighter pores and a brighter, less dull complexion.
2. Oatmeal Face Mask (sensitive skin)
Mix oatmeal with boiling water according to package instructions. Let cool, then apply to skin and let rest for 15 minutes. Rinse well with warm water. The Result: A radiant, moisturized glow.
3. Brown Sugar, Olive Oil and Ginger Body Scrub
Mix 2 cups of brown sugar with 1 cup of olive oil and add a small amount of ground ginger. Mix well into a paste. Using circular motions, rub your entire body, paying special attention to elbows, heels and knees.
Rinse with a body wash and wet washcloth. The Result: Softer, suppler and less dry skin.
4. Milk and Honey Foot Treatment
Pour 2 cups of milk per one cup of honey into a basin large enough to hold both feet. Soak for 15 minutes, lightly massaging the mixture into skin. You can also use the mixture to soak elbows, hands or pat gently onto the face and massage in. The Result: Softer, smoother skin without harsh exfoliation.
Jim Fackrell, PA-C
Legends, Leawood, Shawnee
Jim is a member of the Society of Dermatology and Physician Assistants with over 15 years of experience in Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. He served as senior medic for the US Army Special Forces where he trained to become a Physician Assistant. Jim has earned many accolades and recognition throughout his career. He has an excellent bedside manner with a genuine passion for his patients. A knowledgeable clinician, Jim has extensive experience and expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of complex dermatologic conditions, including skin cancer and psoriasis. With an excellent eye for aesthetic skin rejuvenation, Jim has a gentle and natural approach to injectibles and laser procedures. His surgical technique benefits from his aesthetic skills.
Shawnee: 6333 Long Ave. Ste. 360
Leawood: 11301 Nall Ave. Ste. 205
Legends: 10940 Parallel Pkwy. Ste. M
with locations in Topeka, Lawrence, and Manhattan
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