Skin in the Game
Artistry of Face owner Kelly Heffernan shares tips for helping your skin thrive through this long, masked, upstate winter.
By Kelly Heffernan, MS, FNP-BC
What can people do at home this winter to combat dry, flaky or dull skin?
Just as the first flakes of snow arrive each winter, so too does dry, flaky skin on our face. As we move indoors to drier heat, our skin loses moisture, leaving us with flaky, dry, irritated skin. Important steps to healing dry skin include:
• Gently cleansing it with a hydrating face wash such as ZO hydrating cleanser.
• Applying hydrating products to the skin, such as PCA hyaluronic boosting serum, followed by a thick, hydrating moisturizer such as the ZO Renewal Crème or Skinceuticals Emollience.
• Not neglecting the hands and body, too! Applying a thicker moisturizer such as EltaMD Moisture Rich Body Cream immediately after showering will help lock in moisture.
Now that we’re all wearing face masks so frequently, what can we do to combat that dreaded ‘maskne’?
With daily use of our face masks, we’re starting to struggle with acne breakouts referred to now as “maskne.” Whether it be from the friction against or occlusion of our skin, wearing a mask can cause blocked pores, trapping dirt and bacteria inside it. A simple skincare regimen such as a ZO Maskne kit is a lifesaver for acneic, irritated skin. The kit includes products to cleanse, exfoliate, reduce oil and sebum production and a benzoyl peroxide product used for spot treatments!
What treatments can people get that are safe and specifically target winter skin issues?
Whether suffering from dry skin or maskne, the most beneficial, customizable skincare treatment that Artistry of Face offers is the Hydrafacial. This procedure is like having three different facials all in one! The treatment involves a gentle exfoliation of skin—it clears congested pores and then infuses rich moisturizers and antioxidants to protect and quench your skin. Your skin will be plumped and glowing after your treatment.
What can we do now to prepare ourselves for the coming spring and summer months?
With bathing suit season just around the corner, now is the time to think about those stubborn pockets of fat that no number of sit-ups, planks or pushups will get rid of. Sometimes referred to as “muffin tops” or “love handles,” they can easily be treated with CoolSculpting. The abdomen, arms, legs and that little pouch under the chin are just some of the areas that can be targeted. It can take up to three months to see results, so this is the perfect time to freeze your fat away!
Kelly Heffernan is the owner of The Artistry of Face in Loudonville and a nurse practitioner with more than 25 years of medical experience. She specializes in the art of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures and is also a Clinical Educator, teaching doctors and nurses across the country the art of injections and the understanding of facial aging process.