5 Treatments Our Editors Always Get in the Winter
As the weather cools down and daylight hours diminish, a unique opportunity arises for your skin. All the heavy clothing and minimal sun exposure makes it the perfect time to try certain skin care treatments and procedures that may be too harsh to do in the summer. So, get a jumpstart on spring-cleaning your skin care routine with our editor-approved treatments to better your skin in time for the new season ahead.
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“I LOVE the Halo laser. I’m chronically red, and when it gets cold, the redness flares up. I don’t do it a ton, but when I do, my complexion and pores look so much better for about two to three months. It’s also smart to do it after summertime if you want do tackle discoloration (who doesn’t?).”
—Liz Ritter, Executive Managing Editor
“As the saying goes, 'a summer body is made in the winter,' so I decided to be proactive and undergo a couple rounds of SculpSure. Because results are best seen after 12 weeks, the timing is perfect to start now. The procedure is only 25 minutes and I don’t find that it hurts at all (although pain level varies by person and body part), and I actually find the general warming sensation somewhat pleasant. The best part? There’s pretty much no downtime or discomfort after the procedure is complete, so you can just get on with your day.”
—Carolyn Hsu, Site Director
Laser Hair Removal
“Call me lazy, but all forms of hair removal are such an annoyance to me. Shaving is time consuming and waxing is expensive, so after years of endless razors and wax appointments, I wanted something more permanent. My solution? Laser hair removal. Because this treatment works best on dark hair and pale skin, winter is the perfect time to get all my appointments in. Plus, you need to keep the treated areas out of the sun after each session, which is much easier to do during the colder months. I’ve been going to LaserAway for my appointments, and it’s so fast, easy and painless that I can’t wait to go back in for another appointment."
—Julie Ricevuto, Digital Beauty Editor
“I struggle with some pretty gnarly spider veins on my upper thigh and knee area, which seem to get larger and darker with each passing year. This past fall I decided to finally do something about it. My dermatologist injected the veins with Asclera, a specialized solution that makes them collapse almost instantly. A few of the veins didn’t want to leave their new found home and didn’t disappear as fast as I thought they would—one even bruised bad enough to the point that I had to avoid wearing short skirts for about two weeks. This is definitely a beauty treatment to do during the winter months when you’re keeping your legs under wraps just in case you bruise, one turns dark or they don’t collapse on contact. This way, no one (but you) really knows what’s going on under your jeans, and come summer, your legs, like mine, will definitely be spider-vein free!”
—Elise Minton, Executive Beauty Editor
“Regular facials admittedly seem indulgent, and in all honesty, I don’t really enjoy getting them because my mind always seems to be going a million miles an hour while I’m on the table, but this is my top skin care splurge in the winter. I don’t need a pampering one—I just need someone to get in there, get going with the extractions and get me on my way. I love Tracie Martyn because you literally leave looking like you’ll never need makeup again; for something fast with no-frills, you can’t beat one of the Skin Laundry locations."
—Liz Ritter, Executive Managing Editor
"I always find myself reaching for my GloPRO (it’s an at-home microneedling roller—if you don’t have one yet, it’s worth every penny!) this time of year because my skin looks extra dull and dry. The process is painless, takes just a few minutes and lets my products penetrate so much deeper into my skin for a healthy glow year-round. I’m obsessed!"
—Danielle Fontana, Assistant Editor