If there’s one thing we can forecast for NYC winters, it’s that the cold weather can negatively impact your skin health. The dry winter months often require advanced, professional moisture repair to revitalize dull, flaky skin, extending beyond just the use of a medical grade moisturizer. When looking for solutions to rehydrate your skin, one of the treatment combinations we recommend is dermaplaning and HydraFacial. While both produce effective results on their own, when combined, they pack the ultimate punch of moisture.
Why Does Winter Introduce Unique Skincare Concerns?
You might notice changes in your skin once the temperatures drops — from increased dryness and flakiness to general skin dullness. Drops in humidity levels can also affect the skin in as quick as 30 minutes, decreasing skin elasticity and reducing the water content in the outermost dermis.
Research shows that prolonged exposure to low humidity, like during NYC’s chilly winter months, ultimately impacts the integrity of the skin barrier. Over time, skin becomes drier and rougher, and as the layers of the upper dermis shed, the pores can become clogged with dead skin cells.
When you consider the additional dryness of indoor heating, it’s no wonder why the winter poses unique skincare concerns that require a moisture boost. As pointed out in this study, New York City specifically experiences dry indoor air during the wintertime.
Benefits of Dermaplaning
During a dermaplaning treatment, we exfoliate your skin to gently remove the thicker, uneven outer layer of skin. Typically, dermaplaning addresses discoloration concerns, such as light scarring and sun damage, as well as clogged pores. Dermaplaning also creates a smooth foundation for cosmetics application and enhances penetration for skincare application.
Likewise, dermaplaning is a method to remove vellus hair, also known as peach fuzz, from around the cheeks and jaw. There’s a common misconception that removing peach fuzz will cause the hair to grow back thicker or more noticeable; however, that is not physiologically possible.
Dermaplaning removes 21 days’ worth of dead skin cells, so it’s best to allow the skin to complete its rejuvenation cycle (three weeks) before your next dermaplaning appointment.
Benefits of HydraFacial
A HydraFacial is a three-step medical facial that leverages medical-grade products to improve skin texture, nourish dry skin, and enhance overall radiance. At Tribeca MedSpa, we utilize SkinCeuticals skincare products to further customize the treatment based on your skincare condition and concerns.
A HydraFacial differs from other medical facials in that it uses a handheld device to cleanse the skin with just water, rather than with a chemical solution. After the skin is cleansed, it’s exfoliated with a combination of water pressure, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid.
Next, a vacuum-like tip gently suctions and removes remaining dead skin cells and debris from the pores, and then we apply a customizable chemical peel solution. To complete the HydraFacial, we use a personalized skincare serum that’s rich in moisturizing ingredients.
Similar to dermaplaning, it’s recommended to receive a HydraFacial once every three weeks or once every month for optimal results.
Combining Dermaplaning and HydraFacial for Maximum Hydration
When the temperatures outside cool down and the heater kicks on, we advise adjusting your skincare regimen to accommodate the drier environment. If your skin needs a bit of extra hydration, has become patchy or flaky, or impacted from clogged pores, we may recommend that you combine dermaplaning and HydraFacial.
When we combine the two treatments, the first step is to dermaplane your skin to remove dead skin and impurities, so the subsequent skincare products can absorb better. Following the dermaplaning is the HydraFacial. Because your skin has been prepped to better receive the products applied during a HydraFacial treatment, results are visible immediately after treatment.
Who is a Candidate for These Treatments?
Dermaplaning and HydraFacials are versatile and customizable, making them accessible to almost everyone except for those with active acne. Acne flare-ups that create raised bumps and pustules can become inflamed during dermaplaning, which is why we recommend waiting until the breakout heals to begin treatment. Those with active acne can receive a HydraFacial, though anyone with a contact allergy to shellfish should avoid this treatment due to one of the ingredients.
In addition to rehydrating dry skin, this treatment combination also addresses skin conditions such as:
- Oily skin
- Uneven texture
- Enlarged pores
- Dull complexion
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Brown spots
- Age spots
Why Tribeca MedSpa for Dermaplaning and HydraFacial?
Though dermaplaning and HydraFacial are both non-invasive and safe, you’ll want a trained and licensed skincare professional to perform the services. By engaging a reputable skincare professional, you can feel confident that they have the education required to properly analyze the skin, customize the services, and watch for any abnormal skin reactions.
If you’ve been curious about combining dermaplaning and HydraFacial to give your skin the extra dose of hydration it needs in the dry winter months, Tribeca MedSpa is your local skin authority, serving NYC clients since 2006. Led by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Gerald D. Ginsberg, our team of physicians assistants and medical aestheticians are experts at customizing a skincare solution to not only hydrate the skin, but also help rejuvenate and revive its appearance all winter long.
Speak with a provider about combining dermaplaning and HydraFacial.