AdobeStock_77168767Nothing is more festive than a warm drink, a crackling fire and a quiet moment of intimacy with loved ones. Unfortunately, there’s more to the holidays than seasonal beverages and catchy jingles. Those picturesque moments of holiday cheer take work to bring to the table and may have you strained to your limits. All of that holiday stress can wreak havoc on your complexion, so once you’re done spreading the cheer, here are some treatments that can help bring some shine back to your skin.

1. Microdermabrasion

High levels of stress produce cortisol, which slows down the biological processes of skin cells. What this means for your complexion is a build-up of dull, dead skin, as the cells take longer to surface and flake off. One way to deal with that build-up is with microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure that uses tiny crystals to exfoliate the skin. After the treatment, your skin may temporarily appear more pink than usual, but it will fully recover within twenty four hours—without all the excess flakey dead skin.

2. Chemical Peel

Another way to exfoliate excess dead skin from the stress of the holidays and cold winter air is through a chemical peel. As the name implies, the treatment involves using a chemical solution to remove the outermost layer of your skin. In addition to exfoliating, chemical peels can also improve acne, age spots, irregular skin pigmentation and other conditions.

3. Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is one of the more straightforward approaches in exfoliating spa treatments. During the treatment, a medical professional gently shaves off the uppermost layer of skin using delicate strokes with a scalpel. Aside from being an effective procedure for exfoliating, dermaplaning also does wonders for removing peach fuzz. There’s no need to worry. Contrary to old wives tales, removing these tiny fine hairs does not cause them to grow back any thicker than they were originally.

4. Microneedling

Another way to rejuvenate your complexion is through stimulating its own natural restorative processes. Collagen and elastin are proteins responsible for giving skin its elastic qualities and structures, as well as promoting the growth of new skin cells. Microneedling stimulates elastin and collagen production by introducing microscopic channels on the surface layer of the skin, thus triggering the body’s natural collagen and elastin production cycles. The key difference between microneedling and microdermabrasion is that microneedling is non-ablative. In other words, it does not remove the surface layer of the skin.

5. Laser Skin Rejuvenation

Lasers have been used in cosmetic settings for a number of years. Throughout this time, they’ve undergone a number of innovations, the latest of which are referred to as fractional lasers. On a basic level, fractional lasers work similarly to microneedling. Small portions of the uppermost layer of skin are removed to stimulate the collagen production of deeper skin layers. Fractional laser therapies accomplish this by charging your skin in a regularly placed grid. The treatment can do wonders for addressing lines, wrinkles, blemishes and even scars.

6. Injectables

Sometimes the damage done over a particularly stressful period, or many years of aging, can’t be addressed with some of the earlier mentioned treatments. Luckily, there are a variety of dermal fillers, such as RADIESSE®, available for treating deep wrinkles. RADDIESSE® in particular, in addition to being a volumizing filler, also stimulates collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin, allowing it to do wonders for wrinkles and furrows.

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