5 Skin Treatments That Are Better to Do in Winter

As the urge to hibernate starts to officially set in this winter, consider turning those extra layers of cashmere and hours at home into a beauty advantage. The absence of powerful sun rays and inflammatory heat during the coldest months makes it the ideal time to book treatments that would require a recovery parasol (and sometimes a full caftan cover-up) in the summer months.

Whether it’s scheduling a dreaded laser hair removal session or finally ridding yourself of that once-inspirational tattoo, these treatments are better endured now than later, according to Manhattan’s most in-demand dermatologists.

3. Cellulite Reduction

If you’re considering taking the plunge into smoothing procedures such as Cellfina, which uses a small needle-sized device to treat the cellulite-forming bands just beneath the surface of the skin, bundling up is the perfect way to hide any bruising or irritation that might result, according to Patricia Wexler, M.D., founder of Wexler Dermatology. “Cellulite reduction is most frequently done in winter months, when clothing is more complicated and concealing, and activities such as outdoor sports and sun exposure are at a minimum,” she says.

5. Laser and Light Treatments

“The best winter treatments for skin are those targeting pigmentation,” says [a dermatologist at] Wexler Dermatology. “You can have all the wrinkles in the world, but if your tone is even, then it almost does not matter.” [Our] go-to picks for winter brightening are light and laser treatments like IPL (intense pulsed light) and Fraxel. IPL targets pesky blemishes, redness, and brown spots, while Fraxel targets pigment to even out color, or it can single out water to help with fine lines and texture. In either case, now is the time to do it. “Post-treatment your skin is slightly more sensitive to light,” [we] explain, “which can result in new, unwanted spots.”

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