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DETROIT, MI, April 02, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Winter in the Midwest this year saw major storm warnings through February and March, disrupting several major cities. Dr. Mark N. Berkowitz of Accents Cosmetic Surgery & Medical Spa (www.accentscosmeticsurgery.com) warns patients that neglecting skin care under such conditions could have serious consequences. The winter months can be severely damaging to exposed skin, causing accelerated aging and skin blemishes.
"Winter is intense, especially in Michigan," says Dr. Berkowitz, who performs cosmetic surgery procedures for Detroit residents as well as men and women from Grand Rapids and all across Michigan. "When spring finally arrives, it's the perfect time to give your skin the extra healing attention it needs."
Dry air during the winter months affects the moisture level in the skin as well. Lips and hands are particularly susceptible to extra dryness due to cold weather. This is often exacerbated by the use of soaps and cleansers that remove the skin's naturally protective oils.
"Preventative care is the first step toward healthier skin during winter," adds Dr. Berkowitz. "But even if you take excellent care of your skin, chances are that you will start to notice signs of aging on your face, hands and other exposed areas. That's where skin care procedures at my practice can help."
At-home skin care tips include using a humidifier, applying moisturizer daily, switching to lukewarm water and wearing soft silks or cottons to buffer sensitive skin against itchy (but warmer) fabrics like wool. The delicate skin around the eyes can be shielded against the winter sunlight by wearing sunglasses, and scarves and gloves protect the face, neck and hands. For any areas of the skin left unprotected by physical barriers, use a moisturizing SPF lotion or sunscreen.
"Most of us are glued to our SPF during the summer, but we can forget that winter sunshine is just as bad for our skin," Dr. Berkowitz says. "Always apply sunscreen before going out, even if it's below freezing, and use SPF protection for your lips as well."
When moisture and warmth begin returning to the outside air, med spa treatments like those offered from Accents Cosmetic Surgery & Medical Spa can rejuvenate winter-damaged skin. Medical-grade skin care products can help restore lost moisture, while laser resurfacing can repair uneven skin tone and minimize fine lines and wrinkles.
"We often recommend microdermabrasion as the first step in recovery from the cold Detroit winter," says Dr. Berkowitz. "Microdermabrasion removes old, dead skin cells that contribute to a worn, aged appearance and give skin a fresh glow to greet the new season."
Led by Dr. Mark N. Berkowitz, Accents Cosmetic Surgery & Medical Spa (http://www.accentscosmeticsurgery.com) serves Michigan residents from its suburban Detroit location. As one of only 19 Michigan surgeons with advanced training in oculofacial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Berkowitz is sought after by patients from across the state, from Lansing to Grand Rapids, and beyond. From facelifts to anti-aging medspa treatments, Accents continues to lead the way in patient satisfaction and excellence in results.
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