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The DMS Glow Guide: How to Plan for a Beautiful Year

Feeling like summer is about to slip away is no fun. That is, until we start thinking about all the wonderful fall activities we have to look forward to, namely rebooting our skin! 

As we at Dormer Medical Spa know, fall is the BEST time of year to get your skincare regimen sussed out for the year ahead. So we are going to break down what you need to know about how to plan your skincare maintenance routine to keep you glowing year round!


Fall is an excellent time to sit down and assess your skincare calendar. Now that the days are getting shorter and the sun’s UV rays are becoming weaker, it’s the right time of year to get a peel and to start or resume a retinoid program.

Peels are a great way to jumpstart your skincare routine and start addressing sun damage that you may have racked-up over the summer months. While peels are mainly known for sloughing off dead surface skin cells, peels also stimulate collagen and help your skin absorb anti-aging products better. In our office we use a range of peels to address issues such as fine lines, tone and texture, as well as hyperpigmentation. If you are unsure of which peel is right for your skin type, schedule a consultation with a skincare professional to assess your skin’s needs. 

For best results, you should consider starting an ongoing retinoid regimen about two weeks after your peel. While retinoids have been known to get a bad rap, they are the only scientifically proven product to combat aging. When used correctly, retinoids stimulate collagen growth, which in turn plumps skin to maintain it’s youthful appearance and texture. 

Once your skin has finished exfoliating, peel treatments should be followed-up with a medical facial to get out the gunk that has built up under the layers of dead skin. After that, you can resume a normal schedule of monthly maintenance facials. 

For maximum benefit, peels should be repeated every 2-3 months, or as needed, during periods of the year when you won’t be getting much direct sun exposure. So, if you schedule a peel for early fall, you will be on target for a mid-winter peel, with your last peel sometime at the beginning of spring. 

When scheduling your peel, make sure you give yourself enough time to finish exfoliating before attending an event or a party. Because a peel treatment takes about 3-5 days to simmer down, you probably don’t want to schedule this type of treatment within a few days of any major holidays, events or get togethers! So, if you have any red carpet style events in the near future you want to be flawless for, we suggest scheduling your peel about two weeks prior to the event. 

The same advice is true for scheduling injectable treatments such as Botox or fillers. It usually takes about 7 to 10 days to see the full effect of a Botox treatment, and it make take up to 2 weeks to start to see the final result of a filler treatment, depending on the type of filler used and area being treated. 

To top everything off, it’s important to remember that even thought the days are getting cooler and the air is getting crisper, you are still being exposed to damaging UV rays. This is especially true on cloudy days. Make sure you are wearing sunscreen on a daily basis to minimize sun damage. 

Now that we’ve talked about the face, let’s not forget the body!  And as you might have guessed, the fall is an excellent time to start body treatments. This is because (if you’re above the equator) the sun’s UV rays are gradually retreating to their weakest state, which means it’s the right time of year to embrace high-energy laser treatments, such as Laser Hair Removal or Photorejuvenation

Similar to peels, laser treatments are best administered on skin that won’t be getting much UV exposure and on skin that has finally let go of its previously sun-kissed state. This is because proceeding with laser treatments once skin has reverted to its non-tanned state is essential to minimizing the risk of hypo-pigmentation and hyper-pigmentation.

Types of laser treatments to begin for the first time include laser hair removal for full legs, bikinis and underarms. Laser hair removal treatments require 1 to 4 visits at intervals of 6 to 8 weeks, depending on how fast your hair grows. So, if you start a laser hair removal treatment of a new area in late fall, you will be done with treatments by early spring!


As well all know, long winter months can wreak havoc on our skin. Not only does our skin have to battle chafe-inducing wind and freezing temperatures, it also has to contend with the over-drying that can occur with indoor heating. Needless to say, this is the time of year when daily moisturizing becomes an essential part of your skincare routine. 

When selecting a moisturizer it’s natural to assume the heavier the formula the better, but the real question you should be asking is, why is my moisturizer so heavy? And you might be surprised to hear that the answer is probably wax

Waxes are used as a sealant in most moisturizers. This is because the moisturizing agent needs a mechanism for sealing in the external moisture being applied. While this is a perfectly safe and standard practice, it doesn’t do much to address the underlying issues of helping your skin to create more of it’s own natural moisture. 

So, how do you stimulate your skin to create moisture? For starters, making sure you are hydrated is a great step, as everyone knows making sure you are drinking enough water on a daily basis is fundamental to overall wellness.

Our second suggestion is to make sure you integrating a serum that helps your skin produce its own moisture. One solution is Dr. Anita’s Counter Intelligence Moisturizing Serum. When used daily, this serum helps to keep skin balanced and skin’s own moisture creating structure functioning properly. 

The third step toward reviving winter-weary skin is to remembering your mid-winter peel, followed by a hydrating medical facial. This will clear away dry and dead skin cell build-up on the surface of your skin, which will allow your skin to absorb moisturizer better.

For those who tend to have severely dry skin we suggest incorporating a moisturizing mask into your routine, once per week as needed, or until the issue is resolved. In our office, we suggest using Dr. Anita’s S.O.S Moisture Mask. This mask goes on clear and can be washed off after about ten minutes to provide light to medium moisturization. For more intense moisture, you can leave it on all day as you would a regular moisturizer. By the way, this mask also does wonders for frequent flyers, whose skin can dry out big time during those long flights.

Lastly, this is an important time of year to give your eye area some TLC. While it is always advisable to use an eye cream daily, frigid weather can dry out the delicate skin around your eyes, which contribute to the premature formation of fine lines and wrinkles. 

A great way to revive tired eyes is with light chemical peel designed for use around the peri-orbital area. This treatment helps minimize fine lines, wrinkles and crows feet, while increasing skin firmness and decreasing in the appearance of hyper pigmentation and dark circles in this delicate region. This treatment requires 4 applications, spaced 1-2 weeks apart. So, if you schedule your first treatment in early to mid-winter, you will be finished with treatment by the early spring.  

For eye area maintenance, our secret weapon is Dr. Anita’s ICU Eye Serum. It not only moisturizes the tender eye area, but also softens lines… all while firming up your skin! The best part about this product is that its extremely potent, lightweight formula absorbs quickly into the delicate under-eye tissue. 

Finally, even though the winter days are short, you can still be at risk for incurring damage from UV exposure. This is especially true for people who enjoy outdoor winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, or maybe even snow-tubing. Heck, even snow shoeing on a sunny day can leave you with sunburnt if you aren’t careful. That is why is it essential to continue using sunscreen on a daily basis.


Now that you are certain that you have survived winter, it’s time to make sure like you look like you’ve survived it too! But if you’ve been following this guide, you should be on target and experiencing glowing skin already!

Early spring is when you will want to consider scheduling your last peel for the year, and when you should be winding down your retinoid routine until next fall. 

This spring peel is essential for stripping away the last of the dead and dry skin that has built-up over the winter months. We suggest scheduling this peel for sometime in March so that you are done exfoliating just in time to enjoy warming days! 

This is also a great time of year to meet with your aesthetician for a rejuvenating facial. At this appointment, you can reassess how things have been going and make a plan for how to care for skin throughout summer. Sneak peek: LOTS of sunscreen.

Other great spring therapies include Oxygen/LED therapies, which help keep skin glowing. Oxygen treatments maximize absorption while toning your skin. They also minimize recovery time from breakouts by drying up bacteria and flooding the area with healing oxygen.

LED therapy helps with collagen stimulation, suppressing the formation pigment, calming inflamed skin, speeding-up lymphatic drainage, and killing acne-causing bacteria. 

More exciting, is that both of these therapies can be administered year-round, and can keep sun damage at bay throughout the summer months. 


Well, it’s official: you have made it through another year, beautifully! But before you rush off to the Jitney, make sure to take stock of the condition of your skin and what changes you might need to make to your routine. If you have problem or acne-prone skin, you will want to discuss a summer maintenance routine with your doctor. You may need to integrate products into your routine that manage oil, especially if you have stopped your retinoid routine for the season. 

We also suggest continuing with regular maintenance, such as facials to keep skin clear of dirt and oil build-up. Some of our favorite summertime facials are our Exfoliating Oxygen/LED Facial, and for special occasions, our super luxurious, Red Carpet Facial. 

To top things off, we want to remind you that sunscreen is essential during this season. To apply sunscreen correctly, make sure you are using a golf ball sized amount for the face, and about 1 ounce for the body. 

We suggest using Dr. Anita's Remember Me No Tears Sunscreen. Not only is it formulated to be non-irritating for use around the eyes, it's also jammed packed with anti-aging benefits. We find this sunscreen acts as the perfect skin primer, setting make-up beautifully for all day wear!

If you would like to book an appointment or have any questions about Dormer Medical Spa Services or Dr. Anita products, send us an email to or give us a call at 212.535.5905.