Body-contouring procedures — nonsurgical treatments that promise to freeze fat or build muscle while you lie there — are soaring in popularity. Are they for real?

To Laura Salter, a fashion and lifestyle blogger, it seemed that no amount of diet and exercise would shrink her love handles or inner thighs. She thought that what she called the “obvious bulges” in her clothing were affecting her self-confidence and thus her work, but liposuction wasn’t an option. She has three children and no time for recovery.

So in February 2018, Ms. Salter, 42, decided to have her fat frozen off, paying $2,400 — yes, a blogger who paid — for a roughly two-hour cryolipolysis, or fat freezing, session. (Fat cells freeze faster than skin cells, so a roll of it can be clamped by a machine and literally frozen to death.)

Agony level: five minutes of “Ooh, this is awful,” she said, until each part went numb, followed by 20 minutes of “sharp, stabbing” post-treatment pain as the nerves thawed.

She was back in spin class two days later, feeling a little bruised. CoolSculpting, the brand name for the treatment, had promised results in two to three months, and sure enough, at the two-month mark Ms. Salter suddenly noticed the fat was gone — by her own measurement, one and a half inches off each thigh and half an inch off each love handle.

You change your wardrobe each season — so why not change your skin care routine, as well?

GMA” spoke with skin care experts about how the change from summer to cooler months can affect your skin.

“I often tell my patients that when you begin layering your clothing in fall, it’s also a good time to start layering your skin care,” said Dr. Whitney Bowe, a leading NYC-based board-certified dermatologist and author of “Dirty Looks: The Secret to Beautiful Skin.”

“As we transition from the balmy days of summer into the cooler days of fall, the air becomes more dry,” Dr. Bowe said. “This cooler, dry air steals the moisture out of our skin. Without healthy hydration, skin loses elasticity, ages more quickly, and in general, looks dry, flaky and dull.”

The secret to lustrous hair and glowing skin is being filthy rich — in bacteria and natural oils.

Skin experts say that when it comes to cleaning ourselves, less is more. This is despite the huge amount of cash Americans spend on their beauty products — the industry was valued at $532 billion in 2017, according to Orbis Research.

“The No. 1 mistake Americans make is over-washing,” Upper East Side dermatologist Whitney Bowe tells The Post. “We are obsessed with this squeaky-clean feeling, but that sensation is a sign that you’re doing some major damage.”

Over-cleaning, as well as the overuse of synthetic oils and harsh chemicals, are doing more than messing up your hair and complexion — they’re fueling “a dramatic rise in chronic skin conditions today,” including eczema, rosacea, psoriasis and acne, says Bowe, the author of “The Beauty of Dirty Skin.”

Now, a growing chorus of pros and regular folks are advocating for less lather and more muck. Here, no-suds supporters break down the best washing practices for radiant and healthy skin and hair.

I began covering beauty in the 1980s — yes, I could be old enough to be your grandmother — starting out at New York Magazine and the Village Voice; then going on staff at Lear’s; and then contributing to publications including AllureSelfGlamourMonocle, and the New York Times (to name a handful). And as much as I sometimes wish I evolved into a minimalist, the reality is that I’ve become even more of a skin-care and makeup fiend over the years. I try everything that cosmetics companies send me, I can’t help but stop and reconnoiter any Space NK or Sephora I’m passing by, and I’ll even wear lipstick and eyeliner to the gym (though not a lot).

Peter Thomas Roth 3% Glycolic Solutions Cleanser

This is my favorite morning exfoliating face wash. I use it several times a week, letting it sink in for up to two minutes before rinsing it off. That way, it clears away dead skin, tightens the pores, and leaves my complexion with a mild buzz. If you’re new to chemical skin exfoliants/AHAs (which are shorthand for alpha hydroxy acids, such as this formula’s glycolic acid), here is the perfect gateway slougher. New York City–based dermatologist Whitney Bowe agrees, saying this cleanser’s short-contact application makes it a twice-weekly “stepping stone” on your way to more concentrated AHAs.

Craving validation of the dermatological variety, I approached Dr. Whitney Bowe, the author of The Beauty of Dirty Skin and a dermatologist known for debunking long-standing myths in the skin-care space. (She is basically the reason everyone and their gastroenterologist is obsessed with probiotics.) Did she think there’s a relationship between very heavy breathing and very good skin?

Shockingly, she does not laugh in my face. “Absolutely there is a connection,” Dr. Bowe says. According to her, it comes down to the relationship between stress and skin.

Dr. Bowe poetically describes “the slow boil of ongoing, unremitting stress from life in general” as a “big-time skin villain,” noting that deep breathing benefits the skin because it benefits the body’s stress response. Chronic stress (which can manifest as anxiety, depression, burnout, et al.) activates the sympathetic nervous system. This sets off a chain of unpleasant events, including “surges in stress hormones such as cortisol and the subsequent breakdown of tissues such as collagen,” as well as garden-variety inflammation and oxidation, says Dr. Bowe. Over time, the skin looks older and is less equipped to protect itself from environmental aggressors. It produces more sebum and even “leaks” water, leaving it simultaneously oily and dehydrated, a truly terrifying combination. “Any of the Big Four skin conditions — acne, eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis — can be part of this picture,” the dermatologist adds.

When customers message Nicolas Travis, the founder of the skin-care brand Allies of Skin, with questions about their sensitive skin, he asks them what other products they’re using. Ninety-nine percent of the time, he said, it’s something with drying alcohol or harsh essential oils.

“I have to tell them, ‘You’ve just spent years of using really badly formulated products, which is like years and years of eating junk food,’” said Mr. Travis, whose company is based in Singapore and is in stores in 15 countries, including the United States. “I say, ‘Your skin isn’t sensitive, your skin barrier is just really weak.’”

Ask aestheticians and dermatologists what problem they’re seeing these days, and as often as not the answer is a broken-down skin barrier. Little wonder, then, that the new beauty buzzwords are “barrier repair” (and its cousin “barrier protection”).

A broken barrier — symptoms include inflammation and patchy, flaky skin — can eventually lead to other problems since it means the skin’s defenses are compromised. Besides sensitive skin, barrier dysfunction is also partly responsible for rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and acne, all of which are on the rise, according to epidemiological studies.

Peels sometimes get a bad rap. While they’ve been proven to reduce serious signs of aging—spots, red marks, uneven texture—and hailed as the miracle product by dermatologists across the globe, a handful of cautionary tales (and at least one infamous Sex and the City episode) linger in the imagination. And yet, according to experts, the resurfacing treatments remain one of the most effective skin solutions out there, and are completely safe for year-round use—with a few simple rules to take into account during summer, when the potential for post-treatment sun damage is higher. Here, New York City dermatologist Whitney Bowe, M.D., shares her top tips for peeling safely during the warmer months.

A dermatologist has issued a warning about the importance of protecting lips with SPF, explaining how neglecting to wear appropriate products can lead to severe burns, and even skin cancer.

New York-based skin expert Dr. Whitney Bowe revealed to DailyMail.com ‘most people don’t realize that your lips can become sunburned’ just like your skin, while explaining that UV damage to your pout can lead to skin cancer, which is ‘aggressive and prone to spreading’.

But despite the danger of going without a lip SPF, Dr. Bowe said that many people still aren’t aware of the risks, noting: ‘It is very important to protect your lips from sun damage [but] lips are often neglected when it comes to sun protection.’

You already know how important it is to use SPF daily, but did you know that for extra protection, there’s clothing and accessories that can also help protect you from harmful rays? Instead of SPF, clothing and accessories have UPF – ultraviolet protection factor. So along with looking summer chic, you can be sun smart too!

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