With Winter comes the many joys of the season: snowflakes, hot chocolate, roaring fires, and dry, scaly skin. Whether you’re turning up the heat or braving the wind and cold, do more to help protect your skin than throwing on a cute hat and this year’s trendy coat. Suddenly Slimmer Day and Med Spa makes it easier to love your skin with these winter-proof tips:
Be a Bathing Beauty
Plan to take extra steps to help keep your skin from becoming dry and itchy after you bathe since the low humidity of winter won’t do your skin any favors. Keep the water lukewarm and stick to short baths: hot water might help soothe your muscles, but soaking in it for long periods of time will definitely take the natural oils right out of your already dry, irritated skin. You’ll also want to look for bath oils containing mineral oil (but without detergents, which strip your skin of natural protective oils) to help hold in the moisture your skin has absorbed during your bath.1
Apply This Defense Against Mother Nature
Once you’re out of the tub, the trick is to pat the skin dry (rubbing can irritate already sensitive skin) and moisturize while it’s still damp. Ask your Medical skin care practitioner about Obagi Professional-C Serums, Obagi’s award-winning serums contain a concentrated dose of Vitamin C and leave your skin feeling dewy soft. The rich formulas can help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles made prominent by dry skin.
SPF is also key, since sun damage can deplete skin of the natural oils it needs to stay supple two (yes, sun damage can and does occur in winter). We suggest a high-level protection sunscreen such as Obagi Sun Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50,* our award-winning sunscreen that protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays and has a sheer, matte finish that feels great on your skin.
Banish Blah Skin From the Inside Out
Your skin needs H20 more than ever in the winter months, so while you’re concentrating on drinking adequate amounts to stay healthy, don’t forget that drinking 10 to 12 glasses a day can also help maintain your skin’s outer glow. With glass in hand, be sure to take a multivitamin to help further improve your skin from the ravages of winter weather.
All of these tips should help to minimize any dryness your skin may suffer in the months ahead. If you have any tried and true tips to keep skin looking and feeling good all season long, feel free to leave them in the Comments section below. After all, it is the season for sharing!