For all of the reasons to love chillier weather (comfy sweaters, outdoor fun, frizz-free hair), there is one major downside: Dry skin.
Cold temperatures, harsh winds, and time spent indoors with dry heat can wreak havoc on your skin. The chilly weather dries the outer layers of your skin, making your complexion feel tight, scaly, and uncomfortable. Cold winter air is far less humid than warm air, which means skin will be drier in the winter months. Harsh winds make conditions worse by causing moisture to evaporate more quickly from the skin. According to dermatologists, indoor conditions in the winter can be just as bad for complexion. Indoor heating is abusive for the skin. It pulls the moisture out of the air, which is dehydrating.
10 tips for healthy glowing skin!
1. Gentle Cleanser
Switch your cleanser for winter. Use only gentle cleansers that don’t strip your skins natural oils, breaking-down your skin’s fragile outer barrier. For your face use the Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser, the mildest cleanser that does the job. Don’t shoot for that tight ‘squeaky clean’ feeling after washing because it means that you removed too much of your natural oils and actually irritated your skin. Your skin is protected from chapping by this outer dead skin cell layer called the stratum corneum. The foaming agent in many soaps remove your natural oils that hold this layer together, causing the layer to weaken. When you take that weakened layer into harsh weather and temperature extremes it can’t hold up.
2. Winter Glow
A good idea is to start using a serum (we recommend the Obagi Professional C Serum) to complement your daily moisturizer. A serum penetrates and hydrates cells in the lower layer of the skin so that when they rise to the surface, they’re plump and healthy
Depending on how oily or dry your face is, we recommend exfoliating one to three times a week, at the end of your shower when your pores have been steamed open. The Obagi Nu-Derm Exfoderm Forte contains Lactic acid and Glycolic acid which works deeper within the surface layers of the skin to remove dead and damaged skin cells and impurities. But never exfoliate more than three times a week or else you might wind up breaking down your skin’s natural barrier function and make your dry, flaky skin worse.
4. Drink Water
You’ve heard it repeatedly, but drinking water is more important than ever during the winter. It keeps you hydrated internally and helps the rest of the body in many of its functions. Clearly, water is essential. Though experts recently questioned the benefits of drinking copious amounts of water to keep the skin soft (some state this water cannot have any effect on the epidermis itself, since the skin’s condition is determined specifically by external factors), it’s still a good idea in general to drink water. However, while it won’t hurt the skin to drink it to maintain your skin’s optimum health, don’t rely on it as a dry skin cure-all.
5. Love Your Lips
Lips need skin care love, too. Use an exfoliating treatment once a week to remove dead skin from your lips because soft, supple lips help you achieve a dewy look. You can make you own at home treatments for lips, mix a little olive oil and sugar and apply with a toothbrush, work slowly and gently to remove dead skin. Avoid scented lip products or lip stains that are heavy on drying ingredients. These products keep your color in place, but they dry you out, too. Instead, tuck a lip balm in your pocket for quick lip relief.
6. Slap On The Suncream
No, sunscreen isn’t just for summertime. Winter sun — combined with snow glare — can still damage your skin. Try applying theObagi Nu-Derm Sun Shield SPF 50 to your face and your hands (if they’re exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside a long time.
7. No Hot Baths
Sure, soaking in a burning-hot bath feels great after frolicking out in the cold. But the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture.
8. Don’t forgot your body
Skin is the largest organ in your body, so you must moisturize all of it, not just from the shoulders up. Whatever you do for your face, you should also be doing for your body, especially in frosty weather. To keep your Decolletage looking radiant and with a youthful glow the Obagi Elastiderm Decolletage will help to achieve this.
9. Bright Eyes
Dull mornings don’t have to mean dull looking eyes. Keep your eyes looking fresh and awake with an eye cream. The ELASTIderm Eye Treatment Cream is perfect for keeping the skin around your eyes taught therefor making you look more radiant. If you prefer an eye serum then try the ELASTIderm Eye Complete Complex Serum which contains caffeine which is an antioxidant that helps reduce puffiness under the eyes, all delivered by roller ball technology!
10. Pamper your hands
The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it’s harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and cracking. Wear gloves when you go outside; if you need to wear wool to keep your hands warm, slip on a thin cotton glove first, to avoid any irritation the wool might cause. Try the Restylane Hand Cream which builds up your own protective skin barrier, thereby restoring your hands inherent softness.