For most of us, winter is the time of year when our skin does not feel its best. The cold and harsh British weather can really take its toll on the skin, and leave it looking and feeling dry and dull. As winter is now fast approaching, if you want to stay radiant throughout the winter months it is wise to kick your winter skin regime into motion now, and beat those winter blues.
We all know that our skin feels different at different times of year, and consequently it is important to ensure that the way you care for your skin changes accordingly. Winter really takes its toll on your skin, and constantly moving between the freezing outdoors and warm homes (with central heating on full blast) is what causes that annoying dryness.
Over time, if you do not protect your skin over winter, repeated dryness and under nourishing of skin can actually cause its elasticity and radiance to be lost, resulting in increased sensitivity. This will eventually lead to a drop in collagen levels, which inevitably means premature wrinkles and skin imperfections. You need to be aware that whatever skin type you think you may be normally, your winter regime must be adapted if you want your skin to remain youthful for as long as possible.
There are several key items everyone should keep at the top of their cosmetics bag throughout the winter, no matter what type of skin you have, and here at Skinstation our incredible Obagi range has everything you will need to keep your skin looking smooth and supple during winter for years to come.
The first step to year-round fresh skin is a good quality cleanser. If you want to keep your skin youthful, it is important to use cleanser twice a day to remove impurities and excess oil. At any time of year, soap is not recommended as an alternative to cleanser, but this is especially true during the winter as it can severely dry out your skin. For a great all-rounder, opt for Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser, which is suitable for all skin types and is carefully formulated to ensure that it does not remove essential moisture.
Next, if you want to keep your skin glowing without the help of the summer sun, you should invest in a good facial scrub, as the harsh weather and consequently dry skin causes a build up of dead skin cells. The only way to prevent your skin from looking dull is to gently exfoliate regularly. Either buy a more intense product and use it once or twice a week, or use the gentler Obagi CRx System C-Exfoliating Day Lotion every day to banish any dry areas.
Probably the most important factor during winter is to remember to moisturise, and the more the better. Pick a quality product such as Ogabi Hydrate, which is packed with natural ingredients, as well as Hydromanil; an ingredient which retains water and leaves your skin hydrated for up to 8 hours, thus fighting those nasty winter flakes. You should aim to moisturise 2-3 times per day during winter if you want the ultimate smooth skin, and the great thing about this product is that it does not clog your pores.
Follow this simple regime every day, and you will be well on your way to achieving that envious glowing look throughout the winter months.