’Tis the Season for Soft, Supple Skin

Woman testing bath water temperature

Winter is on its way, and with it 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 protect your skin than throwing on a cute hat and this year’s trendy coat. Obagi® makes it easy to love your skin with these winter-proof tips:

Be a Bathing Beauty

Plan to take extra steps to 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 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 skin care physician about Obagi®Professional-C Serums, our award-winning antioxidant serums that contain a concentrated dose of Vitamin C and leave your skin feeling dewy soft. The rich formulas can help protect your skin’s surface and 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 supple2 (yes, sun damage can and does occur in winter). We suggest a high-level protection sunscreen such as Obagi Nu-Derm® 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 heal and protect your skin from the ravages of winter weather.3

All of these tips should help to minimize the discomfort (and the effects) your skin will 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!

References: 1. Skin care for dry skin. WebMD Web site.
http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/cosmetic-procedures-skin-care-dry-skin. Accessed September 17, 2012.
2. Sun-damaged skin. InteliHealth Web site.
http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/9339/9409.html. Accessed September 12, 2012.
3. Watson S. Skin care vitamins and antioxidants. WebMD Web site.
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/beauty-.... Accessed September 17, 2012.

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