5 Steps to Better Skin in the Winter

5 Steps to Better Skin in the Winter

Baby, it’s cold outside! This harsh winter weather can take its toll on your skin, but don’t worry – here are 5 tips to help keep your skin as soft as possible this winter season.

Add extra moisture.

Even if you consistently hydrate your skin, consider moisturizing more often or even switching to a heavier moisturizer during these cold days. Obagi Hydrate Luxe may be one to check out –its balm-like texture helps provide extra-rich moisturization. Both Obagi Hydrate and Obagi Hydrate Luxe feature the ingredient Hydromanil and can deliver moisture that lasts throughout the day.(1)

While you’re at it, remember to keep your lips hydrated with a moisturizing lip balm with skin protecting ingredients to help prevent chapping.

Stay warm.

Pretty obvious, right? But still essential. Do what you can to remain warm this winter: this means bundling up when you go outside, heating your house/room when necessary, and using a humidifier if you live in a dry climate. Your skin will thank you for taking this easy step in these colder months!

Up the fatty acids in your diet.

Foods that contain a good dose of healthy fats – including almonds, walnuts, salmon, and olive oil – may help keep your skin hydrated.(2) These are also superfoods that can help your heart health…so they’ll work double duty for you in winter!

Cool it with the baths.

Baths can be very relaxing and warming when it’s so cold out, but try to limit them this winter, and keep the water warm – not hot. Using hot water in your bath or shower can actually break down the lipid barriers in skin, which may result in moisture loss and can dry out your skin.(3)

Don’t forget sunscreen!

Just because you can’t see the sun as much in winter doesn’t mean it can’t affect your skin. In fact, UVA sun rays (which can penetrate into deeper levels of the skin and contribute to skin aging) are present year-round and can pierce through glass and clouds.(4) So, when we say it’s best to use a broad spectrum sunscreen every day, we mean EVERY DAY – winter included.

There you go – these 5 easy steps may make a difference between dry, chapped skin and more hydrated, softer skin this winter. Let us know what helps keep your skin moisturized when it’s cold outside!

References:

(1) TEWL/Moisturization evaluation of a skin care product. Data on file. OMP, Inc.
(2) True or False: Drinking Water Will Hydrate Dry Skin. Real Simple website. http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/skincare/does-drinking-water-hydrate-skin. Accessed December 15, 2014.
(3) Radiant in the Winter – Skin Care Tips. American Osteopathic Association website. http://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/about-your-health/health-conditions-library/general-health/Pages/winter-skin-care.aspx. Accessed December 15, 2014.
(4) Shining Light on Ultraviolet Rays. Skin Cancer Foundation website. http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb/shining-light-on-ultraviolet-radiation. Accessed December 15, 2014.

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