Everyone’s skin is different, and in the winter it makes it especially difficult to maintain. For many people winter does more than just add a little color to your cheeks, it also brings uncomfortable dryness. Many different factors affect your skin and let me tell you a little bit about them. Dryness can come from heat being turned on indoors, the wind hitting your face while walking, and natural aging. As we age the hyaluronic acid that naturally occurs in our body diminishes leaving your skin with less moisture.  With all of these factors encouraging the dryness it is hard to keep the healthy level of moisture our skin needs to have during these harsh winter months.

This doesn’t mean you have to buy expensive products, it means you have to find the right ones. The most important thing to keep in mind is to make sure you are using the product correctly. Half of the commercials I see on TV are all marketing some kind of miracle eye cream, or moisturizing lotion promising to rid you of wrinkles, and keep away dryness all at the same time! It sounds great, but in reality, they don’t work. Maybe you have found a moisturizer that works for spring and summer, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to work in the winter. Conditions change, and so should your skin care routine.

This winter invest in some good moisturizer and sunscreen- yes sunscreen, the winter sun, combined with snow glare, can damage your skin.

Many lotions in the stores are labeled as ‘night creams’ which are oil-based, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good product. Not all oils should be used on the face. Instead of oil-based products, look for “non-clogging” oils such as avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil or almond oil. Avoid Shea oil, butter, and vegetable shortening that are found in most creams. These products will clog your pores, make you feel greasy, and it will just sit on the skin, contradicting all that you are trying to do.

Lotions also containing “humectants” (glycerine, sorbitol, and alpha-hydroxy acids) attract moisture and help keep your skin healthy.

The one product that I can swear by is Obagi. This is because it is physician-dispensed, prescription strength skin care system that can actually transform your skin at the cellular level.

How do you know if you should use Obagi? If you have you ever experienced sunburns, daily sun exposure, hormonal changes, stress & environmental pollution, or if you have a genetic history prone to aging skin, then Obagi will work for you.

Regardless of your condition, or skin type, Obagi has demonstrated clinically significant results. In a recent study involving 301 patients, Obagi showed 2-3 times greater improvement than any other commonly used stand-alone treatments. * published in Cosmetic Dermatology

“Patients with mild to moderate photo damaged skin enjoyed greater improvements in key measures of photo damage, including wrinkles, firmness, and hyperpigmentation” according to Obagi.

If you want a product that works, and if you want fresh beautiful skin, then stop listening to the commercials, and buying unnecessary cream that isn’t going to work anyway. Do some investigating before buying the products, and educate yourself on the reason you are using them and the match the product with the results you want to have. Make a consultation if you haven’t already, we will be so glad to help you out with your skin care concerns and get you on the right track. Feel free to leave comments or ask questions, and we will be glad to help you find a provider in your area that would be right for you.

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