With the changing of the seasons can come some unwelcome changes for your skin. Drastic weather fluctuations demand that our skin adjusts quickly. The skin’s outer layer can crack, or become dehydrated or inflamed. Another factor in creating dry skin is what happens in everyday life inside your home. Those long, soothing hot showers can actually dry out your skin. Add the use of central heat and you have created some skin-stressful conditions. In those scenarios, shortening your (no more super-hot) shower and keeping moisture in the air can help your skin stay hydrated. Obagi has you covered for all of your skin concerns! Here are some other skin-saving tips to help you start the new year with beautiful skin:

Be a judicious chemist – It’s easy to think more is better with beauty products, but more product is not better and some ingredients do not mix well together. For example, too much of any product can clog pores. Some exfoliants, including retinol and acids can over dry your skin. Research your products before you buy – if you need non-comedogenic products, buy only those and stick to them. Before you layer anything on your skin, make sure you know the ingredients. The Profiles team is happy to help! Schedule your complimentary consultation to ensure you’re using harmonious products.

SPF is your year-round ally – SPF protects your skin from free radical damage that can cause skin cancer and early signs of aging. Obagi Sun Shield SPF 50 protects and moisturizes wonderfully, but if you use a traditional sunscreen, it can leave a white residue. If that happens, add a few drops of a liquid luminizer, bronzer or face tint.

Save your mornings – The biggest part of your skin-care routine should be done at bedtime. Skin repairs itself overnight, so exfoliants, thicker creams and serums are best used in the evening. Most importantly, start with a thorough (or even a double) cleanse. Follow that up with exfoliation, toner or mask, a serum (or two) and a night cream.

It’s not possible to over-emphasize the importance of exfoliating and moisturizing – Exfoliation is key to remove built-up dead skin cells. If your skin looks dull or you battle combination skin, take time to gently scrub with exfoliant instead of doing a quick scrub. Obagi Exforderm is perfect for dry and sensitive skin, while Exforderm Forte works wonders for oilier skin. A longer, gentler approach with your skin can help remove pore-clogging impurities without causing irritation. Don’t forget to exfoliate before bedtime and follow up with the rest of your daily routine (see above). When you moisturize while your skin is still slightly damp, you’re seal in moisture for better hydration. Moisturize with Obagi Hydrate Luxe at night and in the morning to keep your skin looking and feeling supple and firm.

Remember your neck – The neck is an oft-forgotten area. However, when it comes to showing age, the neck cannot be ignored. As you moisturize your face, moisturize and apply a product with SPF on your neck every day. Keep aging at bay with Obagi Nu-Derm Starter kit to combat texture and uneven skin tone issues. You can’t go wrong with this 6-step system!