By: Emily Harwood
The onset of winter brings cooler, dryer air, artificial heat and a lessening of the natural thirst for water. It also brings dullness and flakiness to skin. Therefore, it is important to boost your winter skin care regimen, so that skin stays moist and healthy throughout the dry winter months.
You already know that UVB rays are harmful in summer, but they are just as harmful during the winter months and skin requires the same vigilant protection from too much sun exposure. The good news is there are plenty skin moisturizers available that have built in sunscreen. Many multitasking face and body moisturizers seamlessly slip sun protection into your skin care routine, because there is SPF already in the formula. Here are a few to consider:
Olay Complete Daily Defense All Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF30 Sensitive Skin
It provides active hydration and helps protect skin from UVA/UVB rays with SPF 30.
Cetaphil® PRO Oil Absorbing Moisturizer with SPF 30
It is formulated especially for oily skin to soften and relieve dryness.
Origins A Perfect World SPF 40 Age-Defense Moisturizer
This thick, rich moisturizer is packed with antioxidants and has SPF 40, soothing white tea extract and five hydrating fruit oils to pamper and protect skin.
MURAD Essential-C™ Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30
This antioxidant-rich moisturizer shields environmentally stressed skin with SPF 30, while improving skin’s radiance, firmness and elasticity.
Remember your lips!
To keep your mouth looking soft and kissable all winter long, apply a vitamin E based lip balm before going out into cold air and several times during the day to soothe and moisturize.
SPF30 & Natural Organics Lip Balm with Vitamin E and Sunscreen with Organic Essentials It offers a highly protective natural organic moisturizing chap-free balm.
Another trick for combating winter dryness is using mineral water instead of tap water for rinsing and cleansing, because deposits found in tap water may be damaging to skin. Keep a refillable spray bottle on hand to fill with mineral water as needed. Avoid using extremely hot water for showers and baths, and limit time spent for either. Although it is tempting to enjoy a long, hot soak on cold winter days, hot water can lessen moisture from skin leaving it drier, flakier and more prone to damage or irritation. Be sure to slather on moisturizer after every bath or shower to help seal in moisture. Use regenerating moisturizers and gently massage into skin.
Nighttime moisturizing is also essential during winter months. Try this century old household product for many problem areas: Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. It is great for dry winter cuticles, chapped lips, chaffed hands and feet and rough elbows and knees. Whatever form of moisturizer you choose, keep in mind that heavier creams are more suitable in the winter and lighter lotions are better in summer.
The most important tip for combating cold weather skin maladies is to hydrate, hydrate and hydrate – both inside and out! Drink plenty of water to keep skin healthy and glowing, no matter what the weather.