Even though the dog days of summer are behind us, that doesn’t mean you should stop caring for your skin. Even though the winter sun isn’t quite as harsh as it is in the summer, it is still vital to protect your skin from damaging UV. Over exposure to the sun not only leads to premature aging and wrinkles, but also leads to cancer. In addition to still being exposed to harmful rays, the cold climate is harsh and can cause your skin to chap, crack, and majorly dry out.
This is especially true if you live in areas with tons of snow and freezing temperatures. Even if you plan to travel to snow-capped mountains this winter, you need to be prepared to cover and protect your skin. Below we bring you a guide to protecting your skin from the winter elements.
How to Protect Your Skin
You may slather on the sunscreen when beachside, and that’s great! But if you aren’t putting on sunscreen every day, then you simply aren’t doing enough to protect yourself. It is important to care for you skin throughout the year; yes, even in the cooler months. You just have to adjust your regime according to the season.
Summer to Fall
When transitioning into the fall season, you should focus your skin care routine on repair. We can’t stress this enough, especially if you spent your summer days basking in the rays. Serums packed with vitamins that repair sun damage will be a wise purchase on your end.
In addition to repairing your skin, you should begin to exfoliate. Pay extra attention to nourish your skin as the temperatures drop. Natural exfoliators and masks are a great way to do this.
Fall to Winter
As the weather turns harsh, you will need to spend extra time caring for and pampering your skin, head to toe. As the temperatures drop, the air has less moisture, which leaves your body parched. This causes your skin to become super dry and flaky. To combat dry skin, apply a moisturizer at night and in the morning.
When you head into the cold, make sure to apply that sunscreen! The glare from the snow gives off twice as much UVA rays, increasing your risk of burning and aging.
Take advantage of winter’s longer nights and catch up on your sleep. The skin repairs itself as you snooze.
Why You Should Use Natural Products
We can’t get enough of natural sunscreens! Not only are they better for our bodies, but they are better for our planet. Plus, who wants to rub all those harmful chemicals and ingredients into his or her skin? Not us!
No matter if you are just now realizing the wonder of all natural and all organic skincare, or if you have been using healthy and sustainable products for a long time, everyone can use a reminder as to why you should make the switch.
Chemical sunblock absorbs UV rays and neutralizes them once they are in your skin (ick!) Natural sunscreen, on the other hand, uses minerals such as zinc and titanium that form a barrier against the sun’s rays, rather than absorbing them.
Not only does natural sunscreen protect your body and face from harmful rays, but it also strives to nourish and soothe irritated skin. Say goodbye to clogging chemical sunscreen and see your breakouts vanish!
Since chemical sunscreens are loaded with toxic ingredients, they often cause an allergic reaction in a lot of people. However, natural and organic options include fewer allergenic ingredients.
Hate reapplying? Then you’ll love natural sunscreen! These products sit on top of your skin so they do not need re-application.
Warning: Avoid Spray Sunscreens
We know you want to apply your sunscreen as fast as possible in order to hit the slopes or trails, or any other outdoor activity that you have planned this winter. However, don’t let spray sunscreens fool you!
While you may be able to quickly spray and go, they contain harmful nanoparticles that are so small they can penetrate the skin and enter individual cells. They even can enter your DNA and cause gene damage. Our organs cannot flush these out, so they accumulate in our bodies and eventually make us sick—and they are carcinogenic.
Those are more than enough reasons to take the time to apply a safe sunscreen that protects your face from the snow and sun this winter. It’s just not worth the risk.