The warm, balmy days of summer are long behind us and the cold bite of winter is in full effect and finding its way beneath all the layers you pile on before leaving for class or co-op in the morning. By the time your scarf, coat, hat and gloves have gone on, you’d think you’d be ready to make your way out into the arctic-like Boston cold, but before stepping outside into the bitter chill remember one piece of summer — SPF!
Your regular summer dose of sunscreen isn’t necessary for the long winter months, but applying a light daily facial moisturizer with SPF 15-30 should be an integral part of your morning routine.
While you’re not spending your free time lying out in the sun, UVA & UVB rays are still there in your daily life and dangerous for the health of your skin. UVA rays from the sun can penetrate the glass of your car or even the T you take during your commute; even the reflection from the bright, shiny snow can cause winter-burn.
Rays from the sun aren’t the only reason to stock up on the SPF; the wind picks up quite a bit during the winter and the harsh cold on your face can chap and burn your sensitive skin. Just like lip balm protects your lips from becoming chapped, moisturizer with an SPF will help build a layer of protection for your skin.
So now that you know the facts – let’s move on to the products!
Rule number one to any beauty ritual is: find something you like so you’ll stick to it.
Here are a few options I’ve tested and reviewed:
This is by far the most light and airy moisturizer/sunscreen I’ve ever used. This little jar does exactly what it says – gives your skin hope. I love, love, love this light, airy moisturizer and scramble to Sephora when I start running low. There is a slight perfumery smell, but not so much that you notice it after you put it on. Philosophy says “it nourishes skin with antioxidants that fight wrinkles and neutralize the effects of pollution…This daily moisturizer provides remarkable sun protection, defending skin from a broad spectrum of UVA and UVB radiation.”
Tip: I purchased this for daytime use and then purchased the regular Hope in a Jar without sunscreen to nighttime use.
For those of you with super sensitive skin, this is definitely the moisturizer for you. I really like this product for winter because it targets dry and combination skin and for the majority of us, winter equals extra dry skin. Just a little of this stuff goes a long way, so use it sparingly and make sure to cover all your basis (face, neck, décolletage and ears.)
Are you always rushing out then door? Struggling to get ready in time to catch the T? Well, cut out a step in your morning routine and combine your moisturizer and foundation! I love that LORAC has added an SPF to their tinted moisturizer, making this product into an amazing all-in-one for the girl on the go. LORAC’s created an incredibly light formula that feels like your only wearing moisturizer while providing a hint of coverage and helping to smooth out imperfections.
So there it is ladies. With such a simple, hassle-free way to protect your skin, there’s no excuse why you shouldn’t be wearing an SPF infused moisturizer.