Winter is rife with snowfall, icy roads, holiday eating, and cozying up by the fire with hot cocoa. However, while we go into hibernation mode, we often ignore certain obvious health concerns (like regular exercise) as well as less obvious wellness routines—like taking care of our skin through winter. Even though we see a little less sun and humidity come November, it doesn’t mean that we should stop taking precautions to protect our skin (i.e., wearing sunscreen, drinking water, and using the same old moisturizer we did in the summer). Keep your skin glowing this winter with these eight tips…
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1. Use Sunscreen Even in Winter
Even though you haven’t seen the sun in a week, ultraviolet rays are still present when you go outside, even when it’s cold, gray, and overcast. Luckily, sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 will form a protective barrier across your face, around your eyes and mouth, and on your exposed neck so that UV radiation isn’t absorbed by the skin.
Many folks foolishly don’t smear on sunscreen during winter, even though UV rays are at their peak when reflected off the snow’s surface and back onto your exposed skin. Wearing sunscreen (or a moisturizer containing sunscreen) will help prevent fine lines, crow’s feet, smile lines, wrinkles, and age spots.