Embracing the great outdoors is a fantastic way to stay active, boost your mood, and soak up that much-needed Vitamin D. As much as we love being outside, it's crucial to protect our skin from the winter elements. To perfect the balance between enjoying winter outdoor time and treating your skin with the care it deserves, check out our top tips.
SUNSCREEN IS YOUR BFF
Sunscreen should always be by your side when you’re heading outside (whether sunny or not). Even in winter, the sun emits UV rays that can harm your skin. Snow can reflect and amplify these rays, leading to increased UV exposure.
Additionally, higher altitudes, typical in winter sports like skiing or snowboarding, can result in greater UV intensity. People may not feel the sun's warmth during the winter, but UV radiation can still cause skin damage, including sunburn, premature aging, and an increased risk of skin cancer.
We recommend opting for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF 30 to shield your skin. You’ll also want to choose a sweat-resistant and waterproof formulation to ensure your protection lasts through every winter activity.
ELTAMD UV DAILY TINTED SPF 40
ALASTIN SKINCARE HYDRATINT PRO MINERAL BROAD SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN SPF 36
HYDRATE INSIDE AND OUT
Water is both your body’s and skin's best friend––especially if you’re outside or breaking a sweat. Replenishing your liquids throughout the day is a must, but you’ll also want to ensure you’re applying a lightweight, hydrating moisturizer (like the Vivier Skin Daily Age-Defying Moisturizer) before stepping out for a winter activity.
This ensures your skin barrier remains protected throughout the day and is better equipped to defend against environmental stressors. A protected skin barrier helps maintain overall skin health, reducing the risk of irritation, redness, and premature aging.
ADIPEAU ACTIVE FACE CREAM
SKINCEUTICALS DAILY MOISTURE
After a day of outdoor fun, you’ll need to treat your skin to some tender, loving care. A gentle cleanse, followed by a hydrating serum and a nourishing moisturizer, can help restore the moisture in your skin––since winter’s low humidity contributes to the evaporation of moisture from the skin, leaving it dry and more prone to irritation.
Freezing temperatures can constrict blood vessels and decrease blood flow to the skin, resulting in more dryness and flakiness. Wind can also strip away the skin's natural oils and lead to increased sensitivity. This is why we love incorporating the PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Overnight Mask in our PM skincare routine after a day outside––its blend of corrective ingredients boosts skin radiance and luminosity while enhancing the skin’s natural regeneration process.
Until next time, continue to embrace the outdoors; just remember to protect your skin and let your natural glow steal the show this winter!
Until next time,
The BSE Team