To be honest, when I think of packing for a winter destination holiday I seldom think about packing sun protection creams. And let’s be honest, I don’t think you do either?
When it comes to a winter skincare regime, not just solely for travel, I think some important factors are overlooked. We consulted with a dermatologist to bring 3 top tips for protecting your skin in winter.
SPF will always be your BFF
Whilst in winter, and colder climates the levels of UVB are not as intense as in warmer climates. Levels of UVA are still pretty prevalent. These can age your skin and whilst UVA is less. Surely a prevention is better than having to go through treatment for skin cancer?
If you’re hitting the slopes with a Winter Ski Holiday then you’ll know that the reflection of the sun from the snow will cause you to be exposed to plenty of UBA and UVB rays.
There is absolutely no harm in applying a lotion which is SPF rich every morning before you head out exploring. Most beauty creams have some level of SPF in them. However, check your sunscreen and select something with a high UVA rating for all-round protection.
Ladival is a highly recommended protective sun cream for all weather conditions.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
It is essential to drink a lot of fluid, in particular water. In order for your skin to regenerate and repair as the cold dries skin and makes it more sensitive. If you drink a lot of coffee switch this for green tea as it is packed full of anti-oxidants which help rejuvenate skin. If you drink a lot of carbonated drinks, switch them out for water or find a better alternative such as a SodaStream.
Keeping hydrated also helps to alleviate dry lips, however, this can’t always be prevented solely through hydration and often the cold leads to chapped lips. Prevent pain and dryness by applying a chapstick such as Carmex or Lypsyl regularly throughout the day. Zinc oxide is a really great physical sunscreen and reflects harmful UV rays away from the thin layers of skin on both your face and lips.
Try and avoid eating things such as tomatoes as these can often aggravate dry lips.
Preparing your skin protection for when you’re in winter weathers will help you looking fresh-faced an radiant whilst enjoying your Winter travels.
Have you got any tips for skincare in colder destinations? Drop them below.
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