These winter skincare tips can help you fight the elements in style
By Carla Snuggs
Each season comes complete with its own set of skincare challenges, and while we may be bundled from head to toe, winter remains a top offender and many of these skin offenders continue into early spring. Below, the experts at VMV Hypoallergenics shed light on hidden winter skincare culprits and give tips on how to fight the elements in style.
Winter Skin Offender #1: Snow
Think winter precipitation means that you can leave SPF home? Think again! UVA, the light that causes photo-aging and skin cancer, penetrates clouds, windows and windshields, and the reflection off snow can almost double exposure! Be sure to apply a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 every day regardless of the forecast.
SKINsider Tip: Skiing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors; however, the high altitude (and snow) means more intense UV radiation. Look for sunscreens that are designed to address extreme conditions and don’t forget your lips! Try VMV Hypoallergenics Armanda Moisturizing, Protective Lip Balm SPF 60+ ($25). Formulated with ultra-rich lubricators that soothe and repair, this nourishing balm boasts high SPF and protects lips from intense sun, wind and cold, making it a must have on the slopes.
Winter Skin Offender #2: Cozy Fires
Who doesn’t love curling up to a crackling fire when the weather turns cold? But did you know that the same infared light that fires provide can also cause dark spots? Make sure your SPF protects against UVA, UVB and infared light to keep your complexion even and radiant.
SKINsider Tip: Lighten and brighten existing hyperpigmentation with VMV Hypoallergenics Illuminants + Face-Hand-Body Lotion ($70). Formulated with a hard-working blend of 2 tyrosinase inhibors (kojic acid plus bearberry leaf & vitamin C complex), 3 reparative antioxidants (vitamin C, green tea & rice phytic acid), plus therapy-enhancing + skin-renewing microdermabrasion (unbuffered glycolic acid), this all-over moisturizer clarifies for a vibrant head-to-toe glow.
Winter Skin Offender #3: Lip Balm
Many lip balms are actually formatted with ingredients, dyes and fragrances which provide temporary relief but can perpetuate the dryness cycle. Instead, look for a gentle, fragrance-free treatment that will provide soothing relief.
SKINsider Tip: If you want to pamper your pout, but still indulge in a bold color, look for products that use natural dye-free hues such as the VMV Hypoallergenics Skinteligent Beauty Lipsticks ($24). Available in dye-free hues, these hydrating lipsticks are formulated with virgin coconut oil to moisturize and green tea to fight free radicals.
See more tips in Posh Beauty Blog's Winter Skincare Guide
Disclosure: Press samples were provided by the brand/PR for editorial consideration, product testing, photography and review.
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