Winter is coming, and that means it’s time to find the perfect daytime moisturizer with SPF to protect your pretty face from the nasty winter weather. Say what! You work inside all day so you don’t need sunscreen, right? Not so fast!
The sun emits harmful UV rays whether you can see it or not, with 80 percent of the damaging type able to shoot right through that overcast sky. UVA rays (that cause aging) penetrate window glass, which means you are exposed during your commute and if your office is filled with natural light. It’s no less forgiving in snowy conditions or when you’re shivering high up on the slopes. In fact, a blanket of bright white snow reflects the damaging UV rays, nearly doubling their strength…skiers and snowboarders take note! And the sun damage is cumulative, so a little bit here and a little there adds up.
The challenge: finding a face-friendly sunscreen or lotion with SPF that’s moisturizing enough to prevent cold-weather dryness and also slips elegantly under your foundation — and doesn’t make you feel (or smell) like you’re headed for a pool party. Here are some of my top winter sunscreen/SPF moisturizer picks:
Le Mieux Vita-C Skin Protective Créme – This lightweight cream fights photoinduced aging & provides an invisible veil for face protection against harmful free radical damage. It’s formulated with kukui nut oil & jojoba oil for an extra boost of hydration and the most stable form of antioxidant Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Beta Glucosamine and natural olive fruit extract to clarify & brighten skin tone. It comes in 3 varieties : Sheer tinted (for all skin types), non-tinted (for dry, mature skin) and matte tinted (for combination to oily skin). Available at myskincarebox.com
Nordic beauty Anti-Aging Collagen Peptide SPF 30 CC Cream – This is more like a velvety tinted moisturizer enriched with anti-aging ingredients and SPF. The 100% natural, organic formula features Marine Collagen Peptide (from cold water wild caught deep sea Norwegian Cod Skin), antioxidant-rich Lingonberry Seed Extract, Hyaluronic acid, Sweet Iris Stem Cell, Green Tea Extract, as well as organic essential oils including Frankincense Essential Oil, Sunflower Oil, Sweet Almond Oil that help to increase hydration, fight the signs of aging and result in radiant skin.
I love the soft mousse like, lightweight and non-greasy texture of this CC cream that provides light, matte coverage to even skin tone and diminish the appearance of dark spots. It protects skin from UVA & UVB rays utilizing the safest and most natural form of zinc oxide without using chemical sunscreens. The only downside is the jar packaging but overall a fabulous product suitable for all skin types! Available at nordicbeauty.com
Osmosis Skincare Shade SPF 30 Sunscreen Moisturizer – Designed for daily use, this sun shielder contains a bevy of ingredients that moisturize, protect and repair flaky winter skin. UV rays don’t stand a chance against its broad-spectrum physical sunscreen formula with a combination of Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, while antioxidants and skin conditioners like shea butter, rosehip seed oil, coconut oil, whey protein and cranberry seed oil soothe and improve skin’s texture. Moisture stays in and the sun stays out! Available at Dermstore.com and Amazon.com
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What’s your favorite SPF?