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The sun may be gone until next spring, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop with the SPF each day – in fact, winter is the time to up my SPF game!
Why Your Winter Skin Care Routine Needs More SPF
A few years ago, a brown spot that looked exactly like a big freckle developed on my lip. I tried to ignore it, but it wouldn’t go away and there was no amount of lipstick in the world that would cover it up completely. I knew something probably wasn’t right, but I couldn’t bring myself to go to a dermatologist and get a lab report done.
Fast forward to just a few weeks ago and I finally made it to a dermatologist who was able to diagnose my freckle as a ‘labial melanotic macule’. It ended up being completely fine, but the freckle was uncommon and completely a result of UV exposure.
It wasn’t scary, but it so easily could have been.
I have religiously been using lip balm with SPF of 25 for at least the last five years so it’s scary to think that routines I had as a kid are affecting my health as an adult. But, no more.
Your winter skincare routine needs to have SPF. And a lot of it.
Just because we can’t visually see the sun’s rays during winter, doesn’t mean they aren’t there. In fact, a lot of UV rays become stronger during cloudy months because clouds filter and concentrate the rays.
My winter skin care routine is simple but crucial to protecting my health now and in the future. You can’t play on the offense when it comes to UV rays – you have to get on the defense and shield your skin, especially during the cloudiest of days!
1. Start with a gel eye serum – the best defense starts with moisturization
Right after I get out of the shower, I apply a thin layer of the NEUTROGENA® Hydro Boost CITY SHIELD™ Eye Serum. The undereye is one of the most delicate, susceptible areas of the face and this brightening eye serum revives and hydrates the pollution-stressed eye area for soft, supple skin.
2. Apply a thin, even layer of SPF
No, this doesn’t mean apply SPF in your T-zone or just on the tops of your cheeks – I mean everywhere! I’m currently using the Neutrogena® Hydro Boost CITY SHIELD™ SPF 25 (1.7oz) which solves two major skin issues for me: it helps protect skin against sun damage, pollution, and environmental stressors + its unique formula replenishes moisture to help fight the signs of tired, dull-looking skin. The water gel contains a complex of purified hyaluronic acid for a boost of lightweight hydration.
3. Apply makeup and finish with another layer of serum
I think what I love the most about the NEUTROGENA® Hydro Boost CITY SHIELD™ Eye Serum is that it can be used daily and worn under or over makeup.
Water Gel has SPF for every day, not just summer sun care – and you shouldn’t just be protecting your face during winter months, SPF protection is an all-body, year-round routine! I know I focused just on face products in this post, but there are so many other products in the NEUTROGENA® Hydro Boost lineup that offer face level skincare for your body.
It wouldn’t be a post here on A Thing of Beauty without some tips on how to save some money when you shop! First, if you just want to try these products out before you buy, there’s an exclusive Meijer and NEUTROGENA® Hydro Boost event on 12/9 and Beauty advisors will be handing out product samples and educating consumers on the benefits of the line.
One of the interactive displays to keep an eye out for!
Then, beginning 12/9 through 12/15, Buy One Get One 50% off on NEUTROGENA® Body Wash and Hand & Body Lotion plus 12/9 through 12/15, Buy One Get One 30% NEUTROGENA® Facial Care! See your Meijer store for additional savings, or Meijer.com.
So have fun shopping and saving, plus protecting your skin all winter long!