Four Winter Skincare Essentials That Are a Must-Have

Winter is the time to travel, bask in the sun and enjoy some hot food. Sunlight can work wonders, but it can also wreak havoc on your skin. That's why you need to have the right products to help keep it safe from the harmful effects of the Sun. 

Here are four essentials you need for protecting your skin this winter.

Winter essentials #01: Hand & Body Lotion

Winter season comes with the most common skin issue - dryness. Not just the dry skin feels itchy but looks flaky, scaly, and unattractive. To tackle this issue, body lotions are your best bet. Just as your body needs hydration by drinking water in all seasons, your skin also needs ample hydration that is derived from body lotions. Though a body lotion’s job is simple and clear - it has to treat winter dryness and soothe the dried-out skin by soothing and hydrating it, finding a body lotion that does its job to perfection is a tough task. It becomes all the more difficult and confusing because there are multiple brands to choose from. The best part is that not every brand has managed to crack that code.

When it comes to nourishing and moisturizing dry skin, nothing comes close to Lotus Herbals WHITEGLOW Skin Brightening Hand & Body lotion SPF 25 PA+++. It is specially formulated with a rare mix of proven plant and fruit extracts like Saxifraga extracts that keeps your skin hydrated, nourished, and refreshed. It works like a charm by protecting your skin UVA/UVB Rays, preventing tanning, and reducing dark spots. 

  Winter essentials #02: Sunscreen

Many people believe sunscreens are only meant for summers. Wrong. Since the ozone layer is at its thinnest during winters, it absorbs less UV rays. Thus increasing your risk of UV exposure. A sunscreen with high SPF is, therefore, the top item on your winter sun care essentials list.

A sunscreen with a sufficient level of SPF is definitely a daily skincare regimen essential as there is no escaping sunburn even when indoors. The best sunscreen will be a broad spectrum one such as that offers protection for the skin against both UVA and UVB rays. One such product that's worth every penny spent is Lotus Herbals Safe Sun UV Screen MatteGEL Sunscreen SPF 50 PA+++. It is non-sticky, non-oily, lightweight matte sunscreen that protects from 98% of the harmful UV rays and gives a subtle matte sheen. 

What level of SPF do you actually need?

If you are not an outdoor person and remain mostly indoors, you can safely opt for a sunscreen that provides an SPF 20. But if you like sitting out on a sunny winter day fully exposed to the sun, then you can choose and liberally apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or more.

But for any sunscreen to work its magic, you must not forget to re-apply it every two hours.

Other than the SPF, several other factors can impact the level of protection offered by your sunscreen, such as:

  • Your skin type
  • Frequency of application of sunscreen
  • Current weather conditions and environment
  • Amount of time spent near reflective surfaces like sand or water.
  • Amount of perspiration

You must carefully pick a sunscreen product with higher SPF as it means more sun protection and lower skin damage.  

Things to remember about sunscreen:
  • Broad-spectrum sunscreens are the best – Sunscreens labelled as "Broad Spectrum" such as Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Sports Daily-Defense UV Block Sunscreen SPF 50+ are among the best sunscreens for when you’re most exposed. They offer protection against both harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun.
  • Aim for a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 or higher – Pick sunscreens including matte sunscreen that provide at least SPF 30 for maximum protection from the sun's harmful rays.
  • Look for Water Resistant sunscreens – Although sunscreens are not waterproof or sweat-proof, you can get many water-resistant sunscreen products.
  •   Sunscreen and kids– Sunscreens with natural ingredients are totally safe for kids too. Keeping the delicate skin of kids in mind. Choose sun screens formulated with natural Chamemolie extract for kids. It's sweat-proof and waterproof for kids who love to play outside in winters.

Winter essentials #03: Face mask

Face masks are not only great for relaxation, but they also provide some amazing skincare benefits. Whether you're using a brightening serum mask or a de-tan mask, face masks deeply hydrate your skin to transform dull skin & restore its glow. They also do wonders for your pores and skin tone. Thus, a natural de-tan mask is a must for winter sun care essentials. Infused with tomato extracts, it lightens the effect of suntan and fights cellular damage and skin inflammation.

How to use a mask?

Unfold the mask, apply on a clean face, and leave for 10 minutes. Play any relaxing music and sit back. Remove the mask and massage in a circular motion to allow your skin to absorb the excess serum. Use a cotton pad to remove the extra serum. That's it! You get glowing skin in just 10 minutes.

Winter essentials #04: Lipbalm

Cold wind, hot tea, and spicy food are all factors that make the lips dry, cracked and chapped. Thus using a good lip balm every few hours is essential. Choose a tinted one to avoid using chemical lipsticks and get that no-lipstick look! Make sure the balm has a high sun protection factor. Many of these are enriched with the goodness of shea and kokum butter as these heals and moisturises lips for six long hours.

Check out Lotus Herbals' wide collection of sunscreen lotions and lip balms and find all that you need for this winter, along with the sun, blankets and coffee!