Contributor: Alex Smith

When the summer sun seems a distant memory and winter makes its arrival, you might think you don’t need any SPF protection. Since our skin is our largest organ, it still needs round-the-year protection from UV rays. Even though cancer rates have been on the decline, it is still important to pamper and care for your skin with healthy, skin-nourishing creams and lotions with a moderate amount of SPF protection.

Lock In Moisture

Thanks to the cooler temperatures, drier air can cause the skin to more easily chap and peel. Moisturising the skin is key to keeping skin healthier, and less likely to incur damage. Dry and cracked skin is more susceptible to bacteria and infections. Skin that is in need of some tender loving care, definitely doesn’t need any additional UV damage either. Choosing a heavier cream for wintertime, offers more protection and moisture than a lightweight water-based lotion.

Stock Your Cupboard and Vanity

The plant world is full of various flora and fauna, which support good skin health. Shea butter has become a popular ingredient, as it is not only full of healthy fats to make the skin more supple, but also helps the skin retain moisture. Shea butter can be found as an added ingredient in many skin care products, or can be used in its natural state,  unfiltered.

There are some essential oils to keep on hand too, specially if you desire a natural option for protecting your skin. Carrot oil and red raspberry seed oils are great go-to choices. Even coconut oil can be utilized, not only to add nourishing fats to the skin, but it does not leave skin feeling weighed down or greasy. These essential oils are great at helping skin to lock in much-needed moisture. It is vital to avoid dry skin, and essential oils protect your skin against harsh winter winds and cold.

Aloe vera is a must-have plant for any lover of natural health and beauty items. This plant is a life- saver, as it speeds up wound healing, heals UV damage, and moisturizes. Many skin care products like to include aloe vera as an ingredient, thanks to this plant’s beneficial qualities.

Check In With Your Skin

Make an appointment to see a dermatologist if there are any sudden changes to your skin, like suspicious moles, or hyper-pigmentation. Prevention is key to early awareness of your skin health, and will help to better assess your needs. Keeping up with a beauty regimen, and selecting quality organic products, helps keep unwanted elements from causing havoc on your skin and body.

You are what you eat, so choose not only to use organic and natural products topically, but also maintain your healthy diet. Eating foods rich in certain fats, vitamin E, zinc, and antioxidants keep skin looking supple and youthful. Antioxidant-rich foods are a must-have, as they help fend off free radicals and UV damage. Drinking filtered water with added nutrients and minerals is a boon for your skin, and helps speed up recovery time for cell regeneration.

Is your skin overly oily, typically dry, or somewhere in between? All skin products are not created equal, as some products are better for certain skin types than others. It is good to assess the quality of your skin, in order to choose the right items for your needs.

Must-Haves For Your Lifestyle

Are you outdoors a lot, or work inside an office space? Consider what products match your lifestyle needs, and offer your skin the best SPF protection possible. Wearing natural breathable fibres that are organic and reflect light, also help protect the skin from the sun’s UV rays, alongside using SPF products. Choosing to support small businesses that offer fair-trade, organic, and natural ingredients are better for your body and the environment.

Bio: Alex Smith enjoys writing about health niche and other topics of interest. When she’s not found drinking a cup of chamomile tea, or whipping up some flash fiction, she enjoys crocheting. You can follow her various writing and musings via @gritnvinegar on Twitter, or at