Sunscreen in the winter is a must!
Sunscreen in the winter? Yes, yes, yes and yes!
The sun may seem softer, you might spend some more time indoors and you’d feel that there isn’t any need for you to protect yourself from the sun! but stop right there because we’re about to give you 5 reasons as to why you need sunscreen in the winter just as much as you need it in the summer. Let’s go!
1) UVA and UVB rays
80% of the sun rays manage to penetrate the clouds, no matter how densely packed they are! Skin experts suggest that there are 2 types of UV rays that affect us. The UVA and UVB. UVA rays are evergreen, they have the ability to penetrate clouds, glass, and deeper into the skin. UVA damages deeper skin layers, resulting in premature aging and increased risk of skin cancer too. UVB rays, on the other hand, vary in intensity and season. UVB rays are greater on sunny days during the summer. They damage the more superficial layers of the skin, resulting in sunburns and skin cancer. So, what’s the conclusion? UVA rays are potent year-round, therefore your skin needs year-round protection.
2) SPF IS YOUR BFF
Do you want radiant skin with minimal signs of aging? Make SPF your BFF! Winter’s leads to extreme dryness of the skin. Fortunately, sunscreen counters that and also has proven to have anti-aging properties. Numerous studies all around the world have shown that regular use of sunscreen has anti-aging effects.
3) NEED SPF INDOORS TOO
Doctors have recently been studying hyper pigmentation in the form of age spots and freckling. Data suggests that pigment cells can be stimulated not only by the sun’s bright UV rays, but also by lower doses of ambient and infrared light, emitted by your computer screen or overhead lamps. So even if you’re going to be holed up indoors all winter, you need to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the lights in your home, office, computer, laptop, and phone screens.
4) CARRY YOUR SUNSCREEN AROUND BECAUSE HELLO, REAPPLICATION REQUIRED!
On a hot day at the beach, you’re likely to sweat off your sunscreen and need to reapply. What most people don’t realize, however, is that winter’s harsh conditions erode your sunscreen even faster. The Skin Cancer Foundation cautions that snow and strong winds wear away sunscreen and reduce its effectiveness, so for your winter skin care routine, you can’t just apply in the morning and assume you’re protected all day. Instead, it’s recommended that during winter you reapply every two hours, and immediately after sweating.
5) SPORT SUNSCREEN
Facts suggest that UV radiation increases by 5 percent with every 100 feet you rise above sea level. This means the higher your elevation, the greater your exposure to harmful UV rays. Plus, snow reflects and intensifies sunlight, making you highly susceptible to a burn. If you plan on spending time in the mountains skiing, snowboarding, or cabin-dwelling this winter, be sure to always protect yourself with a sport sunscreen of at least 30 SPF.
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