Why should you wear sunscreen in the winter?
When you think about sunscreen, you probably think about laying out a towel in the sand or stretching out on a boat under blue skies on a warm summer day. Do you ever think about applying sunscreen before hitting the ski slopes or spending the day sledding and building a snowman? You probably don’t, but you should! Sun protection should be a major part of your skincare routine, every day, no matter the season. Wintertime is still a great time for sunscreen.
Though more skin is exposed in the summer, making us more aware of applying SPF, our face can take a real beating from the sun’s rays in the winter if we don’t protect it. If you don’t know it by now, we are here to tell you that the sun does the worst damage to your skin. Almost 5 million people are treated for skin cancer every year. That’s more people suffering from skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
Not only does the damage caused by the sun result in cancer. UVA rays are those that penetrate deep and break down collagen, leaving skin aged, wrinkled and sagging. UVB rays are the “burning” rays you feel on hot summer days, though UVB rays are capable of leaving you with a sunburn any time of year. Plus, those UVB rays can be reflected off the ice and snow, making them 80% stronger and 80% more likely to do some major damage to your skin!
Any time your skin changes color due to sun exposure, it is a sign of damage. It is absolutely important that you apply products containing SPF every single day. Even if you don’t think you’ll be out in the sun very much or at all, you should wear sunscreen just to be safe.
TimeLess Master Estheticians recommend using a daily moisturizer, foundation, and powder with at least 20 SPF.
Our favorite daily SPF products:
- Image’s Prevention+ line of sun protection products
- ColoreScience Primers and Mineral Powders
- SkinMedica TNS Ultimate Daily Moisturizer
See a TimeLess Master Esthetician for a free consultation on the right daily skin care for you, and PROTECT YOUR SKIN EVERY DAY.