While sunscreen is the most important part of your summer vacations, it is just as crucial to apply SPF in the winter too. This common skin care mistake can age you faster than you realize. Keep reading to learn why you need winter sunscreen.
The best sunscreen for winter depends on the activities you have planned for the day:
1) Cozying up by the fire and staying inside all day?
RayDefense is a lightweight broad spectrum SPF 30 moisturizer that provides perfect protection from the casual day-in, day-out UVA and UVB rays that can age skin over time.
This portable powerhouse moisturizes, smoothes, and safeguards skin everyday – with no greasy after-feel, and no mid-day meltdown.
2) Driving around and running errands?
RayDefense also provides protection for an active lifestyle and even protects against prolonged sun exposure, like shoveling your driveway
This sun-smart technology is a dominant defense against the UVA and UVB rays and also provides dehydrated skin with much needed moisture.
3) Hitting the slopes?
If you spend any time outside or participate in any winter sports, such as skiing or snowboarding, it is even more important to remember sunscreen because snow can reflect the sun's rays:
Fresh snow is a particularly good reflector and almost doubles a person's UV exposure (1).
SPF 50 FaceScreen delivers our highest level of anti-aging, broad spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection.
More than an ordinary broad spectrum sunscreen, this advanced SPF decreases the risk of early skin aging as it improves the appearance of lines, wrinkles and the feel of firmness. This luxurious sunscreen is still light enough to wear under makeup as a daily moisturizer.
Should you wear sunscreen every day? YES. An overwhelming majority of your sun exposure comes from small everyday activities like driving to work, sitting by a window, taking your dog out, walking from your car to the grocery store, and shoveling your driveway in the winter. You even need to apply winter sunscreen on cloudy or snowy days:
"The clouds make a barrier that diffuses only the smallest amount of sunlight. The reality is your skin absorbs the same amount of harmful UVA and UVB rays on a cloudy day as it does on a sunny day. Always wear sunscreen." –Rhonda Robb, Spa Sweet Studio at The Trove Salon
Even if you forget to apply sunscreen just once, your UV exposure that day can increase your risk of skin cancer. In fact, if you have five or more sunburns in your life your risk of getting melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, doubles (2).
Even if the cancer risk doesn't scare you, 80% of your wrinkles, lines, and skin sagging comes from day-in, day-out sun exposure. If you want to prevent premature aging and keep your complexion glowing, sunscreen in winter is a must.
Thankfully, in the winter more of your skin is covered by thicker clothes. Most winter clothes have a high "UPF" rating – which means Ultra Violet Protection Factor. So you only need to apply your winter sunscreen to the skin that isn't covered, like your face and possibly ears and hands depending on how bundled up you are.
If you choose a moisturizing sunscreen, like any of Bioelements broad spectrum sunscreens, you can also keep dreaded winter dry skin at bay.
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1) Source: World Health Organization
2) Source: SkinCancer.org
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