As I write this article admiring the bright sunny day, and how beautiful the trees look with all the freshly fallen snow we received overnight- I wonder, do I really need to wear sunscreen in the winter?
Well the answer to this is a BIG- YES!
Amazingly enough, you actually need it more. In the winter, the sun is closer to the earth and its rays are even stronger, 80% of the UV rays can be reflected off the ground, snow & ice, even on a cloudy day. And even though you’re bundled up in your nice warm coat, gloves and scarf, your skin is still exposed to the harmful UVA/UVB rays.
Dermatologists from all over say “that if you don’t wear sunscreen year-round, you are more susceptible to brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles.”- No thanks!
Make sure to use a sunscreen that protects you from both UVA/UVB rays. The ‘A’ in UVA, stands for “Aging” & the ‘B’ in UVB stand for “Burning”, so if you want to keep your skin looking young & supple, it’s important to find a sunscreen that contains both, since many creams only contain UVB protection.
One of my personal favourites is Elta MD Skincare- UV Physical, it’s non-greasy, feels soft and goes on silky smooth. My skin is very sensitive, so I love the fact that it’s chemical, paraben & fragrance free. (It’s available at most Medical Spas across Canada.)
And don’t forget even if you’re indoors, UV exposure penetrates through the windows & can cause skin problems over the years. Many people have extra sun damage on the left side of their face because of sun exposure through the driver's-side car window- remember this recent posting/picture last June?
I really do love our Canadian winters, but it’s no surprise that the cold weather wreaks havoc on our skin-so slather that sunscreen on like it’s mid-July.
Like I always say, get out and enjoy the great outdoors- and make sure to always “Practice Safe Sun” gorgeous!