Regular application of sunscreen is an essential aspect of total skin care; this is especially true during the cold months of winter. While many believe that sun rays aren’t an issue during the winter, this is not the case. One of the biggest misconceptions about sunscreen is that it isn’t necessary unless you’re lazing by the pool.
According to Skinmedica.com, UVA rays, the kind that penetrate skin and break down collagen, is just as strong during the winter and even on cloudy days. These rays can cause photo damage and increase your risk of skin cancer any time of the year. UVB rays, otherwise known as the ‘burning rays’, are stronger during the summer, but can still cause sunburns during the winter and are 80 percent stronger when reflected off of things like snow, water or even glass buildings.
Therefore it’s essential to protect your skin all year long, even during the chilly winter months. Finding the right SPF is half of the battle in keeping your skin smooth, supple and protected from the sun’s rays during the winter as is regular visits to your local facial spa for professional moisturizing treatments.
A sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 for daily use and 30 to 50 for outdoor use is recommended by professionals. Apply frequently especially if skin gets wet. Apply ample amounts to any exposed skin and reapply every 30 minutes.
Using a physical SPF like our Jane Iredale loose and pressed mineral foundation as well as our Jane Iredale dream tint and BB cream can extend the protection. The physical properties of the minerals and how they lie create a barrier that lasts as long as the make-up is on your skin.
Since skin has a tendency to be dryer during the winter it’s important to combine sunscreen application with moisturizers, like our Eminence Organics SPF moisturizers, drink plenty of water and even consider the use of a humidifier to keep skin moisturized all winter long.
Avoid sunscreen with oils, these usually provide little or no protection from the sun. And look for sunscreens that provide broad-spectrum coverage. This means that they protect against UVA and UVB rays. SPF level protects against UVB rays and UVA protection helps defend skin against signs of premature aging and wrinkling.
Waterproof and water-resistant sunscreens might be best if you’re going to be in contact with water or snow. However, keep in mind that waterproof sunscreen maintains its SPF only up to 80 minutes and water-resistant maintains its SPF for up to 60 minutes after water exposure.
And don’t forget about your lips when it’s cold outside. Select a lip balm with an SPF of 15 or higher to protect your lips like Jane Iredale’s lip drink. The skin on your lips is just as vulnerable to the sun’s harmful rays so keep an SPF lip balm on hand at all times.
Regular spa services during the winter are also suggested. These types of spa services which include facials and microdermabrasion treatments will help keep your skin protected and looking lustrous year-round. Visit Athena Salon, Spa & Wellness, your local Windsor spa, for more information on protecting your skin during the winter or to book your facial spa appointment today!
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