We get asked this question all the time. The answer is a resounding YES! While the sun’s rays may not feel as strong or warm on your skin, the ultraviolet (UV) rays are still very potent, breaking down your skin cells resulting in photoaging. The sun’s UV rays are harmful during this time of year because the ozone layer is at its thinnest. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re actually closer to the sun during the winter. So even though temperatures may be cooler because of the tilt of the earth, we’re physically closer to the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Which UV Rays are more Harmful?
Dr. Naqvi explains the difference between the two types of UV rays, UVA and UVB. “UVA is always present and can penetrate clouds, glass windows and go deeper into the skin. Because UVA penetrates deeper skin layers, damaging the collagen and elastin resulting in acceleration of fine lines, wrinkles, premature aging and skin cancer. UVB rays are more prevalent on sunny days and damage more superficial layers of the skin causing sunburns. Both types of rays are responsible for various types of skin cancer, age spots and melasma.” So the answer is both. But, the damage doesn’t stop with UV exposure.
The Dangers are even Indoors
Even if you work in an office all day long, you shouldn’t skip sunscreen. This is especially true if you sit near a window or drive to work. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, glass blocks UVB rays well, but not UVA rays. The same goes for glass windows on planes, buses, and in cars, per the Skin Cancer Foundation. Even this small dose of sunlight may impact your skin. One study found that people sitting near windows had more wrinkles and deeper crow’s feet on the side of their faces exposed to the window. Of course, there’s also the blue light from computers and screens that may be a concern. Some research shows too much blue light exposure may lead to cell abnormalities and death. But the jury is still out exactly what blue light does to the skin as other research shows blue light might be effective for treating acne. Either way, smoothing on sunscreen isn’t going to hurt.
Which Sunscreen is Best for Me this Winter?
Everyone should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays and has at least SPF 30 protection, which blocks about 97% of harmful UV rays. Ultimately, though, the best winter sunscreen for you is the one that best meets your unique needs.
We carry some of the best sunscreens on the market backed by scientific research:
1. SkinMedica Essential Defense Mineral Shield™ Broad Spectrum SPF 35 – untinted
This sheer, lightweight, mineral sunscreen gives you the highest level of UVA protection available, along with UVB coverage to protect you from damaging rays. Key Benefits :
- Protects against damaging UVA and UVB rays
- Will not clog pores
- Paraben free, hypoallergenic, oil free, and fragrance free
- Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure
- Use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating
- Reapply at least every 2 hours
- Sun Protection Measures Spending time in the sun increases the risk of skin cancer, premature skin aging and other skin damage. To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with a broad spectrum SPF of 15 or higher and other sun protection measures including limiting time in the sun from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and wearing protective clothing.
2. SkinBetter – SunBetter TONE SMART SPF 68 Tinted Compact
High level of sun protection in a tone-adapting, silky smooth compact that provides a hint of blendable color.
Why You’ll Love It: Broad spectrum sunscreen acts as a primer under makeup and may be layered for additional coverage. Helps prevent sunburn if used as directed with other sun protection measures to decrease the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun.
- 100% mineral, non-nano sunscreen actives.
- Patented technology.
- Extraordinary level of protection against UVA (aging), UVB (burning) rays.
- Benefits beyond UV, including blue light, pollution and infrared radiation.
- 80-minute water resistance.
3. Alastin -HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36
A lightweight, all-mineral, broad-spectrum tinted sunscreen for your face that hydrates and protects skin from harmful UVA/ UVB rays while providing a soft, glowing appearance.
- Provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection SPF 36 with a lightweight all-mineral formulation.
- Evens and brightens skin with a glowing tint for most skin tones.
- Powerful antioxidants help protect skin from pollution, IR rays and blue light.
- Provides long-lasting hydration.
- Fragrance-free reef-friendly formulation.
- Water resistant 40 minutes.
- No white residue.
Finding the right treatment
Remember to protect your face and neck year round. Sunscreen is applied last in your skincare regime, right before your makeup. If you ever have any questions, feel free to reach out to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 832-644-8338. All featured products are available to purchase at Renove or on our website.