It’s already a challenge remembering to apply SPF during warmer months, so it’s understandable if you disregard it during the current freezing season. However, it’s not completely excusable as sunscreen usage shouldn’t just equate to sunny days. Your skin is more vulnerable to the stronger UV rays in winter, requiring protection all year round. Ahead, 5 reasons why you should never downplay daily SPF use even when there is no sign of sun.
1. UV Rays Can Penetrate Through Clouds
Just because it’s not sunny outside doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. Up to 80% of the sun’s rays can pass through sans brightness, so it’s important to protect yourself even if it’s gloomy outside.
2. Your Skin Becomes More Sensitive To UV Rays During Winter
Compared to the summer, your skin in the winter produces less melanin, a protective umbrella for the skin responsible for pigmentation.
3. Sunscreen Can Decrease Your Aging Process By 24%
A study has shown that those who wore SPF regularly had no detectable anti-aging signs after 4.5 years compared to those who did not. Moral of the story: wear SPF all year long, no matter the season.
4. Your Lips Need More Protection In Winter
Frigid temperatures cause our delicate lips to become sensitive and dry, making them more vulnerable to sun exposure. Apply a moisturizing lip balm with SPF for protection, hydration and to combat cold sores, which can be triggered by UV rays.
5. Snow Causes More UV Exposure
Because snow intensifies sunlight and reflects up to 80% of UV radiation, it amounts to double the exposure compared to summer. Plus, increased elevation (we’re talking to you ski lodgers!) equates to higher UV susceptibility.