Protecting Your Skin Against Sun Damage, All Year Around

Temperatures may be low but the sun rays are actually potentially harmful and can cause skin damage all year round. Specialists say that UVA radiation in particular goes deeper into the skin, with irreversible ill effects such as wrinkles and sunspots that can only ever be completely removed with laser pigmentation reduction, so it’s important to adopt the right beauty routine very early on.

UVA rays have all the more devastating and pernicious effects as we can’t feel them when the skin is exposed to the sun, unlike UV rays which can cause sunburns. The face, neck and hands are typically exposed all year round and could benefit from a little more protection.

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Should you use sun cream in winter?

It’s not necessary to use sun cream in winter if you’re in the office most of the day. Days are shorter in winter and if you are living in the city, chances are you will not be exposed as much to the sun. This all changes however if you have to spend more than two hours outside in broad daylight, especially between around lunchtime, when the sun is at its highest point in the sky. If you’re headed to the mountains this winter, sunscreen is also obviously a must as snow-covered areas reflects the sun’s radiation, up to 2.5 times more than on any other terrain.

What sunscreen is recommended for all year-round use in the city?

Most sunscreens with an SPF of 15 would be enough to protect you all year round in urban areas, during short daily outings. You should also check that the sun lotion offers UVA coverage too. Indeed, SPF measures a sunscreen capacity to limit UV rays only, which wouldn’t nearly be enough. According to dermatologists, the only way to check that your sunscreen offers UVA coverage is to look for the label “broad spectrum” as there isn’t any other metric informing on UVAs.

What about SPF moisturisers and foundations?

SPF day creams might sound like a good compromise and a year-round essentials but skin specialists actually warn that moisturisers are not as efficient when combined with UV filters as skincare components often have to be removed from the formulas in order to make them compatible with SPF protection ingredients. It is best to use a light sunscreen to wear under your usual makeup.

Foundation with built-in sunscreen formula can be useful to an extend but it depends on the way it is applied and how much quantity is used. SPF foundations are actually quite handy and may be sufficient from October to March, but they should really be combined with proper sun protection in spring and summer.

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