Do You Need Sunscreen in the Winter?

It might seem logical to ditch your sunscreen since winter skies are typically overcast compared with the rest of the year. I’m sure you know that the reflection of the sun’s rays on snow packs a powerful punch but did you know that up to 80% of the sun’s rays can reach your skin on a cloudy day? There are two types of rays: UVA and UVB. UVA rays cause aging by destroying your skin’s collagen and elastin while UVB rays cause burning.

Is There Sunscreen Specifically for Winter?

You don’t need a “winter” sunscreen, per se. You can wear the same broad-spectrum (protects against both kinds of rays) product that you wear in the summer: provided it has at least an SPF of 35. You don’t need more, but you do need at least 35 SPF. A higher SPF won’t protect but a smidgen more and you’ll pay a lot more for it. Wearing sunscreen daily will protect your skin from premature aging caused by UVA rays! Come in and see our options so you can maintain protection during the winter months!

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