Weather change usually means change in our skin regiment. Even though it’s cold out, we still need one essential product – sunscreen. We usually load up on this during the summer, but the sun will still be out during the cooler seasons, so why stop using it?
UVA rays can still damage us during the cooler months. While UVB, the radiation that burns the skin, decreases during the winter, UVA, which is most harmful to our skin, is still very effective.
Cooler climates can also mean dryer skin, so staying hydrated during this time is important. It is best to use moisturizers with SPF 15 or higher, and apply generously. A dime sized amount will not cover you. Apply about three table spoons evenly throughout all exposed areas of the body.
Did you know that snow and ice can reflect the rays of the sun? Being prepared in these harsh climates is of the utmost importance, which is why it’s best to carry sunscreen at all times. Reapplication is suggested at least twice each day, 30 minutes before sun exposure.
Be sure to look for sunscreen that is best for your skin. Here are some of our top broad spectrum sunscreens, protecting against both UVA and UVB sun rays:
1. For dryer skin types, moisturizers with sunscreen is essential. Image Skincare’s Prevention+ Daily Hydrating Moisturizer provides one of the highest levels of sun protection on the market.
2. For acne-prone skin, Elta MD Skincare’s UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 claims to “calm and protect” the skin, and it does just that. Patient who have used this product see no breakouts from the use of this product.
3. Here is one for sensitive skin, and the very active and athletic. Elta MD Skincare’s UV Physical SPF 41 is one of my personal favorites. The fragrance free moisturizing formula will not leave your skin irritated, and as extra bonuses, it’s water-resistant and tinted. So much in one!
4. SkinMedica’s TNS Ultimate Daily Moisturizer is one of the most powerful anti-aging formulas to protect against skin cancer. It contains antioxidants to protect your skin against free radicals that damages the skin. This broad spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen has no shortage of growth factors that help rebuild skin cells.