By now, most people are aware that using sunblock on a regular basis is an important part of any skincare regimen. However, there is still a strong correlation in many people’s minds between sunblock use and summertime. While it is certainly important to wear sunscreen in the summer when the sun is at its strongest, it is just as important to wear sunscreen in the winter, regardless of the temperatures outside.
You can get a sunburn in the winter
Sun damage on the skin is caused by UV radiation from the sun which is just as strong – and just as damaging – in the winter months as it is in the summer. On a clear day, the UV index can often reach dangerous levels even in the middle of January.
Sun protection is particularly important for those who engage in winter sports such as snowboarding and skiing. Often these sports are centered at higher altitudes where the UV rays can be even more intense. For example, at 10,000 feet elevation, UV radiation can actually be up to 45% more intense than at sea level. Furthermore, snow can reflect the sun’s UV rays, doubling the rate the exposure.
Protect your skin throughout the year
Your sun protection regimen shouldn’t change based on the season. An SPF 30 or higher sunscreen should be worn everyday when spending time outdoors during the daytime. A broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen will block 97% of the sun’s UV rays if applied correctly and reapplied about every two hours. Sunscreens identified as broad spectrum will protect against both UVA and UVB rays, since both can lead to skin damage. It is also a good idea to choose a sunscreen that is moisturizing as the winter weather can be quite drying.
If you are searching for a sunscreen that will protect you from the sun’s rays year-round, consider Civant’s SPF 35 Sunscreen. The non-greasy formula protects from both UVA and UVB rays, is non pore-clogging, and is suitable for all skin types and skin tones.