SPF cream during the winter:
Should we be wearing it?
An article on Yahoo Style looks into the facts about sunscreen in winter.
Cosmedics Skin Clinics’ founder and Medical Director, Dr Ross Perry, was invited to give expert advice on the often-overlooked issue of sunscreen in winter.
As the article explains:
“…while the daily shaves and the diets can be put to one side, one thing you shouldn’t drop from your routine is sun protection. Yep, you still need to slap on the sun cream – even in the deepest depths of winter.”
Importance of wearing sunscreen in winter
Sunscreen should be worn year round on exposed skin, even on cloudy days, as it protects against UVA rays, which can lead to skin ageing and cancer.
Dr Ross Perry, GP and medical Director of Cosmedics Skin Clinics, explains:
“Winter sun can be misleading. We don’t feel the heat and are less likely to burn, yet the rays can still penetrate the skin.”
How long you’re spending outside
Even short trips outdoors expose the skin to the sun. Dr Perry tells Yahoo:
“Sunscreen should be worn for any time at all spent outside, even in winter.
“Sun damage can build up a cumulative effect.”
Suitable sunscreen for winter
Dr Ross explains:
“If you get on with a sunscreen, then there’s no reason not to wear the same one year round. Choose a high protection with a minimum SPF 30 every day, all year.
“In winter you’re less likely to need ingredients to stop it sweating off or washing off in the sea, so it can be nice to choose one which sits well under makeup.”
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