During winters, the UV rays might not be direct due to significant reflection from snow and ice. Even if you don’t get sunburns, UV rays are still at work making your skin wrinkle-prone, dry and appear aged.
Winters are on. You must have packed your flip-flops and swimsuits by now and traded them for jackets and snow boots. But, does that means sunscreens should be packed as well?
Dr. Brian A Kopitzki, Beaumont Hospital, Michigan shares that temperature or season should not be a deciding factor in whether to wear sunscreen or not. It should be worn every day regardless of whether you are stepping out or staying cozy inside. The harmful radiations from the laptop and other blue screens can accelerate your aging process too.
Why it is important to wear sunscreen in winters?
We have been discussing in our blogs the importance of sunscreen in the daily skincare routine. During winters when most of the area gets draped in ice and snow, a major portion of the UV rays are reflected. Though it reduces the chances of sunburns, the rays are still powerful to make you look aged and turn your skin wrinkly.
The vivacious winds and freezing temperatures of Canada can leave your skin dry and agitated. Not wearing sunscreen will make UV rays get a better shot of you.
So, don’t let those winter clouds fool you. Make sure to apply sunscreen to all exposed areas such as the neck, ears, hands, face and lips. However, finding the right sunscreen for your skin isn’t that easy as it may sound. The skin care professionals at The Makeover Place, Toronto have exclusively designed this blog to make your sunscreen shopping easier and less confusing.
Which sunscreen to choose?
Well, there are a lot many variants of sunscreens available in the market that may confuse you. For beginners, ADA (American Dermatology Association) recommends buying a sunscreen labelled as “broad-spectrum”. This type of sunscreen protects you from the sinful UVA and UVB rays both.
UVA rays cause wrinkles and age spots on your face. These rays are responsible for the premature aging of your skin. Sunburns are caused by UVB rays. Not wearing sunscreen makes you exposed to these harmful radiations, and may result in skin cancer.
Choosing the right SPF?
SPF means Sun Protection Factor. The higher the value, the more is protection offered. SPF 15 will filter out 93% of the UVB rays and SPF 30 filters 96% of the rays and so on. The choice of SPF depends on your type and duration of exposure. For everyday usage, prefer a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30.
But, if you are stepping out in sun for long hours or if you’re going for a swim or sport, wear sunscreen with SPF 50.
Pay attention to your skin type
Always prefer non-comedogenic sunscreen if you have acne-prone or oily skin. A sunscreen with a non-comedogenic label would not block your pores. For dry skin, favor sunscreens containing hydrating agents such as ceramides or hyaluronic acid. You can also purchase moisturizers with sunscreen.
According to the renowned dermatologist, Emily Smith working at The University of Missouri Health care, people with sensitive skin should opt for mineral or physical sunscreen. Sunscreens having zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as the main ingredients would be best suited for sensitive skin. Make sure that sunscreens don’t make your skin too oily or greasy, as it would lead to zits or other problems.
Do perform a patch test at the back of your ear lobe before trying any new sunscreen. This makes sure that the product doesn’t contain any skin irritants.
- Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that gives you full protection against UVA and UVB rays.
- Wear sunscreen everyday irrespective of the temperature outside or season.
- A sunscreen with SPF 30 is ideal for your everyday protection. Reapply the sunscreen after every two hours.
- Always prefer non-comedogenic and creamy sunscreen rather than spray or powder-based ones.
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