Do You Still Need to Wear Sunscreen in Winter?

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Radiant Esthetics is a strong advocate of impeccable skincare. And one of our favorite pieces of advice we give to our customers is: Always wear sunscreen. Sunscreen protects you from sun damage to the skin, so it is only fitting always to wear it.

However, during the winter, is it still advisable to wear sunscreen? After all, the sun is not as harsh during the winter as it is during the rest of the year.

Is Sunscreen Necessary During Winter?

Our short answer is, yes, sunscreen is still a must during the winter. And here are the reasons why.

Sun Damage Still Happens in Winter

Even when it’s freezing outside, the sun is out, even though you probably identify its harmful rays with being beaten down on you and feeling the heat on your skin. In addition, even on gloomy days, the sun can harm your skin.

The Skin Cancer Foundation says that UVA rays can pass through clouds. Additionally, snow reflects up to 80% of the sun’s UV energy, which means you are exposed to those rays twice. The UV rays could potentially cause twice as much harm as they would normally. 

Do not believe that staying indoors during the winter would keep you safe from them because they can easily penetrate glass to reach your skin. In other words, you are not safe from the damaging effects of UVA rays wherever you are if you don’t wear sunscreen.

Winter Doesn’t Prevent Sunburn

Sunburns do not only occur in the summer, just like sun damage. Since UVB rays are highest in the summer, you might assume you won’t burn in the winter. The Skin Cancer Foundation warns that you might still get burned in the winter if you don’t wear sunscreen.

Burns are caused by UVB radiation, which can harm skin year-round. Because there is frequently less exposed skin and you could spend less time outside than in the summer, you might not notice the effects of the sun as much in the winter. However, this does not imply that burns are impossible.

Winter Weather Removes Sunscreen Faster

You’ll probably sweat off your sunscreen on a hot beach day and need to reapply. However, most people are unaware that the harsh winter weather may destroy your sunscreen even more quickly. 

The Skin Cancer Foundation advises against applying sunscreen in the morning and assuming it will provide protection all day because snow and high winds can wear it down and limit its effectiveness. Instead, it is advised that you reapply throughout the winter every two hours and right away after perspiring.

Skin Cancer Due to Sun Exposure is Still Fair Game in the Winter

Similar to how cigarette smoking can result in lung cancer at any time of year, exposure to the sun can result in skin cancer at any time. Cancer doesn’t take a rest when it’s chilly, overcast, and gray.

Winter doesn’t necessarily make the sun seem farther away, only because it’s not on your mind as much. You must take the appropriate precautions because skin cancer risk persists over the winter.

Everyone should use sunscreen every day. DNA damage, free radical production, and DNA mutation are all brought on by ultraviolet light (UV). Repeated DNA damage can lead to skin cancer; sun exposure is responsible for 90% of non-melanoma skin cancer cases.

Sunscreen Helps Prevent Premature Aging Year-Round

Nobody wants to age, let’s face it, and sunscreen can help you maintain healthy, youthful-looking skin. However, if you don’t take the proper precautions, you’ll be much more likely to have sun-damaged skin.

You should therefore wear sunscreen every day, regardless of the weather or the presence of clouds. That means using a sunscreen every day of the year in the winter, fall, spring, and summer. Make sure to apply sunscreen liberally and frequently reapply to exposed areas.

Sunscreen Keeps the Skin Hydrated

Even if you don’t often have dry skin at other times of the year, it is well known that the colder winter winds and temperatures can cause it. It might be unpleasant and make your skin look dull in pictures from your vacation. Fortunately, applying sunscreen in the winter can aid in retaining moisture and maintaining your skin’s hydration.

You’ll be much more comfortable this winter if you apply sunscreen that has moisturizing chemicals because it will be less likely for your skin to grow chapped, irritated, and dry.

How to Apply Sunscreen During the Winter

Applying sunscreen in winter requires that you do so in the morning or just before putting on your layers and going outside for the day. We recognize that it can be more challenging to reapply sunscreen when you’re covered with long sleeves, jackets, gloves, scarves, and beanies. Although your clothing may offer some protection, it’s still advisable to reapply whenever possible.

But how much sunscreen should you apply? Apply sunscreen liberally to your hands, forehead, nose, back of your neck, and any other exposed skin.

Not only should you apply before leaving, but you should also reapply multiple times during the day. You should do your best to reapply sunscreen every two hours or so. However, you should reapply sunscreen more regularly if you notice that you’re perspiring or coming into touch with water—every 40 to 80 minutes, depending on the water resistance of your specific sunscreen.

What Sunscreen to Use

When looking for the best sunscreen to wear in the winter, there are a few characteristics to consider, including:

  • SPF 30 or greater is required to protect the sun’s reflected radiation adequately
  • Wide-spectrum: to block both UVB and UVA rays
  • Moisturizing – helps prevent chapped skin and keep your skin moisturized
  • Water-resistant to keep you dry while snowboarding, skiing, or sledding

You might wish to think about utilizing mineral sunscreen rather than chemical sunscreen. Mineral sunscreen employs harmless, natural components, whereas chemical sunscreen may contain ingredients that are hazardous to your health.

Need Help Comabatting Sun Damage?

Preventing sun damage is necessary, but sometimes it may not be enough, and the skin still gets damaged. Reach out to Radiant Esthetics to help treat sun damage. Call us at 401-848-0022 or use our online contact form. We are in Newport, Rhode Island, at 208 Bellevue Avenue, second floor.

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