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Why do you need sunscreen in winter?

by Gabby Marcolefas |

The days are shorter and the colder temperatures tell you the sun isn't as strong. So do you really need to wear sunscreen in the winter?

While you might assume that cloud cover means fewer rays are getting through, the precipitation common during winter months only makes it more important to wear sunscreen.

Because you aren't getting burned as quickly, and because the warmth feels good on your skin, you aren't seeking shade as often. Depending on your activities, you could actually do more damage in the winter than the summer!

About UVA and UVB, What you need to know

There are two types of UV rays that affect us, one of which is absolutely still very dangerous during winter.

UVA is always present and can penetrate clouds, glass, and deeper into the skin. UVA damages deeper skin layers, resulting in premature ageing and increased risk of skin cancer.

UVB rays, on the other hand, vary in intensity and season. UVB rays are greater on sunny days during the summer. They damage the more superficial layers of the skin, resulting in sunburns and skin cancer.

The takeaway: UVA rays are potent year-round, therefore your skin needs year-round protection. 

Winter's harsh weather is incredibly drying and taxing on skin. UV rays damage collagen and elastin in your skin, resulting in the acceleration of fine lines and wrinkles.

To combat this, look for sun creams that offer broad-spectrum or full-spectrum protection, which protects you from both. You can adopt other protective habits too to build on your UV protection, such as staying in the shade, avoiding the sun during peak hours and wearing protective clothing!


A sunscreen we would recommend is Neutriherbs Vitamin C Sunscreen Lotion SPF50, which works as not only a strong anti-UVB and UVA blocker but also enriched with multi-protection essence, VITAMIN E and VITAMIN C, which helps anti-oxidant and anti-dullness.

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