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8th November 2019

Do I need to wear sunscreen outside of summer?

As the autumn slowly turns into winter, sun protection may not seem like a priority. However just because it’s cold outside shouldn’t mean you abandon the sun protection factor (SPF).

Sun protection is pivotal all year round, it’s worth remembering that even on a cloudy day over 90% of ultraviolet (UV) rays can pass through light cloud1. Whilst the wintery conditions may mean you wear more layers and less skin is on show, the reality is your face and neck are likely going to remain exposed and you should still try to help protect these areas.

Using a moisturising sunscreen with a high SPF will help to protect your skin from UV rays. UV damage from the sun significantly increases the risk of skin cancer3 and is the main cause of premature skin ageing2, so it is important to provide your skin with year-round protection to help minimise your risk. So, maintaining your sun protection in the winter is still just as important and can help to prevent the visual signs of ageing caused by UV damage.

In the next couple of months, many ski resorts will start opening for the new season. The cold surroundings and snowy terrain may lure you into a false sense of security, but did you know that up in the mountains the sun’s intensity actually increases. In fact, altitude and distance from the equator are two factors in determining the sun’s impact. Your UV exposure increases by 10% for every 1000m in altitude; at 2500m in elevation, you’re exposed to 25% more UV radiation than at sea level. 4 That’s not even taking into consideration the reflection of the sun off the snow.4 So if you’re going on a skiing trip this season, help to care for your skin by staying sun safe.

Our range of SunSense face products offer SPF50+ protection for everyday use, especially on the face, neck and chest:

SunSense Daily Face SPF50+ – Contains Vitamin B3 to help improve skin texture/tone and moisturises whilst providing an invisible tint/matte finish

SunSense Anti-Ageing Face SPF50+ – Contains to help visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It combines the anti-ageing benefits of lactic acid with SPF 50+ broad spectrum protection to help reduce the visible signs of premature ageing due to UV exposure. It also contains the antioxidants Vitamin E and Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) and is available in a matte format, too.

 

References

 

1] Cancer Research UK. Am I at risk of sunburn? [Internet] 2019 (cited 2019 November ) Available from:

2] NHS. Look after your skin (Internet) 2019 (cited 2019 October 16) Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/look-after-your-skin/

3] NHS. Sunscreen and sun safety (Internet) 2019 (cited 2019 October 17) Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/sunscreen-and-sun-safety/

4] World Health Organisation, UV Radiation  (Internet) 2019 (Cited 2019 October 23) Available from http://www.who.int/uv/faq/whatisuv/en/index3.html

 

 

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