If you’re still in the mindset that sunscreen is only necessary in the summer…i’m here to change your mind. Working from home has got a lot of us (myself included) not taking self-care as seriously, but let’s make taking care of yourself a goal in 2021. Skimping on sunscreen in the winter is a no-no if you’re into anti-aging, so check out these top reasons for why wearing sunscreen in the Winter is so important!
UVA/UVB Rays are Still Around in the Winter Months
While UVA and UVB rays are stronger in the summer months, they are still very prevalent in the Winter. UVA/UVB rays can not only deplete the collagen in your skin (causing wrinkles and sagging), but also, of course, skin cancer. If you didn’t know, the ozone layer is actually thinner in the Winter, which gives you less protection against these ultraviolet rays. Plus, if you live in an environment that snows a good amount, UV rays actually reflect of snow and ice causing more sun exposure.
Most Windows Only Block Out UVA Rays
Did you know that most standard windows only block out UVB rays, not UVA? Even if you’re inside all day, your skin is still exposed to harmful UVA rays if you’re not wearing sunscreen. This is especially true if you work from home (or an office) right next to a window like me!
Blue Light is Year-Round
Many dermatologists agree (note that I am NOT a derm) that blue light (light emitted from electronic screens) is not as dangerous as spending the day at the beach and is not cancerous, but too much exposure to blue light can increase signs of aging. Blue light can cause collagen depletion, premature wrinkling, and exacerbate pigmentation….yikes. The amount of time i’ve spent in front of screens as a teenager with no sunscreen is not a comfortable thought!
My Sunscreen Routine
First off, I wear sunscreen every single day (hopefully obvious by now why)! Before I apply my sunscreen, I use my vitamin C serum, which among other benefits, adds another layer of environmental protection thanks to the antioxidant properties. Sunscreen is my last step before applying make-up (if i’m wearing it that day- which is like never at the moment LOL).
Sunscreens that are broad spectrum with an SPF of at least 30 are the two biggest factors in a sunscreen to look out for. I currently use EltaMD’s UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 sunscreen, as I absolutely love the consistency of the product! Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 is another highly rated sunscreen, with red algae to help protect against blue light.
To sum it allll up….if you’re interested in anti-aging, please be wearing sunscreen in the winter! Keep following along for more lifestyle posts (Check out these 10 at-home must have fitness items!).
*Please note that I am not a dermatologist, just a gal very interested in skincare!*