Without the sun to remind us, it's easy to forget your SPF every morning as the winter months roll in. Although the sun's rays aren't as intense in the winter, it's still necessary to use an SPF all year round to protect your skin. Here’s why:
UV rays penetrate winter clouds
We are often deterred from applying our SPF by the grey, overcast, rainy clouds outside. Up to 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate them even during winter! There are two types of UV rays that affect our skin. UVA is always present all year round and can penetrate clouds, glass, and reach deep into our skin layers. This can result in premature ageing and an increased risk of skin cancers. UVB rays are more apparent on brighter days during summer and vary in intensity, they damage the more superficial layers of the skin which can result in sunburns, skin pigmentation, and skin cancer.
Try out our solar defense booster which can be applied under any foundation or added to your favourite moisturiser to protect your skin against UVA, UVB rays, and ageing free radicals.Active sunscreens protect us against both UVA and UVB rays. Blend smoothly over the skin for a perfect finish.
SPF helps to prevent ageing of the skin
During the winter months, we want to work our hardest to prevent our skin from drying out and avoiding any wrinkles from appearing. UV rays damage the collagen and elastin in the skin cells which results in a faster rate of seeing wrinkles and fine lines appear. The harsh winter weather is incredibly drying and taxing to our skin. SPF has proven anti-ageing properties, applying an SPF during winter helps keep your skin hydrated, radiant, and protected (what more could you want!)
Reach for our dynamic skin recovery with an SPF 50 with contains antioxidant white tea, rich in polyphenols, and a unique polypeptide to help improve the appearance of photoaged and ageing skin.
The dangers are indoors
You should never skip SPF even if you work inside an office all day, especially if you sit near a window or drive to work. Many of us are not aware, but the UV rays can penetrate through glass windows, busses, cars, and even planes. Glass is only effective in blocking the UVB rays but not UVA.
Apply our clearing defense with SPF 30 to help protect the skin from environmental stress, as well as breakouts. Spectrum sunscreen defends against UV rays, and its natural ingredients Antioxidant Willow Bark Extract, Green Tea Extract, and Vitamin C combat the irritating effects of pollution on breakout-prone skin.
Winter sports are well underway- don’t forget to pack your SPF. UV radiation increases by 5% with every thousand feet you rise above sea level. Crazy! This means that the higher your elevation, the greater you expose your skin to the harmful UV rays. If you’re skiing, snowboarding, or even chilling inside the cabin this winter, apply your SPF as the snow reflects and intensives the sun which can result in a nasty sunburn.
Protect your face and body with our protection 50 sport spf50. This sheer solar protection treatment is water-resistant and defends against prolonged skin damage from UV light and environmental damage, perfect for being out on the slopes.
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