We all know that during our summer, flocking to the beach in our thousands, protection from the sun is a must. But how many of us would apply sunscreen in the winter? I can assure you – not nearly enough, the sun never goes away which means the risks are still as apparent. In fact, there are some threats during the winter that most of us are completely unaware of!
While on a cloudy day, sunscreen is not completely necessary, the best strategy is to routinely apply every day. For those of us who wear make up, many foundations already have sunscreens built in which makes your daily routine less tedious. However, for those who do not have an SPF foundation just applying sunscreen every morning should be another step to your daily routine. Just as you would when going skiing; even in the UK you can still get sun burnt due to the icy wind chills and on a particular sunny, snowy day. Skiing inflicts a triple whammy of damage on the skin. There’s the direct sun from the sky, the reflected sun off of the snow, and the extra UV radiation you get at the higher altitudes that comes with the territory.
People who are prone to burning in the summer should be extra prepared for the winter and the Obagi Sunscreen we provide here in the clinic is perfect! The Obagi Nu-Derm® Healthy Skin Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 35 is a sunscreen with 9% micronized zinc oxide and 7.5% octinoxate that provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
The Impact of UV
UV radiation is always bad, and is cumulative throughout life. Your skin will always remember that day on the beach when you were 18, and the wrinkles you develop as you get older are related to your lifetime sun exposure. This is also inclusive of skin cancer. The reason UV can be worse in the winter is because your melanin has largely faded by December.
Good quality moisturisers, such as those that contain ceramides, can help prevent or treat winter skin as the temperature and humidity drops. This is when you should slather on moisturisers, particularly on your face and hands. Increasing the humidity in your house also helps, and the most natural way to do that is to fill your house up with plants.
The Right Foods
Certainly vitamin deficiencies, such as the B, C, and D vitamins, can contribute to poor-quality skin. If you eat a well-balanced diet, and perhaps take a multivitamin daily, it is hard to say if extra vitamins or foods can make your skin actually look better or decrease wrinkles. As a super pale-skinned blonde, I’ve learned the importance of sun protection year-round the hard way.
Take care of your skin and it will continue to take care of you.
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