Why to Wear SPF in the Winter

Woman Applying Sunscreen

While most diligent beach goers remember to pack a tube of sunscreen, during winter months when your main instinct is to cover as much skin as possible, it is more easily forgotten. However, NYC dermatologists Lisa Airan and Adam Geyer remind you that wearing SPF is just as important during cold weather as in the summer. Here’s why:

  • Gray clouds may deceive you into thinking you’re not exposed, but in reality sun comes through windows and can still damage skin causing premature aging or even cancer.
  • Using a thick, creamy sunscreen that is too heavy for warmer months can lock in moisture during the time of year when it is at its most dried out, and cut down on the number of products you need to apply each morning. You can skip the extra moisturizer, and new formulas containing green tea, and other antioxidants will not only reduce future wrinkles, but repair skin while you wear it.
  • If you enjoy winter sports, sunscreen is even more crucial. The higher altitudes of ski slopes means that you are closer to the sun, which is reflecting off all of the powder onto your skin. Logging a full day on the slopes can cause just as much damage as hours spent with your toes in the sand.

Try using Neutrogena sensitive skin 60+ for all day exposure. Use a formula like Ocean Potion Broad Spectrum Anti-Aging Lotion SPF 50 for moisture, or if you skin tends to the oily side of the spectrum, use a lighter formula like Kiehl’s Ultra Wrinkle Reducing Cream. Whatever formula you choose, be sure to stay protected.

Source courtesy of Vogue. Image courtesy of The Skin Cancer Foundation.

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