Wearing SPF in Winter

Should you be wearing SPF during the winter?

Pumpkin Spice Lattes infiltrate your feed on Instagram, you’re reaching for your favourite cardigan more often – yes, sweater weather has arrived!  Your morning routine is over before your coffee has had time to cool down, but you might have forgotten this one crucial skincare step: Applying SPF.

Why is it important to wear SPF in winter?

Although the sun isn’t beating down on your skin the way it does in summer, you’re still not safe from its rays.

In winter your skin is still exposed to the strong UVA rays of the sun that causes ageing and potentially, skin cancers.  Because of this, it is important to continue wearing sunscreen on exposed skin through every season.

What if you’re only spending a short amount of time outdoors in winters?

Any amount of time that you’ll be spending outdoors will require that you wear at the very least a low factor SPF, but higher factor for periods of time when you’ll be outdoors for longer.

Can I replace sunscreen with SPF makeup instead?

There are a wide variety of foundations and BB Creams currently in the market that offers a low SPF factor of sun protection and although this is efficient when you’re indoors, it is recommended that you apply a layer of sunscreen underneath the SPF makeup to ensure that you have broad spectrum skin protection too.

What types of SPF cream do I need to apply in winter?

When purchasing sunscreen, it is important to check the SPF level and UVA rating thereof.  The SPF level is determined by the sunscreen’s ability to protect your skin against UVB rays while the UVA determines the coverage against UVA rays.

Go ahead, add some sunscreen to your cold winter morning routine – at the very least it will remind you that summer is sure to follow.