Are you that person who checks the weather app daily or hangs their head out the window in the morning to see what the day’s doing before you apply sunscreen?…..well think again!
Sunscreen is the daily skincare routine that should never EVER be missed.
It is a no brainer in the middle of summer and it’s boiling hot outside to remember to apply sunscreen but what about in winter?
Although the sun might not feel as hot in the cooler months, rest assured the risks of sun damage (aka skin aging) are still very very real.
UV rays can cut through winter clouds
Even if it looks overcast outside, don’t be fooled! Up to 80% of the sun’s rays can still penetrate cloud cover and even worse, reflect off it.
There are two types of rays you need to know about -
- UVA rays have a longer wavelength which causes skin damage that leads to skin aging and wrinkles. The shortest wavelengths of UVA rays also contribute to sunburn.
- UVB rayshave a shorter wavelength which can cause sunburn and play a key role in developing skin cancer.
So the take away is – it’s important to protect your skin from both types of UV rays all year round.
Sunscreen is the key to anti-aging.
In winter, your skin is noticeably drier because of the much harsher weather conditions and indoor heating. This can cause noticeable dehydration and result in dull looking skin.
An easy way to combat this is by using sunscreen daily. It not only locks in the skin’s natural moisture, but it will keep skin looking fresher and plumper.
Wotnot Naturals Tinted Face Sunscreen comes with built in SPF 40 and anti-aging serum plus mineral make up coverage. Our unique formula is proven to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by up to 16% when used daily for 8 weeks thanks to the clever inclusion of COSMOS approved plant collagen. What more could you want?
An Australian Study published in 2013 through the QLD Institute of Medical Research compares 903 people aged 25-55 using SPF 15 daily at their own discretion for a four and a half year period.
The results were that 24 percent of participants were less likely to show increased signs of aging. Regardless of sex, age, skin colour, occupation, skin cancer history, weight and smoking everyone benefitted from daily sunscreen use.
Now that’s compelling!
Winter elements can remove sunscreen
When you’re hot and sweaty at the beach and swimming regularly it’s a given that you reapply sunscreen every 2 hours but what about on a windy winter’s day or at the snow?
The answer is, yes? Strong winds can wear away sunscreen and snow reflects up to 90% of UV rays. This means that the sun is even MORE potent and highly likely to burn you.
A zinc based natural sunscreen like Wotnot’s SPF 30 is packed full of nourishing organic ingredients that are perfect for soothing dry winter skin and preventing sun damage at the same time. And since it's a physical sunscreen, you don't need to worry about absorbing unnecessary chemicals into your bloodstream. It’s a win-win!
You can get sun damage indoors
Don’t be tempted to skip your sunscreen in the morning even if you’re working inside all day. UVA rays can still sneak through glass, so be mindful of time spent in a car or on buses.
Pay attention to where your desk is positioned in a room. If you’re sitting near a window, even a small amount of light may affect your skin.
Bottom line – there is no harm in applying sunscreen daily - bonus if it has an anti-aging serum and make up coverage to not only save you time, but also help your back-pocket by using less beauty products!
Winter can be just as damaging to the skin as summertime is, so make sure you apply a good quality face sunscreen with at least SPF 30 as part of your everyday skin routine.