Sunscreen in the winter?

Yes, Yes, and yes!

Do you really need to wear sunscreen in the winter? Yes, yes and yes!

We can’t emphasize this enough! UVB rays are weaker in the winter (so you don’t get sunburned as easily), but the UVA rays that cause wrinkles, and premature aging are just as strong, all year ‘round!

Why using sun protection in the winter is still important:

1. Snow doubles your exposure to UV rays.

the snow reflects back 80 percent of UVA rays, nearly doubling your exposure!

2. The atmosphere is thinner at high elevations.

When you have are looking at those beautiful Mountain View’s, keep in mind UV increases by nearly four percent for every 1,000-foot increase in elevation. That’s a lot of exposure, much more than a day at the beach.

3. UVA rays can go through glass.

Even if you prefer the view from inside, you’re still at risk for UVA skin damage. While UVB rays are mostly blocked by glass and clouds, 60 percent of UVA rays go right through windows.

4. The Earth is closest to the sun in the middle of the winter.

The changes of the season are a result of the tilt of the Earth, not how close our planet is to the sun.

5. Ozone, the Earth’s “sunscreen,” is the thinnest during the winter.

Ozone acts like the Earth’s sunscreen, filtering out and protecting us from UV rays. ozone levels are generally the lowest from December to March - Winter months.

So even in the winter, put on your coat, grab your gloves and don’t forget the sunscreen! Re-applying your sunscreen every 2 hours still applies.

Sunscreens have came a long way! Gone are the days of thick, white sunscreens!

Learn more about our Sheer Moisture Sunscreen.