You are surely well-aware that in extreme heat and under straight rays of sun you need to wear sunscreen. Scientists say, however, that you need to wear it on normal days as well, no matter if it’s hot outside or not, summer or winter. Here is why you need to wear sunscreen not just in the summer and how to choose a good one.
Unfortunately, UVA damage is not reversible and might lead to faster skin ageing as well as in some instances even skin cancer. We must protect ourselves at all times of the year from these rays as they shine through the clouds and may not be visible to a naked eye. Wearing sunscreen every day can protect you from exposure to these rays.
“Ultraviolet rays that are the cause of sun damage and skin cancer are always present. They are independent of cold or hot weather, and are not blocked by clouds. On overcast days, only visible rays (but not UVB rays) from the sun are blocked. The best way to protect the skin is with sun protection.” – Dr. Shilesh Iyer, M.D., a Board-Certified dermatologist in conversation with Forbes.
Not sure exactly what to look for when choosing a sunscreen? Worry not – just keep these things in mind.
Sun protection factor (SPF): This numerical factor provides information on the level of protection provided. A minimum of SPF 15 or 30 is recommended for everyday wear. When in the sun, it’s important to reapply sunscreen to exposed areas every 90 to 120 minutes, or as the product label indicates.
Water resistance: This indicates that the product will protect the skin in water for a specified duration of time.
Broad-spectrum: Sunscreens should be labelled as broad-spectrum, which means the product will cover shield against UVA and UVB rays.
Colorescience Tint du Soleil SPF 30 UV Protective Foundation
If you’re someone who prefers a more polished appearance during the day, this is for you. You’ll be shielded against the sun’s damaging rays, and you’ll receive full, yet natural-looking coverage. The creamy formula imparts a dewy finish, which lasts from morning to night. (Pro tip: tap gently around the eyes – an area oft-neglected by even the most diligent sunscreen wearers – to help even out skin tone.)
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30
The beloved brand’s original Ultra Facial Cream has been adored by beauty aficionados since the 1970s, and for good reason. Antarcticine, a marine protein sourced from Antarctica’s glaciers, is a powerhouse ingredient that helps boosts collagen production and increase elasticity.
IPKN Big Apple Sun Cream SPF 50
Don’t be fooled by the adorable packaging, because there’s little this multitasker from the hip Korean brand IPKN doesn’t do. Infused with apple water extract, this cream evens out skin tone, controls excess oil – making it a lovely makeup base – and calms even the most sensitive complexions. The subtle fruity scent makes it even more dreamy to use.
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream
The name says it all. And if colour matching is important to you, you’ll love that you can pick from 16 shades. The texture is incredibly lightweight, and the formula absorbs in a snap. Though the coverage is sheer, it’s buildable – so set that concealer aside. Squalane, marine-derived botanicals, and humectants help even the thirstiest complexions stay hydrated all day long.
Do you wear sunscreen every day all year round? Let us know your thoughts on it in the comment section below.