As we sink deeper into winter, most of us find ourselves working indoors, with our weekends spent huddled well away from the winter chill. Those of us who do head outside are greeted by grey sky and heavy cloud, rather than the bright blue of the summer months.
Given that we haven’t felt the heat of the sun in months, do we really still need to be wearing sunscreen during winter?
Do you need to wear sunscreen on a cloudy, wet day?
The short answer: yes. Even on a cloudy, overcast day, sunscreen is essential.
Why? Because the sun’s rays contain UVA and UVB, both of which can cause damage to the skin. UVA is absorbed deep into the dermis of the skin, leading to long term damage of the skin, and it’s prevalent all year round. This means that, even in the cooler months, UVA is able to penetrate heavy cloud and lead to long term, serious skin conditions.
Do you still need sunscreen if you’re working indoors?
It’s not just clouds that UVA can penetrate - it’s glass, too. This means that even if you work indoors, if you’re sitting near a window, your skin is still susceptible to UVA damage. The same principles apply to anyone who drives to work - UVA rays can penetrate your car windows, leading to long term damage. Often, when dermatologists scan the skin to look for underlying skin conditions, the right side of our face has sustained more sun damage than the left - this is because our skin is absorbing UV rays while we drive.
To protect your skin from UV rays in the winter, it’s important to look for a broad spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from both UVB and UVA rays.
Which natural sunscreen should you choose this winter?
Whether we’re sitting beneath artificial heating or braving the elements outdoors, we expose our skin to countless stressors every day. Rather than adding an additional layer of synthetic chemicals to your face, opt for a naturally derived formula to really nourish and give back to the skin.
Sukin SPF30 Sheer Touch Facial Sunscreen has been designed with daily (year ‘round!) use in mind, heroeing naturally derived Zinc Oxide for UVA and UVB broad spectrum protection. The sheer touch, non greasy formula is also reef friendly, meaning you are caring for the environment while you care for your skin. The Sheer Touch Facial Sunscreen is rich in natural, skin-loving ingredients like Rosehip Oil, Green Tea and Cucumber to keep your skin hydrated despite the dry winter air.
For those who want to even out their complexion, either as a base for makeup or as a quick “lift” before a day spent working from home or a Zoom call, the Sukin SPF30 Sheer Touch Facial Sunscreen is also available in two tinted versions - the same clean, lightweight formula and 30+ protection with a subtle glow and wash of colour.