Does the cold, dry weather have you thinking you’re safe from the sun? Don’t be fooled! Just because winter is here doesn’t mean you should put away your sunscreen. Even though your skin isn’t as exposed to the rays when it’s hidden under clothes, your face and hands are still being affected. Those areas get hit with harmful rays all year and need protection – even in the winter.
When choosing a sunscreen, it is important to understand what’s on the label. Look for:
- SPF, or Sun Protection Factor. A higher SPF number means multiple protective ingredients are present to protect from cancer-causing UVB rays. Best protection with any sunscreen occurs when the sunscreen is reapplied every 2-3 hours when outdoors.
- Zinc Oxide. A product with at least 5 percent zinc oxide will allow the sunscreen to stay on top of skin and block harmful UVA and UVB rays. Zinc Oxide is the very best for UVA protection. These are the rays that cause thinning, aging and wrinkling in the deeper skin layer.
Always make sure you apply a sunscreen under foundation to ensure your skin is protected. If you’re worried about oily skin, a sunscreen can easily be used in place of a moisturizer. Theraderm Platinum Protection Facial Sunscreen is oil-free and lightweight, making it ideal for use under makeup. Use it every day and keep your skin safe from sun damage.
By getting in the habit of applying sunscreen every morning, no matter the season, you can keep your skin looking younger and healthier for many years. This one small step is essential for keeping your skin safe from sun damage and it takes less than one minute to complete. Start the routine now! You’ll thank yourself later.