Fall and Winter Sun Protection
Sunscreen is something you only need to wear in the summer, right? Wrong! While UVB rays are the strongest in the summer, they can damage your skin year-round. While UVA rays are consistent throughout the year, they are able to penetrate clouds and fog, as well as glass. If you enjoy ski vacations, UVB rays can be very strong at high altitudes and on reflective surfaces like snow and ice. Because snow actually reflects up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV light, the sun’s rays hit you twice, which increases your risks for skin cancer and premature aging.
Using a high SPF sunscreen with Hyaluronic acid like EltaMD Daily SPF 40 will help you prevent cancer and fight the effects of aging, even during the fall and winter months. While protecting your skin from the sun, this formula will add strength to the armory that keeps your skin looking youthful and feeling healthy and firm. While fighting off the damage of sun exposure and aging, you are nurturing your skin at the same time.
When skin is subjected to the sun’s rays it becomes damaged. This damage shows and can cause wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. Tanning and sunburns can add years onto your skin without you realizing it. In a lot of cases the damage that is done cannot be reversed, though you can help scale it back or cover it up. Prevention is the key, when it comes to aging. You want a skin regimen that is tailored to your skin and includes sunscreen. Taking care of your skin means very little if you aren’t protecting it from UV rays. However, preventing damage is one way to fight aging; you also want to hydrate your skin. Hydrated skin is firm and has less wrinkles. Another way to fight aging is to use Hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin. Luckily, you can find a great SPF that does both!
Skin cancer is a legitimate danger and if you can take steps to protect your skin, you should. Sunscreen is one of those precautions and an easy one, at that. There are studies cited by doctors at Harvard Medical School indicating that sunscreen is directly responsible for blocking the rays that are linked to the three main forms of skin cancer. Misinformation claiming that the chemicals in sunscreen can cause skin cancer has been debunked. There is no link between sunscreen and skin cancer other than its prevention of it. Sunscreen is also available in many forms, some even small enough to carry in your purse and beneficial enough to add as a consistent part of your skin care routine.
When to Wear Sunscreen
It’s a mistake to believe that you only need to worry about sunscreen during the summer. It’s very important to protect your skin at all times, no matter the season or time of day. Using sunscreen with Hyaluronic acid means that you are able to implement it into your morning skincare routine without having to concern yourself with applying it for the rest of the day. You want to be sure that anytime the sun is out, your skin is protected. (You are even at risk when the weather is cloudy!)
Finding a sunscreen with the right SPF for you doesn’t have to be complicated. Using a product with great SPF protection AND hyaluronic acid is ideal for all skin types. This will not only protect your skin from the sun, but hydrate and nourish it at the same time. You may need to try several brands to find these in a formula that doesn’t make your skin feel oily or cause your makeup to cake. Many drug store brands either won’t be the grade of protection you need or have a workable texture. (It’s often true that when it comes to your skin, you get what you pay for.) In the long run, it may save time and money to spend a little more for a product that works well for your skin than to save three dollars on something that isn’t good enough. EltaMD Daily SPF 40 has Hyaluronic acid and the UV protection you need in a formula that won’t feel caked on or make your skin feel oily.
It’s important to keep the mindset that wearing sunscreen isn’t seasonal. It is something that is essential for your skin’s protection and is needed on a consistent basis. As an added benefit, not only will your skin be safe from harmful UV rays, it will be hydrated and look firmer and smoother.