Why are we talking about sunscreen in winter?

We all know it’s important to wear sunscreen in summer, but what about the other seasons? Ever wondered, "Do I really need to wear sunscreen in winter?"

The truth is, rain, hail, or shine, you should wear sunscreen every day of the year. Yes, even in winter. We aren’t just saying that because we’re mad about sunscreen, but because there is a misconception that if you can’t see the sun, you don’t need to wear sunscreen.  

Firstly, let’s clear things up…

The sun gives off many different wavelengths of light, some of these we can see with our eyes as “visible” light. However, ultraviolet light (UV) can't be seen by the naked eye. These UV ray are what cause damage to our skin.

Sun damage to our skin is both acute (sunburn) and accumulative. It's this daily accumulative damage that leads to the premature ageing of our skin, as well as some skin cancers. If you want to avoid both, cover exposed areas every day!

When you are at risk of sun damage... 

Any time the UV index is above 3, there is a risk of sun damage. In places like Australia, this is a regular occurrence throughout winter; so if you’re outside or driving for extended periods, get into the routine of wearing sunscreen. UV rays can also easily penetrate windows all year round, including car windows!

What about cloudy days?

Clouds are better at blocking visible light, compared with UV light. In other words, whilst the light may not shine through, the UV rays still penetrate the clouds and reach our skin.  Clouds block as little as 20% of UVA and UVB rays so that’s a whopping 80% still infiltrating the clouds and potentially our skin! And it’s the UV rays that are doing the damage. Hence why sunburn on a cloudy day is common. 

So what's the right sunscreen for winter?

The right sunscreen should include a broad spectrum (UVA + UVB), SPF 50 rating and also contain emollients (moisturisers) in order to keep your skin hydrated. Ours are packed with emollients to keep your skin hydrated and protected through the winter months. Plus, they contain bees wax, vitamin e and aloe vera for extra skin nourishment and to fight free radical damage all year round.

Whichever sunscreen you choose, make sure it's not a summer fling. Remember, winter skin needs protection too.