Sunscreen dropped off your skincare radar? Here’s why you need to be wearing SPF every day in winter

With the arrival of winter, we all change our wardrobes by subtracting shorts and crop tops and adding jumpers and coats, but many of us are also tempted to mix up our skincare ensembles by editing out sun protection. 

While the effects of the sun’s UVB rays are reduced in winter, with less chances of sunburn and redness, UVA rays continue to penetrate the skin. UVA rays are responsible for up to 95 percent of the UV radiation reaching the earth’s surface, can penetrate glass and clouds, are responsible for accelerating signs of ageing such as wrinkles and dark spots, along with skin cancers, and continue to cause damage in the colder months. To break it down, your skin is still suffering thanks to the sun in winter.

That’s why dermatologists recommend that you use sunscreen year-round and apply extra protection if you’re planning a trip to the ski slopes, where UV levels are higher and the snow is highly reflective. Don’t forget to reapply sun protection throughout the day and pay attention to lips, hands and other exposed body parts.

Here are our picks of sunscreens to keep your skin safe in winter.

Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF50+ Superscreen Oxybenzone Free Formula from Mecca, Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream from Inès, [W.]+ Protective Fluid from Sothys
Ultra Violette Queen Screen Luminising Sun Serum from Sephora, Emma Lewisham Skin Shield from Spring Spa
Shiseido Clear Suncare Stick SPF 50+ from Smith & Caughey’s, Suntegrity 5-in-1 Tinted Sunscreen from Inès.

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