Friday, October 18, 2013

The Importance of Sunscreen in the Winter Months

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably stopped applying sunscreen now that it’s getting a little colder outside. You might do this because you think there’s no way you’re going to get a sunburn during the winter, or you might just think it’s unnecessary when you’re not planning on going to the beach. However, it’s very important to wear sunscreen, even during the winter months if you hope to minimize sun damage and slow the visible effects of aging.

The sun is still producing harmful UV rays during the winter, even if the sun is hidden behind a layer of dreary clouds. While clouds are able to block some of the sun’s damaging rays, UVA rays from the sun are the same strength throughout the year, and some UVB rays will still be able to reach your skin.

If you enjoy winter sports, such as skiing or snowboarding, or you live somewhere with a large amount of snowfall, it’s especially important to wear sunscreen. In addition to the direct UV-hit your skin is getting, the sun’s rays also bounce off the snow, increasing the total sun damage your skin receives. As many skiiers can attest, you can still get a sunburn when it’s cold outside.

At Cleure, we recommend that you make applying sunscreen part of your daily routine. Sunscreen prevents skin cancer and helps you look younger for longer, something we all want. Our sunscreen was specially formulated for sensitive skin, using safe and healthy zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to block damaging UVA and UVB rays. We’re not the only ones who think our sensitive skin sunscreen is awesome: Discovery Channel Fit & Health rated Cleure sunscreen #1 on its list of the top 10 sunscreens for sensitive skin.

Do you wear sunscreen year-round? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments!

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