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We are all aware of the importance of wearing sunscreen during warm spring and summer months. But did you know that it is just as important to wear sunscreen during winter?

The shorter days and colder temperatures are indicators that winter is fast approaching.  You may have traded in your bikinis and flip flops with jackets and snow boots. But don’t hide your sunscreen just yet! Skin experts strongly suggest wearing sunscreen even during the cold winter months. Truly, sun damage doesn’t discriminate between seasons.

Are Australians protected enough from sun damage?

We slather on sunscreen before heading outdoors during the sunny days. Spring and summer are always filled with activities that involve a lot of sun exposure, hence SPF is a must to avoid sunburn.

Did you know that almost 9 out of 10 Australians are still unaware of the importance of sun protection? According to the Cancer Council, almost 40% of Australians are still unsure as to which weather factors cause sunburn. What’s more alarming is that only 55% of Australians understand the importance of wearing sunscreen daily. The lack of knowledge and understanding about the importance of sunscreen is evident in the fact that 85% of Australians do not apply enough sunscreen to protect themselves from harmful UV rays.

This lack of understanding regarding SPF protection is apparent during winter months as millions of Australians still believe that wearing sunscreen is unnecessary. When in fact, YES- you do not need to slap some sunscreen on during the colder months of the year.

Why should you wear sunscreen during winter- Here are the reasons why!

  1.   Never skip SPF when winter comes around. Even during the coldest winter days, the sun is still present, shining brightly in the sky. The ultraviolet rays of the sun still penetrate our skin. The only difference is that during winter months, the UVA rays are more prominent more so than UVB rays that are more prevalent during hot summer months.

The sun’s UVB rays are weaker during the winter, hence we are less likely to get sunburned during the colder months. On the other hand, the UVA light accounts for at least 95% of the UV light that comes in contact with our skin. Although both UVA and UVB light pose harm on our skin, UVA is considered to be more dangerous as a large portion of ultraviolet radiation that reaches the earth’s surface is mostly UVA light. UVA light is present all year round, with or without the sun. UVA light is considered to be the sun’s silent killer as it causes most of the serious damages on our skin such as skin cancer.

  1.   UVA can penetrate through glass. Even if you are indoors, you are not safe from the threats of UVA light. UVB cannot penetrate glass, thus the risk for sunburn is low in the winter. On the other hand, 50 to 60 percent of UVA rays go through glass windows. Make sure to apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 rating to ensure that your skin is protected from its ill effects in both indoor and outdoor settings.
  2.   Another reason why sunscreen application is important during winter months is the fact that the Earth is nearest to the sun during the middle of the winter season. Seasonal changes are brought about the tilt of the Earth around its axis, and not its proximity to the sun. When the southern hemisphere is tilted away from the sun, we experience winter. Seasonal transitions mean that we are getting more sunlight, which means more exposure to both UVA and UVB rays.
  3.   The sun’s UVA and UVB rays cause a multitude of problems on our skin. From age spots, wrinkles, spider veins on the face, uneven skin tone, and dry skin. Sun exposure can truly make your skin look unhealthy altogether. Ultraviolet light causes harm on the skin’s elastin production, thus resulting in dullness, wrinkles, and leathery texture. Wearing sunscreen will prevent the development of aging signs as well as other skin blemishes such as moles and rough, red skin. Wearing sunscreen during winter also reduces your risk of developing skin cancer.
  4.   The earth’s ozone layer is thinnest during winter months. The ozone layer functions as the earth’s natural sunscreen. It filters out harmful UV rays such as UVC and protects us from its many dangers. Besides applying sunscreen during winter, it is important to wear protective clothing such as a coat, gloves, and boots when you’re going outdoors.
  5.   Your skin is not the only body part that gets damaged by the sun’s UV rays. Windburn lips are painful and can be prevented through the simple application of lip balm enriched with SPF. There are lip balm formulations with as much as PPF30+ protection.
  6.   Wearing sunscreen and winter clothes are not the only measures you can do to protect yourself from UVA rays. Nourishing the body from the inside is an excellent way to protect yourself from oxidative stress caused by frequent exposure to the sun. Consume food items that are rich in antioxidants such as fresh fruits and vegetables. These food items are rich in vitamins and minerals that help in fighting free radicals and photodamage. Avoid or reduce the intake of food items that make sun damage worse such as dairy products, sugars, processed foods, and carbohydrates.
  7. Mayerling has an Age-delaying formula sunscreen designed for use under make-up which is suitable for all skin types. It keeps the skin moist and supple with heaps of Vitamin E and Aloe Vera.

This new, improved SPF30+ Sunscreen is an age-delaying, non-greasy, lightweight, silky lotion. Easily absorbed, it blends to leave the skin smoother, super-protected and younger looking for longer. Use as a primer, prior to applying face cream. Apply daily under make-up, and during sun exposure.