Winter is a time that many people tend to stop applying their daily sunscreen, however, your skin could really benefit from regular sunscreen use even in winter! Firstly, the ozone layer is thinner during winter. This layer helps to absorb sunlight, but when it is thinner, it gives more uv light access to your skin. Another reason why it leaves your skin more susceptible to sun damage is because of snow. When there is snow on the ground, uv rays bounce off the white snow, sending it right back toward your skin. This is even more so for those who do winter sports like skiing or snowboarding, or even who walk or run outside regularly. Also, don't think for a minute that just because you are behind glass, the sun cannot get to your skin. The reality is, glass does little to nothing to protect your skin. As long as the sun is on your skin, it Can cause UV damage such as fine lines and wrinkles, scarring, staining, hyperpigmentation and skin cancer. For anyone who uses keratolyctics in their home care routine or for in-spa treatments such as gycolic, lactic, salicylic acid or retinoids, as well as any type of enzymes are at a substantially higher risk of sun damage.
The sun has three different kinds of rays. UVA-which causes aging and skin cancer, UVB which cause visible burns in the skin, and UVC which mostly doesn't reach us from the sun. In order to protect your skin fully from UVA and UVB rays, you will need a broad spectrum SPF. I recommend a daily SPF of 30 at minimum. Sunscreen in makeup doesn't count because you would need to use tons of makeup to reach the amount of protection listed. There are two different categories of SPF-chemical and mineral. Chemical sunscreens can be very irritating to the skin and eyes and even raise your risk of skin cancer, which is very counterproductive. Some examples are oxybenzone, avobenzone and octisalate amongst others. These chemicals are also used in the production of plastics and furniture finishes. The other category is mineral SPFS. The two most widely used are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Mineral SPFS are much gentler on the skin, and even provide benefits to the skin such as improved wound healing and cell proliferation (or turn over).
Now you may be like me when it comes to sunscreen and have the tendency to break out! I totally feel you, but there is a solution for you that I recommend. That is to get a mineral powder sunscreen instead. My absolute favorite one is listed below! It is called Sun Defense Minerals by Eminence Organic Skin care. It has an SPF of 30, it comes in various tints with a very very light coverage or translucent, and feels very light on the skin. It only has a few ingredients in it and everything is organic and natural. It also has an applicator brush right on it. If you would like to look at the shades or to purchase, feel free to go to our Eminence Spa link here: https://eminenceorganics.com/us/product/eminence-no2-cherries-berries-sun-defense-minerals.
The other option for those of you who want a cream sunscreen is our Lilikoi Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 40 for face, and the Lilikoi Defense sport SPF 30 for body. These sunscreen have a natural scent that is unbelievable and it does not leave the skin with a greasy feeling, it has a nice, soft powder smooth finish after application. Check out the link here: https://eminenceorganics.com/us/product/lilikoi-daily-defense-moisturizer-spf-40. When you purchase any products through our website, delivery is usually within 2-7 days and there is no charge for shipping! Each product that is order, a tree is planted in a 3rd world country to help the environment. We hope you will give Eminence a try!
Joy Hoisington, CFNC, LE
Owner of Yeshua Spa & Wellness Center
Book the spa at www.yeshuaspa.com