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Sunscreen in Winter

Travel-Sized Sunscreen Packet in Autumn Leaves

It's easy to think that sunscreen is only necessary during the warmer months of the year.

We all know that the sun's UV rays can do a lot of damage, but did you know that sunscreen should be part of your skincare routine all year round? That's right—sunscreen isn't just for summer. In fact, wintertime sun exposure can be just as dangerous as summertime sun exposure if you're not careful. Let's take a look at some of the reasons why sunscreen is so important, even in wintertime. 

Why Sunscreen Year-Round? 

First and foremost, it's important to note that UV rays from the sun are present all year long—even on cloudy days! This means that you need to be applying sunscreen all year round, regardless of what season it is. Sunscreen should always be applied 15 minutes before going outside and reapplied every two hours or after swimming or sweating heavily. 

It may also surprise you to know that snow reflects up to 80% of UV rays back into your skin, meaning that you are exposed to more UV radiation while skiing or snowboarding than when spending time at the beach! If you’re an avid winter sports enthusiast, then getting into a habit of wearing sunscreen on a daily basis is especially important.  Additionally, most people spend less time outdoors during winter months and tend to forget about their sunscreen routine altogether; however, keeping up with your sunscreen regimen will help protect against premature ageing and other skin conditions caused by prolonged exposure to UV rays. 

Snowboarder in the snow wearing sunscreen

Other Ways To Protect Yourself From The Sun 

In addition to wearing sunscreen regularly, there are other ways you can protect yourself from the sun during winter months.

1. Wearing protective clothing such as hats and sunglasses can help reduce your exposure to harmful UV rays.

2. Limiting your time spent outside during peak hours (10am-4pm) can reduce your risk of sunburns and skin damage caused by excessive sunlight exposure. 

3. Staying hydrated helps keep your skin healthy and resilient against harsh weather conditions like cold winds and low temperatures.  

4. Keeping a snap sachet in your moon bag, trail bag or wallet. Just incase the sneaky sun appears.

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