A common misconception people have around sunscreen is that you only need to wear it when it’s hot and sunny. This is not the case, in fact the cloudy days are when you should be more concerned.
To help you gauge the importance of protecting our skin, we have provided our top three reasons why sunscreen should be an all year round priority.
Why Use Sunscreen In Winter
During the cooler and cloudier season, most people forget to use sunscreen because the sun isn't usually out to act as a reminder.
Without this reminder, most people completely forget that the sun is still there. In fact, up to 80% of the sun's rays can actually pass through the clouds. So winter, is no time to neglect sun safety.
Just a few minutes outside, is enough to damage your skin. We have lot's of beautiful and natural sunscreens to keep your face and body protected.
Unlike being able to see the sun and feel the heat, you can't actually see or feel UV radiation.
The depletion of the ozone layer has increased our risk of sun damage from harmful UV rays. Luckily, sunscreen blocks these rays, greatly reducing the likelihood of sunburn and skin damage.
You'll want to look for products with an SPF of 30 or higher. But what does SPF even mean? SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and the numbers 15, 30, 50 represent the fraction of UV radiation that gets through the product. For example, SPF 50 allows 1/50th of the UV light through, which means it blocks out 98% of UVB rays.
Sunscreen Lowers Your Skin Cancer Risk
Studies have shown that wearing sunscreen reduces the risk of developing skin cancer.
Note - that your skin accumulates the sun's rays from a young age, so it's really important children are educated on sun safety and protect their skin.
Did you know that damage from the suns UV rays contibutes to photoaging of the skin? Overtime too much exposure to the sun causes your skin to develop characteristics like thick, dark sun spots and contributes to wrinkles lines and premature ageing. It's super important to prevent sun burn as much as we can to avoid these unwanted factors.
Whilst aloe vera doesn't cancel out the sun's damage to your skin, it does help soothe sunburn.
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