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SPF is the key defense player this winter
Winter skincare starts with SPF. Soak up the sun, not the UV rays.
If you’ve already been more sunburned while skiing than at the beach, you’ve learned the hard way: Your skin can still be affected by UV rays and burn in the winter. While the temperatures drop in winter, one thing that doesn’t drop is UV radiation, even away from the slopes.
Here’s the lowdown on the deceptive duo of UV rays and winter.
One sun, three types of UV rays all year round
The sun emits three different types of UV rays: UVB, UVA and UVC all year round. The two rays you must protect your skin against are UVB and UVA:
-UVB rays are the rays you can blame for your sunburn. These rays are more intense in the summer and during peak hours of 10 AM to 4 PM, but they can still burn you year-round, depending on your location.
-UVA rays are not absorbed by the ozone layer. These rays are able to break through the clouds and can even go through glass. In winter, as in summer, they can penetrate deep into skin, an important factor in premature aging.
Why your skin burns more on the slopes
Every 1000 meters above sea level you go, the UV radiation increases by at least 7% which puts your skin - and your eyes - at a higher risk of UV exposure. Snow and ice are also reflective surfaces: They mirror 80% of the rays directly back onto your face.
Deflect those rays
Follow these simple steps to create a UV shield:
-Wear protective clothing and accessories: Long-sleeved shirts or sweaters, polarized sunglasses, gloves, hats…
-Slather on sunscreen: Choose an SPF of 30 or more. Apply it every two hours to all areas of your body directly exposed to the sun, even the parts you wouldn’t normally think to protect, like the chin and ears.
SPF will help you be victorious against the winter UV rays, and you’ll feel confident that you can #fightthecold.