The use of SPF (Sun Protection Factor) shouldn’t be an essential for the summer months only. Its use during the winter months is also very important. Consequently it should be a crucial step in everyone’s Winter skincare routine.
Here’s why :
- UV Radiation: While the sun’s intensity may be lower in the winter, harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation is still present. UVA and UVB rays can penetrate clouds and reflect off snow. This means you can still be exposed to UV damage on overcast or snowy days.
- Snow Reflection: Snow can act as a reflector, bouncing UV rays back onto your skin. This reflection can increase UV exposure, particularly on slopes when skiing or snowboarding.
- Altitude: If you engage in winter sports at high altitudes, the atmosphere thins, and there is less protection from UV radiation. This increases the risk of UV damage to your skin.
- Skin Ageing: UV radiation is a leading cause of premature skin ageing. Even in the winter, exposure to UV rays can lead to fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots.
- Skin Cancer Risk: The cumulative effect of UV exposure increases the risk of skin cancer. Consistently using SPF can reduce this risk.
- Consistency: Using sunscreen year-round makes it a consistent habit, and you’re more likely to remember to apply it during the warmer months if you maintain the practice in the winter.
- Protecting Sensitive Areas: Your face and hands are often exposed to the elements in the winter. Sunscreen helps protect these areas from UV damage.
- Preventing Hyperpigmentation: Sun exposure can exacerbate or worsen existing hyperpigmentation, such as melasma or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Matis Sun Protection Cream SPF50+
The new, advanced formula of the Matis Sun Protection Cream SPF 50+ for the face keeps the skin hydrated for several hours thanks to the presence of Vitamin B5 and aloe vera in its formula. UVA-UVB filters protect skin from the sun’s harmful rays, while a water-resistant agent completes the formula to create a film on the skin that prolongs this action. Formulated without fragrance, its light, non-greasy texture is invisible once applied, providing a feeling of lasting comfort for the skin while respecting the oceans.
To effectively protect your skin during the winter, apply SPF 50+ Sun protection cream evenly and very generously to all exposed skin areas, including your face, neck, ears, and the back of your hands. Remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially if you’re outside for an extended period. Additionally, wearing protective clothing, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat can further reduce your UV exposure during the winter.