Should I wear SPF in winter
Sunscreen: This is why you should use the care all year round
Hardly any of us can deny that a large serving of vitamin D has a direct effect on our mood, right? Especially after the cloudy gray winter months, we expect nothing more than to stretch our noses towards the sky and to intercept the miraculous effect that even the smallest amount of sunshine has on us. We love the sun, no question about it. ☀️ With our skin, however, it looks very different. It cannot do anything with the harmful UV rays that sunlight brings with it - on the contrary. UV-A rays are the greatest enemies of our skin, one can say that. So that's why it's important all year round sun care to use.
Sun care: anti-aging in a tube
The sun also has its downsides. For our skin. Since the ozone layer can no longer filter out the UV radiation contained in sunlight, UV-A and UV-B rays act directly on our skin cells when exposed to the sun - and damage them. Free radicals are formed that make our skin age faster. There is a risk of sunburn and wrinkles - in the worst case even skin cancer. What is worse, however, is that the skin works like an elephant's brain: She notes every single damage. It is therefore particularly important to always protect the skin from the sun. And not just in the summer months. Because UV-A and UV-B rays penetrate even through a closed cloud cover!
Sun care also in autumn and winter
Especially in the cold and wet autumn and winter months, our skin is particularly sensitive to the cold and prone to harmful environmental influences and sun rays that make us age. Therefore, we should by no means do without a high sun protection factor in our daily beauty routine. But especially on a skiing holiday or a leisurely walk in the snow, nothing works without sun protection. Due to the reflection of the UV rays in the white snow, we should use a sun protection factor of at least 30, preferably in combination with a sun blocker. Anyone who thinks: "I just sit in the office all day anyway and don't need it" - thought wrong! UV rays also find their way to the skin through the window panes at work and in the car. So no excuse for us, even from October to March you should at least have one Day care with SPF use.
Sun care: chemical or mineral SPF?
The chemical or physical filters built into sun creams, oils or lotions absorb some of the UV radiation. This extends the skin's own protection time. So with sunscreen we can stay in the sun longer without risking sunburn.
Chemical filters in sunscreens
Most sun creams have a chemical sun protection factor. This absorbs high-energy UV rays and converts them into heat, which is then dissipated through the skin. The disadvantages: Sun care with a chemical filter only works after about 20-30 minutes and people with sensitive skin often react with allergies.
Microscopic particles (e.g. white zinc oxide, titanium dioxide) act in sun creams with a physical filter. These scatter and reflect the sunlight. They do not penetrate the skin, but remain on the surface. And this is where the disadvantage can be found: Sun care with a physical filter leaves a white film on the skin - beautiful is different.
Which SPF do i need?
Which sun care is right for you is of course completely individual and depends on how long the self-protection time of your skin is. Everything is possible from 5 to 40 minutes. Different skin types can provide an indication of how long you can expose yourself to the sun without protection. Do you have light skin and light hair? Then you belong to skin type 1 and shouldn't be exposed to the sun for longer than 5-10 minutes without protection. The sun protection factor extends the self-protection time of your skin. An example: Skin type 1: approx. 10 minutes x SPF 20 = 200 minutes per day. In autumn and winter, of course, no SPF 30 is required. Here it is enough if you use a cream with SPF 15.
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