Darling, as a cancer survivor, and skin care enthusiast, I am excited to introduce you to Lisa Cooper. As a visible woman over 50, she makes her mark as a beauty and lifestyle blogger, and like me, she is a cancer survivor. You can read more about my favorite sunscreens in this article.
YEAR-ROUND PROTECTION: WINTER SUNSCREEN FOR AGELESS BEAUTY
Winter is peeking right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you should put your sunscreen away. Believe it or not, winter sunscreen is as important as summer sun protection. As a woman over 50, sunscreen should be part of your routine year-round.
As the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop, it’s easy to assume that the need for sunscreen diminishes. However, the truth is that protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is a year-round commitment. In fact, wearing sunscreen in the winter is especially crucial if you’re concerned about maintaining youthful, radiant-looking skin. Let’s explore why sunscreen should be an essential part of your winter skincare routine.
UV RAYS ARE STILL PRESENT
Although the intensity of the sun may feel weaker during winter, harmful UV rays can still penetrate the atmosphere and reach your skin. In fact, snow can reflect up to 80% of UV radiation, increasing your exposure. This means that even on cloudy or overcast days, your skin is susceptible to damage. By wearing sunscreen daily, you create a protective barrier against these harmful rays, reducing the risk of premature aging.
WINTER SUNSCREEN PREVENTS PHOTOAGING
One of the primary concerns for those worried about aging skin is fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. UV radiation is a leading cause of photoaging, which accelerates the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers in the skin. By consistently applying sunscreen, you shield your skin from these damaging effects, helping to maintain its elasticity and firmness.
WINTER SUNSCREEN BOOSTS SKIN HEALTH
Sunscreen not only protects against visible signs of aging but also helps maintain overall skin health. UV rays can weaken the skin’s natural barrier function, leading to dryness and sensitivity. By incorporating sunscreen into your winter skincare routine, you can help preserve your skin’s moisture levels and prevent these issues from arising.
REDUCE THE RISK OF SKIN CANCER WITH WINTER SUNSCREEN
Not so fun fact: One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
I am one of the ones.
I’ve had skin cancer three times on my face. This has meant three surgeries and three long recoveries. I’m still recovering from the last surgery, which involved a portion of my nose. I’ve also had multiple spots frozen and removed.
Skin cancer is a serious concern, and UV exposure is a significant risk factor. While it’s true that sunburns are more common during the summer months, cumulative sun damage over time can lead to skin cancer development. By wearing sunscreen daily, even in the winter, you significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SUNSCREEN
Sunscreen is my go-to anti-aging weapon! The main culprit for aging skin is photoaging, which is skin damage caused by exposure to sunlight and UV light. Photoaging is responsible for 90 percent of visible changes to our skin. Year-round sunscreen can help to minimize the adverse effects of photoaging. I wear sunscreen 365 days a year.
When selecting a sunscreen for winter use, follow these tips:
- Choose a broad-spectrum formula with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Look for products that offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
- Consider using a moisturizing sunscreen to combat the dryness often associated with winter weather.
WINTER SUNSCREEN IS NOT JUST FOR YOUR FACE
Remember to apply sunscreen generously to all exposed areas, including your face, neck, hands, and any other body parts not covered by clothing. During your skin care routine, its best practice to always apply your sunscreen last.
SKIN PROTECTION IS FOR EVERY WOMAN, EVERY SEASON
While the summer season may be synonymous with sunscreen, it’s crucial to recognize that protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is a year-round commitment. By wearing sunscreen in the winter, especially if you’re concerned about aging skin, you can maintain a youthful, radiant complexion while reducing the risk of skin damage and cancer. If you are a woman over 50, you should make sunscreen an essential part of your daily skincare routine.
Your skin deserves protection and care, regardless of the season.
So, don’t forget to apply that sunscreen, even on harsh winter days!
Lisa Cooper welcomes visitors to her website, Evolving50, as a mother, blogger, and business manager embracing change at 50. She’s a vocal skincare and makeup enthusiast who enjoys sharing tips and the latest wellness, fashion, and lifestyle trends. Her platform is dedicated to fostering a community of women interested in personal growth and trying new things. Lisa invites readers to connect with her through Instagram for skincare tips, tricks, and support.
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