Here’s why you should wear sunscreen all over your body — even in winter

Enjoying the winter sun
Enjoying the winter sun

Applying sunscreen isn’t just for the blistering heat of summer – it should be a ritual we all practise all year round. Yes, even in winter! Here’s why:

What the dermatologists say: Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean your skin isn’t being exposed to cancer-causing and wrinkle-inducing damage from UV rays. Yup, 80 percent of the sun’s rays can still penetrate through the thick clouds that may have you fooled into not applying sunscreen. Issa scam because, despite the seasonal drop in temperature, UVB rays can still cause sunburn and skin cancer.

Since our faces are the one thing we as women fuss most about, we’ve rounded up a few amazing sunscreens you should try.

Vichy UV protect skin defense daily care SPF50 PA+++ Anti-Shine Cream (R215)

Got oily skin? Don’t fret. This is the first anti-shine hydrating cream from Vichy – and it protects from UV rays all days of the year, even in winter. Bonus: It also prevents the appearance of dark spots. This amazing formula contents Baicalin extract, enriched with the antioxidants that skin needs to defend itself against the environment. Available at Dis-Chem.
READ MORE: 7 ways dermatologists protect their skin—without totally avoiding the sun 

Vichy UV protect skin defense daily care SPF50 PA+++ Invisible Mist (R209)

Just like the cream, this mist is also the first one to protect skin from UV rays all year round. It also prevents the appearance of dark spots and rocks Baicalin extract, a burst of antioxidants that your skin will love. Available at Dis-Chem.

Exuviance sheer daily protector sunscreen broad spectrum SPF50 PA+++ (R536) 

This triple-action anti-ageing fluid provides sheer mineral UVA/UVB protection against photo damage and multi-antioxidants to help neutralise environmental damage. Plus, it enhances your natural skin tone. Love. Available at Dermastore.

READ MORE: 8 sunscreens that won’t leave you a greasy, ashy mess this summer 

Sh’Zen skin insurance SPF50 (R309) 

Here’s a high-treatment sunscreen that’s not only going to protect your face and décolletage with SPF 50, but also contains a powerful blend of African plant oils to help nourish and repair sun-stressed skin. Available Online.

READ MORE: 6 ways to soothe that really painful sunburn 

PAYOT sun sensi crème protective anti-aging face cream SPF50+ (R345) 

This super-comfortable, non-greasy cream will give your skin all the sun protection it deserves – in both sweltering and not-so-sunny weather. Available at AbsoluteSkin.

This article was first published on Women's Health SA.

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