Sun protection is a key part of our beauty routine in summer, but lots of us don’t bother with it as the weather gets colder. Sound familiar? Well, if you put the sun cream away with your swimsuit, you better get it out again. Turns out you can still get sun damage in winter, even when it’s grey and cloudy. Yes, we know applying sun protection can be a pain, but it’s defo worth the effort. Here’s why…

Girl wearing a hat in wintery city

Let’s break it down

Not convinced you need sun cream in winter? Let’s get down to the science. Sunlight contains ultraviolet rays (aka UV rays) including UVA and UVB rays, which can be harmful to our skin. We tend to be more aware of sun damage in summer because the rays that are responsible for sunburn (UVB) are strong. In winter, UVB rays tend to weaken, but we’re still at risk from UVA, which penetrate clouds (yes, really), making us at risk of sun damage even on grey and chilly days. UVB rays are less likely to get through clouds, but they can reflect off snow and ice on clear days, particularly at high altitudes – skiers, we’re looking at you!

Why is SPF good for our skin?

On a rainy day, hunting down our umbrellas, wrapping up in our fluffiest scarves and moaning about the weather are top of our agenda – but it’s time to add SPF to the mix. UV rays can cause a lot of damage to our skin, such as premature aging and even skin cancers. Slapping on the sunscreen can reduce fine lines and wrinkles as we age (yay!), and can significantly lower our risk of skin cancers (bigger yay!). Safe to say, we’re not doing our future selves any favours by skipping it.

What SPF should I use?

If you’re anything like us, finding the time to apply sunscreen between downing a cuppa and finding matching socks is not gonna happen. That doesn’t mean you can’t get your SPF fix. Combine two steps of your skincare routine into one by opting for a moisturiser with a high SPF, such as e.l.f. Beauty Shield Moisturiser SPF50. Alternatively, you can apply a sunscreen after your fave moisturiser – we love Solait Face Sun Cream Fluid SPF50. Check ’em out.

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It's not just your face that needs protecting. Make sure you apply suncream to any exposed areas of skin such as your hands, arms and legs. Use something that's going to moisturise your skin like the Garnier Ambre Solaire Protection Lotion 24 Hour Hydration with SPF30

Garnier Ambre Solaire Ambre Solaire Ultra-hydrating Sun Cream SPF30 200ml £12.29 Buy Now