During this time of the year, most of the country is not thinking about sunbathing at all. It is cold and not suitable for spending too much time with skin uncovered outdoors in most states. That does not mean that you should not be thinking about (and applying) sunscreen, however! Not only is it important to wear sunscreen year-round, but the warmer, longer days of spring are right around the corner. And if you live south of the Mason-Dixon line, you might be having some nice, warm days even within the next week or two! Soleil Toujours is revolutionizing sunscreen, and we are going to talk about that, too. Keep reading to learn more about this timely topic.
Do You Need Sunscreen in the Winter?
First, it is important to understand that sunscreen is not only part of your summertime skincare routine. After you wash your face, apply serums, and moisturize, sunscreen should be your next layer every day of the year. Why? The sun is out there even if clouds cover it and even if you’re not spending hours soaking up its rays.
If there’s snow on the ground, those rays can even bounce off the water crystals and land right on your exposed skin. And while you are not outside in a bikini and beach chair, you are likely going out to walk to the car, to get the mail, to stretch your legs, to walk your dog, and so on. Any exposed skin should have sunscreen covering it during daylight hours.
This will mean that you should apply sunscreen to your face, neck, and hands in the winter at a bare minimum. If you live in a warmer area and you take off your sweater and have short sleeves in the afternoons this time of year, then put some on your arms as well. If you wear your hair up or have short hair and you do not wear a jacket, then you will also probably want to put it on the back of your neck and your ears.
Choosing the Right Sunscreen
Any sunscreen you buy, if it protects against both UVA and UVB rays, will effectively keep your skin safe from sunburn and wrinkles and from the skin changes that can lead to skin cancer. If you have sunscreen in your home right now, then that is the sunscreen you should use today.
Be aware that it does expire after a couple of years, so check the bottle or tube to see if there’s an expiration date. If there is no date, but it has been over a year since you purchased it, then it is safest to assume that it is close to expired and to replace it as soon as you can.
It is best, of course, to use a high-quality luxury sunscreen that not only protects, but also nourishes, your skin. Soleil Toujours SPF-powered skincare products contain minerals and anti-aging ingredients that provide double-duty protection from the sun while also making your skin look (and stay looking) amazing. Best-sellers include (but is not limited to):
100% Mineral Sunscreen Glow SPF 30
More than just a sunscreen, this luxurious natural formula offers 100% mineral UV protection while also moisturizing and nourishing your skin. It’s lightly tinted and an ideal alternative to wearing foundation during the summer and perfect for winter use when you need a light, fresh glow. Designed to pamper and protect your skin, packed with potent antioxidants, vitamins, and botanicals – 100% Mineral Sunscreen Glow SPF 30 is skincare for the sun!
Set + Protect Micro Mist SPF 30
Protect the delicate skin on your face with this 70%+ organic micro mist, formulated with the safest clear broad-spectrum UV protection. Packed with skin-calming and hydrating properties aloe extract, green tea leaf extract, and sodium hyaluronate, Set + Protect Micro Mist SPF 30 adds radiance to your skin and can be used to set and finish makeup.
Organic Sheer Sunscreen Mist SPF 50
Organic Sheer Sunscreen Mist SPF 50 is the only 70%+ organically-formulated sunscreen mist that does not contain oxybenzone and octinoxate. These two toxic ingredients are the most common actives found in the marketplace, known for being endocrine-disrupting, highly allergenic, coral bleaching chemicals.
Perpetual Radiance Eye Glow + Illuminator SPF 15
More than an eye cream or sunscreen, this powerhouse product protects the most delicate skin around your eyes, providing intense brightening, highlighting, and anti-aging benefits. Its cooling ZAMAK applicator stimulates cell function and feels sensational against tired and stressed eyes. Designed with a special mica to create luminosity and brightness, Perpetual Radiance Eye Glow + Illuminator SPF 15 can also be used as a face highlighter.
Other Ways to Protect Your Skin Against the Sun
You know that the sun can cause a myriad of skin maladies, so it is important to protect your skin year-round. Sunscreen is not the only way to do this (though it is an easy and vital step to add to your skincare regimen). Here are some more ways to protect your skin from the sun:
- Cover your skin with clothing whenever possible. During the winter, this is generally not a problem; if it is frigid where you are, the only skin exposed for any length of time outdoors is likely on your face, and even then, you might be using a scarf to cover part of it. However, during the rest of the year, wearing long sleeves and long pants made out of opaque materials can help prevent sun damage to the skin underneath.
- Wear hats and sunglasses. Even in the winter, the delicate skin around your eyes is often exposed to the sun. Wearing a brimmed hat will help shade some of that, and wearing sunglasses providing broad-spectrum protection will keep your eye area safe. As a side benefit, wearing sunglasses will help minimize the glare from the sun shining off of any snow or ice, which will help you not to squint or become “snow blind.”
- Plan your outdoor activities with the clock in mind. The sun is the strongest between 10 am and 3 pm in most of the country. Try to take your walks and plan outdoor activities before or after these hours.
Outdoor activities are important all year long, particularly when many of us cannot meet regularly with friends or attend large indoor gatherings. Stay active and enjoy the great outdoors but remember to protect your skin with Soleil Toujours.