Sunscreen in the Winter?

When the Summer months fade into Fall then Winter, our skincare needs tend to change significantly. In the chillier months, we tend to need heavier moisturizing, hydration and protection. However, with this being said, we tend to forgo the sunscreen as most of us don’t feel it is necessary. Why is this? As the days grow shorter and colder, we think this way as we are in hibernation mode therefore spending minimal time outdoors. This concept however could not be further from the truth.

So what causes us to have an increased risk of sun damage during the Winter? First of all, it’s important to keep in mind that if there is any daylight at all, you are exposed to UV rays. Even on cloudy, rainy or snowy days 80% of the sun’s rays penetrate through the clouds. When there’s snow, the UV rays are refracted in many different directions therefore significantly increasing sun exposure.

How does this all work? There are two types of UV rays that affect the skin. UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are what are considered the “burning” rays. These rays have a short wavelength, therefore only affecting the epidermis, or outer layers of the skin. While these particular rays are diminished in the Winter, we’re still at risk for burning therefore increasing our skin cancer risk.  UVA rays are considered the “aging” rays. These types of rays have a long wavelength. This means they can penetrate through glass, down to the dermis, or the deepest layers of our skin. UVA rays damage collagen and elastin production and damaging DNA. This in turn causes loss of elasticity, wrinkling, hyperpigmentation, and increased risk of developing skin cancer.

What can I do to protect myself? It’s really simple. Just like the great Baz Luhrmann said in his song, “If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.” First of all, it does a world of good in protecting us from those UV rays. You do however have to apply and re-apply every couple of hours. Also, besides protecting our skin, sunscreen has tons of anti-aging properties. It works great as a makeup primer, it can slow down the aging process by 25%, and overall it gives a youthful, healthy glow. So just like Baz, my advice to you would be to wear sunscreen!

Lisa Kray

Advanced Practice Master Aesthetician

How to Combat Dry Skin this Winter

 

It is very common for people to experience drier than usual skin during the winter months. With winter comes less humidity and dry air which takes a toll on your skin. People are prone to dry, itchy, and flaky skin once the weather gets colder. Luckily, there are several ways that people can get rid of their dry skin during the cold winter months.

Avoid hot water: Hot water takes away oils that are in your skin and when you don’t have oil your skin gets dry. Use lukewarm water instead.

Keep yourself hydrated: It is always important to drink as much water as your body needs, however, it is especially important during the winter. The excess water is used to hydrate your skin and prevent dryness.

Pick a good moisturizer: One of the best ways to prevent dryness is to moisturize. It’s important to pick the right moisturizer that will keep your skin as hydrated as possible. Make sure to pick a moisturizer that has natural and nourishing ingredients.

Change Your Cleanser: People tend to pick cleansers that strip as much oil as possible to prevent breakouts. However, in the winter months it is more important to choose a different cleanser that is less harsh on your skin. If you notice that your skin is continually very dry after you wash your face, think about switching your cleanser.

These tips will help you beat the dryness this winter! If you have any questions about preventing dry skin or want to look at good moisturizing options, come to Andros Medspa and we can help you out! You can also give us a call at 651-222-3127! We look forward to helping you keep your skin healthy and glowing!