The sun is a great reminder to use sunscreen, but when clouds, rain and snowflakes take over it might be tempting to skip it. We’re here to tell you: a broad-spectrum sunscreen is the non-negotiable for healthy skin. In fact, daily sunscreen use is the most important anti-aging treatment you can use!
UVA rays, which contribute to premature aging and increase your risk of skin cancer, still laser into our stratosphere during the winter (sunburn-causing UVB rays, on the other hand, are more prevalent during sunny days). So before you stow away your trusty sunscreen, here are three of the best reasons why you should keep slathering it on (and the best sunscreen for you no matter what you’re doing and where you are):
1. 80% of sun’s UVA rays can penetrate clouds and glass
This means UVA rays will get into your skin even when you’re holed up in your office on a snow-filled day.
2. Sunscreen has been proven to slow down the signs of aging
In one study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers found that people who applied sunscreen every day saw a 24% decrease in skin aging—wrinkles, sagging, discoloration, to name a few—compared to those who didn’t. Also, it’s been shown that skin’s pigment cells, which cause dark spots, can even be stimulated by light from your indoor lamps, phone screens and computer monitors.
3. UV exposure increases with altitude
A lot of us tend to get higher during the winter, whether it’s for skiing or snowboarding (or resting up in your family’s mountain cabin). But according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, with every thousand feet above sea level, UV radiation exposure goes up by up to 5%. If you’re hitting the slopes or just moving on up in altitude, make sure you take your sunscreen with you.
Choosing the Best Sunscreen for Your Skin and Your Lifestyle
Sunscreen doesn’t have the best rep—it’s traditionally known as the least texturally pleasant skincare product with its strong scent, thicker, greasier consistency and tendency to leave a white or gray residue. Plus, not everyone wants to layer on a sunscreen after toning and applying a serum and moisturizer.
At IMAGE, we created a variety of broad-spectrum sunscreen you’ll look forward to wearing. Not only do our sunscreens protect you from both UVA and UVB rays, but they also act as moisturizers so you don’t need to add an extra layer on your skin! Simply apply after you cleanse, tone and pat in serum.
Best for Daily Hydration and Especially Dry, Red or Sensitive Skin Types
This sheer, lightweight hydrator the features a unique form of zinc oxide that absorbs quickly into the skin, delivering broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection, lasting hydration and antioxidant defense without a white cast or residue.
Best for Oily Skin and Makeup Priming
This oil-free, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen delivers high sun protection in a mattifying, antioxidant-rich base that’s perfect for oily and acne-prone skin types. Micro-sponge technology absorbs surface oils and gives skin a flawless, shine-free finish. It doubles as a protective primer to create a healthy glow before makeup application.
Best BB Cream Alternative or For Those On-The-Go
This daily moisturizer subtly evens out skin tone and gives the skin a gorgeous, healthy glow with the benefits of SPF 30 sun protection. The sheer formula blends seamlessly and is boosted with a universal mineral tint. It provides a powerful blend of free radical-scavenging antioxidants to mitigate the effects of sun and environmental exposure.
Best for Max Protection and Outdoorsy Folk
This high-level sunscreen offers effective protection against damaging UV rays. It’s an ideal choice for sports, outdoor activities and high sun exposure, yet gentle enough for post-procedure skin. It contains SPF 50 along with a blend of plant stem cells and potent antioxidants to protect skin against the effects of free radical damage caused by environmental exposure.