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Do I need SPF in the Winter? Yes!

by Kathy Barber 16 Jan 2024 0 Comments
Do I need SPF in the Winter? Yes!

By the look outside my window, it’s apparent that winter is here. Bathing suits and flip-flops have been put away for a while. Many people also pack away the sunscreens until the next beach day. But, should they?

Have you wondered if we really need to bother with sunscreen when the sun seems to be taking a break? Well, the answer is a resounding YES! Let's chat about why SPF should be your skin's BFF even in the chilly…and often gloomy winter months.

Snow Won't Save You

Sure, the world outside might be covered in a sparkly blanket of snow, and you're bundled up in layers, barely showing any skin. But guess what? Those sun rays are still able to wreak havoc with your skin…and your face is typically still exposed. 

Snow reflects sunlight, and that means double trouble for your delicate skin. So, even on the most frigid day, you should be applying an SPF product to your face to shield it from those reflective rays.

UV Rays Are Sneaky

UV rays are not only damaging, they are sneaky. They can sneak through clouds and windows, even on the gloomiest winter days. They might not give you a sunburn, but they sure can cause long-term damage, leading to premature aging and issues. 

SPF should be worn to ward off those UV rays you can’t see or feel and to keep your skin safe.

Help for Dry Skin 

Winter often brings on dry and flaky skin. And, SPF isn't just for sun protection…it's like a hydration booster too. Many sunscreens come with moisturizing ingredients that help combat the winter dryness. 

SPF multitasks by keeping your skin protected and hydrated at the same time. 

But, Which Products?

Sunscreens are not always out and easy to find in the middle of winter. So, what do you use?  Below are 5 of the best products around. And, they are easy to find, easy to use, and all have generated very good results…

Obagi Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 - This is a great option to help protect your skin from premature aging due to harmful rays. It utilizes both physical and chemical ingredients for effective broad-spectrum coverage. The non-comedogenic formula prevents clogging the pores while adding a nice matte finish. 

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 - This lightweight formula is good for all skin types, but especially for those with sensitive, rosacea, and acne-prone skin. It is formulated with 5% high-purity Vitamin B3, which helps to reduce blemishes and discoloration. The gentle sunscreen is also fragrance-free and paraben-free and protects against both UVA and UVB rays. 

Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 33 - This weightless formula is also hydrating, and great for daily use. It absorbs quickly and contains microscopic particles to help control unwanted oil on the skin and makes a nice base for makeup. The added antioxidants work to diminish sun exposure and damage. 

SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair SPF 34 - This product goes beyond protection by also supporting and encouraging the skin to restore itself. Its multitasking abilities help to improve the skin’s appearance and minimize fine lines and wrinkles. All skin types can benefit from this product. 

Revision Skincare Intellishade Original SPF 45 - This broad-spectrum 5-in-1 powerhouse is good for all skin types, and works to do the following:

  • Protect
  • Correct
  • Conceal
  • Brighten
  • Hydrate


It helps to improve fine lines and wrinkles while working as a barrier to prevent future damage. It is also tinted to allow use with or without makeup and is good for daily use. 

The feedback from customers using the products listed is very positive and encouraging. So, if you are looking for a new sunscreen, or looking for the first time, the above is a great place to start. 

In Conclusion

Winter or not, SPF is a must. Whether you're building snowmen, hitting the slopes, or even cozying up indoors, your skin deserves some love and protection. So, grab that sunscreen, show your skin some TLC, and embrace the winter glow without all the worry. Use this opportunity to not only prevent damage but also to help your skin’s appearance. 

Remember, your skin is with you for the long haul, so let's make sure it stays protected all year round. SPF in the winter…because your skin deserves nothing but the best!

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