January 12, 2021

Why Is Sunscreen in the Colder Months Necessary?

Is sunscreen necessary once summer is over? In one word, yes! Sunscreen should absolutely be used during the less sunny months. Don’t let those clouds fool you; the sun’s reflection can be incredibly powerful. In fact, snow and ice can reflect up to 90% of UV rays. That’s why experts say sunscreen should be worn anytime you plan on being outdoors; regardless of the temperature. Broad spectrum SPF products like the lumasol SPF 50 Starter Kit or Freshly Fierce Face Base SPF 30 Moisturizer should be worn everyday, all year round. Although you may not be getting as tan or burned as you did in the summer, your skin can still be damaged by the sun and age prematurely if you don’t protect it. 

What radiation are you exposed to in the fall and winter months? 

There are two types of ultraviolet rays that make it to earth’s surface and damage our skin: UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are shorter, feel warmer, and make up 5% of the sun’s UV rays. UVA rays are longer, their effects are not immediately visible, and make up 95% of the sun’s UV rays. Cloudy skies may block most hot UVB rays but UVA rays are powerful enough to penetrate through and cause deeper damage to your skin.To make matters worse, these harmful rays not only cause skin cancer, but are also the source of about 90 percent of all wrinkles, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

Can I get as much damage in the fall/winter as I might in the summer/spring?

UVB rays are stronger rays that damage the outermost layer of your skin–the damage shows up immediately as a tan or burn. UVA rays penetrate deeper to damage your skin in a long-term way. Since UVB rays can be more easily blocked by clouds in the winter, you might not see your skin tan or burn like you do in the summer. That doesn’t mean your skin isn’t being damaged by sun exposure though. UVA rays cause your skin to look dry, wrinkled, discolored, and leathery over time with repeated exposure and damage.


Do I need to reapply as often as I do in the summer?

No matter the time of year, applying sunscreen daily is only effective if you’re also reapplying. One-and-done sunscreen application every morning doesn’t cut it and only protects your skin for the next few hours. Sunscreen can’t protect you the way it’s designed to after 2 hours, so reapplying at two hour intervals throughout the day — regardless of the season or weather — is imperative to the efficacy of your sunscreen. So yes...reapply, reapply, reapply! Luckily for you, lumasol's SPF 50 Starter Kit includes a color-changing engine that turns purple when exposed to UV rays. Our smart engine, along with our color changing wristband remind you when to reapply your sunscreen. 

Should I change what SPF I use between the summer and fall?

If you care about your skin, SPF 50 should be your go-to year round. Since the sun’s harmful rays are still reaching the earth regardless of the season, there’s no reason to change your SPF as the weather around you does. Sticking with the same sunscreen year round not only offers reliable protection, but it’s kind to your skin to keep your products consistent. Your year-round sunscreen should have SPF 50 and should also be broad spectrum so that it protects against both those UVA and UVB rays. lumasol’s SPF 50, broad spectrum sunscreen not only offers those features, but is also a spray so reapplication is made easy! It’s the ideal permanent addition to your skincare routine everyday of the year.

How do I transition my skincare and sun care in the fall and winter?

In most places, winter means drier months so you should focus on hydration in addition to protection. You can do this by starting off with a hydrating serum, especially one with hyaluronic acid, followed by a deeply hydrating moisturizer, and sunscreen on top. Don’t be fooled by less visible sun, your makeup with SPF still doesn’t do enough on its own. And even if you’re spending more time indoors during the colder months, UV rays can make their way through your windows and reach your skin. An easy way to make sure you start your day off with both protection and hydration is with lumasol’s Freshly Fierce Face Base SPF 30 Face Moisturizer. Its intensely-hydrating and broad spectrum formula make it the perfect product to add to your daily skincare routine this winter.


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