Everyone knows wearing sunscreen in the summer is important, but many forget that even in the winter our skin is exposed to harmful UVA and UVB rays. If you’re like me you think, “but I work in an office and am inside all day, why wear sunscreen?” Well, the amount of ultraviolet radiation produced by ordinary fluorescent lighting is very small, but in winter we are still exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun. We are exposed during our commutes because UVA penetrates window glass, in our offices and homes if they are sunny and we are exposed even more if we enjoy snow sports because of the reflection added by the snow. This cumulative UV exposure is what causes photo aging (exactly what we don’t want!), so it’s important to protect our skin (face, neck, chest, anything exposed) everyday.
Dermatologists advise a minimum of SPF 15 is best every day. My concern with wearing sunscreens in the winter is mainly that they feel heavy and sticky and sometimes foundation doesn't sit well on them. It's well worth looking for a product that feels good on the skin, so that you use it everyday. Make sure you use a broad spectrum UVA and UVB lotion and find one with a mix of ingredients to ensure you are fully protected.
My personal favourites:
ZO SPF 50 Oclipse Daily Smart Tone
ZO SPF 50 Oclipse Daily Sheer
Lancome SPF 50 UV Expert
Kiehls SPF 50 Super Fluid UV Defence
Heliocare 360 SPF 50 Mineral Fluid