SPF is year-round (yes, even in winter!)

It’s easy to associate sunscreen use with summer: hitting the beach, setting up your blanket and chairs, and slathering it on. But the fact is, SPF is equally as important in the winter, particularly with snow and ice reflecting the sun. Harmful UV rays don’t take a winter vacation (though we wish WE could)!

As our team members explain below, sunscreen is important year-round! Not only does it protect the health of your skin, but in doing so helps prevent many common signs of aging (win-win)! We carry many SPF products we love that are easily incorporated into your skincare or makeup routines, or can be used on their own. Read on for more!

Why is it important to wear sunscreen year-round?

Wearing sunscreen every day of the year is extremely important! It greatly reduces your chances of getting skin cancer and it prevents many other problems, like wrinkles, elasticity, age spots, and freckles, to name a few!

Makeup Artist Robin L.

Sometimes we feel that when the summer months have passed, we are free from the risk of sun exposure. The truth is UV rays from the sun will affect our skin even when the sun is not visible or felt on our skin. Free radical damage occurs year round from the UV rays in our environment, and sun damage can occur any month of the year. In addition to UV rays, we are up against cold temperatures and wind during the winter months, which can dry our skin and damage our barrier.

Licensed Aesthetician Kassandra C.

It is important to wear sunscreen every single day, whether it’s 80 degrees and sunny or 5 degrees and cloudy. UVA and UVB rays will break down collagen and elastin, resulting in premature aging and fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity.

Master Aesthetician Lauren Rachael C.

No one likes to burn. It hurts and it can happen any time of year if you’re exposed to sun. Reflections from snow and water can cause you to burn, especially those who are skiing and at higher altitudes. 80% of harmful UVA rays can penetrate the skin on sunny days, cloudy days, and even a fun ski day, so make sure you apply SPF over your moisturizer.

People using anti-aging products such as Vitamin A should unquestionably wear SPF year round. It’s counterproductive to feed your skin a product to help fight and combat wrinkles only to reverse that with damage from sun exposure.

Also, SPF is recommended not only by aestheticians, but also medical facilities, dermatologists, and plastic surgeons. If they are telling you to wear SPF, I think it’s pretty important to do so.

Master Aesthetician Lauren C.

One of the biggest misconceptions is that we don’t need sunscreen in winter — the sun is out in every season! Even if it’s cloudy, some rays will still reach us, and they contribute to skin cancer. I recommend wearing sunscreen 365 days a year, even if you’re running to the end of your driveway to get the mail or are outside for a few minutes with the kids. Sun damage is cumulative!

Master Aesthetician Laura C.

Many people think sunscreen is only for sunny days, but a lot of damage that can lead to skin cancer happens on cloudy days. SPF will protect from UVA/UVB rays and burning, and also help to prevent aging and hyperpigmentation.

Master Aesthetician Vera M.

How can SPF be incorporated into skincare or makeup routines?

When clients ask me the best sunscreen out there, I always say it’s the one that you’ll use consistently! I personally LOVE Extreme Protect 30 from iS Clinical. It’s a great multi-talking moisturizer and sunscreen that’s really hydrating and doesn’t leave a white cast. It’s a great product to simplify your routine.

Some SPF is incorporated right into makeup products, like the Sunbetter® Tone Smart SPF 68 Sunscreen Compact from Skinbetter Science. It’s important to apply products like these generously, and you can use a blending sponge to reapply liquid sunscreen throughout the day on top of makeup.

Master Aesthetician Laura C.

SPF can be incorporated into a skincare regimen by using a physical or mineral sunscreen under a moisturizer. You can also use a tinted sunscreen and moisturizer. My all-time favorite and go-to product is Revision Intellishade. It’s like a 3 in 1: moisturizer, SPF, tint! Voila!

Master Aesthetician Lauren Rachael C.

After you apply your favorite moisturizer you should then apply your favorite sunscreen. Think of it like the Oreo cookie filling in the middle:

  1. Moisturizer
  2. Sunscreen
  3. Makeup

I tell my clients to leave your sunscreen near your toothbrush. Do it everyday, like brushing your teeth!

Makeup Artist Robin L.

The Extreme Protect line from iS Clinical is my favorite daytime SPF moisturizer for a few reasons. This moisturizer offers a physical barrier with SPF 30 using a zinc oxide. Many times when we think of zinc oxide, we think of a thick white lotion that creates an ash tone effect, but this moisturizer skips the white residue while leaving the skin vibrant, dewy and radiant. I like to mix this product right in with my foundation to create the perfect tinted SPF. My favorite part about this product is that it stops free radicals in their tracks before they have a chance to do damage. Packed with antioxidants, Extreme Protect 30 preserves healthy skin and blankets us against the winter elements.

Licensed Aesthetician Kassandra C.

What services or products can address sun damage?

Laser treatments and peels (like those available in our spa and medspa!) can help to address skin damage.

Makeup Artist Robin L.

Prevention is key, but I love Environ Peels to help with signs of sun damage like fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also important to add vitamin A into your routine; we have great products for that from Environ and Skinbetter Science.

Master Aesthetician Laura C.

Once you have sun damage it’s more difficult to go backwards. Now we are talking:

  • Vitamin C for brightening
  • Microneedling to penetrate products
  • Peels to remove dead skin
  • And possible IPL lasers to remove that dark brown spot that is in the middle of your cheek.

And sun exposure will bring those problems right back again if you don’t use a good SPF!

Master Aesthetician Lauren C.

IPL, peels, microdermabrasion, and products such as Youth Essense from DermYoung and Even Tone Correcting Serum from Skinbetter Science. Once you damage cells they forgive but they don’t forget. The minute you go back into the sun you can repigment if you don’t use protection.

Master Aesthetician Vera M.

Another important thing to remember about protecting our skin from sun damage is Vitamin A. Having the correct amount of vitamin A in our skin ensures our own ability to naturally fight sun damage year round. Be sure to consult with our aestheticians to find out what your personal daily dose of Environ’s Vitamin A should be. This will help avoid over- or under-exposure of Vitamin A and ensure you are not left vulnerable to the elements, but protected by healthy skin.

Licensed Aesthetician Kassandra C.

Some of our favorite products with SPF or to address sun damage: