Tips on how to look after your skin in the winter sun

winter sunDo you have holidays planned this winter? Read our top tips on how to look after your skin in the WINTER SUN!
We are told by experts on the one hand to use sun cream factor 15+ whenever we are outside to protect our skin, yet on the other hand to get the right amount of Vitamin D, necessary for strong bones we need to expose our skin to sunlight.
So what is the answer?
The ‘SunSmart’ stay sage in the sun messages are:

  • Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm.
  • Make sure you never burn.
  • Aim to cover up with a T-shirt, hat and sunglasses.
  • Remember to take extra care with children.
  • Use at least a factor 15+ sunscreen.

The vitamin D message

Our body creates most of our vitamin D from direct sunlight on our skin. Short daily periods of sun exposure without sunscreen during the summer months (April to October) will help boost your vitamin D intake. A short period in the sun means a matter of minutes – about 10 to 15 minutes for most people – and is less than the time it takes you to start going red or to burn. The larger the area of your skin that is exposed to sunlight, the more chance there is of making enough vitamin D before you start to burn.

In the UK, our skin isn’t able to make vitamin D from winter sunlight (November to March) as the sunlight hasn’t got enough UVB (ultraviolet B) radiation. During the winter, we get vitamin D from our body’s stores and from food sources.
Our advice – Everything in moderation.

If you are enjoying Winter Sun this year, whether it’s a crisp walk over Christmas, or on the ski slopes or a tropical beach, use your common sense. Make sure you use the right skin protection and don’t spend too much time in the sun.

We recommend the Obagi Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50. This sunscreen provides a high level of protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays. This product provides a non-greasy and fragrance-free formula for all skin types that applies completely sheer in a matte finish that feels great on your skin.
Shedding Light on Sun Exposure
Protection from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays is important all year round, not just during the summer or at the beach. UVA and UVB rays can cause the following damage:

  • Sunburn
  • Brown spots (sun spots)
  • Faster skin aging
  • Increased skin cancer risk

UVA:

  • Penetrates skin more deeply than UVB
  • Plays a major role in accelerating photoaging: wrinkles, skin roughening, blotchy skin color, brown spots, poor skin tone, sallowness
  • Can contribute to development of skin cancer

UVB:

  • Penetrates skin less deeply than UVA
  • Is primary cause of sunburn
  • Plays a key role in the development of skin cancer
  • Contributes to photo- aging

If you need help with minimizing the appearance of premature skin aging, skin damage, hyperpigmentation, acne, or sun damaged skin please speak to us about our Obagi Medical range. Just call into our clinic or call us on 01926 859988.