Its no secret SPF is essential during the summer months. But did you know it’s equally important during the wintertime? Oh, what’s that? You work inside all day so you don’t need sunscreen? Not so fast…it’s important for you too!!!!
UV rays are just as harmful during the winter as they are in the summertime—even if you spend your days working indoors, hidden from the sunshine. UVA rays penetrate window glass, which means you are exposed during your commute and if your office is filled with natural light. UV rays are especially harmful in snowy conditions since rays are strengthened due to the reflective nature of snow. The same goes for cloudy days. So lather up ladies!
All of these forms of exposure contribute to something called “photoaging.” Photoaging is a process of aging caused by UVA and UVB exposure. Major symptoms of photoaging include spider veins on the face or neck, loss of color and fullness in lips and wrinkle formations on the face, neck, ears, hands or chest. No thank you! (Note: You may want to think twice about those hands on the sunny steering wheel too because hands and necks show the symptoms of photoaging the most.) Since even the slightest bits of exposure add up quickly, it’s important to protect any uncovered skin with a broad spectrum UVA and UVB lotion with a minimum SPF of 15.
I use SPF 50 every morning (I use Obagi Medical, Nu-Derm Sunshield). I apply it to my face, neck and hands. If you’re looking for a quality SPF, I suggest buying something with one or more of the following ingredients:
- Zinc Oxide…the BEST thing you can find in a quality sunscreen!!!
- Vitamin C: This antioxidant helps reduce the appearance of sun damage and increases skin’s moisture
You would be very surprised at the amount of people that never wear sunscreen at all…and sitting behind this desk all day, I can spot them a mile away. The ladies who look the best and have the healthiest, youngest looking skin, wear sunscreen everyday. They not only wear it,they carry it around in their purses and apply it every couple of hours. It didn’t take me very long of working here to get on their bandwagon. WON”T GO WITHOUT IT! EVER!