Just because it’s cloudy outside, it doesn’t mean you can’t get sunburnt. If you don’t have the time to apply many different products, why not get a moisturiser that does double duty?
As soon as summer comes to an end the majority of us pack our sunscreens away until the next season. Why? Because it’s commonly thought that the sun is only dangerous when it’s bright outside, and that cloudy weather means we can skip our usual SPF.
The truth is this – when it’s cloudy, UVB rays (the rays that cause our skin to burn) are less prominent, which is why none of us get burnt during winter. UVA rays (the ones that cause wrinkles and ageing), however, always shine at full intensity, regardless of the time of year or the weather. This means that your skin can get damaged by UVA rays just as easily in winter as in summer. Plus, they’re known for penetrating deeply into the skin, causing permanent damage and sun spots.
What can you do to prevent this? Make sure that your daily moisturiser contains an SPF that protects from both UVA and UVB rays. When you use a moisturiser with an SPF, you save time by eliminating an additional step in your daily routine, plus you’ll never forget to apply sunscreen, as it’s already built-in!
Try one of these SPF moisturisers this winter and stay sun-safe all season long:
- Clinique Superdefense Daily Defense Moisturiser SPF25, R660
- Johnson’s Nourishing 24Hour Day Cream With SPF15, R64
- Yardley Oatmeal Even Skin Rejuvenating Moisturiser SPF15, R99,95
- Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer SPF30, R159,95
- Optiphi Protect The Canvas Sun Protection Cream SPF30, R535
- Avène Hydrance Optimale UV Hydrating Cream SPF20, from R259,95 (available in a rich and light texture)
- Dermalogica Age Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50, R1 190
- BioNike Defence Hydra5 Mat Mattifying Moisturising Cream SPF15, R175.00
- Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Moisture Lotion SPF 30, R1 395
- Cetaphil DermaControl Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (Formulated for Acne-Prone Skin), R189
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