The importance of SPF in winter

Monday, 30 June 2014

We all know the importance of wearing SPF in the summer months. But do you know the importance of wearing a sunscreen during winter? Yes, this means applying SPF even if there is full cloud cover and slight drizzle outside.

You may not feel the UVA rays penetrating your skin during the cooler months, but these are the sun’s rays that cause ageing. UVA rays penetrate through your car windows, office glass and even off your computer screen. Cloudy days are the most dangerous too!

All the above forms contribute to photoageing, which is due to over exposure of UVA and UVB rays, resulting in skin damage. Dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity are some of the symptoms one may start to notice over the years.

Every day when you apply your moisturiser and make-up, apply a layer of SPF to your face, neck and hands. In a couple of years you will thank yourself!

the importance of wearing an spf in winter

We love the following SPF products – each are thin enough to apply daily and won’t leave you with a white sheen or an oily appearance.

#1 SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF50R495
#2 Uriage Barie Sun Crème SPF 30R179.95
#3 Optiphi Sun Protection Cream SPF30R439.90
#4 Eucerin Sun Crème Tinted Face SPF 50+, R169.99
#5 Comfort Zone Skin Defender SPF 30R430
#6 Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense SPF 50+, from R180
#7 Filorga UV-Defence SPF 50+R575

Other articles you may be interested in:
The facts about SPF
Moisturisers with SPF
Sunscreens we love
SA’s sunscreen situation
Sunscreens suitable for little tots

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Zoe has a bachelor’s degree in motion picture medium. She loves all things beauty and fashion. When she is not writing articles for the latest issue of Clicks Club Card magazine or, she is obsessed with gel nails, lengthening mascaras and healthy glowing skin! Zoe on Google+

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  1. Mpho Makgaphe Phasha

    I have learned the hard way. My skin has got dark spots because of too much exposure to the sun. I am currently treating the dark spots and I have made a resolution that I will never leave my home without sunscreen. I also carry sunscreen in my handbag.

    4 years ago •

  1. Leigh- Christyn

    I have used Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense SPF 50+ its good protection and doesn’t cause breakouts but I wouldn’t suggest it for oilier skin types as it does tend to leave a shine.

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Lack of sunscreen application in winter is probably the easiest way to wreck your skin because most people tend to forget that the sun is just as potent, even though we’re thinking about the cold. I always keep a pocket size SPF 50 in my bag for touch ups during the day.

    5 years ago •


    I never knew any of this. I am so shocked. I will be sure to use my SPF in the winter as well.

    5 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    I find the sun is very harmful in winter months and a SPF is required to protect the skin.

    5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    Never forget to put on spf regardless of the weather, month or age!

    5 years ago •

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