How to Slow Your Skin’s Ageing Process During Winter
Winter is notorious for giving us dry, chapped skin, but can it also be responsible for making your skin age faster? It might sound strange, but there are several reasons why self-care in winter is particularly important for maintaining your skin’s naturally youthful health and vitality.
Here’s why you should be paying extra care to protect your skin during the long winter months.
The Drying Effect
While winter is generally associated with lots of rain, in Australia we can often experience the opposite – dry air and harsh winds take moisture out of the skin and make it chapped and uncomfortable. The heaters we use through the month have the same effect, meaning our skin gets a double dose of the drying effect, whether we’re inside or outside.
Not only is dry skin often irritated and uncomfortable, it can speed up the signs of ageing if left for too long. Irritated skin looks older, exaggerates wrinkles and fine lines, and can cause your skin to become less supple in the long term – speeding up the ageing process.
But it’s not just the drying effects of winter that make the skin age faster during the colder months. One of the major controllable factors for prematurely ageing skin is UV damage, caused by unprotected exposure to the sun.
While in the summer months, those hot rays of sun are a good reminder to wear sunscreen (not to mention the bonus of avoiding an unsightly sunburn), but in winter the cooler weather often means that people neglect to wear sunscreen. While the weather might be less warm, it’s not necessarily safer for your skin.
UV light is composed of two main types, UVA and UVB. UVB waves make up around 5% of the UV rays that make it to earth, and they are the main cause of sunburns and surface redness. If the sun isn’t out, your exposure to UVB is limited.
However, UVA rays make up 95% of the UV that we’re exposed to, and they penetrate deeper into our skin. These UV rays are the cause of effects that happen deeper in the skin – tanning, premature ageing, and even kick-starting some skin cancers. The fact is, UVA rays are quite capable of penetrating opaque covers like glass and clouds, meaning even on cloudy days you still need protection to keep yourself safe from their harmful effects.
There is even evidence that the blue light emitted from the screens we use every day can have some of the same ageing effects on our skin – so even indoors, you need to protect your skin!
Luckily, there’s an easy way to keep your skin safe from the prematurely ageing effects of the different types of light in your winter surroundings. Sunscreen is a safe way to guard your skin – but it’s not just for the summer months.
A sunscreen with at least a rating of SPF30+ will keep your skin covered and protected against UV rays, even in the winter. Carroten also have a range of moisturising sunscreens that are dedicated for use on dry skin, so you can beat that winter dryness while protecting your skin at the same time.
While it’s likely your daily foundation has a small amount of SPF built in, for effective protection you really need to include a dedicated facial sunscreen as part of your daily routine. For maximum benefit, choose a Carroten sunscreen that’s formulated specifically for use on the face, and use it after your moisturiser and before your foundation, giving each layer time to sink in before applying the next.
Making the most of winter
While Australians love the summer, for the most part we’re blessed with relatively mild winters as well. Getting outdoors is important no matter the season, but if you rely on cloud cover to protect your skin from damage, you could end up regretting it.
Combining the moisturising effects of Carroten sunscreen with the UV-blocking SPF, you can defend against all the culprits that speed up the ageing process even faster in winter. A good sunscreen is a vital key to helping your skin stay supple, hydrated, and most of all – protected.