For many people, the Fall and Winter months are a favorite time of the year; Some would even say it’s “the most wonderful time of the year” (as cliché as it may sound). But with the beautiful scenery and fresh crisp air that comes with Fall and the colder months, did you know that it also greatly impacts our skin?
Of course, we all know that the colder months negatively impact our skin, from a drying perspective, just as much as the summer months do. But one thing people fail to realize is that the harmful impact of the sun on our skin is just as damaging and evident in Fall as well.
Remember, a lack of sunshine doesn’t mean a lack of UVA and UVB rays, regardless of what time of the year it is...
Unfortunately, many of us have the mindset of thinking sunscreen is only needed in the Summer, therefore, we don’t even consider protecting our skin from sun exposure in the Fall and colder months, putting ourselves at risk of seriously damaging our skin.
This is a pretty common question that many people have and can’t seem to wrap their minds around to understand. It’s simply a matter of associating the weather and how it “feels” outside, with the sun -- the two extremes just don’t seemingly match.
Below, we’ll dig a little deeper into how the seasonal change we love so much-- Fall -- impacts our skin and why sunscreen is a very much-needed Fall essential.
Why Wear Sunscreen in the Fall and Winter?
Whether you realize it or not, our skin is much more sensitive and gets significantly drier in the Fall and Winter due to a reduction in humidity and increase in wind speed. This effect of the season changing is what strips our skin of the moisture it needs on a regular basis.
Humidity Reduction on the Skin
In the Fall and Winter months, the temperature drops (obviously), but with that drop in temperature, it means that the air can’t hold the necessary amount of water needed to add moisture to the air. Because of that, the moment you go outside, your skin is pressured to release its moisture into the atmosphere. This process of your skin releasing its own moisture to the cold, outdoor temperature is called transepidermal water loss.
Wind on the Skin
Just as you can get sunburned in the summer, in the Fall and Winter months, you can get windburned. Windburn is a redness or burning sensation your skin may feel after being exposed to cold, windy air. Some people even experience skin peeling.
UVA and UVB Ray Exposure on the Skin
Did you know that snow and ice intensify the sun’s UV rays? As a matter of fact, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, snow and ice can reflect as much as 90% of the sun’s UV rays, which, in turn, accelerates the process of skin aging.
The three factors listed above should give you a little more clarity as to why sunscreen is such a necessity in the Fall and Winter months, and not just in the Summer.
In order to combat the deterioration of skin in the winter months, wearing sunscreen indoors will keep your skin both protected and moisturized in the harsh Fall and Winter months.
So what’s the solution here? How can we protect our skin from the sun’s rays all while maintaining the moisture our skin desperately needs during the colder months?
Actions You Can Take
While there are a variety of sunscreens on the market, a moisturizing sunscreen that offers holistic light protection and additional benefits may allow you to eliminate one or more beauty products from your counter.
My Day Screen® Tinted Drops is a 3-in-1 moisturizer, foundation, and sunscreen product that offer three benefits that will guard against the effects of Fall and Winter weather on your face:
- UVA, UVB, and blue light protection – Holistic light protection for when you’re both indoors and outdoors.
- Moisturizing and hydrating elements – Help your skin stay healthy and nourished when you’re outside in the colder weather.
- Tinted base to balance skin tone – Keep that summer glow even when summer is gone!
With the colder and dryer seasons, be sure you take the necessary measures to protect your skin as you would if it were Summer. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and if we don’t protect it now from the harmful UVA and UVB rays, as well as blue light, we’ll soon see the harmful effects of it. So, before you go out embrace the beautiful, crisp seasons we call Fall and Winter, browse our collection and shop for My Day Screen Tinted Drops today. Receive 10% off your first order when you sign-up to be a My Day Insider.