Sunscreen in winter?!

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Thursday 9th October 2008

Yes, it’s true, your skin is still at risk from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays, even when the weather outside is freezing and the skies look grey and cloudy. As we told listeners on BBC Radio Leeds this morning, it’s so important to look after your skin in the colder months.

Some of our top tips include:

  • Wear a quality moisturiser that contains an SPF
  • Don’t blast the heating too high as this will have a drying effect, especially when coming in from the cold, as the dramatic change in temperature will send your skin into overdrive!
  • Don’t pig out on comforting junk food, you’ll just end up with greasy skin and feeling a big sluggish
  • Eat a variety of foods, and choose different colours. Aim for your five-a-day and make sure each one is a different colour – Tesco offers five different fruit and veg at half price each week to make sure you get all the nutrients you need! Now who said healthy had to be expensive?

Do you have any do’s and don’ts on how to look afer your skin in winter? Share them here!

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2 Responses to “Sunscreen in winter?!”

  1. Jude Says:

    How do nutrients that you eat help protect your skin and what’s the difference between UVA and UVB rays? Do all sunscreens protect from both types of rays?

  2. skingenesishayley Says:

    UVA rays are those that penetrate the skin more deeply and although they don’t cause sunburn, they are the culprits behind wrinkles and premature ageing.

    UVB rays affect the layers of the skin closest to the surface and induce the production of melanin which causes tanning. Too much UVB can cause sunburn, freckling and sometimes cancer, so it’s important to cover up and use a decent SPF.

    SPFs protect to a certain extent against both types of rays, but absorb more UVB than UVA.

    Certain nutrients have different effects on our skin and you can read about good and bad foods for your skin here: http://www.skingenesis.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=220&Itemid=26. The one tip i would follow is that above, which is to eat as many coloured fruit and vegetables as you can, as certain colours contain certain minerals and nutrients, so that way you can be sure to get a healthy balance of everything!

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