Sunscreen isn’t only necessary on the beach, during the seaside season. You also need to take action against ultraviolet A and B rays in the winter. It is advisable to add a protective cream to your skincare routine and make an undeniable habit out of it.
Make-up products such as foundation usually have a minimal protection factor (SPF 15). Always check that it’s there. If you do not use them, the recommendation is to always use a cream with a factor between 15 and 30. The protection factor (SPF) needs to be inversely proportionate to your skin phototype: the fairer your skin, the more sensitive it is to the sun’s rays and therefore the higher the SPF needs to be. In some cases you can use sunscreen a few hours after applying moisturiser, in others as a substitute. Plump for products with a light consistency, that will not leave the skin greasy, and have soothing or anti-ageing properties, depending on your needs.
The rule of protective cream applies in the city, for “inadvertent exposure to the sun”, and most especially, in the mountains, where it becomes an obligation. In this case, however, the characteristics of the products must be more specific and you need to pay more attention. Because of the cool air, it is harder to notice that the skin is overheating. The sun at high altitudes and the reflection off the snow require SPF 50 as a minimum.
Among the other properties to look for there are fast absorption, resistance to perspiration and water and a formula that helps to keep the skin hydrated, especially with prolonged exposure to the sun. To guarantee good protection, you need to apply the product evenly a few hours beforehand, and repeat application then every 2-3 hours. Another important thing to consider is the quantity of cream to use. The recommendation is 2mg for every square centimetre of skin. To picture the right amount, imagine the contents of a teaspoon to cover your arm.
A stick is ideal for applying to delicate areas, such as the lips, eye contour and neck. This is also advisable for moles and marks on the skin, which need an even more careful treatment. It is advisable not to forget your earlobes, which are one of the areas at greatest risk of being burnt.