The seasons have changed and you’ve packed away your summer gear: Bathing suits, flip flops, shorts, beach towels – they’re all stowed away at the back of a shelf somewhere. But what about your sunscreen?
Contrary to what many people think, sunscreen is as important in the winter as it is in the summer. Especially for your baby.
Here are 5 reasons why:
1) Snow Reflects UV Rays.
You know that stunning, bright glow the world has right after it snows? Excuse us if we get all sciency for a second – that’s the snow reflecting the UV rays of the sun. While the UVB rays that cause sunburn are weaker in the winter, UVA rays that cause wrinkles, premature aging and skin cancer are just as strong all year round. So before you bask in the glow of a fresh snow, you need to protect yourself from those damaging rays.
2) The Higher You Go, The Closer You Get.
The views get better as you climb higher, but so does the power of UV rays. UV increases by nearly 4% for every 1,000 ft. elevation, so a day out on top of a ski slope will expose you to a lot more sun than a day on the beach.
3) The Ozone Layer is at its Thinnest.
The ozone layer, that protective shield we rely upon to keep the sun from burning us alive, is at its thinnest during the winter months. To get sciency again: Those damaging CFC gasses destroy the ozone layer when they are transformed into polar stratospheric clouds. The colder the weather, the more clouds. The more clouds, the thinner the ozone layer. The thinner the ozone layer, the more your skin is exposed to the harsh rays of the sun.
4) Glass Won’t Protect You.
Is there a better feeling than curling up on your couch and looking out the window at a fresh layer of white powdery magic, with the sun reflecting gently on your skin? While the glass window pane might protect you from the cold outside, it doesn’t do much to block UV rays. So before you settle in for a morning of snow-filled daydreaming, do your bit to block those UV rays with a layer of sunscreen.
5) You Spend More Time Outside Without Realizing.
When it comes to the summer, everyone is aware of the dangers of staying outdoors too long. The winter – not as much. So we tend to stay outdoors for long periods of time without thinking about the sun and our skin. Winter Wonderland should definitely be enjoyed – just make sure to protect your skin before you get out there.
Browse our selection of all natural sunscreens here to keep you and your family safe this winer.