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why its important for rosacea sufferers to wear sunscreen (even in Winter)

by Finola Fegan |

It’s no secret that in the hot summer months covering up with a high factor sunscreen is a wise move. Now that the leaves have fallen and the flip-flops are well and truly packed away, you may be tempted to also pack away the sunscreen for a few months.

There’s a common misconception that sunscreen is only necessary when it’s warm out. This is one of the biggest myths of skin care that may exist.

Skincare experts recommend wearing sunscreen on exposed areas every day you plan on spending any time outdoors, especially if you have rosacea or facial redness.

Wearing SPF of at least factor 30+ rain, snow or shine is one of the best things you can do for your rosacea skin, for a number of reasons.

1. The Ozone Layer Thins in Winter

The Ozone layer is earths natural protection from harmful UV rays (the rays that are known to cause sun related skin issues).

This protective layer is actually stronger in the summer months, offering less protection in winter. In the summer you are susceptible to sun burn, but in winter you are at risk of both sun and wind burn, both resulting in increased facial redness.

The plummeting temperatures and strong winds that can be known to agitate and dry out skin also allow the UV rays to have clearer access to your skin.

Although you may not physically see the effect of the winter rays on your skin in the form of sun burn, they are still at work causing premature wrinkling, aging, redness and irritation for rosacea skin.

2. Switch Out Chemical for Physical Sunscreen

Chemical sunscreens soak up and absorb the rays from the sun, whereas a physical sunscreen deflects the rays from your skin. People sometimes opt for a chemical sunscreen as they can be seen as less messy and easier to apply.

If you are one of those people, you should seriously reconsider. Physical sunscreens such as our Finca SPF 30+ are a better option for those who suffer with rosacea or sensitive skin. They provide better year-round protection and broad-spectrum UVA and UVB coverage.

Physical block lasts longer on your skin, meaning less re-application. Our specially formulated SPF 30+ uses the main ingredient Zinc Oxide, the only sunscreen ingredient FDA-approved for children under 6 months. It also contains just seven edible-grade 86%-certified organic ingredients and is completely petrochemical free.

Try to always opt for products that are natural, clean, plant-based and chemical free.

3. UVA Rays Can Penetrate Glass

If you’re not the outdoorsy type when it’s cold outside you may feel like giving the sunscreen a miss for a day or two. Beware – if you’re in your car or near windows in your house you may still be at risk.

While UVB rays are mainly blocked by glass, 60% of UVA’s can permeate your windows leaving you vulnerable even indoors.

4. Snow Can Significantly Increase Your Exposure to Harmful UV Rays

When you wake up and see a winter wonderland outside your front door, of course you’ll want to go out and enjoy it! When doing this it’s still really important to make sure you’re protected with your high factor rosacea SPF as the snow can reflect 80% of UVA rays, almost doubling your risk of exposure.

5. Increase Your Protection by Eating Right

When it comes to protecting your skin in winter, a high SPF should be your first step. To further your protection, eating the right food has a part to play.

Making sure to get your 5 a day in terms of fruit and vegetables is important. The antioxidants found in these foods help to combat free radicals and sun damage.

Getting your greens in also works wonders for rosacea, so all around a good idea! Don’t over-do it with processed foods, dairy, simple carbs and sugar, as these foods may further contribute to sun damage and reduce protection.

till next time - take care of your rosacea skin