When the warm, sunny weather hits, you’re probably used to grabbing the SPF, but sunscreen in the fall? Absolutely! Fall has always signalled, at least to us, change and a fresh start, but we won’t be putting away our summer companion, sunscreen. We think you’ll agree that these 3 reasons to use sunscreen in fall will be compelling enough for you to keep applying!
1. UV Radiation Exposure Happens Year Round
Summer sun carries both UVA (Aging) and UVB (Burning) rays, but as the seasons change to fall and winter, UVB rays diminish. However, UVA rays are just as prevalent year round, regardless of the weather. From sun up to sun down, through clear skies and clouds, those long, penetrating UVA rays just keep coming. UVA rays won’t give you a tan or burn, but they will age your skin and contribute to genetic damage of skin cells.
2. We’re Spending More Time Indoors
In these unprecedented times, many of us are working and studying from home, but conversely, that’s all the more reason to use sunscreen this fall. It may be safe to say that the coveted corner office has now become the makeshift desk by the window at home. The same window that allows us to enjoy the view also lets in approximately 75% of UVA rays. Continuing with sunscreen just makes sense. Plus, doesn’t it make those WFH pyjamas feel more professional?
3. Sunscreen is Still the #1 Anti-Aging Tip
Healthy skin is happy skin, and dermatologists agree that daily sun protection is the one best thing you can do to prevent premature skin aging. Some studies have shown that, over time, sunscreen use can even visibly reverse skin damage. Remember that sun damage is cumulative, so 10 or 15 minutes in the sun every day, unprotected, can add up over the years, accelerating the aging of the skin.
If you haven’t finished the sunscreen you’ve been loving all summer, there’s no reason to stop! Once opened, sunscreen generally has a shelf life of approximately 12 months, and by the time spring and summer roll around again, it may not be at its best and may need to be discarded. Continuing to use your sunscreen in fall not only means great protection but great value.
If you’re ready to try something new, there are plenty of options when it comes to year-round sun protection. Cooler weather? Consider something more hydrating but that still packs the full SPF punch. We think you’ll like Anthelios Hydrating SPF 50+ Cream or Avene Crème SPF 50+ with Tinosorb M and S. If the idea of a moisturizer with SPF appeals, then you’ll want to try La Roche Posay Hydraphase UV SPF 30 with Mexoryl SX.
Still can’t decide? Call us. We’re happy to help!