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Sunscreen is a winter must-have too
Tue, 17 May 2011 5:29PM
I’m going to the Kimberley’s for a holiday. What are some suggestions for a strong sun protector for my face and skin?
So glad you sent us your question Jacky about finding a strong sunscreen, it’s given me a chance to remind you all of the importance of sun protection, even in winter.
Winter likes to trick us into a false sense of sun safety because we’re cold, wrapped in layers of clothing, and outside a whole lot less. But according to the smart peeps at The Queensland Institute of Medical Research, our relaxed approach to Mr. Sun actually means we receive quite a high proportion of our yearly ultra violet light dose in winter. Yikes! Another interesting fact: You can’t use the heat that we feel from the sun as an accurate indication of whether we might burn. “The ultra violet rays don’t cause heat, it’s a different part of the sun that causes heat,” says Dr Rachel Neale at The Queensland Institute of Medical Research. So even if you don’t feel the burn baby, you still need to keep up the slip-slop-slap action.
Even if you’re lucky enough to head to the Kimberley’s this winter (yep, we’re super jealous Jacky. 30 degree temps in winter –no fair!), a broad spectrum SPF30 sunscreen should be in your handbag at ALL times.
Some of our top picks for sunscreen that can handle both extreme heat and the brutal cold are:
Invisible Zinc Face & Body Sunscreen SPF30+ UVA-UVB (150g), $32, 1300 738 850 – it protects your skin from the sun while also giving you a moisturising treat!
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Lotion SPF30+, $17.99, 1800 678 380–this broad spectrum sunscreen features a dry touch technology that ensures it feels lightweight on the skin, with a shine-free finish.
Le Tan Sheer Daily Mineral Moisturising Sunscreen – Face, $11.99, 1300 650 981 – this mineral based sunscreen promotes healthy skin regeneration, but also gives you a matte look, i.e no greasy after-feel.
Nivea Sun Age Defence Moisturising Facial Sunscreen SPF30+, $9.95, 1800 103 023 – this sunscreen prevents fine lines and sun-induced wrinkles, while the vitamin E combats free radicals and the lightweight formula doesn’t interfere with your makeup application. Phew!
SunSense Sensitive Matt SPF30+, $17.99, 1800 033 706 – perfect for sensitive skin types, this water resistant sunscreen also contains a sheer tint to give the complexion a matt finish.
Have a great time in sunny Western Australia Jacky! And to all you other Primpers, please remember that sunscreen is just as important in winter as it is in summer.
Posted by: Chelsea Tromans