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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!

Invisible Zinc Sunscreen

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.

Neutrogena Sunscreen

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. Le Tan Sheer Sunscreen

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!

Nivea Age Defense Sunscreen

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.

SunSense Matt Sunscreen

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.

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  • Posted by: Teresa Yang // Wed, 18 May 2011 01:17pm

    “During winter The Earth shifts closer to its good friend The Sun whose rays of sunshine get up close to our skin, and are actually stronger (albeit masked behind a cold front) than in summer. ”

    This is only true if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere. The earth is closest to the sun during January http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr161/lect/time/seasons.html

  • Posted by: Chelsea Tromans Supporter // Wed, 18 May 2011 06:15pm

    Oops, silly me! Thanks for pointing that out Teresa – guess I’m just dreaming of being in the North with Yaz! Luckily there’s more than just one reason we should be wearing sunscreen in winter so I’ve updated the story with even more compelling reasons for sun protection this season!

  • Posted by: Adele-1299370274 Devotee // Thu, 19 May 2011 12:32am

    i havent tried it myself but ive heard good things about the sun sense one

  • Posted by: laura_ Devotee // Mon, 23 May 2011 12:51pm

    Invisible zinc is amazing!
    You will NOT get sunburnt if you wear this and apply it regularly along with some kind of hat I promise!
    I was out in the sun for 7 hours on a boat tour in Thailand and everyone was so sunburnt afterwards and I wasn’t even a touch red thanks to Invisible zinc, so I’d say it would still work a treat in the harsh winter sun.
    Don’t forget to SPF your lips regularly :)

  • Posted by: MissMel Enthusiast // Tue, 24 May 2011 06:20am

    I am a massive advocate for sun safety – never leave the house without a healthy layer of sun protection! People often comment that I look younger than my years, and I am pretty confident my obsession with sunscreen is a large part of that!

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Tue, 24 May 2011 11:16am

    i already love invisible zinc tinted moisturiser and that neutrogena one but i love the look of the sun sense sensitive matte, as my skin is snesitive as hell

  • Posted by: beautybee1 Master Fan // Fri, 27 May 2011 10:11am

    I love the Neutrogena sun-block range – I’d recommend this one definitely. As a second choice I’d pick Sun Sense though mine had a strange scent. Invisible Zinc brought me out in a rash unfortunately. I haven’t tried the others. Have fun – what an awesome holiday!

  • Posted by: Pior Urban Spa // Thu, 2 June 2011 12:43am

    We recommend Dermalogica’s Solar Defense Booster!
    It suits all skin types, has a SPF 30 and can be added to you moisturiser for a great coverage!

  • Posted by: tinamiller Enthusiast // Mon, 13 June 2011 08:24pm

    Another fantastic sun block that I use mixed with my foundation is another product by ego called Sun sense daily face. Fantastic stuff.

  • Posted by: Bantam Master Fan // Fri, 17 June 2011 12:27am

    I use Mecca Cosmetica’s To Save Face with SPF30+! Also, don’t forget to reapply when you can!

  • Posted by: Louise-1295043242 Master Fan // Sat, 25 June 2011 11:14am

    I like Invisible Zinc as it really does protect against the sun.. only it seems to me quite greasy (the tinted moisturiser is very greasy on my face) and makes me a little more prone to breakouts… but i agree it is very important to wear sunscreen in winter!

  • Posted by: chicklet Devotee // Mon, 27 June 2011 10:34pm

    Invisible Zinc and Neutrogena are great choices – I love both products.

  • Posted by: RROZZ Enthusiast // Mon, 4 July 2011 12:31pm

    A great product for the face is Clinique’s cityblock which provides a physical block like invisible zinc. I have used it for years on my very pale complexion and it never fails to protect. It is 30+ and non greasy. A really terrific and reliable face block.

  • Posted by: tegania11 Master Fan // Wed, 6 July 2011 10:22am

    great recommendations Chelsea

  • Posted by: sprinkles37 Master Fan // Fri, 8 July 2011 03:26pm

    i find sunscreen so greasy. Im yet to find a good sunscreen that doesnt feel sticky. Luckily my foundation has sunscreen in it

  • Posted by: jojo // Thu, 14 July 2011 01:02am

    thank u 4 clarifying which are the better sunscreens to use. which one of these is NON GREASY???? i would then buy that one.can u help me please?

  • Posted by: Talithaw Enthusiast // Fri, 15 July 2011 01:54pm

    SPF30+ every day. rain, hail or shine! i’ve noticed a difference to my skin since living by this rule for about 12 months now. freckles have started to fade and i have a more even tone.

  • Posted by: Fashionista8P Master Fan // Fri, 30 September 2011 06:08am

    i have always wanted to try something from the invisible zinc range.. as i got a sample and loved their tinted sunscreen

  • Posted by: looksrdeceiving Master Fan // Fri, 30 September 2011 10:05pm

    I am a fan of Nivea SPF 30.

  • Posted by: angelclarice Enthusiast // Sat, 21 January 2012 08:49am

    It is important that the sunscreen has a wide range of protection beyond being just an SPF. Also if you are going to be in the sun for a long period of time it is necessary that you reapply sunscreen every few hours to be completely safe because sunscreen does wear down.

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Wed, 21 March 2012 05:55pm

    Soo much good stuff here

  • Posted by: mandy // Tue, 3 April 2012 08:24pm

    invisible zinc, hat, glasses and have fun!

  • Posted by: Dianne Falzon // Thu, 5 April 2012 07:07pm

    My daughter and myself have been using Ella Bach sunguard foundation 50+ for years which our Beauty Therapist suggested which she also uses. We both have an auto-immunine disease and are on medication which says to keep out of the sun as it will increase the effects of the sun. It isn’t cheap at $46 for the initial purchase but it goes a long way. But you have to put a small amount on the side of your hand and massage with 2 fingers to melt it and it glides on and is a great coverage. Especially good for me as I had a large tumour on the side of my face removed many years ago and since using this product no-one can tell that I’ve had surgery. When I can’t squeeze any more out I cut the tube in half so there is no wastage. I would highly recommend it.

  • Posted by: catn2kittens Master Fan // Sat, 13 April 2013 04:23pm

    Neutrogena Dry Touch is the best!!! So comfy and easy to apply, Invisible Zinc is perfect for my face but for the rest of me I love the Neutrogena.

  • Posted by: Erin-1312272625 Master Fan // Fri, 14 June 2013 09:13pm

    Very good options!

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 15 September 2013 07:29pm

    great recommendations

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 15 September 2013 07:30pm

    i would love to try Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Lotion SPF30+