Should You Wear SPF Sunscreen All Year-Round?

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SPF? Pardon us while we have a “When I was your age…” moment, because some of us grew up in a time when people literally slathered oil on themselves to fry in the sun (and when SPF 6 was a big deal). With that kind of SPF-less background, it’s easy to know (firsthand) the possible damaging effects of the sun—freckles, dark spots and fine lines and wrinkles come to mind—no matter the skin tone. Still, SPF protection is far too underrated today, often viewed as a simple beach accessory to use while on the white sands and to forego once again after vacation is over. We’re here to say that the sun’s UV rays don’t just stick to beachy, sunny days. Rain or shine, here’s why it’s beneficial to wear a broad spectrum SPF Sun Protectant every single day, no matter where you are.

You’re after an age-DEFYING complexion—not aging.

The very best protection from an aging complexion is prevention, and whether you’re in your 20s or your 60s, it’s beneficial to use skincare products that help keep your skin looking as radiant as possible. UV rays from the sun can accelerate the aging process, no matter your skin tone, and as much as 80% of the sun’s UV rays can still reach your skin on a cloudy day. Daily protection from the sun is truly a beneficial way to help prevent signs of aging and protect the look of your complexion.

Winter weather can have an impact on UV Exposure.

While it’s not as widely discussed, winter weather can have just as big of an impact on skin as the summer sun. Things like altitude and snow can affect the UV exposure you may get—the higher the altitude of your area, the more likely you’re exposed to more UV rays. Similarly, snow reflects the sun’s UV rays back up just like sand does, making it *as* important to also apply a broad spectrum SPF before you go out in the cold.

SPF helps maintain an even-looking skin tone.

The sun emits two types of rays: UVA and UVB. UVB rays are known to cause sunburn, which is what we typically think of when we consider sun damage. But UVA rays can also cause signs of aging like hyperpigmentation and fine lines and wrinkles that disrupt and dull skin tone and texture. A broad-spectrum SPF helps protect skin from both UVB and UVA rays, aiding in prevention of signs of aging and helping to preserve the look of skin.

Pro Tip: The sun can dry out the skin, making it appear less vibrant. Along with your SPF, we recommend moisturizing regularly for a more hydrated and healthy-looking complexion.

If you’re using a Retinol-based skincare product.

Retinol, a vitamin A derivative, has long been lauded as *the* age-defying ingredient to help create a firmer, more radiant-looking complexion. It can help visibly smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and encourages healthy skin renewal for more vibrant-looking skin. While Retinol is likely a skin-loving staple of your evening skincare routine, it’s important to remember that it may cause increased sun sensitivity. We recommend pairing your PM Retinol with an AM SPF moisturizer to help put your best face forward.

Make SPF part of your daily skincare routine.

Applying a daily SPF moisturizer like Aloette Correction Code can provide skin with much-needed hydration while also helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles! A member of Aloette’s premium skincare Platinum Line, Correction Code helps get your skin ready for the day with a boost of hydration and SPF 25 protection. Formulated with the powerful Matrixyl Synthe’6, a peptide that helps address signs of aging, this daytime moisturizer is designed to help smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while firming the look of skin for an age-defying complexion.

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