Our Clinical Aestheticians answer your skincare questions!
Do I still need to wear sunscreen now that summer is over?
The simple answer is Yes! With the temperatures beginning to dip and the sun setting earlier each day, your first impulse may be to pack away your sunscreen products. But as any doctor will tell you, protecting your skin against UV damage is a year-round commitment. Incidental sun exposure-such as the kind experienced on a daily commute-has a cumulative effect that results in fine lines and sagging skin. And research suggests that a protective layer of SPF may be just as important for those who are holed up in an office as it is for those who spend their days hitting the slopes or taking snowy walks during winter weekends. According to New York City dermatologist Dendy Engelman, recent data indicates that pigment cells can be stimulated not only by the sun’s bright UV rays, but even by lower doses of ambient and infrared light, emitted by your computer screen or overhead lamps. “People used to think, ‘What’s the point of wearing sunblock in winter?’ especially in Manhattan, where you never see the sun,” Engelman explains. “But now we know that even your office lighting, your phone screen can be harmful.”*
Here are some tips on how to make the most of sun protection in the colder months.If you’ve already got a favorite thick moisturizer for day, layering over it with a simple powder block will work wonders: Jane Iredale Mineral Powders contain physical SPF that offer great sun and environmental protection, as well as acting like a foundation to cover imperfections and give skin a gorgeous glow. For purists who prefer a dedicated cream to counteract the season’s dry indoor heat and humidity, a richer, more hydrating sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, like our Medspa1064 SilkShade Emollient, helps to counteract the harsh air. This product is packed with antioxidants that go one step further, protecting your skin from environmental pollutants and enhancing its radiance.For simple, yet effective, protection, one of our favorite SPF products is Neova DNA Damage Control Everyday SPF 44. It shields your skin from the daily harmful UVA and UVB sun rays that can cause a sunburn and premature signs of aging.Sodium hyaluronate replenishes moisture and binds water to the skin for softer, smoother skin. Photolysomes, derived from plankton, help improve sun-damage while vitamins E and C fight free-radical damage. Feel free to come into the office to find a SPF for your skin type, we are sure to have your perfect winter product!