Any good New Englander knows that when the warm months of summer are laid away by the seaside, fall has shed its leaves, and the holiday season is put to rest for another year, it's time to pack our bags and head to the ski slopes. We cross our fingers for fresh snow on bluebird days when the temperature is around the 30F mark and the sun is shining. We ski until our legs can't hold us anymore and wear goggle tans as a badge of honor. That is... until we go to work on Monday and realize a goggle tan on an adult is a mark of irresponsibility as opposed to a trophy. Winter sun damage is real.
Whether at a ski mountain or walking your dog through Boston Common, when you're bundled up under puffy jackets and wooly scarves it's easy to forget that the sun's uv rays still reach your face. In a previous Sea Spritz article, How To Protect Your Skin From The Sun And Maintain A Youthful Glow, we talked about the two main types of UV rays. UVB rays have a "short" ray length and are stronger during the Spring and Summer months when the Earth is tilted towards the Sun. These nasty little rays hit the surface of your skin and cause sunburns. UVA rays are "long" rays and reach the Earth throughout the entire year, even on cloudy days. Though, you may notice their effect on your skin less at the present time, they actually penetrate the skin deeper and cause lasting skin damage. So, make sure you take precautions to protect your skin through every season of the year.
The Rayminder UV Awareness Jewelry is not partial to the type of UV ray that hits the surface of the UV bead. If the sun is active, the UV bead on the Rayminder Bracelets and Necklaces will change from clear to color suggesting the uv rays are also penetrating your skin. Wear the Rayminder Collection all year long for sun safety and as part of your winter skincare regimen.
You wake up to a beautiful fresh snow blanketing the ski slopes and the rising sun suggests you leave that extra warm layer in the condo. The uv bead on your Rayminder UV awareness bracelet starts to change and darken in color. Thank goodness you ray-membered your sunscreen. A sunscreen formula that feels good on your skin is worth the investment. For everyday wear, look for a daily moisturizer that has broad spectrum protection with an SPF of 30-50. For winter days enjoyed on the slopes, apply an extra layer of sunscreen with the same broad spectrum protection and reapply regularly.
The first step in preventing skin damage from the winter sun is awareness and education. Understand the risks of uv rays all four seasons of the year, wear our Rayminder bracelet or necklace as a ray-minder of the sun's strength, be prepared with broad spectrum SPF sunscreen, and replenish your skin with hydrating ingredients everyday.