When it comes to skincare, especially in the cooler months, we’ve got our routines down pat.
Using a gentle cleanser, exfoliating regularly (either with chemical or physical exfoliants), and using serums full of protective and hydrating ingredients are all “skincare 101s” for those in the know.
But there’s one thing that is our skin’s best friend all year round and is an essential part of our winter routines: sunscreen.
Often perceived as a summer staple, SPF coverage is just as important in the winter months, when UV radiation can still cause harmful damage to our skin.
It’s important to choose an SPF product that not only offers broad spectrum protection and high SPF50+ coverage, but that also suits your skin type and has the texture and finish you desire—making it something you will actually want to wear every day, all year round.
A cult favourite? La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios Invisible Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+.
Here’s why it’s your skin’s number one defence (and the number one sunscreen in Australian pharmacy*) no matter the season.
Do I Still Need SPF When It’s Not Sunny?
The short answer? Yes.
Protecting from UV damage is a year-round commitment. Damaging UVA rays, that account for 95 per cent of all ultraviolet radiation reaching the earth’s surface, are present at consistent levels throughout the year.
That means, no matter if the sun is shining or hiding behind clouds, UVA rays—the ones that cause damage on a cellular level due to their longer wavelength, can increase the risk of skin cancer and speed up the signs of ageing—can still penetrate (even through glass and clouds) and cause damage. Remember, sun damage is cumulative, so the longer you go without wearing daily sun protection, the more UVA exposure your skin is likely to have.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+ provides very high UVA/UVB protection whilst delivering an invisible finish thanks to the lightweight, fluid-like texture, so it’s the ideal addition to your winter skincare kit.
Using a daily sunscreen can aid in the prevention of premature skin ageing.
An Invisible Finish
If there’s one thing that gets in the way of our daily SPF routine, it’s a product that doesn’t feel great on our skin.
Lightweight and invisible, La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+ absorbs easily and is non-greasy. Plus, it’s non-comedogenic, with ingredients that won’t clog or block pores (so your sunscreen won’t ruin the hard work of the rest of the skincare routine).
La Roche-Posay uses high-tolerance, dermatologically tested formulations, specifically designed for use on sensitive skin. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+ is suitable for sensitive skin, and absorbs instantly into the skin for an invisible, non-sticky finish perfect for everyday wear either alone or under makeup.
When To Use Sunscreen In Your Routine
As a general rule, sunscreen should be applied as the last step of your skincare routine, after cleansing and moisturising and before makeup.
Allow a few minutes between each “layer” of skincare to allow the product to settle into the skin, remembering that sunscreen is most effective when applied 20 minutes before sun exposure.
As for how much to use? The average adult needs about one teaspoon per body part, so apply generously. Be sure to reapply every two hours, as well as after sweating, towel drying or swimming.
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ALWAYS READ THE LABEL AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE. Apply 20 minutes before sun exposure. Sunscreen is only one part of sun protection so wear protective clothing and seek shade. Avoid prolonged sun exposure. Reapply every 2 hours and after swimming, towelling, and perspiring in accordance with directions.
* Circana MarketEdge, AU pharmacy Scan, Unit & Value sales Total Suncare Protection Category, YTD 02/07/2023