WINTER SUN EXPOSURE- THE FACTS:
This is not something that many of us often think of during the winter, but the effects of the sun during these colder months is just as harmful and damaging. In fact, the winter slopes can be just as harmful as the beach: the Skin Cancer Foundation states that in higher altitudes, there's actually an increased risk of damage caused by the sun and this increases by up to 5% per every 1,000 feet above sea level.
Snow also reflects up to 80% of UV rays from the sun and that means that your risk for additional damage is increased. Wind and snow can cause applied SPF to wear down more quickly without repeated exposure around every 2 hours- especially since up to 80% of the sun's rays can actually penetrate the clouds.
When it comes to the signs of aging, the sun can be attributed to more than 90% of the visible changes to your skin. It's commonly thought that most of our sun exposure occurs before we are 18 years old, yet only around 25% of our lifetime exposure is acquired by that age :0 All of this sounds scary, but with simple precautions such as wearing protection on a daily basis- even during the winter, can prevent skin cancer and the pesky signs of aging!
A natural approach that's effective, safe, and unique is to utilize a nutraceutical or nutritional supplement with an inside-out focus :) There are a few brands and products out there that address this issue, but not all of these necessarily bring what they claim...Want to give this strategy a try?! Make sure to get the lowdown on The Beauty Closet's recommended product below!
THE BEAUTY CLOSET RECOMMENDS:
HELIOCARE Ultra w/Fernblock PLE Technology $72*
Each of these capsules are gluten-free and vegan, with the boost of Vitamin C, pomegranate extract, and Fernblock! This awesome supplement allows for added protection against free radicals and the harmful effects of the sun- all with the power of a plant: the fern. Although it isn't sunscreen, this nutraceutical does provide the peace of mind that you are preventing further UV damage, while promoting refreshed, healthy, & younger-looking skin! :)
This product is created with top-notch, natural ingredients too, which is a huge plus for me. If there's any way to naturally protect my skin and prevent further damage from the sun, I'm all about it! You can take 1 capsule daily in the morning and an additional capsule can be taken later in the day if you feel that you will be experiencing prolonged sun exposure. There is a total of 36 capsules per container, which means you will get a min. of 18 days @ 2 per day. or about a month & a week, if you choose to take once daily.
At $72, this can seem a little pricier but since the negatives of skin cancer and permanent skin damage leading to aging are a lot worse- this was an easy choice for me. I really don't mind paying a bit for something that is going to do genuine good when it comes to preventing the pesky signs of aging and harm to my skin!