This Is Why You Should Be Using SPF All Year Round

Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean you have to give up your good skincare habits – namely, daily SPF use. We all know how important it is during the summer months – when skin is most likely to show and feel the impact of UV exposure – but did you know that it’s actually vital to apply SPF all year round? 

Even on cloudy days, 80% of UV rays can still penetrate through cloud cover, windows, and clothing, so just because your skin doesn’t look or feel damaged, doesn’t mean it isn’t. Although invisible, UV rays are responsible for problems with skin cancer, and are also the biggest cause of the changes in our skin that we associate with aging – loose skin, fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots etc.  

The reality is that although skin aging is an inevitable process, those who don’t maintain protection 365 days a year will develop these symptoms earlier and with more intensity – which means that SPF really is the most-effective anti-aging product out there. 

Adding an extra step to your morning routine isn’t always an option and we totally understand. Fortunately, beauty brands are becoming savvy to this and releasing multitasking products that do double duty and serve sun protection as an extra bonus. That’s right, you can now protect your skin with everything from foundations to bronzers. 

If the main reason that sunscreen isn’t part of your daily routine is because you’ve yet to find a product you like enough to wear every day, we’ve got you covered (literally). 

A far cry from the greasy, pore-blocking creams you may be used to, this super-lightweight lotion applies smoothly, absorbs in a snap, and layers easily beneath makeup – acting just like a primer. It’s fluid enough in texture that you can also mix it with your foundation to cut out the extra layering step. 

If you like to keep things minimal, Embryolisse’s CC Cream is where makeup, skincare, and sun protection converge. Aside from the bonus of SPF20, this lightweight but buildable base is boosted with a surplus of skincare benefits (including hyaluronic acid) to smooth and moisturise skin. 

Investing in a makeup base that comes pre-loaded with SPF is an easy way to make light work of daily UV protection. This foundation is boosted with SPF15, which won’t quite cut it for the beach in August, but will do just fine in cloudy sky season.