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Mondays with Michelle: Winter Skin Protection

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Q. What SPF do you recommend for winter skin protection? Is SPF 15 okay?

A. Great question! Although it may seem like a no-brainer—of course we don’t need SPF during the winter months, you might think—it’s imperative that we protect ourselves from the sun all year long. The short answer? I think adults and children should wear an SPF of at least 30 every day. The not-quite-as-short answer? The sun is sneaky. Its damage-inducing rays get to our skin even when we don’t think they do, but remember: just because you’re not getting a burn (the result of UVB rays, more prevalent during the summer months) doesn’t mean you’re in the safety zone. UVA rays don’t go on vacation for the winter (or the fall, or the spring …). When we commute to work, when we walk the dog, or when we grab the mail—when we do anything in the daylight, really—we’re exposed to them. Fortunately there are TONS of options when it comes to good, everyday sunscreen. Here are some of my favorites!

Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46: This one’s oil-free, which makes it great for those with oily or sensitive skin. Works great as a makeup primer, too!

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid: For those who want a chemical-free formulation, it doesn’t get much better than this! It’s one of the best phycial subscreens I’ve tried.

California Baby SPF 30 Plus Sunscreen: For full-body protection … great for babies and kids, too!

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