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As we approach the colder weather, less sun does not mean less SPF! Harmful UVA and UVB rays don’t take a winter holiday, and neither should your suncare routine. Winter suncare is an absolute MUST, and should not be neglected just because we have more cloudy than sunny days.  

In need of a little refresher on UV rays and how to protect yourself year-round? Read on to learn more about UVA vs UVB rays and which products we suggest to keep you sun-safe throughout the winter months. 

 

UVA vs UVB Rays

 

Time for a brief sun-science lesson! The first step in maintaining your winter SPF routine is learning exactly why you need to continue to lather on sunscreen each and every day.   

Even in the winter months when the sun does not feel as strong, it is still emitting ultraviolet rays which can harm your skin. There are two main types of UV rays; UVA and UVB. UVA rays reach deeper into the dermis of the skin and are the primary rays responsible for aging, wrinkling and skin cancer. UVB rays can still cause skin cancer but penetrate only the epidermis of the skin and are primarily responsible for sunburns. A handy trick to remember the difference between the two is when hearing UVA think aging, UVB think burning! Regardless of UVA or UVB, both rays still radiate through clouds, so make sure you are applying SPF daily, even if you can’t see the sun.

 

 

So, which Bare Republic products do we suggest reaching for in the winter? We stand behind all our products but want to highlight 4 products that we believe will keep you and your skin protected for worry-free adventures all winter long! 

 

Bare’s Best Winter Products 

 

Need an easy, on-the-go application? We suggest our Mineral SPF 50 Sport Sunscreen Stick for mess-free sun protection! This pocket-sized product is easy to pack for all your winter adventures, especially if you are hitting the slopes! Did you know that snow is highly reflective? On a sunny day, snow can reflect up to 80% of UV radiation (so the rays hit you twice)Still not convinced you need SPF in the winter? In high altitudes, UV rays are even more intense. Check out our feature in SKI Magazine as being one of their picks for high-altitude protection! Pro-tip: it fits perfectly in your ski jacket or snow pants for easy reapplication whilst on the mountain! 

 

 

 

Looking for stronger SPF? Check out our Mineral SPF 70 Face Sunscreen Lotion for our most powerful mineral sunscreen to date! This product is our favorite for those days when the sun is trying its hardest to peep through the clouds. With SPF 70 protection, this product keeps up with your winter adventures and keeps you protected!

 

 

Dry weather getting you down? We have just the product your skin is craving: Mineral SPF 30 Face Sunscreen Gel-Lotion! Our thoughtfully-formulated Mineral Gel-Lotion is the first of its kind and is our most hydrating product! For the days when you wake up feeling all crusty and extra dry, reach for our Gel-Lotion and your skin will thank you! With shea butter and cucumber and aloe extract, this lightweight SPF will hydrate and protect your face from the cold winter winds!

 

 

Living in Southern California like us? With 75° temps in November, we haven’t put away our t-shirts and shorts just quite yet! As we hold onto the last bits of summer, we need to continue to lather up the SPF on our arms and legs. On these dog days of winter, we use our trusty classic Mineral SPF 50 Sport Sunscreen Spray - Vanilla Coco! This product is a crowd favorite for a reason!

 

Stay safe this winter and choose worry-free sun protection to keep up with all of life’s adventures!

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