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The Ultimate Winter Sun Care Guide


Real talk: Sun damage in winter is serious. The sun’s harmful rays are hitting the earth’s surface (and our skin) even when it’s cold outside. On top of that, 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with UV exposure, and UV damage is known to cause inflammation to skin tissue,induce sunburn cells, and compromise the immune system.

why you should use sunscreen in winter

But don’t get too worried – the tips in this guide make it easy to protect you from damage caused by the winter sun. Take care, and enjoy the season!  

moisturize daily

1. Moisturize daily
Dry skin conditions in winter can leave your skin vulnerable (as if dry skin alone wasn’t enough of a drag!). Take precautionary measures by applying a rich moisturizer like Neutrogena® Norwegian Formula® Moisture Wrap Daily Repair Lotion after your daily shower or bath.

Use SPF in winter

2. Use makeup with SPF
Applying a daily SPF of 15-30 is a must if you’re going to prevent winter sunburn. But, it sometimes feels like it takes forever to apply. Our time-saving tip: Combine SPF protection with beauty with an SPF + makeup duo like Neutrogena® Healthy Skin® Compact Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 55 or Neutrogena® Healthy Skin® Glow Sheers® Broad Spectrum SPF 30.

sun glare in winter

3. Help protect skin from winter glare
That snowman in your yard may look friendly…but he’s a sworn enemy to smooth, ageless skin. Why? The sun reflects UV rays off snow – and can contribute to wrinkles. For protection on snow days, keep AVEENO PROTECT + HYDRATE® Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 For Face close by, and reapply every 80 minutes. Take that, Frosty!

avoid chapped lips in winter

4. Don’t leave lips out in the cold
Since our lips are thin and less overly pigmented than other areas of our skin, they can be vulnerable in the face of the sun. Hence the chapping and the cracking. Be a hero to your lips with Neutrogena® Lip Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 15.

sun protection for kids in winter

5. Keep kids covered with a sunscreen stick
Premature skin aging and skin cancers experienced later in life are set in motion during the early years of childhood. So if you’re packing for family snow adventures, don’t forget a sunscreen stick for little ones, such as Neutrogena® Pure & Free® Baby Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 60+.

Use higher SPF the higher in elevation

6. Use higher SPF at higher elevations
Hitting the slopes with your family? Increase your daily SPF to 30 or 45 in higher elevations with a product like AVEENO PROTECT + HYDRATE® Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 70. Oh, and be careful on those black diamond runs: An arm sling is definitely not this year’s hottest accessory.

apply sunscreen everywhere

7. Pay careful attention to the easy-to-miss areas
Red is a fun, festive color…but not when it’s the result of sunburn! So, when applying sunscreen, don’t forget about your ears, the areas around your eyes, your neck, the underside of your chin, your scalp, and your hands. Try a fast-absorbing formula like Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer® Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55 between holiday activities.


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