You might be tempted to think sunscreen is taking a backseat along with swimsuits and flip-flops as the first hints of winter chill arrive here in Minnesota. But don’t be fooled by the cooler temperatures and shorter days. Up to 80% of UV rays can pierce through clouds and fog, reaching your skin even on the gloomiest winter days.
Today, we’re peeling back the layers– scarves, mittens, and all– to reveal why Kinesys SPF Sprays are a Minnesota must-have for your winter skincare routine.
The Winter Sun Doesn’t Take a Break, and Neither Should Your SPF
When we think of winter in Minnesota, a sunburn probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Unfortunately, UV rays don’t get the memo that it’s winter. They’re relentless, beaming down all year round, even when the sky above is blanketed in thick nimbostratus clouds heavy with a fresh batch of snow.
UVA rays, the aging rays, penetrate deep into the skin, contributing to wrinkles and long-term damage. UVB rays, the burning rays, are responsible for immediate sunburns. Both are present year-round, and winter conditions can intensify both.
In Minnesota, where we average between 36-70 inches of snow depending on the location, we’re taking twice the risk. Fresh snow can reflect up to 80% of UV rays, so it’s like getting hit by the sun twice – once from above and once from below.
And if you find yourself in higher altitudes, perhaps during a hike on Eagle Mountain, remember that UV exposure increases by about 4-5% every 1,000 feet above sea level. With an altitude of 2,301 feet, reaching the zenith of Minnesota’s highest peak means facing off with nearly 15% more UV radiation than you would at the bottom.
Kinesys SPF Maintains Your Glow & Keeps Cancer Risk Low
In the United States alone, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70, but research has consistently shown that regular use of SPF 15 or higher reduces the risk of developing melanoma by 50% and squamous cell carcinoma by about 40%.
Not all sunscreens are created equal, and Kinesys is at the top of its class with a cruelty-free, vegan SPF that includes active ingredients like avobenzone, octisalate, and homosalate. The user-friendly spray application ensures that no spot goes unprotected and makes it much easier to give even the wiggliest little ones a critical layer of protection against the harsh winter sun.
The lightweight, non-greasy texture is perfect for applying before you put on makeup, thanks to its clear, non-irritating formula, free of parabens, PABAs, preservatives, and oils. It’s also an excellent option for Minnesotans who love hitting the slopes for winter sports, providing up to 80 minutes of sweat resistance.
To get the most out of your winter SPF, keep these tips in mind:
- Make it a daily habit by applying your Kinesys SPF spray every morning, even if you’re not planning to step outside. UV rays can penetrate windows, especially if there’s snow on the ground, to bounce them back into your home.
- Reapply regularly. Kinesys provides up to 80 minutes of sweat resistance, but even if you’re taking it slow, respray every two hours. Keep a bottle in your car, bag, or desk to always have your SPF on hand when needed.
- Layer multiple sources of sun protection by using Kinesys with Walleroo UPF 50+ hats and sunglasses.
- Don’t miss overlooked areas, like the back of your neck, ears, hands, and lips.
We encourage you to stop by one of our Advanced Skin Therapeutics locations to shop our selection of Kinesys SPF sprays and learn more about the importance of winter sun safety.
Enjoy the winter season and stay sun safe!