Though you’d be forgiven to think otherwise, stepping out in winter requires applying just as much sunscreen as you would in summer. With grey skies and clouds surrounding us, it’s easy to assume going bare face would be acceptable. Clouds can partially hide the sunlight, however, this doesn’t stop UVA rays from reaching through to us where we get the majority of sun exposure. Not to mention that some clouds can reflect the rays, increasing chances of sunburn. For the same reason, going to the snow with no sunscreen can be a real hazard, as UV rays are reflected with much more intensity, regardless of the weather.
More common spaces where bright sunlight can cause skin damage include car windows while driving, or during short, intense exposure to the sun like a walk down the street. In fact, you’re at the highest risk of melanoma during those quick bursts of sunshine, which is why sunscreen should always be applied, all year round.
The best way to shield yourself from these harmful rays is by ensuring your skin is never exposed without solid, daily protection. Luckily, La Roche-Posay can point you in the right direction.
This month, each AU member will be treated to the brand’s Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid SPF50+ sunscreen. A broad-spectrum sunblock, this lightweight fluid makes for comfortable daily wear, while ensuring you are protected against UVA and UVB rays. And it’s changing the perception of sunscreen as we know it.
Offering more than just sun protection, there’s much to love about the Anthelios sunscreen, wedging its way to the top as the ultimate skincare staple.
For instance, Anthelios XL makes for a perfect base underneath makeup. Ideal for normal to combination skin types, it showcases a non-greasy, invisible texture that’s easily absorbed into the skin. Sensitive skin bellas need not worry, as the product has been dermatologically tested and comes with a non-comedogenic and fragrance-free formula. Moreover, it’s infused with Glycerin alongside the iconic La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water, soothing and hydrating the skin to keep it plump. If you’re wondering where it sits in terms of your skincare routine, apply the sunscreen after moisturiser and before makeup. Allow enough time for the moisturiser to first sink into the skin, before applying your sunscreen all over your face and neck. And don’t worry, the protective barrier against UV rays will not be affected by your moisturiser, so long as you let your skin absorb its hydration first.
Anyone whose skin concerns lie in premature ageing will also highly benefit from daily use of this ‘screen. To protect against visible lines, pigmentation, sun damage and spots, incorporating sunblock in your morning routine is simply a must-do. Once you’ve cleansed and applied your serum or moisturiser, take the Anthelios XL Fluid and use as a base before makeup.