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What SPF is Appropriate for Summer vs. Winter?


The beauty of Phoenix is having sun year-round, but that can wreak havoc on your skin. That’s why it’s so important to use your SPF and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! You may think that sun block isn’t as important during the winter, but for the best skin care, you should wear it year round and even when it’s overcast.

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We recommend that all of our patients use at least SPF 30 to ward off sun damage and harmful UV rays. You can wear it beneath makeup or purchase makeup with SPF already included.

Contrary to popular belief, the sun is actually closer to the Earth during the winter months, making UV rays stronger and more likely to cause sun damage. The UV rays are strong enough to penetrate through clothing as well. SPF is the only way to make sure your skin is protected this winter. Don’t rely on cloudy days either! The suns rays are strong enough to affect your skin and while you may not notice a sunburn, damage is still happening.

Though we don’t have snow here in Phoenix, you might travel up north and run into some over the winter holidays. Snow can reflect up to 80 percent of UV rays, intensifying them and causing skin damage. It’s important to use UV protective clothing and sun block if you’re going to be spending time in snowy areas this winter.

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If you need to find skincare products that include SPF, look no further. Our Image Skincare line will allow you to pick and choose the products that work best for your type of skin, all the while protecting you from harmful UV rays.

If you have any questions about how to keep your skin safe this winter, please call us at 602-944-4626.