Myths and truths about the sun in the “R” months

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I remember having heard since I was very young that phrase that said that during the months with R, I should not go out in the sun. Most of the time, whoever suggested it to me was not looking for anything other than to avoid a good cold or a headache, and although I have never wanted to contradict the great minds that have surrounded me since childhood, today we come to dismantle some myths and discover the two sides of this coin.

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  • “You should not expose yourself to the sun in winter”: no study has since confirmed to me that a cold is directly caused by the sun. What I have learned over time is that prolonged sun exposure without protection accelerates the aging of my skin, promotes the appearance of marks, fixes the imperfections resulting from my pimples and accelerates the appearance of wrinkles. This does not mean that I have to spend the sunny days of winter indoors – I remind you that the sun is a source of vitamin D, an important component in the maintenance of health – but that I should use sunscreen every day.

  • “Acne gets better with the sun”: of course, what is true is that the sun boosts the skin’s own anti-inflammatory power, so it can be beneficial for conditions such as acne and other inflammatory disorders. But this cannot make me forget how my imperfections are concealed in summer: with the thickening of the skin and the production of melanin, two processes that are capable of covering up marks and pimples momentarily, but which are also responsible for making these marks persistent over time.

  • “UV radiation effects change with the seasons”: perhaps some may consider this to be too much of a stretch, but we all know that the intensity of radiation increases in summer. The rays strike with much more intensity when they are in the vertical, because they pass through the atmosphere by the shortest path and this makes them less attenuated. In winter, this vertical is not reached, so the atmosphere is able to slow down the radiation to a greater extent. But let’s be clear, the radiation is the same, and with the same effects: photoaging, spots, moles…

The summary of all this is that, in the months with R, as in the months without it, we must keep alive the importance of a healthy sun exposure, which involves the use of sunscreen daily, avoid excesses and peak hours and use facial care routines that integrate those assets with which to combat the harmful effects that the sun causes on our skin (antioxidants, moisturizers, photoprotectors, etc.). Want to discover the facial care you need this season? Here is the link to our test.


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