It’s true that your skin can get the most damage from direct exposure to the sun on hot, sunny days. However, did you know that your healthy skin does not only need sunscreen during summery and clear days? You still need to apply sun protection even during the rainy season or cloudy days.
You should remember that the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays are capable of penetrating cloud covers and hitting the earth even during the rainy season when the weather is cool, cloudy, or windy. This kind of UV exposure is mostly indirect, but its effects can be just as harmful to your skin.
How Your Skin is Indirectly Exposed to UV Rays
Although you might not feel it, you can still indirectly expose your skin to the sun’s harmful UV rays. Here are some of the scenarios where your skin may become damaged by the sun without your knowledge:
You might think that staying indoors can help you avoid sun exposure. However, if your workstation is located near a window, then you might still be exposed to the sun’s UVA rays.
Although the glass windows in your office are effective in blocking UVB rays, they cannot filter all the UVA rays coming from the sun even during rainy days. These rays can then damage your skin slowly without you knowing it.
Traveling exposes you to the sun’s UV rays even during cloudy or rainy days. This is especially true if your car has untinted or lightly tinted windows.
You should also be careful when traveling on airplanes. Being exposed to the UV rays that go through planes’ windows can be much damaging to the exposure you experience on the ground.
Walking on the Street
You might think that walking outside without sunscreen when it’s raining is alright. After all, you cannot feel or see the sun, so it might not do you any harm, right?
However, UVA rays can easily penetrate through clouds, rain, and fog. This means that your skin can still get damaged by the sun even if it isn’t showing itself.
That is why you should be careful when walking outside and the sky looks bright, even if it’s overcast. You might still be exposed to the sun’s glare and experience skin issues.
The Consequences of Not Using Sunscreen in the Rainy Season
Failing to apply sunscreen when it’s raining can be harmful to your skin. Constantly committing this mistake can cause you to suffer from different skin problems, including the following:
The most common skin problem you will experience with constant indirect exposure to the sun’s UV rays is skin discoloration. If you regularly forget to apply sun protection during the rainy season, you may notice your skin getting darker as the days go by. You may also notice some sunspots forming on your skin, which is not a good look.
Signs of Aging
Skipping sunscreen when it’s raining is also a good way to speed up your skin’s aging process. Without any form of protection, your skin can easily be damaged by the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays.
These rays mostly affect your skin’s collagen and connective tissues. Once these components of your skin are damaged, it can lead to a loss of elasticity and the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.
Even without direct exposure, you can still suffer from sunburns if you do not apply sunscreen in the rainy season. Remember that the rain and clouds cannot fully filter out the sun’s UV rays, so they can still damage your skin and cause sunburns.
Increased Risk of Skin Cancer
When you continuously expose your skin to the sun without any form of protection, you are putting yourself at risk of skin cancer. The sun’s UV rays can damage your skin cells and cause melanoma, a dangerous type of skin cancer.
Avoid the Skin Problems Caused by Indirect Sun Exposure
If you wish to avoid the skin problems listed above, the solution is simple. Your skin needs protection from both direct and indirect sun exposure.
That’s right: you need to wear SPF products both on sunny and cloudy days. Make it a habit and stick to it for life.
Gluta-C products with SPF protection
Your face, neck, and the exposed parts of your body all need protection. Here are the products we recommend from Gluta-C’s line of facial and body care products.
Intense Whitening Facial Day Cream with SPF 25
This facial day cream contains vitamins A, C, and E, which protect the skin against premature skin aging, as well as glutathione, an active whitening agent that inhibits melanin production and reduces the appearance of blenishes and dark spots.
It also has vitamin B9, which stimulates cellular growth, as well as Shea Butter that strengthens the skin’s natural barrier and gives it intense hydration.
Intensive Whitening Body Lotion with Dual Antioxidant Defense and SPF25
The Gluta-C classic is a deeply moisturizing body lotion that contains both Glutathione and Vitamin C, two powerful antioxidant ingredients that fight free radicals and restore your skin’s healthy radiance with regular application.
This protective, non-greasy skin whitening lotion also has Alpha Arbutin, which helps lighten your skin, and Shea Butter. It’s best applied on moist skin, right after a shower, for best absorption. Apply all over the body, especially on exposed areas like arms, hands, neck, and feet.
Kojic Plus+ Face and Neck Cream with SPF 30
Use a light, non-greasy, yet powerful formulation for your skin and face containing Glutathione, Vitamin C, Kojic Acid, and Azelaoyl Diglycinate that lightens, nourishes, and provides your skin with continuous protection from the sun with SPF 30.
It provides four times the whitening action that you need together with effective acne and oil production control. Get brighter, smoother skin that’s rid of acne irritation and improves in texture over time.
Kojic Plus+ Whitening Body Lotion with SPF 30
Get SPF 30 sun protection and deep moisturization together with four times the whitening power, with Glutathione, Vitamin C, Kojic Acid, and Azelaoyl Diglycinate. These powerful ingredients help brighten the skin, inhibit melanin production, and help control oil production.
With this product, you’ll get all-around sunscreen protection and help reduce the appearance of acne on the body’s oiliest surfaces. It also contains Shea Butter and other natural oils that make skin look smoother and silkier.
Get the Sun Protection You Need
So, do you need sun protection during the rainy season? Yes, you do.
Shield your skin from direct and indirect exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. Apply sunscreen with enough SPF every day before going out to prevent premature wrinkles, sunspots, and other kinds of skin damage.