With the temperatures lowering, your first impulse may be to put on a hat, jacket and gloves, and ditch the SPF. But as any dermatologist will tell redheads (especially those with fair, sensitive skin), protecting skin against UV damage is a year-round commitment. Tiny bits of sun exposure (the kind experienced on a simple walk to the car, subway or grocery store) has a cumulative effect that results in aging and potentially — skin cancer. And research suggests that sunscreen may be just as important for redheads (and everyone else) who work inside most of the day. Yes, you can get sunburnt indoors.
This is why wearing SPF is a must for redheads year-round, even in the blistering cold winter months. Your summer SPF products will work just fine, but if you’re looking to switch things up for the season, check out these SPF and sun protection products we love for redheads this winter:
1. EltaMD UV Luminous Tinted SPF 41 Tinted Mineral Face Sunscreen
A tinted SPF is perfect for a winter day outside. It will give you a nice glow and even your skin out while also adding sun protection and hydration.
EltaMD UV Luminous Tinted SPF 41 Tinted Mineral Face Sunscreen
2. Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Face Serum with Broad Spectrum SPF 60+
If you want to skip the tinted products, opt for this traditional broad-spectrum SPF instead. It’s hydrating and layers well with makeup or can be worn alone.
Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Face Serum with Broad Spectrum SPF 60+
3. Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25
Dry, cracked lips are one of the worst parts of winter, so keep yours hydrated and protected from the sun with this SPF lip balm.
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25
4. innisfree Daily UV SPF Sunscreen Broad Spectrum
Another great option for daily use facial sunscreen is this option that will leave you with a fresh glow and no white cast.
innisfree Daily UV SPF Sunscreen Broad Spectrum
5. Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Sanibel Everyday Beach Shawl
It’s always good to have an extra layer with you in the winter season, and this UPF shawl is perfect for keeping your skin protected if you forgot to apply SPF or don’t have time to reapply.
Coolibar UPF 50+ Women's Sanibel Everyday Beach Shawl
6. Supergoop! Handscreen SPF 40
Like dry lips, dry hands are something many of us struggle with in the winter. Keep your hands hydrated and nourished while also protecting them from the sun and early signs of aging with this hand-screen.
7. ACTIIV SPF 30 Hair + Scalp Defense Spray
Did you know you can get scalp sunburn? Your scalp is very sensitive and can get sunburn and sun damage very easily. Keep it protected all winter long with this SPF made just for your hair.
ACTIIV SPF 30 Hair + Scalp Defense Spray
READ: 4 Winter Skincare Routine Mistakes Redheads Might be Making
READ: A Redhead’s Ultimate Guide To SPF: Application Tips & Tricks
Rock it like a Redhead!