When the weather turns cool and brisk, it's easy to relegate our sunscreen bottles to the back of an unseen bathroom cupboard to wait for summer. After all, it just seems weird to apply sunscreen when the mornings are dark, the sky is overcast, and the sun seems to be taking a sabbatical. But sunscreen in still important during the fall and winter months.
According to a 2006 press release by Ohio State University Medical Center, "only 2 percent of Americans wear sunscreen in the winter," despite the fact that many dermotoligists and researchers recommend wearing a moisturizer with an SPF of 30 or higher every day of the year on any exposed skin.
If you don't like the ooey, gooey nature of many creams and lotions on the market, you might be interested in hearing about Desert Essence's SPF 30 Sunscreen Towelettes. Essentially, these little "towelettes" are like baby wipes with sunscreen in them. You pull one out of the container, wipe your face/skin, and - ta da! - you're done. The towelettes feels refreshing on the skin - a bit like an astringent might feel (tingly and tight) and are not oily or creamy. The towelettes are not devoid of the typical "sunscreen smell," but it's not overpowering either. The biggest benefit of these little wipes is the ease of application - no tell-tale white circles or streaks to smooth in. The downside is the price - a container with 25 individual towelettes costs $12.99 (that works out to about 52 cents a wipe!). I guess convenience does come at a price...
You can find Desert Essence Sunscreen Towelettes at a variety of health food stores.
YOUR TURN: Do you wear sunscreen in the fall/winter? What is your favorite brand and why?
WIN IT! One winner will receive a container of Desert Essence SPF 30 Sunscreen Towelettes ($12.99). To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to Wednesday, October 22 at midnight (don’t forget to follow the rules). * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
*UPDATE* The winner is #68 Caryn Bailey. Congratulations!