Anyone else not use sunblock in winter?

(26 Posts)
butterfly133 Thu 18-Jun-15 10:43:16

seems to be a lot of talk about sunblock. It led me to wonder - am I the only person not bothering with it all year round? My mother is Asian - another thread says Asians are obsessed about sunblock - she never has been. Aunties in India not either. They're very big on moisturising but have all aged very well and not used sunblock.

Any others not bother in winter?

Greengardenpixie Thu 18-Jun-15 10:44:59

I dont wears sunblock in the winter but do have a moisturiser with a spf 15 in it.

prepperpig Thu 18-Jun-15 10:47:07

I would imagine that outside of those who are really conscious of their skin care regime the vast majority of people don't use any sun block even in the summer unless they are intending to sunbathe or have it in their moisturiser without really thinking about it.

I have a moisturiser with sun protection in it which I wear all year round.

038THETA Thu 18-Jun-15 10:54:34

I use it year round, dont think the spf in moisturiser is enough to have any effect

legohurtswhenyoustandonit Thu 18-Jun-15 10:57:07

I don't use moisturiser with spf on working days in the winter as I spend very little time in daylight (perhaps ten minutes) so it seems pretty pointless. I am trying to use it every day though from April - October and on winter days when I'll be outside for any length of time. I use sun block from April - October if I'll be outside for long.

legohurtswhenyoustandonit Thu 18-Jun-15 11:00:23

I think it may also depend to some extent on where you live. I am in Scotland and I find I need to use much more sunblock when I go down south.

butterfly133 Thu 18-Jun-15 11:01:59

Oh I actually meant anything with an SPF in it. Do those moisturisers not do much?

I hate winter, so often I'm just outside for the duration of the walk to the station and running errands. For the latter, it's often dark anyway as I prefer to do errands after work if poss.

my skin is very sensitive so I tend to stick with what suits me. I do have a ROC Face Factor 50 for sunny days but tend to apply right before going out in the sun.

Greengardenpixie Thu 18-Jun-15 11:11:41

Well i am from scotland and spend most of my work days indoors so what is the point? Then I go from work to car in about 2 mins and then home! SPF in moisturiser is fine by me.

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Thu 18-Jun-15 11:14:53

I do, as in products with SPF in them, as I use exfoliating acids which make you more sensitive to UV and can cause hyper-pigmentation if you don't use an SPF. In summer I use a high SPF.

Greengardenpixie Thu 18-Jun-15 11:15:20

www.carolinehirons.com/2013/04/spf-cheat-sheet.html

saying that, who the hell is going to re apply sunblock by taking their make up off at work never mind their moisturiser with spf. Absolutely noone. So it will all be ineffective!
As Caroline Hirons says you need to apply a bottle of sunblock for it to be effective!

Greengardenpixie Thu 18-Jun-15 11:16:46

* that is, if you believe everything she says. Seems to be a guru on mumsnet atm..but who actually is she?

Greengardenpixie Thu 18-Jun-15 11:17:34

- or do we believe who she says she is and is not sponsered by anyone..mmm....

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Thu 18-Jun-15 11:19:37

The "Asian" thing is often referring to Japanese & Korean skincare folk, there is a big trend toward skin lightening and keeping your natural skin as light as possible (possibly Western influence or possibly going back years and years, don't geisha's traditionally wear white face make up?).

butterfly133 Thu 18-Jun-15 11:23:27

oh I see...so it's about avoiding tanning full stop rather than avoiding ageing?

I'm skeptical re sunblock in winter, obvs, but I hadn't thought of people using other skincare stuff. I'm not using anything fancy like fruit acids etc so I will probably just carry on as I am! Thanks.

Picachew Thu 18-Jun-15 11:24:31

Greengardenpixie. Have you bothered to read CH's 'about me/legal stuff' page? She makes it quite clear where she stands.

As for the OP, I'm a bit baffled by us lumping all Asians together too! I wear heliocare SPF50 from April to September as I am using an acid toning system but I wouldn't wear it in winter.

Greengardenpixie Thu 18-Jun-15 11:26:49

No not really. Its a page on the internet. She says what she says. She says she is verified bla bla bla...so do a lot of people [ and they are not.]

expatinscotland Thu 18-Jun-15 11:28:40

I never bother at all. I have olive skin and live in a part of Scotland with precious little sunlight. I have a VitD deficiency.

AmelieinOz Thu 18-Jun-15 21:27:56

I agree. They mostly meant Japanese and Korean by Asians.

Kennington Thu 18-Jun-15 22:01:17

Nope but I dont wear it in summer much either. I don't sunbathe much and am outside no more than 1 hour/day Monday to Friday's.
I think it gives a false sense of security. It doesnt block all uv either. Surely better to keep in the shade? Besides a little sun isn't so bad since we need vitamin d. I am inclined to think it is over marketed. I would have thought if you sun bathe too much with or without sun cream you will age prematurely. Or worse.
Zinc oxide is a true block but you have to wear it as thick as the cricketers for it to work.

Branleuse Thu 18-Jun-15 22:08:08

i dont always even moisturise, let alone sunblock, and if i do moisturise, its with oil.

I wear sunscreen on hot sunny days, and whilst I understand it is best practice to wear it every day, it just is too much faff for me.

Bunbaker Thu 18-Jun-15 22:22:26

I live in the north of England where we get very few sunny days in winter. Sunblock is as necessary as a bikini in winter, so, no I don't need sunblock at that time of year. I'm not convinced that anyone needs to wear sunblock between October and March at our latitude.

thenightsky Thu 18-Jun-15 22:25:51

I've had to give up all moisturisers totally. Every single one I've used in the last year has given my awful eczema patches. sad

AdventureBe Thu 18-Jun-15 22:29:40

I have a feeling, based on no scientific evidence at all, that obsessively avoiding the sun and plastering ourselves in sunblock, which contains all sorts of nasties is going to turn out to be just as harmful as too much sun.

As with everything else - all things in moderation.

I wear sunblock when necessary, if I'm going to be outdoors for long periods and the sun's shining. Even then I'd prefer to protect myself with clothing and/or shade if possible. I'm sure no-one needs it in winter when their only exposure to daylight is a dash for a sandwich at lunchtime.

Bunbaker Thu 18-Jun-15 22:35:41

I'm inclined to agree with you AdventureBe. I think this is why so many people have vitamin D deficiency these days.

AdventureBe Thu 18-Jun-15 22:40:22

It actually annoys me that it's difficult to buy a decent moisturiser without sunscreen!

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