Do April Showers Bring Great Skin?

Renée Rouleau is a celebrity esthetician based in Dallas, Texas.

Renée Rouleau

The spring months are upon us, which means a lot of damp, rainy days. Since there is less exposure to the direct sun due to spending more time indoors or under an umbrella, does that mean you will look younger and have fewer wrinkles in a rainy climate?

I have family in Seattle and have traveled to London, so I have had the opportunity to observe skin under these conditions. Based on my observations - the answer is no, people do not have fewer wrinkles in rainier climates! The reason for this is simply that the sun does not have to be shining in order to get skin damage.

There are two types of rays: UVA rays and UVB rays. UVB rays are the skin-tanning and skin-burning rays that increase melanin in the skin and give your skin color. The UVA rays are the aging rays that cause premature lines and wrinkles, as well as skin cancer. In the case of living in a rainier climate, despite perhaps spending more time indoors, UVA rays from daylight can still penetrate through windows in your car, home, or office. So when it is raining, you are exposed to these damaging rays. Even under an umbrella on a rainy day, there is still daylight that reflects on the skin!

The simplest way to tell if you are exposed to damaging UV rays: Wave your hand an inch above your arm, and if you can see a shadow, you are getting the UVA rays that cause your skin to age. I've always said that sunscreen should really be called daylight screen, because daylight is truly the problem, not the sun, and this is certainly the case for those living in a rainier climate.

The truth remains: wearing a sunscreen moisturizer 365 days a year, rain or shine, no matter where you live, is truly the best anti-aging strategy of all.

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