Why You Should Wear Sunscreen Every Day (Not Just In The Summer)


While your skincare routine may change from season to season (richer oils in the winter, lighter moisturizer in the summer, that sort of thing), one thing that should never change is your use of sunscreen. 

In fact, the rule of thumb is: if you're going outside, slather yourself in sunscreen. Yes, even when its 20F outside.

Yes, even if it’s Christmas. Yes, even if you're just going to take a five-minute walk to Starbucks in hopes of erasing last night's The Office marathon from under your eyes. 

All of us had our carefree tanning in the summer on the beach when we were teens, urged to get crispy red (then beautifully tan...maybe) by the promise of looking healthy and glowy like Serena Van Der Woodsen. And if you haven't yet noticed those hours of baking taking a toll on your skin now, it's only a matter of time. 

Now, if you want to slow down your skin's eventual aging, that is your business. We will never tell you that you have to be young forever (that would be exhausting). But when it comes to sunscreen, it's not only about the appearance of your skin, but it's long-term health as well. 

Ultraviolet rays, which are the cause of sun damage and skin cancer are always present, no matter the weather. They are not blocked by clouds. When it is overcast, only visible rays (not UVB rays) from the sun are blocked. The best way to protect the skin is with sunscreen. 

You might be thinking, "Oh, but sunscreen clogs up my pores! I break out! I hate it!" Don't worry. We tested out every single healthy sunscreen available on the market and found the only brand that collectively makes our skin types (sensitive, oily, dry, combination) happy. 

More on that after some facts. 

When You Wear Sunscreen, Your Skin Aging Process Is Slowed by 24%

The Annals of Internal Medicine found that those who used sunscreen daily decreased the skin’s aging process by 24% when compared to the group that did not. So, if health benefits are less motivating than beauty concerns, we've got you covered. 

1 in 5 Americans Develop Skin Cancer 

Anyone can get skin cancer. Regardless of skin color. Regardless of age. 

Exposure to UV Radiation Increases 4-5% with every 1,000 feet above sea level

This means the higher your elevation, the worse your exposure to harmful UV rays. Skiiers, snowboarders, and hikers beware: slather on at least SPF 20 and reapply every two hours! We also recommend Sport sunscreen! 

Around 80% of the Sun's Rays Can Penetrate Clouds

Yes, even in the winter! 


COOLA Classic Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer

If The Opal Club had one staple skin product, it would be this sunscreen. Lightweight, doesn't clog pores, moisturizes, and protects your skin. Absolutely perfect for daily wear for all skin types! As someone who has sensitive skin, I can attest to it’s magic power of not breaking you out or irritating rosacea. Bonus points for the amazing smell!


COOLA Organic Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Face Serum

If you skip the sunscreen to get that summer glow, you're in luck, because you can do it without all the damage and many added benefits (like anti-aging hydration goodness). This doesn’t have sunscreen in it, so use sunscreen when you go outside anyway! The best thing about this is that it doesn’t go on splotchy or stain anything. It takes several applications to get to the tan you need, which is great honestly because who hasn’t shown up in middle school with orange hands and leopard-tan legs?


COOLA Sunless Tan Dry Body Oil Mist

If you think just tanning your body but putting SPF on your face is good enough...you're wrong. Sunless tan dry oil mist to the rescue! Hello perfectly healthy-looking tan legs without actual sun-damage. So thankful for this one. It helps me look less like a vengeful Victorian ghost in the summer.


COOLA Dawn Patrol Classic Makeup Primer SPF 30

Another easy way to implement sunscreen into your beauty routine that doesn't require too much extra thought. Just swap your regular makeup primer for this non greasy formula that is great for all skin types. Unlike other “sunscreen included” primers or BB creams this isn’t the SPF equivalent of spitting on your hand and slathering your saliva on yourself. (SPF 10? That’s basically if you trusted a whisper to protect you from the sun.


COOLA Rōsilliance Organic BB+ Cream SPF 30

This is sooooo light while also being protective! An excellent BB+ Cream that leaves skin looking flawless without caking up after a few hours. This consistency reminds me of the Cucumber sunscreen, but with a tint to mask the uneven bits of your complexion. The healthy ingredients are a dream, and so are the skin saving and perfecting benefits. Bonus points for making me not look hungover.


  • Stay out of the sun as much as you possibly can between 10 am and 4 pm.

  • Try to wear long sleeves, long pants, and a hat that shades your face, ears, and neck with a brim all around. Even in the summer.

  • Use a sunscreen that says it is broad spectrum or is at least SPF 30.

  • Wear sunglasses that filter UV to protect your eyes and the skin around your eyes.

  • If you are concerned about a low level of vitamin D from not being in the sun, get yourself some Vitamin D supplements!

  • Do not use tanning beds! Do not use sunlamps!