Winter Sun Facts + Tips

While we all may remember to wear sun protection during the summer and in warm climates, many of us overlook doing so in the winter months. Winter sun can be just as damaging if not more damaging as summer sun.

FACT:  The higher the altitude, the more intense the sun’s rays. UV radiation exposure increases 4-5% with every 1,000 feet above sea level. At an altitude of 9,000 to 10,000 feet, you’re exposed to 35-45% more ultraviolet radiation than at sea level.

TIP: Use a Broad Spectrum sunscreen with an SPF30 or higher and apply 30 minutes before hitting the slopes. Apply at least a teaspoon of sunscreen to the face liberally and evenly to all exposed skin.  We recommend...

FACT: Snow reflects up to 80-90% of the UV light from the sun, meaning that you are often hit by the same rays twice, increasing the risk for skin damage. Grass in comparison reflects only about 3% of sunlight.

TIP: Carry a travel-sized sunscreen and lip balm with you on the slopes and reapply on the chairlift and reapply every two hours, and immediately after heavy sweating/towel drying.

FACT: More than 90% of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure. 1 in 5 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every year. Additionally, over 80% of premature aging is caused by the sun.

TIP: Use a lip balm with an SPF 15 or higher - lips are very sensitive.

FACT: Even on a cloudy day, up to 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate clouds.  Both snow and strong wind can wear away sunscreen and reduce its effectiveness. Using the recommended amount and reapplication is vital.

TIP: Wear ski masks as well as sunglasses or goggles that protect the eyes, eyelids and the sensitive skin around the eyes -  common sites for skin cancers and sun-induced aging.
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Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and or titanium oxide to reflect dangerous UVA and UVB rays off the skin. These act as a solid barrier between the sun and your delicate skin. Soleil Toujours mineral based sunscreen are also full of powerful antioxidants that nourish and soothe your skin whilst protecting them. Chemical sunscreens are absorbed by the skin and often contain harmful ingredients that irritate the skin and can even enter the body’s blood stream. Organic, natural and mineral based sunscreens effectively help maintain your skin’s health by sitting on the surface of the skin and not disrupting the natural environment of your pores. Soleil Toujours unique Eco Sun Complex, made up of soothing and nourishing ingredients such as Bisabolol, Red Algae and Vitamin C ester and Vitamin E make sure your skin gets some healthy support whilst out in the sun.


The human body is made up of nearly 60 percent water in its adult life. So it comes to no surprise that drinking lots of water is an essential need for all of us. Water also helps the skin fight the normal aging process. If the skin is dehydrated it is more prone to wrinkling. The skin is an organ and all organs are made up of cells that need water to function properly. Water is also very much like a cleaning fluid and pushes out harmful toxins that can build up in the skin and cause outbreaks for spots. It is a common code of practice in life to drink 8 glasses of water as minimum per day.


Heat is wonderful for muscles and relaxing but too much of it can cause your skin to lose its natural oils. A hot shower can strip away all the good qualities of the skin and leave your skin fighting for some moisture. Try incorporating cooler showers into your day not only will this protect you from the stripping away of these oils but it will also revitalise and refresh your mind. Post shower, we always moisturize and rehydrate with our Apres Soleil Exotic Shimmer Oil. Use daily for maximum skin softening benefits.


The skin creates its own oils that help keep skin healthy. A huge problem people have with their skin is that they use strong cleanser that rid the skin of this important oils. A gentle oil based cleanser efficiently cleanses the skin without removing too much of this natural lubricant and moisturiser. This means it is aiding the skin in it is function and not substituting it which causes more serious and long term damage. Watch the space for our….


Exfoliating once or twice a week removes dead skin cells and helps the layers of active skin to breath and benefit more fully from your new regime, which is sure to make your skin irresistible.


After having a warm but not hot shower, your pores open up, this is the perfect time to apply a natural organic moisturizer which will sink into the skin and aid the natural oils lying in the different layers. Soleil Toujours natural, organic, shimmer body oil made with Rosehip Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Pomegranate Seed Oil, and Rosemary Leaf Extract is the perfect addition to your daily routine.

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Sunset Beach Hotel

We've been coming to this chic beach resort   since its opening in 2003.  Located in the un-hamptons between the forks on beautiful Shelter Island, the hotel's well appointed seaside rooms, private beach, and French bistro offer a timeless Côte d'Azure vibe lighted by warm sunshine and harbor breezes during the day, turned up at night when the disco balls, yes balls, come alive. Guaranteed dancing on tables and fierce ping pong competitions all while sipping rosé sangria. Doesn't get better than this.

Make sure you visit Megan at the boutique to load up on Soleil as well as other great brands like Orlebar Brown, Isabelle Marant, Pomandère and Lem Lem.

Sunset Beach Hotel Shelter Island, NY

Take their seaplane where you will also find Soleil onboard


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Reef Safe Sunscreen explained by WiseOceans (a leading marine conservation company)

Coral reefs are found in around 100 countries and are extremely important habitats for a wide variety of creatures. Although they cover less than 0.1% of the world’s surface, they are home to approximately 25% of all marine life on the planet, more than any other marine ecosystem, and are one of the most biodiverse ecosystems across the globe. As well as providing a safe place for juvenile species to grow and thrive, reefs are also important contributors for local economies, offer protection to coastlines from bad weather and absorb a proportion of the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide and heat.

In the last 30 years, half of the coral reefs in the world have been lost due to a combination of threats, such as overfishing, climate change, pollution and outbreaks of predatory species. Unfortunately, it is estimated that at least 10% of reefs are currently under threat. However, there are less evident, more silent threats to reefs. It has recently been discovered that chemicals in sunscreen may be contributing to the rapid destruction of reefs around the world. It has been estimated that between 4,000 and 6,000 metric tonnes of sunscreen gets washed into the oceans every year. Even more is added through waste water drainage.

There are four ingredients commonly found in sunscreen which cause coral bleaching: Oxybenzone, Butylparaben, Octinoxate and 4-methylbenzylidene camphor. Oxybenzone is an endocrine disruptor that can alter the way that organisms grow. With regards to coral, Oxybenzone is toxic to colonies, and can damage DNA, deform cells, disrupt the hormones of coral recruits (young corals), causing them to encase themselves in their own skeletons, and potentially lead to death. Even tiny amounts of oxybenzone (around as much as 1 drop in 6.5 Olympic-sized swimming pools) can affect corals.

Soleil Toujours sunscreen does not contain any of the afore mentioned chemicals. Going for a swim in the ocean after applying this to protect your body from the sun’s rays will not cause adverse effects to the delicate coral reef ecosystem. Soleil Toujours sunscreen can therefore be termed ‘reef safe’.

As ambassadors for the ocean, WiseOceans do their best to always use and promote environmentally-friendly and sustainable products. With outreach and educational work we act as role models to others and help show them the way to a healthy ocean. By using a ‘reef safe’ sunscreen such as Soleil Toujours, we can all reduce our impact on the fragile coral reefs whilst snorkelling and diving. Please check out WiseOceans website to learn more about their movement.


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