Do You Still Have to Wear Sunscreen in Gloomy Weather?

By: Amir Karam MD

It’s a common question: do you have to wear sunscreen when the weather is cloudy, rainy, or even snowy? I get this question all the time, and to put it briefly, the answer is YES! Here’s why.

Clouds, rain and snow don’t block UV rays

While you might not see the sun and are even feeling cold, the rays of the sun are still coming through. What this means is that both UV A rays (that trigger the aging process) and UV B rays (that can cause cancer) are impacting your skin. 

This is true in any type of weather, and it’s even true when you’re inside and the sun is coming in through the windows. If you’re not wearing sunscreen, you’re exposing your skin to sun damage. I talk about this on my ig reel, “Sunscreen on a day like this?”

If you’re not used to cloudy weather, you might forget all about sunscreen when the skies aren’t clear. But it pays off to remember…wear your sunscreen!

People who wear sunscreen every day and make it a priority to protect their skin over the years have remarkably supple, youthful-looking skin. But you have to be dedicated to it. 

Why is sun protection so important?

Sun exposure is one of the worst things you can do when it comes to accelerating the aging process on your skin. Sun exposure is just as bad for the skin as smoking is. The damage is significant–sun exposure is responsible for up to 70% of skin aging. 

It’s healthy to have a small amount of sun exposure to get your vitamin D. But the truth is, this necessary vitamin D is actually achieved much faster than most people realize. You only need about 15 minutes of sun exposure, and only a few times a week. And when you’re out in the sun, it’s vital to keep the sun off your face in order to protect your facial skin from the aging process.

Sun exposure causes collagen to break down, resulting in thinner skin, fine lines and wrinkles, darkening pigmentation, larger pores, and a range of other skin problems. 

What is the best sunscreen to use to protect your skin from aging?

It’s a common misconception that any sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above will protect your skin from the rays that cause aging. This is not true.

There are two types of radiation that come from the sun: UVA and UVB. UVA causes skin aging. Think, “A for age.” UVB causes sunburns and can also lead to skin cancer. You will want a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Unfortunately, a lot of sunscreens are chemical based and only protect against UVB rays, the type of sun exposure that can cause cancer. To keep your skin fresh and youthful, you will need a mineral-based sunscreen that protects against both UVB and UVA rays.

Your sunscreen should be broad-spectrum and provide a barrier block against the sun. Be sure it includes ingredients such as zinc and titanium oxide at a level of 6%-9% and above.

Is sun protection all you need to keep your skin fresh, youthful, and luminous?

Sun protection is one of the most important factors in achieving beautiful skin, but it’s not the only one. What you put on your skin matters, and that doesn’t just mean sunscreen. Your skin needs active, potent ingredients applied to its surface consistently, every day, to thrive. These ingredients include retinols, hyaluronic acid serum, vitamin C, niacinamide, growth factors, and a range of others.

Whatever skincare products you use, be sure they include these ingredients. But also, you need to be sure the regimen your skincare products require is simple enough that it’s easy for you to be consistent. All the best ingredients in the world won’t do much at all for your skin unless they are applied every single day, once in the morning and once at night. A lot of skincare routines out there are over complicated and make it difficult to stay consistent. That’s why I created the TRIFECTA–I wanted to make it simple and easy for my patients to achieve beautiful, radiant, youthful-looking skin.


I spent years looking for skincare products that had the vital ingredients skin needs to be healthy, vibrant, and luminous. The selection was overwhelming, even for me as a facial plastic surgeon that knew exactly what to look for. Some products simply didn’t have the right ingredients at all, while others required a complex routine that few people could realistically follow every day. I wanted to provide my patients with a home skincare routine they could follow easily but could be trusted to provide real results. Surgical procedures and in-office skin treatments aren’t enough–the skin can’t be made to look fresh and youthful without skincare products packed with the ingredients the skin requires every morning and night to the face. 

I spent the following years formulating an easy-to-use skincare line, the TRIFECTA. This three product, three step routine is clinically proven to reverse the signs of age and achieve glowing, youthful-looking skin. For vital exfoliation several times a week, I added the gentle but powerful exfoliator POLISH. 

I am proud to offer these groundbreaking products, each packed with the necessary ingredients your skin needs to thrive and simple enough to make your morning and night routine easily consistent.


It’s easy to use these four skincare products to achieve youthful, luminous, and supple skin. Apply each product of the TRIFECTA twice a day, morning and night. Use 1-2 pumps each of RINSE, QUENCH, and ILLUMINATE, spreading them over the skin of your neck, face, and around your eyes. 

  • RINSE is a cleanser designed to refresh, hydrate and soften your skin. This product removes toxins and residues, triggering cell regeneration and helping to prevent UVA damage. RINSE also helps to prepare your skin to better absorb the active ingredients of the other two daily products from KaramMD.
  • QUENCH is a skin-brightening vitamin C serum that prevents collagen breakdown and helps renew the skin. QUENCH reduces hyperpigmentation, diminishes fine lines, brightens dull skin, and minimizes other signs of age. 
  • ILLUMINATE is an anti-aging cream that can be used as an all-in-one, stand-alone product or as the final step in the TRIFECTA. This product boosts collagen production and stimulates skin elasticity while hydrating and freshening the skin at a cellular level. The result is more radiant, youthful-looking skin.
  • POLISH is an exfoliator that removes dead skin cells and other skin buildup to smooth skin texture, improve hydration and softness, plump the skin and regulate the skin’s natural oil production. This product helps achieve clear, radiant skin.

Dr. Amir Karam, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon

Dr. Amir Karam is a world-renowned, extensively trained, and highly skilled facial plastic surgeon and skincare expert. His experience helping his patients look as young as they feel, from surgical procedures to skincare, spans more than two decades.

Dr. Karam is known for his friendly, honest, and down-to-earth approach with his patients. He is a surgeon who truly cares. That’s why he created the KaramMD skincare line. He wanted to find a way to help his patients, who he had helped to take years off of their appearance with his innovative surgical procedures, to achieve the final piece in the anti-aging puzzle–beautiful skin. His dedication to true patient satisfaction led him along the journey of developing his own skincare line. Now anyone who wants beautiful skin can achieve it with the simple-to-use, yet clinically proven, groundbreakingly effective products, the TRIFECTA + POLISH.


  • KaramMD Customer Support Team

    Hi Joyce,

    Yes! You can absolutely use an additional moisturizer if your skin needs a little something extra and we highly encourage you to wear sunscreen every day!

  • Joyce Richter

    Is it ok to use a moisture cream as well as sunscreen with the trifecta products

  • KaramMD Customer Support Team

    Hi Petrina,

    We recommend the EltaMD Physical Sunscreen that we carry in our online store!

  • Petrina Sullivan

    What is the best Matte physical sunscreen

  • Susanne Melching

    Ich bin sehr zufrieden mit dieser Serie . Werde sie mir wieder bestellen.

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