Did you know that even though winter is here, you should still be wearing sunscreen every day? Many think they don’t need to use it in the colder months because of the lack of sunlight during winter. However, studies have shown that most people are still exposed to UV radiation when snow, ice, and water reflect UV rays onto their skin. The sun’s harmful rays can also penetrate through clouds on some occasions, especially at high altitudes or close to water sources.
The wind is another factor that contributes to the reflection of UV rays. Sunscreens are designed specifically to block UVA and UVB radiation. UVA radiation can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkles and skin cancer. UVB radiation is the main cause of skin cancer. Sunscreen should be applied every day, even in the winter, to any areas that will be exposed to the sun, including your face, ears, neck, hands and arms. Be sure to use a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher.
Wearing sunscreen in the winter is just as important as wearing it in the summer. So don’t forget to put it on before you go outside. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends finding a sunscreen that is right for your skin type and applying it year-round. Although you might need to take extra precautions in the summer, protecting yourself from the sun’s rays should be a priority all year round.