Why You Should Wear Sunscreen in Winter
We relish time in the sun, especially in winter. But unfortunately sun exposure is just about the worst thing for your skin.
Windburn and sunburn are one dynamic (and evil) duo. At least sunburns are preventable!
While chilly temps and harsh biting wind chills can be unpredictable and leave skin dry, agitated, cracked or painfully chapped, sunburns can also be just as damaging, leaving the skin hot, red, peeling, flaky or dehydrated. The key is that sunburns are completely preventable.
More than 90 percent of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure.
There’s a thinner ozone layer, which means even though it feels colder outside there's actually more of the sun's harmful rays hitting the earth's surface, and the skin.
Snow and ice might as well come with UV sunburn warnings.
It’s as easy to get sunburned in winter as it is in summer. Did you know, the sun reflects up to 80 percent of UV rays off ice and snow, even more than sand? It not only causes skin cancer, but also contributes to about 90 percent of all wrinkles.
The higher the slopes, the higher the sun exposure.
Traveling to higher altitudes means exposure to UV rays and sun-induced skin damage. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, UV radiation exposure increases almost 5 percent with every 1,000 feet above sea level.
Sun UV ray damage is more intense in children than older people.
UV damage causes inflammation to skin tissue and cell dehydration and compromises the immune system. It’s no exaggeration that much of the premature skin aging and skin cancers experienced in later life are set in motion during the early years.
Lips aren’t able to produce melanin, so they can’t protect themselves from the sun.
Strong UV radiation from the sun can make lips chapped and trigger cold sore infections.
That’s why wearing sunscreen is vital to keeping skin healthy, glowing and chapped-free, all winter long. Besides, who wants to suffer from a winter sunburn? Before going outside next, read up and lotion up on these essential sunscreen tips for winter:
• Generally on a daily basis or before going outside, apply an SPF 15-30 to any exposed areas.
• Up the SPF to 30 or 45 in higher elevations.
• Use a moisturizing sunscreen with ingredients like lanolin or glycerin for sensitive skin.
• Be sure to cover often-missed spots: the lips, ears, around the eyes, and on the neck, the underside of chin, scalp and hands.
• Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day, if skin is sensitive or acne-prone.
• Care for the lips by applying a lip balm with a high sun protection.
• After bathing, apply a rich caring cream. It not only replenishes moisture, but also prevents dehydration.
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