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The Case for Winter Sunscreen: Why SPF is Important Every Day

Posted on: February 2nd, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Winter Sunscreen

If you’re like me, you wouldn’t dare step out on the beach mid-summer without a hat, sunglasses, and a heavy coating of broad spectrum SPF from head to toe. But it’s easy to overlook sun protection in the winter. Although most of your body may be covered by clothing, it’s no excuse to overlook exposed skin. In fact, the sun can be more intense in the winter than in the summer months.

Reflection off snow and ice can intensify the effect of winter rays, giving you a double dose of cancer and wrinkle causing sun exposure. What’s more, UV radiation increases by around 5% for every 1,000 feet of elevation gain. That means that time on alpine slopes can damage your skin far more than equal time at sea level.

In addition, the ozone layer – our atmosphere’s natural sunscreen barrier – tends to thin out in the winter months, allowing more radiation to penetrate and impact our skin. That makes it all the more important for you to take control of your skin health.

The good news is that there is generally less skin to protect in the winter months – often just the face, neck, and hands are exposed. Because 90% of all skin cancer cases are directly related to sun exposure, your skin health is largely in your hands. By applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen generously on a daily basis, you can protect skin from premature aging and skin cancer.

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