We don’t always consider that we are soaking up the sun during the winter months, especially since the sun shines less and we spend more time indoors. As a result, we may tend to regress on being consistent with our skin-care routines. However, the sun’s rays are still strong, and there is plenty of reason to wear sunscreen. Applying sunscreen daily, throughout the year, helps to protect your skin and helps prevent premature aging.
5 Reasons You Need Winter Sunscreen
Don’t be fooled by cooler temperatures and shorter days, you still need to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from sun exposure. UVB rays may be weaker in winter months, but the UVA rays that cause wrinkles, premature aging and skin damage, are just as strong. If you spend time outdoors doing winter activities, it is possible your skin is being damaged more in the colder months than it is in the summer. Here are some reasons to consider applying sunscreen before you head out this winter:
- Snow increases your exposure to skin-damaging ultraviolet rays
- Higher mountain elevations mean thinner atmosphere with more exposure
- Windows do not protect from UVB rays
- The Earth is closer to the sun in the winter
- Nature’s sunscreen, ozone, is thinnest during winter months
If you take to the great outdoors in Colorado for winter sports like skiing, skating, or snowshoeing, protecting your skin in the harsh, cold months is imperative for preserving the health and appearance of your skin. Sunscreen does slow your skin’s aging process by blocking the UV rays. These are the culprits that age skin through dark spots and wrinkles and can also initiate skin cancers. Skin damage from UV rays is also heightened due to snow and ice. Snow can reflect up to 80% of the UV rays that reach the ground. In Colorado, as compared to other states, the risk for sun damage also rises due to the increase of UV exposure due to the high altitudes. According to the World Health Organization, UV exposure increases 4 to 5 percent for every 1,000 feet of elevation.
Sunscreen comes in many different formulations to best meet the unique needs of your skin. If you use a thick moisturizer for winter, a simple powder sun block may provide the protection and matte texture you desire. A cream formula can help protect from dry indoor heat. Choosing a sunscreen with added antioxidants will further boost your skin protection from environmental pollutants.
When your everyday skin care practices are not providing the results you desire, give us a call at (719) 434-3075 to learn more about our services and procedures. We can schedule an appointment to discuss your skin-health goals.
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