There is a common misconception that sunscreen is reserved for warm temperatures and beach outings. Wearing sunscreen is just as important in the winter as it is during the summer. As the snow starts falling, remember to pack your sunscreen if you are spending time outdoors.
Ice and Snow Intensify the Sun’s Rays. Snow and ice reflect up to 90% of harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays. These rays can cause skin cancer and will eventually cause your skin to wrinkle as you age. Don’t let cloud cover fool you – the sun’s reflection is incredibly powerful! Participating in a winter sport? Wear a strong sunscreen that is around SPF 30 to SPF 50. Don’t forget about your lips! Look for a lip balm with SPF!
The Ozone Layer is Thinner in the Winter. The ozone is a part of the atmosphere that absorbs radiation from the sun. The ozone layer is at its thinnest in winter months, giving you less protection. Even though the temperature is colder, your skin is probably absorbing more of the ultraviolet rays.
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Why Sunscreen Is Just as Important in the Winter. 14 Dec. 2015, www.beaumont.org/health- wellness/blogs/why-sunscreen-is-just-as-important-in- the-winter.