As the temperature drops and snowflakes start falling from the sky, it’s pretty tempting to skimp on your sunscreen, isn’t it? After all, having one less step in your skin care routine will save you time. But think again. UV rays can be every bit as damaging in the winter months, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. And since more than 90 percent of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure, protecting yourself is serious business every day of the year. As a helpful reminder to wear sunscreen this winter, here are three fascinating facts about wintertime sun exposure:
- The snow can give you a sunburn!
Well, almost. It sounds ridiculous, but the snow works well with the sun, reflecting up to 80 percent of its damaging UV light. This means you can actually get hit by the same sunrays twice! So instead of skimping on sunscreen, maybe you should be doubling up on it!
- Location matters.
Winter sports like skiing and snowboarding are notorious for causing unsuspecting enthusiasts nasty sunburns. This is because your exposure to the sun’s UV radiation increases four to five percent with every 1,000 feet you are above sea level. So if you’re skiing at an altitude of 9,000 feet, your exposure to UV radiation may be 35 to 45 percent more intense than usual.
- Nothing stops the sun.
Even on cloudy days, up to 80 percent of the sun’s rays can reach your delicate skin, inflicting damage. The bottom line: The winter sun is every bit as dangerous to your skin as a day at the beach. When spending extended time outdoors this season, protect yourself with vigilant sunscreen application!
Keeping your skin healthy and beautiful every day of the year is our mission at Skin Care Institute. For more information on how to achieve and maintain your best skin, call us at 918.948.9639.