Is Sunscreen Necessary in the Fall/Winter?
By: Melissa Stein and Angie Lund
I recently had a conversation with a guest in regards to sunscreen in the fall/winter and they asked me “Is sunscreen really a necessity when it gets cold?”
The answer to the question is a resounding YES! Sunscreen is important every day of the year. This is why.
Even when it is cold we are still exposed to UVA radiation which is believed to be the #1 cause of skin cancer and premature aging. Even on cloudy days 80% of UV radiation still gets through. It is those cumulative small daily doses that can add up to some serious damage over time.
For those of us who live at higher elevations, UV radiation increases by 4% for every 1,000 feet and is more damaging. So if you are venturing out skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, or just walking the dog this winter be sure to protect yourself as reflection off the snow can equal up to 80% of direct UV radiation exposure.
Being exposed to UV radiation without sunscreen for up to 10 minutes a day is all that is necessary to help your body produce vitamin D, which is essential and will absolutely effect energy & mood among many other health benefits. But outside of that protection is a must.
Wearing Hats with UV protection, Sunglasses to protect your eyes, sun blocking clothes and a broad spectrum sunscreen on face and hands (or anything that is exposed) is still necessary in the cool weather to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun.