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Winter Sun Protection: Sunscreen During Winter?

  • 1.18.2020

Winter Sun Protection: Sunscreen During Winter?
I moved from South Florida to the mid-Atlantic region when I was 18. That’s old enough to find the prospects of “seasons” repulsive, and young enough to get over it quickly. As I embark on my 7th winter, I realize that I’m still learning what it takes to get through the cold months without complaining every single day.
My most recent cold-weather adaptation is important across the board – no matter how near or far from the equator you might live. I’m talking about winter sun protection.

It may seem a little gloomier outside, but UVA rays in winter still pose a risk to unprotected skin. And if you’re headed up the mountain for a ski trip, your risk of exposure to both UVA and UVB rays only increases. So why aren’t we all reaching for the Coppertone? Below I lay out the three common excuses. But keep in mind that they are just that – excuses. If you’re not into the smell of traditional SPF, try a light daily moisturizer that contains SPF as part of the formula.

Winter Sun Protection: Sunscreen During Winter?

So Why Isn’t UVA Protection On Our Minds During Winter?


1. Sunscreen is buried on the shelves.

We typically associate sunscreen use with summer months, when drug stores erect giant, colorful displays of SPF varieties ranging from “long-lasting” to “incredibly-super-duper-long-lasting, I promise.” Without the in-your-face-marketing, who’s there to remind you? (Hint, hint: it’s me).

2. It’s just not that sunny.

Summertime sun and outdoor activities remind you to slather on the SPF, but winter months are typically cloudier with fewer hours of sunlight. In reality, the majority of the sun’s rays penetrate clouds, meaning you can still get a burn even if there’s no sunshine in sight.

3. “I’m never outside.“

Balderdash! Do you walk to your car in the morning? Catch a bus? Go for a jog? From sunup to sundown, UVA rays are beaming down to Earth. While they are less intense than UVB rays, they are known to cause wrinkles, escalate signs of aging, and contribute to the development of skin cancer. To learn more about how UVA and UVB rays interact with the body, check out resources from the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Where to Buy: Sunscreen, iHerb.com

Winter Sun Protection: Sunscreen During Winter?

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