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3 Reasons to Wear Sun Protection in Winter

People often associate sunscreen with summer and warm weather. You may not feel the need to wear sun protection as much during the winter, but it should still be a constant part of your skincare routine, to reduce health risks in the long term. Wearing appropriate sun protection when going outdoors during the cold season makes a positive difference for your health, and your skin will look and feel better as a result.

#1 Protects You from UV Rays

Ultraviolet (UV) rays come in two types: UVAs damage deeper skin layers and can cause premature aging and increase medical risks. UVBs target the surface layers of the skin and cause sunburn. UVs are still present during the winter, and the sun is closer to the earth during this time of the year. No matter how cloudy winter days can be, UVs can still hit you, and wearing sunscreen every time you go outside helps to protect your skin from them.

If you enjoy winter sports and mountain trips, UVs can be even stronger because UV radiation levels increase with altitude. If you go snowboarding or skiing, you will want to wear sunscreen with a higher SPF index of 30 or 50.

#2 Reduces the Risk of Skin Cancer

One of the primary reasons dermatologists recommend wearing sunscreen all year long is to reduce the risk of skin cancer. The UV rays linked with skin cancer are still strong during the colder season and using an SPF of 15 or above on all exposed skin during the winter can significantly reduce your potential of developing skin cancer.

Not only are UV rays still present during the winter, but the effects of sun exposure are also cumulative, which means sun exposure at any time during the year can affect your health risks. This is why you should be cautious and continue to include sunscreen in your skincare regimen in wintertime.

#3 Keeps Your Skin Hydrated

Sunscreen is a powerful tool to keep your skin smooth and youthful. During winter, the cold outdoor temperatures and the heating indoors can cause your skin to dry out more than usual. Sun protection helps to keep your skin hydrated and prevent cracks and tears. While moisturizing should be part of your skincare regimen with other products as well, sunscreen helps hydrate your skin, especially if it’s generally sensitive.

UV rays can decrease the collagen in your skin, which can cause premature aging. When collagen diminishes, the skin may sag, and wrinkles may form. Wearing broad-spectrum sun protection regularly helps to minimize and slow down the aging process.

Advanced Dermatology Center can help you reach your skincare goals with their individualized treatment options. Call us today at (818) 284-4003 or use our online form to schedule an appointment.