Lawrence Jaeger, New York Dermatologist discusses using sunscreen in the winter months to keep your skin healthy and complexion radiant.
Breakout the Sunscreen this Winter
Contrary to popular belief, snow fall and frigid weather are not reasons to skimp on sunscreen during the winter. As it is easy to associate winter with frostbite, most people are not aware that the sun’s ultraviolet, or UV, rays can be just as damaging in the cooler months as the summer. While the temperatures might near freezing, they are not related to the power of the sun’s UV rays.
People often mistakenly pair heat with sunburn. However, it is possible to experience sunburn whenever you step outside, regardless of the temperature. People should be especially careful in the winter as snow reflects up to 85 percent of the sun’s UV light, meaning that they are often hit by the same rays twice, increasing the risk of sun damage. As a result, it is important to take preventative measures to ensure skin health all-year-round.
Winter Skin Care Preventative Measures
Facial sunblock and lip balm of at least SPF 15 should be worn on a daily basis, even in the winter. Like skin, lips are extremely sensitive and vulnerable to UV rays. Too much sun exposure can leave skin and lips cracked, and in some cases, result in skin cancer. The cold weather and strong wind can dry out sunblock, reducing its effectiveness. Therefore, it is important to reapply throughout the day to shield skin from the sun and harsh, winter weather.
To further protect skin from sun damage, you should always wear sunglasses with UV protection and a hat with a wide brim to shade your entire head and neck. No matter the season, be aware of UV levels by checking a UV index scale each morning. If UV levels fall between high and extreme, minimize the amount of time spent in the sun.
Adolescent Skin Care Tips
While remembering to apply sunscreen on yourself, do not forget to treat your child’s skin with the same care. According to Dr. Lawrence Jaeger, Advanced Dermatology Associate of Advanced Dermatology Associates, “…it is it essential to limit sun exposure for your children, and to offer them the best sunblock possible when they are in the sun.” As the majority of a person’s sun exposure occurs during childhood, it is important to get into the routine of applying sunscreen from an early age.
Skin Care All Year. Yearly Check-Ups
Today, skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States.
Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is now one of the most common cancers among adolescents and young adults ages 15-29
As a preventative step, it is encouraged by dermatologists to schedule regular dermatological check-ups. When skin cancer is caught at an early stage, it is much more treatable than at a later one. Fortunately, top dermatologists, such as Dr. Lawrence Jaeger, are well-equipped to make essential diagnoses for one’s overall health. Breakout your sunscreen this Winter.