It may be cold and without a dash of sun outside, and most people won’t even think for a second about putting on sunscreen. But should they?
The fact is, even though there is no direct sunlight during colder days, you need sunscreen in order to protect you from harmful UVA and UVB rays that are also present in Autumn and Winter.
Sun lotion should always be used between 11AM and 3PM, when the sun is at its highest. Even if your just stepping outside to a store – ten minutes spent outside may produce a little damage, but all these little exposures combined and it adds up over a lifetime.
Even if there’s little or no sunlight and there are clouds all over the skies, it is recommended to wear sun screen since clouds don’t absorb UV rays very well, and neither does rain.
In the winter and during colder months, due to less UV radiation skin produces less melanin and consequently becomes less tanned and more sensitive to UV rays when it’s sunny outside. This is especially true when we’re talking about skiing holidays up in the mountains, as snow and ice reflect UV radiation and can increase their intesity up to 80 percent.
Apply sunscreen on all exposed areas, such as face, hands, nose and even ears. You can even consider using a lip balm with UVA/UVB protection.
So, to sum it all up – Yes, sun protection in the winter is more than a necessity. UV rays can be harmful when you least expect them, so have these facts in mind next time you’re going out without sunscreen during cold weather.