Is it cloudy or cold in your neck of the woods today? This week in our winter skin care series at Alpha Skin Care, we are sharing about the importance of wearing sunscreen year-round. Read on to learn how and why to protect your skin!
5. Don’t forget sunscreen!
When you think of sunscreen, you probably think of grabbing your swimsuit and beach towel to head for the pool. On cold and cloudy days when the beach is out of the picture, you may not even consider sunscreen. But don’t be misled by dropping temperatures or clouds! You absolutely need sunscreen year-round. The sun’s rays are just as strong and damaging in the winter and get even stronger when you include the reflection of UV radiation off of snow!
If you still need convincing, both the World Health Organization and the US. Department of Health and Human Services have identified Ultralight Radiation as a human carcinogen. It is a main cause of skin cancer for more than a million Americans each year. 95% of the UV rays that we are exposed to in our lifetimes are UVA rays. UVA rays penetrate the skin deeply and increase the appearance of skin wrinkles and aging. Sun damage cumulates gradually over time and yields lasting consequences for your skin and health.
So pull out the sunscreen! Alpha Skin Care has great options of moisturizers that include SPF 15 and SPF 30. These should be applied and reapplied daily, even if you don’t plan on being outside or if it’s cloudy. UVA rays can penetrate through clouds and through glass in your car’s windows. If outside, choose the shade, wear broad-brimmed hats and UV-blocking sunglasses.