Why You Need To Wear Sunscreen In The Winter

Wearing sunscreen in the winter | Scottsdale Dermatologists Spectrum Dermatology

Why You Need To Wear Sunscreen In The Winter

If there is one thing that winter doesn’t particularly inspire you to do, it’s to wear sunscreen. In fact, it’s probably one of the least most likely thoughts on your mind on any given winter day. Who needs sunscreen when the sun feels so weak and distant? It certainly doesn’t warm you, so why bother.

The sun emits two kinds of ultraviolet rays: UVA and UVB. UVB rays are the ones that give you a nice red sunburn in the summer, but UVA rays have the exact same intensity in winter as in summer. UVA rays do more damage; they penetrate deeper into your skin causing skin aging and skin cancer.

As for cloudy or partly cloudy days in winter, it doesn’t mean you don’t get exposed to UV rays. Actually, up to 80% of UV rays make it through the clouds; that’s why you can end up with a sunburn even on a cloudy day.

Many outdoor winter activities center around skiing or snowboarding. Out and about in the snow all day long, you are increasing your exposure to UV radiation because snow can reflect up to 80 percent of UV rays. The higher in elevation you go, the greater the risk.

Who knew?

And remember when the icy winds are blowing, it’s even worse for your skin. Once your skin gets dry and agitated, UV rays can get to your skin easier. That’s why it’s important to wear your sunscreen whenever you do go out even in winter. And make sure it’s not some old tube of goop; always SPF 15 or higher.

If you should ever find yourself facing surgery for skin cancer, the best treatment available for removing basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (the two most common skin cancers) is something called MOHS surgery. This is the single most effective way of removing these cancers from the skin.

That is why it is so important to know that your dermatologist is a fellowship-trained MOHS surgeon. Why would you trust yourself to anyone but the best? Only someone trained with many of the world’s renowned dermatologists who are considered pioneers in their field of lasers and cosmetic dermatology is to be considered.

Don’t just think those warm, lazy beach days are the ones that will leave your skin sunburned and damaged. Winter can be just as deadly for your skin as the hot summer. To help serve our patients, we have four valley wide dermatology centers with top-notch doctors waiting to serve you. Contact Spectrum Dermatology at 480-948-8400 or book online today.