06 Feb Winter Skin Protection
Hopefully, you’ve established a solid routine in the spring and summer of sunscreen and protective layers. However, Spectrum Dermatology regularly sees clients in the winter who think they don’t need SPF when it’s cold and cloudy. The risk of sun damage is higher in the summer months, but sun damage and skin cancer are accumulated. Years spent with unprotected skin in the wintertime can lead to prematurely aged skin at best and skin cancer at worse.
The good news is that it’s easier in the winter to protect your skin. If you live in a cold region, you naturally wear layers. Clothes are often more effective at blocking UV rays than sunscreen because you don’t need to remember to reapply anything. Take advantage of scarves and gloves because they’re great at protecting the neck and backs of the hands, two areas where the skin is thin and delicate.
However, don’t forget to wear sunscreen any time you’re exposed to UV rays. It also needs to be reapplied every 90 minutes. Those who wear makeup can help themselves out by choosing a foundation or bronzer with an SPF of at least 15. However, the quality of makeup with SPFs can vary. It’s best to choose a daily moisturizer with an SPF recommended by a dermatologist for your unique skin needs and goals.
Just because you don’t get a sunburn in the winter months doesn’t mean your skin isn’t battling harmful UV rays on a regular basis. Anyone who’s been burned while snowboarding or skiing is well aware that it’s not just heat that equates to sun damage. It can take years for sun damage to fully become visible, and by the time it does show up it can be difficult to undo.
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Fortunately, there are a number of procedures available such as laser skin resurfacing, which can reverse a large amount of sun damage. Still, prevention is best. For more information on safeguarding your skin in the winter months, contact Spectrum Dermatology.