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Sunscreen Still Vital in Winter

Summer is winding down, this means fall is in the air and pumpkin spice everything is on the shelves. It also means that many people will reduce the amount of care they take to avoid the sun. But those sun hats, lotions, and umbrellas should not be put away just yet, or at all. Many people fail to realize that the temperature dropping has nothing to do with a reduction of risk of getting sun burned.

Facts About Winter Sun Risks

  • In areas where the snow coats the ground, the sun can actually reflect off the white surface and burn risks increase. So an important part of snow sports is applying sunscreen and wearing glasses.
  • If the sun is out, it can damage and burn skin so wearing sunscreen year round is recommended. Even in Fall, even in the dead of winter, never go outside without protection from the sun.
  • Just like in summer, if you are going to be outdoors on an extremely sunny day it is best to do so before 10 a.m. or after four p.m. Even if the feeling of the sun on skin is a pleasant warming feeling in winter, it does not mean it is not damaging skin.
  • Earth is actually closest to the sun in winter time. This comes a  surprise to many people but due to the tilt of the planet the seasons are not due to the planets proximity to the sun. It is important to not give into the habit of skipping sun screen on children or adults all year long.

No matter the time of year if there are any unusual moles or marks on the skin it is a good idea to visit a quality skin doctor in Roseville. Sun cancer is not only caused in the summer, symptoms can pop up any time of the year as well. Keeping an eye on any changes to overall health, including the appearance of skin means a better appearance and overall better health. No matter what season do not put health and self care on the back burner. Enjoy summer, fall, winter, and spring knowing the risks fully.

Disclaimer: We are unable to guarantee any result, even though most of our patients do see success. The results of our services will vary greatly to each patient’s level of commitment and compliance with the program.

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