Many times we think using sunscreen is something to do during the summer, but think again. Just because we are not involved in activities associated with sunny days around water, we do have a tendency to partake in activities around the slopes and snow.
According to experts, snow and sun exposure can greatly increase ultraviolet ray contact. The higher altitude at which we ski, snowboard and hike can greatly increase the risk of too much sun exposure.
Although it may feel like it, this is not the time to tuck away the sunscreen. Instead, it’s a solar defense phase to lay in a new supply because winter changes nothing. Be aware that the very same rays that rain down on us in the summer do so in the winter.
The UVB rays, the rays that burn, can do as much damage in the winter because they reflect off snow and ice and are the origin of painful sunburns. UVA rays can weaken the skin’s collagen and are ever present even on overcast days.
Throughout the year, solar protection is superlative to fight off premature aging brought on by the sun.
Top San Diego board certified plastic surgeons offer wonderful sun care products which include top-of-the-line sunscreens. They can also determine the best type of sunscreen needed to best protect your specific skin type in association with your favorite outdoor winter activity.
For most people, the ideal broad spectrum UVA and UVB level is SPF 30 or more. Even those with sensitive skin or who have acne can be steered to a sunscreen that will work for them.
A plastic surgeon can even make non-operative treatment recommendations to reverse the signs of premature sun damage.
It is important to remember that using sunscreen provides protection against premature aging and even skin cancer. It is recommended that people reapply sunscreen throughout day while having fun in the outdoors.