Should You Wear Sunscreen During Winter?

Okay, so you religiously slather on sunscreen during the summer. But should you also do the same come winter time? Here at our Mentor skin care practice, sunscreen use is encouraged the whole year round!

The UV Rays Are Always Out There to Get You!

Regardless of you being bundled with a heavy coat, gloves, and scarf, the sun’s ultraviolet rays are still present. All the more reason not to let your guard down when it comes to applying sunscreen.

During winter, snow has the ability to reflect up to 80 percent of the ultraviolet rays, putting enthusiasts of snowboarding, skiing, and other winter outdoor activities at risk for exposure of high levels. A study even found out that skiers situated at an altitude or rough 2km were more exposed to ultraviolet radiation 20 to 30 percent more than those who ski at lower altitude. Furthermore, another study figured out that athletes (particularly those who are involved in alpine sports!) seem to be unaware of the risks associated with chronic sun exposure.

Quick Guide to Sunscreen Use

Below are sunscreen application techniques you can apply not just during winter but the whole year round:

  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoor. Reapply throughout the day as each application could roughly last for 2 hours.
  • As a rule of thumb, choose sunscreen with SPF 30 for body application and SPF 15 for your lips.
  • Pay special attention to areas that are frequently exposed to UV radiation such as your face, ears, arms, and legs.

Mentor Esthetic Services for that Youthful Glow!

Apart from protecting your skin from sunscreen use, consider visiting our center for skin care advice! At Northcoast Laser Cosmetics, we care about you and how your skin looks and feels. We have licensed estheticians on staff that will customize the perfect skin care regimen for your skin type. We also offer a wide variety of no downtime esthetic procedures that coordinate with your daily skin care routine.

The combination of our customized skin care products and in office treatments will allow us to reverse the signs of aging and bring out a more confident you! Call us at 440.639.3223 or by filling out this contact form!