Do I Need To Wear Sunscreen in the Winter?
You need to wear sunscreen every day. While you might not get a great tan in the winter because the sun emits fewer UVB rays, UVA rays are just as strong in January as they are in July. While it’s UVB rays that are responsible for sunburns, UVA rays actually go deeper into your skin. You cannot always see the immediate effects of the long-wave UVA rays, but they still damage and age skin and can cause skin cancer. What makes UVA rays even more harmful is that they can penetrate glass and clouds and are equally present at all hours of the day. In fact, they are shining down anytime there is sunlight, even if the sunlight is hidden by a rainstorm. It might help to think of the two types of rays in this way: the A in UVA is for Aging, and the B in UVB is for “Burning.” You can see why it’s so important to block both types!
Thanks to UVA rays, daily use of sunscreen, no matter what the season, is a must. In order to protect your skin from both types of sunrays, look for a sunscreen that is “broad spectrum” and contains a physical block like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. An SPF of 30 will block about 97 percent of the sun’s rays. Not only is warding off future sun damage a must, studies have shown that over time, sun block can actually lead to more improvement in your skin than many common anti-aging products and treatments! If you are going to choose one skincare product not to live without, make it a good sunscreen.
If you're concerned about your skin's sun damage services like facial peels and fraxel or a skincare line like SkinMedica may help. As always, if you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation in Tampa, please contact us today.