As the winter months arrive, it is important to continue to be vigilant and sun safe to avoid increasing your risk for developing skin cancer. According to Dawn Dorsey, “When the temperature drops or you haven’t seen the sun in days, don’t think you can put away the sunscreen. Even in the winter and on cloudy days, it’s important to guard your skin against cancer and aging.”
The reason is simple. Harmful UV rays don’t hibernate in the winter months. Just like a cloudy day in summer, UV rays filter through and reach your skin. It is a good reminder to continue to protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays.
Susan Chon, M.D. suggests the following preventative habits:
- Wear sunscreen that’s at least SPF 30, broad spectrum to block both UVA and UVB rays, and water resistant.
- Apply sunscreen liberally to dry skin 30 minutes before going outdoors.
- Pay extra attention to face, ears, hands and arms.
- For sensitive areas, use sunscreen with zinc oxide.
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating
“Enjoy the sun and being outdoors, but be smart,” she says. “A few simple steps can help protect you from skin cancer.”
Read more at : mdanderson.org
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