During the long, warm, and frequently cloudless summer days, many coat themselves in sunscreen to protect their skin from the sun's harmful rays. But now, during the short, cold, and cloudy days that makeup the weather for most people's winter months, sunscreen is on the back burner.
A recent USA Today article highlights this very issue.
During the winter months, UVB rays wane, but UVA rays stay consistent year round. According to the article, "UVA rays pose particular dangers to your skin. Though UVA rays are less likely than UVB rays to cause sunburn, UVA rays do contribute to skin cancer."
Experts recommend wearing "broad spectrum" sunscreen everyday, year round. Also, snow plays an indirect part in UV radiation during the winter as it reflects UV rays back up.
Do you wear sunscreen during the winter?
To learn more about the cancer mentioned in the article, please visit our skin cancer information page.