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It May Be Winter, But Keep That Sunscreen Handy

It May Be Winter, But Keep That Sunscreen Handy

Just because it’s not summer doesn’t mean you’re safe from sun-related skin damage.

“The highest level of concern is usually during the summer months, but sun damage can occur year-round, even on cloudy or rainy days,” said dermatologist Dr. Sarah Taylor, an assistant professor at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

“In fact, many people don’t realize that you also get sun exposure through windows at the office, at home or in cars,” she said in a hospital news release.

That’s why “dermatologists recommend that everyone wear broad-spectrum sunscreen every day, all year,” Taylor said.

To best protect your skin from the sun, she suggests:

  • Using broad-spectrum, physical blocker sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium oxide. They should have a sunscreen protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.
  • Using liquid or powder sunscreen, not sprays.
  • You should overapply sunscreen to all areas of exposed skin. This includes the sides of your face, ears, front and back of your neck, hands and arms.

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Credit: healthday.com

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