❄ Is wearing sunscreen necessary during the winter?
The sun’s harmful rays are just as strong and damaging despite what your thermometer says — particularly the UVA rays which are responsible for aging skin. UVA radiation reaches deeper into the skin and contributes to wrinkles and skin cancer risk. – Nearly all (95%) of the UV radiation that we are exposed to is UVA!
Do you love spending time on the snow skiing, snowboarding, and so on? Well…Reflection of radiation from snow requires aggressive sunscreen protection, maybe even more than summertime! Almost 80% of UV radiation is reflected from snow while only 25 percent from sand.
So in short…the answer is YES!
Freckles, age spots, spider veins on the face, rough and leathery skin, fine wrinkles that disappear when stretched, loose skin, a blotchy complexion, and actinic keratoses (thick wart-like, rough, reddish patches of skin) can all be traced to sun exposure. The sun also attacks the skin’s elastin, weakening the skin from springing back, and causing wrinkled and leathery skin.