The holidays are over and the sun is no where to be found. So do you really need to wear sunscreen? The answer is yes! Below are 6 reasons to lotion up even when there is snow on your driveway:
1. The Earth is closest to the sun in the winter and farthest in the summer. The earths elliptical orbit has nothing to do with seasons.
2. Snow and ice reflects the sun rays causing UV damage. The snow can reflect up to 80 percent of UV rays which can cause wrinkles and skin cancer according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
3. According to the National Science Foundation Polar Programs UV monitoring network, the ozone layer is at its thinnest in the winter. The ozone absorbs harmful UVB rays before they reach the ground.
4. Windburn and sunburn are not a great combination! Freezing temps and harsh wind leave your skin dry and susceptible to UV rays.
5. It’s no secret that regular use of sun protection not only exponentially decreases your risk for skin cancer, but will also keep your skin smoother, healthier and younger-looking over time
Bottom Line – UV rays can cause hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and skin cancer! The myth that you should not wear sun screen in the winter has definitely been busted. Do you use sunscreen in the winter? Why or why not? Comment below.