Winter sun skin damage affects many people as they simply don’t understand UVA radiation. While sunburn-causing UVB rays get most of the headlines, UVA is harmful too. If you don’t protect your skin during the winter, you may experience skin damage that leads to photoaging. No matter the season, even low levels of the sun’s radiation adds up over time and can cause harm to our winter-weakened skin. So always remain sun smart, especially under the winter’s sun.
Have you ever stepped outside in the dead of winter to frigid temps and total cloud cover? Chances are you have. And chances are you thought you were safe from the sun’s harmful rays. And who could blame you? After all, you can’t get skin damage from the sun if the sun is nowhere in sight. . . right? Wrong!
Even Low Levels of UVA Can Spell High Risk
Even in the bone-chilling winter months — when the warm sun is a distant memory — you can experience skin damage that leads to photoaging and potentially skin cancer. You see, ultraviolet B (UVB) rays get the bad rap for causing summer sunburns and high rates of cancer. All the while, UVA seems to get away scot free. But the truth is, UVA rays are just as harmful, and they don’t give a hoot whether it’s spring, summer, fall, or winter. And. . . they’re by far the most prevalent of the ultraviolets — in fact, 95% of the UV radiation that hits the earth comes in the form of UVA.
Now, before you go and curse the cruel world, remember that knowledge is power. Now that you know winter sun skin damage can actually happen, you can prepare for and avoid it.
But what if you only spend 30 minutes of your day outdoors in the winter? Could you be at risk of photoaging? What about 20 minutes? 10 minutes? Surely 10 minutes here and there is no biggie. Well. . . think again. The scientific community has found that even low levels of UVA radiation adds up over time and results in skin damage and photoaging. To make matters worse, the cold winter temps only serve to weaken our skin barrier, making it more susceptible to winter sun skin damage. And if we spend time in the mountains or around snow, we can expect the sun’s UV intensity to double on account of the altitude and reflection.
Stay Sun Smart and Protect Your Skin in the Winter
It’s important to remain sun smart, especially during the winter time when most people drop their guard. The sun’s UVA rays have a sneaky way of finding our skin and making it pay. So be sure to take preventative measures in covering up and protecting your skin, especially during your daily moments of passive exposure to sunlight. Check out our Incidental Sun Smart serum, our new, scientifically formulated, hassle-free, clean skin care solution for you, every day, year-round. Your skin will thank you every day, year-round.