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.
The ultraviolet sun ray UVA1 causes skin damage and is responsible for kickstarting the photoaging, or premature aging, process. The University of Michigan Department in Dermatology conducted a study and found that even in low levels, UVA1 ultimately leads to saggy and wrinkled skin. It is yet undetermined whether or not UVA1 exposure is linked to skin cancer. Finally, most sunscreens sold on the market do not protect against UVA1.
Our daily passive exposure to sunlight year-round – even on seemingly sunless and chilly days, combined with the blue light radiations coming from our electronic devices, is where most of our photoaging - the premature aging of our skin due to sunlight and UV radiation - is happening.
With the Labor Day weekend around the corner and the official end of the summer season, most of us are preparing to say their goodbyes to the sun, and promise to see each other again next year in the spring. Good bye sun bathing, warmth, tan and healthy glow... !