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.
Summer might be over, but sunlight is not going anywhere: the sun will still rise and set, bathing us with natural light and who says daylight says UV. And particularly UV-A.
The time of year, the type of weather (clouds or no clouds), where you live and where you spend your time (indoors or outdoors) impact the amount of sunlight you’re exposed to, and consequently the amount of UV radiation and the potential damages. The closer you move towards the equator, the higher the levels of UV radiation. And those who think that being inside eliminates risks, they are wrong.
For those who think darker skins need sunscreen as much as others to protect against the nasty UV and skin cancer, this is wrong. Darker skins shouldn't use traditional sunscreen, even less daily. Let us explain.
Absolutely not! unless you have a special condition or you’re under specific medical care, your vitamin D intake should come from direct exposure to sunlight, and from your diet. Sunlight is free and sunlight generated vitamin D is the best for your body. Scared of sunburn and skin cancer? Well, this is another story and there’s a way to get the good without the bad.
Sun allergy is quite common. Polymorphous light eruption, or PLE, affects millions of people and comes with a host of irritating symptoms like redness, rashes, pustules, and blisters. There are other sun allergies as well, and these include solar urticaria, drug-induced photosensitivity, acne aestivalis, and others. The best offense against sun damage and sun allergies is a strong defense of prevention.