When it’s cold and snowy outside, it’s second nature to wear a scarf, heavy jacket, and snow boots. However, for most people, putting on sunscreen isn’t part of their winter ritual. Even though the sun may not appear to shine as brightly in the winter months, it is still emitting ultraviolet rays, the type of invisible radiation that causes sunburns, premature aging, and skin cancer.
Summer is considered the high season for ultraviolet radiation, but the sun’s UV rays are still quite strong in the winter months. In fact, certain winter-related factors can actually amplify the strength of ultraviolet radiation. For example, snow can reflect up to 80 percent of UV rays, and altitude can increase UV strength by 10 to 12 percent. Even on cloudy days, 80 percent of UV rays can still reach the ground. This means that regardless of the day’s forecast, people should always wear sunscreen anytime their skin will be exposed to the outdoors.
Call 801-266-8841 to schedule an appointment with Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology. Our Salt Lake City dermatology practice specializes in the treatment of diseases and conditions of the skin, hair, and nails.