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Myth buster: I only need sunscreen in the summer months.

Updated: Jan 3, 2022

Oh my goodness, this one confuses a lot of people, but it couldn’t be further from the truth!!

We need our sunscreen 365 days of the year, hands down, so make sure it features in YOUR daily skin care routine, ALL year long, and here’s why:

1) UV rays can penetrate and cause damage, no matter how thick the clouds are!

Samer Jaber, MD, of Washington Square Dermatology in New York City explains that there are two types of UV rays that affect us, one of which is absolutely still very dangerous during winter. “UVA is always present and can penetrate clouds, glass, and deeper into the skin. (Up to 80% even in winter.)

UVA damages deeper skin layers, resulting in premature aging and increased risk of skin cancer,” Dr. Jaber says. “UVB rays, on the other hand, vary in intensity and season. UVB rays are greater on sunny days during the summer. They damage the more superficial layers of the skin, resulting in sunburns and skin cancer,” he says. The takeaway: UVA rays are potent year-round, therefore your skin needs year-round protection. 

2)Sunscreen is a remarkable anti-aging tool.

Harsh winter weather is incredibly drying and tough on the skin’s condition. Fortunately, sunscreen has proven anti-aging properties. “UV rays damage collagen and elastin in your skin, resulting in acceleration of fine lines and wrinkles,” says Dr. Jaber. “There have been numerous studies that have shown that regular use of sunscreen has anti-aging effects, but the best was an Australian study published in 2013,” says Dr. Jaber. “Researchers compared skin aging in 900 men and women from Australia over a four-year period. They found that those that used sunscreen daily, had no detectable increase in skin aging! 

INSTEAD, they had 24 percent LESS aging than those that did not wear sunscreen. Enquire about our number of incredible  suntan lotions we have in stock.

3)Winter can still lead to skin cancer.

In the same way, smoking cigarettes can cause lung cancer at any time of year, so too does the sun cause skin cancer at any time. Cancer does not take a break when it’s cold, cloudy, and gray, and this doesn’t mean the risk is over. Just because the sun isn’t at the forefront of your mind during winter, doesn’t mean it’s actually any further away. During winter, you’re still at risk of getting skin cancer therefore it is very important for everyone to wear sunscreen daily. Ultraviolet radiation (UV) results in free radical formation, DNA damage, and DNA mutations. Repeat DNA damage can result in skin cancer, and 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with UV exposure from the sun.”

MORAL OF THE STORY; Sunscreen is ALWAYS needed! Inside, outside, and to reapplied every TWO hours 👌

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