Sunscreen is a beach bag staple in the summer months, because it protects your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. However, you shouldn’t pack it up with the rest of your summer gear when the temperatures start to drop.
Many people might think that sunburns, sun damage, and skin cancer are no longer a concern in the fall and winter. But, the truth is that UV rays can be just as damaging, if not more so, during the colder months.
Our skincare specialists at Advanced Laser and Skin Cancer Center in Teaneck, New Jersey, are here to help you keep your skin healthy all year long. Read on to learn why it’s so important to protect your skin and get regular professional skin checks, no matter the season.
Many people associate damaging UV rays with the scorching summer sun. The sun often appears weaker and less intense during the colder months, and this deceptive perception can lead us to believe that there's no need for sun protection.
The truth is that UV rays are present year-round. The strength of UV rays isn’t determined solely by temperature or brightness, and UV levels can still be high in the winter. Even on overcast days, these rays penetrate clouds and reach your skin.
Neglecting sun protection in the fall and winter can still result in sunburn and long-term skin damage, along with an increased risk for skin cancer. Furthermore, snow can reflect and magnify UV rays and increase your exposure. This can be particularly the case if you enjoy winter sports, such as skiing or snowboarding.
Also, UV radiation can contribute to premature skin aging at any time of year. Ultraviolet radiation can lead to wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and more. So, in order to combat UV radiation, it’s important that you wear sunscreen whenever you expose your skin to the sun.
While exposure to UV rays can lead to sunburn and signs of aging, skin cancer is by far the biggest threat to your skin health. Melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer, can develop due to sun exposure.
While shielding your skin from UV rays year-round is essential, the Skin Cancer Foundation also recommends getting annual professional skin exams to detect any signs of skin cancer as early as possible.
At your exam, we look for suspicious moles or skin changes that might be indicative of skin cancer. We can also recommend ways to protect your skin during the winter months that take your lifestyle into account.
Making skin checks part of your annual health routine and protecting your skin from UV rays all year are two great ways to promote healthier, more youthful looking skin. To learn more, call 201-836-9696 or book an appointment online with Advanced Laser and Skin Cancer Center today.