Most Australians are aware of the importance of sun protection. We live in a country with one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, and we are aware that skin protection can quite literally save your life. While you might slather on sunscreen and wear hats during the warmer months, what are you doing to protect yourself during winter? You might not know that even on dull and cold days, the sun still has the potential to cause major damage to your skin. Yes, you can get burnt through the clouds.
Did you know that snow can reflect more of the sun’s UV rays, as opposed to sand? Or that the higher altitude you are in, the stronger the UV rays? Even on overcast days, over 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate through cloud cover. This means that even on a weekend ski break, you could be exposing your body to harmful UV radiation and increasing your risk of sun damage.
In order to keep your skin protected all year round, there are certain tips you can take into consideration during colder and windier months:
- Even if the sun isn’t visible, never go below an SPF 30 when it comes to selecting sun protection products.
- Look for sun protection with moisturising qualities, such as ones containing ingredients like glycerine and lanolin. This will protect you from the sun, and provide a protective barrier against the drying elements.
- Take care to cover the most vulnerable parts of your face, such as your lips, ears and the back of your neck, as well as your scalp and where your hair parts.
- Strong winds can wear away sunscreen faster than usual, so be sure to apply sunscreen more often in windy conditions.
- Items such as hats and scarves provide extra protection against the elements and should be worn whenever possible.
- Much like in summer, if you are planning on doing an outdoor activity, try to schedule it before 11:00 am or after 3:00 pm, and not between the hours when the sun’s rays are at their strongest.
When it comes to sun protection, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. So, feel free to liberally apply your sunscreen of choice whether it’s summer or winter. For more information about what sunscreen is best for you, feel free to contact us today.
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