Reasons why use of sunscreen should not be sidelined in winters
- Most of think we don’t need to use sunscreen in winters
- However, you skin needs protection from sun in colder weather too.
- UVA radiation is as harmful in winters as it is in summer.
Almost all of us tend to ease up on wearing sunscreen as soon as the weather turns cooler. It only seems fair as during winter sun is nowhere to be found, moreover we spend most of our time indoors whether at home or at office. But, you will be surprised to know you need sun protection even during the winter.
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The temperature may drop during cold weather but that does not change anything about sun’s harmful rays. UVA radiations are as harmful in winters as they are in summer. No need to mention that when you are exposed to sun, these rays reach deeper into the skin and contribute to wrinkles while prolonged exposure can increase the risk of cancer. Therefore, use of sunscreen should not be limited to summer alone. If you are still not convinced, below are some reasons that might change your mind.
- Contrary to popular belief, Earth is actually closer to the sun during winter season.
- The ozone layer is at its thinnest, according to the National Science Polar Programs UV monitoring network.
- Chilling temperature and harsh wind can damage your skin, leaving it dry.
Benefits of sunscreen
Prevents premature ageing
Who does not want to have a younger looking, radiant, and healthy skin? Everyone does! But how many of us really take good care of our skin? So, if you really want to prevent your skin to develop signs of ageing such as wrinkles and fine lines, you should start using an effective sunscreen. Summers or no summers, always wear a good sunscreen.
Lowers blotchiness on face
Did you know applying sunscreen can also help you prevent the onset of that irritating blotchiness and eruptions of red veins on your face? Yes, it can, besides, it also prevents the onset of acne and other sun rays induced damages.
Enhances health of the skin
You can protect your skin proteins, such as collagen, keratin, and elastin by using sunscreen. These proteins are required to keep skin smooth and healthy.
Taking care of your skin and eyes
Apply sunscreen an all exposed areas such as your face, hands, nose and ears before you step outside.
It’s not just your skin that you need to protect; your eyes need protection from UV radiation as well. A good pair of sunglasses should deliver UVA and UVB protection when you are on the go.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Nov 30, 2016
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