6 Scary Facts About Skin Damage in Winter (PHOTOS)

6 Scary Facts About Skin Damage in Winter (PHOTOS)

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Sunscreen: It's not just for summer! Just because the sun's rays might not feel as powerful as they do during the warmer months, that doesn't mean they aren't just as strong and just as capable of doing some serious damage.

Check out our roundup of reasons you'll still want to apply (and reapply!) that sunscreen this season and then tell us: Do you use sunscreen all year round? 

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  • Your Skin Doesn't Know What Season It Is


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    Boston-based dermatologist Dr. Thomas Rohrer recommends making sunscreen part of your daily skincare routine, regardless of the season. Your skin doesn't know if it's summer or winter and if you're headed outdoors, you're at risk for wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancer.

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  • Earth Is Closer to the Sun During Winter


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    In the Northern Hemisphere, the Earth is actually closest to the sun during winter. So just because it might not feel too hot out there, the sun can still do some serious damage! Who knew? 

  • The Ozone Layer Is Thinnest in Winter


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    The ozone layer, which protects us from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays, is thinnest during the winter, according to the National Science Foundation. So just like you can get a sunburn through clouds, you can also suffer one during the winter months due to this thinner protective layer.

  • Snow & Ice Carry UV Warnings


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    According to the Environmental Protection Agency, snow and ice can reflect up to 80 percent of the sun's UV rays, which means you definitely want to protect your skin, though it might be cold winter day.

  • You're a Winter Athlete


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    If you're a skier or snowboarder, you might already know that the higher the slopes, the more exposure to the sun you're getting. 

    At an altitude of 9,000 to 10,000 feet, UV radiation may be 35 to 45 percent more intense than at sea level, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. So apply that sunscreen before hitting the slopes!

  • Makeup With Sunscreen Isn't Enough


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    Dermatologists agree that just because your makeup might contain SPF protection, that's not enough. Doctors and skincare specialists recommend a minimum of SPF 30 to really be safe. 


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