It May Be Winter, But Keep That Sunscreen Handy

From Drugs.com - February 10, 2018

It May Be Winter, But Keep That Sunscreen Handy

SATURDAY, Feb. 10, 2018 -- Just because it's not summer does not mean you are safe from sun-related skin damage.

"The highest level of concern is usually during the summer months, but sun damage can occur year-round, even on cloudy or rainy days," said dermatologist Dr. Sarah Taylor, an assistant professor at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

"In fact, many people do not realize that you also get sun exposure through windows at the office, at home or in cars," she said in a hospital news release.

That's why "dermatologists recommend that everyone wear broad-spectrum sunscreen every day, all year," Taylor said.

To best protect your skin from the sun, she suggests:

New powder sunscreens make it easy to reapply during the day, according to Taylor. If your office or workplace has a lot of sunlight, try to reapply every two hours.

Many people believe that using more than one product that contains sunscreen -- like moisturizers and makeup -- doubles the protection. But that's not the case, she said. In fact, some sunscreen ingredients can deactivate others.


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