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Saturday, 21 January 2012 11:50

Do I need to apply sunscreen in winter months?

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Do I need to apply sunscreen in winter months?

Yes, sunscreen protects our skin from harmful ultraviolet rays of sun. Though the UV radiation in winter is not as intense as in the summer, constant exposure to them can harm your skin. There is no safe time of year; you need to apply the sunscreen, as long you are exposed to sun rays throughout the year.
Winter is time for skiing, snowboarding or sledding to burn calories, ice skating or playing in the snow. However, all this winter activity calls for extra sun protection. The indirect or reflected rays from snow, sand, water or building add to the amount of UV exposure and can harm our skin. 

As a general rule, to have effective protection, the sunscreen should be applied about a half hour before going outside so as to allow the sunscreen to soak in.
Water and perspiration wash off sunscreen, therefore, it is advisable to reapply frequently , when you are staying outdoors for prolonged period and especially after swimming, bathing, perspiring heavily or drying off with a towel or handkerchief. Even, water and perspiration – resistant sunscreen would not be able to protect for indefinitely suggest the dermatologist.

ref:
http://www.mdanderson.org/publications/focused-on-health/issues/2009-december/sunscreen-365.html
http://www.medicinenet.com/sun_protection_and_sunscreens/page3.htm#ashouldeveryone

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  • Comment Link wills Friday, 27 January 2012 21:47 posted by wills

    I agree Rita. I think the biggest problem is people don't know what to look for or where to find it. Many times they are on vacation and running into one of those beachside stores with all the wrong products. Because of so much hype, some people now think they have to have all that chemical stuff on every time they walk out the door. And, here in Ohio, we see the sun very few days of the year! (Yuk!) By the way, where do you purchase COTZ? I've never heard of it but would love to pass on the information to others.

  • Comment Link Rita Monday, 23 January 2012 14:57 posted by Rita

    if you pick a sunscreen containing only zinc and titanium (like COTZ) your exposure to chemicals like PABA is nil and it reduces your UV exposure. You can still walk out for the few minutes it takes for the skin to make vitamin D. My Dad died of melanoma, so I have reason to be extra careful.

  • Comment Link Bob Monday, 23 January 2012 10:35 posted by Bob

    I think a lot depends on the individual and the location. I walk about every day all through the summer for approximately 30-45 minutes and never use sunscreen (at the beach in Florida, I use a SPF 15 for walking). It is important to get Vitamin D, when we can, from the sun and sunscreen blocks this. And, remember, the higher the number on a sunscreen, the more chemicals/toxins are in it.

  • Comment Link Mari Sunday, 22 January 2012 17:15 posted by Mari

    I respectfully disagree. While I cannot hunt down all the different research pieces that show cancer incidence increasing with use of commercial sunscreens, I will cite an article that anyone can look up quickly. There's much more, including one done by the U.S. Navy (as they are both out of the sun quite a bit, and in it) What DOES protect the skin is EATING your sunscreen, in the form of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, or supplementing with whole food vitamins, such as Juice Plus+, which I am very proud to be affiliated with. Here is the article: http://www.aolnews.com/2010/05/24/study-many-sunscreens-may-be-accelerating-cancer/

  • Comment Link Diana Sunday, 22 January 2012 09:30 posted by Diana

    Beening a red head is there any sun screen more than a 30+

  • Comment Link Rita Sunday, 22 January 2012 09:26 posted by Rita

    Thanks for posting this advice. I totally agree! I wanted to add that in strong winter sunlight, small brim and baseball type hats only shield part of the face and do not protect the neck. A hat with a wide brim not only keeps your head warm but shields the face. In winter, wearing scarves (or turning up you coat collar) can protect the neck.

    But summer is another story. So I want to include this warning: I played tennis with a visor for years and even though I religiously applied sunscreen and even wore sunprotective clothing, I developed a condition on my neck called poikiloderma -- in effect a permanent sunburn. This can also occur as a dermal reaction to UV when taking certain medications. I now turn the collars up on my shirts made of special UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) rated cloth. I always include this information when I discuss UV protection in my wellness/health sessions and talks.

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