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Why is It Important to Wear Sunscreen in Winter?

Everyone knows that they need to wear sunscreen in the summer time however, not many people may be aware that it is just as important to wear sunscreen in colder winter times, as it is on any hot summer day. Although the days are much cooler and shorter in the winter, we are still exposed to dangerous UV-rays from the Sun. These UV-rays have various negative long-term impacts on our skin, making it look more dry, older and uneven.


Regardless of the season, harmful UV-rays break down skin’s barrier and slow down cell regeneration which results in an accelerated rate of the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and discoloration of the skin. All of those factors lead to skin looking older than it actually is, a process called premature aging.


There are many various ways to prevent the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and older looking skin from consistent moisturization of the skin to the use of Botox. One of the easiest and most affordable ways to prevent skin exposure to dangerous UV-rays is by using sunscreen whenever you leave your house. Using sunscreen will create a protective barrier that protects the skin and prevents UV-rays from penetrating the skin cells, destroying their structure.


Even in colder winter times, when our skin is less exposed to strong sun rays, we still need to make sure that we are providing our skin with the needed protection and keeping it healthy and moisturized in order to have that youthful and glowing look for years to come.


References


“Why You Still Need Sunscreen in the Winter and Which Type Is Best. Why You Still Need Sunscreen in the Winter and Which Type Is Best: Manhattan Dermatology: General, Surgical, Cosmetic Dermatology, https://www.dermatologistnewyork.org/blog/why-you-still-need-sunscreen-in-the-winter-and-which-type-is-best#:~:text=Do%20I%20really%20need%20to,in%20a%20condition%20called%20photoaging.



By Alina Myakota

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