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Do I Need Sunscreen in Winter?

We talk a lot about skincare and the importance of sunscreen but find that so many of our clients put away the SPF when coats & scarves make their winter debut.  So, we want to discuss the importance of sun protection even during cold weather. It has finally gotten chilly in Tennessee, so we may find ourselves bundled up in layers of clothes while forgetting to protect our face, neck & hands from harmful UV damage.

 

According to New York City dermatologist Dendy Engelman, recent data indicates that pigment cells can be stimulated not only by the sun’s bright UV rays, but even by lower doses of ambient and infrared light, emitted by your computer screen or overhead lamps. “People used to think, ‘What’s the point of wearing sunblock in winter?’ especially in Manhattan, where you never see the sun," Engelman explains. "But now we know that even your office lighting, your phone screen can be harmful."

 

The ozone layer that protects us by absorbing harmful UV rays is significantly thinner during winter months. When combining harsh winds and lack of humidity, our skin is much more susceptible to damage. While there are plenty of Winter layers to keep us warm & covered, don’t forget to protect your face, neck and hands from the sun. Even in the bone chilling temperatures during snow & ice days, the sun’s rays bounce off of those white sheets and are multiple before reaching our sensitive skin!

 

It is in good practice to use SPF every single day. Our favorite sunscreen is from ELTA MD. Stop by our office any time for a sample or full size of this product. If you have questions about how to protect your skin in every climate, reach out to us! We’re here for all of your questions.

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