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Published on December 25, 2014

Protect Your Skin this Winter

Protect your skin this winter

Protect your skin this winter

We are fortunate to live in Southern California where we can spend time outside in the warm sun all year. While the days may be shorter and the weather cooler during the winter months, remember to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. It’s important to remember that excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation (sunlight or tanning booths) can lead to skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, accounting for nearly half of all newly diagnosed cases in the United States. The majority of these are basal and squamous cell cancers, but about 76,000 new cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, are diagnosed each year.

According to Avanta Collier MD, here are a few ways you can protect your skin this winter and all year:

  • Avoid direct exposure to the sun between 10 am and 4 pm
  • Cover up with protective clothing
  • Apply sunscreen and lip balm with a broad spectrum protection and a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30, then reapply every 30 minutes and after swimming, toweling dry or sweating
  • Wear a hat to shade your head, ears and neck
  • Wear sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection

If you’re headed to the ski slopes, you should know that the combination of higher altitude and UV rays reflected by the snow increase the risk of sun damage and skin cancer. UV radiation increases 4 to 5 percent for every 1,000 feet above sea level, so skin care is even more important in the mountains.

Enjoy the outdoors this winter, but don’t forget to protect yourself from the sun!

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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