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Wear Sunscreen in Winter

Just because the weather is cold does not mean you are safe from sunburn. If you plan on spending several hours outside, remember to use sunscreen. “Sunburn occurs as a result of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays,” says Charles M. Moon, MD, dermatologist on staff at Saint Francis Medical Center. “In the winter, the rays are not as strong, but they are still there.”

If you work outside or go on a skiing trip at a higher altitude, sunscreen is very important. “You can get horrific sunburn while skiing,” Moon_Charles_MG_0043says Moon, “because the bright snow reflects the sun’s rays.”

It is best to use broad spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 that is water or sweat resistant. “Products with an SPF of 30 block about 97 percent of ultraviolet B (UVB) rays,” says Moon.

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