Do I Need to Wear Sunscreen in the Winter?

sunscreenAlthough we are in the winter months, that doesn’t mean that you should diminish your efforts to protect your skin from the sun. Wearing sunscreen might seem like a no-brainer during the spring and summer seasons here in Newport Beach, but it’s especially important to apply sun protection every day of the year. As our dermatologist, Dr. Nancy L. Silverberg, explained to a journalist from The Orange County Register, wearing sunscreen year-round is something some patients, especially men, do not realize.

Dr. Silverberg was sought for her expert opinion and quoted in the article, “Dudes, You Need to Wear Sunscreen 365 Days a Year.” She said that when men learn that sunscreen is necessary year-round, they’re often surprised. It is true that, due to less daylight during winter, ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which are the rays that cause sunburns, are strongest in summer. However, ultraviolet A (UVA) rays remain constant throughout the year. They also penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB rays.

In terms of ultraviolet radiation, a day without the sun shining doesn’t mean that the threat of sun damage doesn’t exist. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through clouds. And, both UVA and UVB rays can cause skin cancer, wrinkling and other signs of aging, hyperpigmentation, and eye damage.

As Dr. Silverberg recommended in the article, ideally, you should select two sunscreens: one for everyday use, and another specifically for heavier-duty activities, such as prolonged periods of time outside, sweating, or engaging in a sport or watersport.

If you would like to learn more about how to protect your skin, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dermatologists, please contact Silverberg Surgical & Medical Group.

To read the full article, click here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/-536923–.html.

Posted on February 7, 2014 in Latest News, Skin Care | by

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