Even though Boston’s had its first inches few of snow, that’s no reason to put away your sunscreen. In actuality, you need it more. During the winter months, the sun is closer to the earth and its rays are even stronger.
There can be a lot of harm done by the sun’s powerful rays during the winter months. The snow on the ground will reflect the sun’s light and damaging rays can reach your skin much like they do by the ocean during the summer.
Anyone who works outdoors or plays winter sports should be especially careful. Snowboarders, skiers, ice skaters, runners, and kids playing outside are only a few examples of people who should not forget to lather up.
Not only are skiers and snowboarders out in the sunlight for hours at a time, they are even closer to the sun way atop a snowy mountain. So if you’re not willing to limit the hours you spend on the slopes, lather up the exposed parts of your body with sunscreen, especially your face and neck.
Cold, dry weather can also damage skin. So grab a moisturizing sunscreen. I suggest applying an SPF 15, but SPF 30 isn’t a bad idea either - the more protection the better.
Make it part of your morning routine if it helps you remember. After you shower or wash your face, apply a little and you’re set for the day. Better safe than sorry.