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Tips for choosing a winter sunscreen that's right for you

Dermatologists suggest that those who do not wear sunscreen year-round are more susceptible to getting brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles – most noticeable on the overly-exposed hands, neck and face.

There are many Reasons why you should wear sunscreen during the winter.

Here are a few tips for picking out the right wintertime sunscreen:

• Be sure to choose a sunscreen that protects you from UVA and UVB rays.
There are two kinds of ultraviolet rays that we need to be protected from: ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB). Both UVA and UVB rays cause skin to show signs of sunburn and age, but many sunscreens only protect you from UVB rays. Look for the ingredient Parsol 1789 because it filters out both A and B.

• Wear sunscreen indoors and outdoors!
Even if you're inside, ultraviolet ray exposure can occur through windows and cause skin damage over the years. Even sitting at your sunny office desk, or while driving your car you might be absorbing harmful radiation.

• If you plan on being outdoors in the snow wear at least an SPF 30. Snow reflects about 80 percent of the ultraviolet light that hits it, and for every 1,000 feet of elevation, ultraviolet exposure increases by about 2 percent. So if you're out skiing, skating, mountain climbing or sledding be aware that you are drastically increasing your exposure to damaging sun rays.

Heavier, oil-based moisturizing sunscreens are best for outdoors. Even if you have oily skin, the cold, dry weather can also damage your skin. Lighter, water-based sunscreens are better for indoors. When temperatures reach freezing, water-based sunscreens have a higher chance of actually freezing on your face, producing redness and irritation.

Wearing a sunscreen now means better skin later. Protect yourself from harmful rays this winter and years from now you’ll be glad you did.


 

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