Whether you’re slinking down powdery slopes or you’re bundled up and walking to the store or park, sun protection for your face remains a must even in winter months. And not strictly to avoid wrinkles, but to protect you from skin cancer. Any area of skin that is exposed to sun can also be exposed to UV radiation.
Be sure to protect these vulnerable areas before heading outdoors. As a general rule, The Skin Care Foundation recommends spreading a drop about a nickel in size to your face before going outside, and, if you are doing an outdoor activity, such as skiing, that has you sweating, be sure to re-apply every two hours. Here, additional tips for protecting your skin in winter.
The ears can be a site for a skin pre-cancer known as actinic keratosis, which can lead to skin caner, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Protect them with sunscreen, by wearing hats that cover your ears, and/or by wearing earmuffs.
Did you know that .6 percent of all cancers in America occur on the lips? Men, it turns out, are especially susceptible. The lower lip can be at risk for squamous cell carcinoma, which is the second most typical type of skin cancer. Wear an SPF sunscreen lip balm, gloss, or stick that is at least 15 every day.
A sizable 30-plus percent of basal cell carcinomas (which are the most common skin cancers) strike the nose. Thus, this is the most frequent site of skin cancers that occur on the head and neck. It’s a wise idea to apply an extra layer of thick sunscreen to your nose, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.
Apply a sunscreen daily with a sun protection actor (SPF) of at least 15 to help protect skin from skin cancer. Sunscreens that have a combination of the following ingredients are recommended by The Skin Care Foundation: Avobenzone, ecamsule, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide.
How good are You about wearing sunscreen every day–even in winter?