The need for sunscreen is not predicated on warm temperatures and the increased desire for Pina Coladas! Even when the sun’s rays seem moderate, sunscreen is imperative for ensuring your skin is protected from overexposure.
The intensity of the sun does not have a direct correlation to your level of sun exposure. There are two primary types of sun rays: UVA, which causes premature aging and UVB, which causes sunburns. The intensity of each varies from summer to winter. UVA rays are the same during the summer as they are in the winter or at any time of the day. UVA do not cause sunburn, but they but penetrates deeper into your skin resulting in the skin damage associated with aging or skin cancer. UVB rays typically burn the superficial layers of your skin. The intensity of UVB rays vary by season, location and time of day, with peak hours between the late morning and late afternoon. Sunburned skin doesn’t just cause discomfort; over time it can cause serious, permanent damage.
Wear protective clothing including hats, and gloves throughout the winter and be sure to use sunscreen on those areas to may be exposed while outdoors. We like Daytime Defense SPF 30 by Rhonda Allison which uses Zinc Oxide as a natural sun barrier (available at the Spa at Fitness Formula Clubs) and provides long lasting moisture.