Don’t Forget the Sunscreen — Even on Chilly Spring Days
|We're not likely to see snow in North Texas this spring, but sunscreen should be worn on all sunny days.
Just because the weather in North Texas can’t decide whether to move into early spring or stay in chillier winter doesn’t mean the sun’s rays are any less harmful. In fact, during the winter months these rays are even stronger because the sun is closer to the earth.
Dr. Melissa Rubenstein, dermatologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, said sunscreen application should be a part of your daily routine.
“Even though you wear more layers in the winter months, your hands, neck and face are still exposed to harmful UV rays both indoors and outdoors,” she said.
Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US and affects more than 2 million people each year? According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the number of women under age 40 diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma has more than doubled in the last 30 years.
To keep you and your skin healthy in any season, Rubenstein recommends the following:
- Choose a sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays.
- Wear sunscreen — even inside. Sitting next to an office or car window can expose you to UV rays. Be especially careful when you’ve got that coveted window seat on your next plane flight: the higher you are in altitude, the more UV radiation you’re exposed to.
- Planning a spring break ski trip? Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen—snow reflects 80 percent of the UV light that hits it.
- Remember, indoor tanning is not safer than being in the sun.
- Just four visits per year to an indoor tanning salon can increase your risk of melanoma by 11 percent.
- Frequent tanning visitors may receive as much as 12 times the annual UVA radiation dose compared to what they receive from sun exposure.
For more tips on small, healthy changes you can make, visit TexasHealth.org/Well-Being.