Dr. Emily McKenzie explains why you need to keep up your sunscreen game, even when it gets cold outside.">

Jan 29, 2018 — During the winter months, your skin may be more at risk from UV rays. On today’s Health Minute, dermatologist Dr. Emily McKenzie explains why you need to keep up your sunscreen game, even when it gets cold outside.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: In the middle of summer, it can be pretty easy to remember to put your sunscreen on to protect yourself from UV damage. But in winter, it could be kind of easy to forget, but you shouldn't. Dr. Emily McKenzie, why is it important to protect your skin from UV sun damage in the wintertime?

Dr. McKenzie: So a lot of individuals stop using sunscreen when the weather cools down. However, the sun's rays are just as damaging even though the sun is slightly further away from the Earth. Especially participation in winter sports can lead to reflection of light off of the snow, which causes more damage to the skin. But it's important to remember to use an SPF of at least 30 and reapply it every 2 hours to any exposed skin. There are two types of sunscreen that can be used, either chemical blockers or physical blockers, and both are effective at preventing damage from the sun. So remember, as you're hitting the slopes this winter, take your sunscreen with you.

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