Preventing skin cancer requires a year round diligence, the UV rays don’t just disappear when snow hits the ground. Snow, strong gusty winds and lack of humidity all take a strong toll on the skin, so it’s important to protect and prevent as much sun damage as possible.
Ultra Violet Rays
No matter how many layers you pile on, UV rays can still impact your skin. Your face, neck and scalp bare the brunt of the winter rays so it’s important to not only cover them up to stay warm but to also coat them with an SPF of 30 or higher. Re-applying the SPF is crucial especially on areas like your ears, exposed scalp and eyelids. These are all very sensitive areas that aren’t typically over exposed to sun damage. When these areas burn, it burns badly.
Snow, strong winds, and low humidity can wear off sunscreen and reduce its effectiveness. It’s a good idea to take extra steps to make sure you’re keeping your skin cancer threat to a minimum. Here are some protection tips to use:
- Use a moisturizing sunscreen with glycerin in it.
- Don’t forget about missed spots! Lips, ears, eyelids, neck and hands. These areas age quickly and this will help prevent wrinkles and sunspots.
- Always try to cover up when you can. Use goggles or glasses to protect your eyes from UV radiation and the skin around your eyes. Ski masks and face wear will protect your skin and keep you warm.
We don’t see a lot of snow living in Southwest Florida and the temperature rarely drops below 65 degrees, but that doesn’t mean we don’t feel the winter effects on our skin. We still have to deal with a cooler temperature, indoor heating, less humidity and more wind. Adding in the necessary changes to your skincare routine is important as we head into the brunt of winter. You should consider speaking with your dermatologist and including special skin care treatments to help your skin adjust.
Depending on where you live in Florida, the humidity can still be high which can cause your skin to become oily and lead to clogged pores. Washing your face to remove impurities can help break down oil and dirt. Look for gentle cleansers that won’t strip your natural oil, such as Doctor Cyndi’s Pure Botanical Cleanser. Exfoliation can help remove the dead skin cells lurking in your pores. You can use scrubs, brushes or cloths. If your skin is dry during the winter months, exfoliation with a gentle cleanser is a great solution.
As the temperature drops and winds increase, skin becomes drier. This can cause a patchy dryness and rashes. A change in moisturizers or adding in a moisturizing step in your skin care routine can help. Oil based moisturizers, hydrating facials, and extra water intake can really make a difference. Non-comedogenic oils like almond, primrose and avocado can help balance your moisture levels without clogging pores.
For more information on how to prevent skin cancer during the winter months and tips from Yag-Howard Dermatology, contact us at 239-529-3376 or visit our website http://yhderm.com/