Being sun safe as the weather cools down
Posted on 16 May 2017
I get it, sunscreen can be miserable to apply — but do it anyway.
With temperatures beginning to drop, cloud coverage setting in and the sun setting earlier and earlier each evening, you may think about putting your sunscreen away… but don’t.
I know that you know that getting too much sun can do some serious harm to your skin.
I know that you also know that sun exposure can cause skin damage. The best-case scenario is that the sun exposure causes just a sunburn*. But if the damage is bad enough, it can lead to skin cancer.
*Getting sunburn, just once every 2 years, can triple your risk of melanoma skin cancer.
What you probably don’t know is, this skin damage caused by sun exposure doesn’t just happen in Summer.
UV rays bombard the earth year-round and there is no connection between UV levels and temperature. As UV is invisible and you cannot see it, hear it, or feel it, it is easy to forget about when the weather cools down and the cloud coverage kicks in.
Incidental sun exposure, the kind experienced on a daily commute, for instance, is cumulative over your lifetime. So, by continually exposing your you are continually adding to your risks of skin ageing and skin cancer.
I get it, sunscreen can be miserable to apply — but do it anyway, even when you can’t feel the sun beating down on you. It truly is for your own good.