Just because it’s cold and rainy outside doesn’t mean the sun’s ultraviolet rays aren’t shining through the clouds onto your skin.
“You really can’t ever take a break from protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays,” says Richard Price, M.D., of Price Skin Care Clinic in Ridgeland, MS. “You may not feel the direct heat of the sun, but you are still getting the sun’s direct rays. And those rays are dangerous.”
The dangerous rays are Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB) and they are indeed present year-round – whether it’s hot or cold outside. And it’s important to remember that most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to these ultraviolet rays.
So, when going out in winter weather, remember these preventative steps to protect your skin from sun damage:
• Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a protection factor of 15 or higher when outside.
• Apply sunscreen before snow skiing, winter surfing and working outdoors. And don’t forget that the sun’s rays can be even more damaging to your skin when they reflect off the snow and water.
• Wear UVA and UVB ray blocking sunglasses. Not only do they protect the skin around your eyes but they also reduce the risk of cataracts.
• Wear gloves, scarves and hats to protect the skin around your hands, neck and head.
• If you see something, say something. If you see a change in a mole or growth, one that has uneven colors, is asymmetrical, scaly or won’t heal, see your skin doctor.
Come See Us!
If you have a place on your skin that you’re concerned about, or if you’d just like to have peace of mind that all is well with your skin, you can make an appointment with Dr. Price by calling (601) 992-3996.