Fall is approaching and we'll soon be saying hello to cooler weather, colorful leaves, cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice everything. With all this excitement comes the need for many to retire those sunscreen bottles and sun safety items until next spring.
If this is you, make a pledge this fall and winter season to protect your skin --- yes, even when it's cloudy and snowy outside. It is extremely important to remember sun damage can occur throughout the year, no matter the season.
Here are 4 facts that'll make you want to keep your sunscreen a part of your skin regimen this fall and winter season:
1. Clouds: According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, up to 80 percent of the sun's UV rays can pass through clouds. This is the reason people often end up with serious sunburns on overcast days.
2. Snow: Snow can reflect up to 80 percent of UV rays, increasing exposure.
3. Sunburns: One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence (or a total of five sunburns sustained by any age) more than doubles a person's chances of developing melanoma later in life."
4. Altitude: It is easy to get sunburned at higher altitudes because there is less of the earth's atmosphere to block the sunlight. According to WebMD, "UV exposure increases about 4% for every 1000 ft (305 m) gain in elevation."
Keep applying your sunscreen and UV stickers/wristbands. Your skin will thank you!