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Here's Why You Need to Keep Wearing Sunscreen in the Fall

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.

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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! 

Skiers & Snowboarders: Keep Applying That Sunscreen

Planning on hitting the slopes this winter? Don't toss the sunscreen just yet. A new survey by the Melanoma Foundation of New England discovered 39% of the adults polled said they always use sunscreen during the summer months, but only 13% said they always used it in the fall and those who said they never used sunscreen in winter rose to 53%.

Just as the sun reflects off water, it does the exact same with snow. Snow reflects up to 80% of UV radiation, which means your UV dose is close to double what it would be otherwise –– causing many such as skiers and snowboarders to receive sunburns. Many think these 'sunburns' are actually windburns, but that's not the case.

Skiers and snowboarders have an increased risk because of the high altitude and reflection from the snow. Deb Girard, executive director of the Melanoma Foundation of New England, spoke to the Boston Globe stating, “The danger of increased skin cancer risk at any time is really about the intensity of the sun and how much UV penetration is coming through the clouds. But in winter you figure in how much reflection comes off the snow, too."

Practice sun safety on the slopes this winter season! You won't regret it.

5 Tips To Protect Your Skin This Fall

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Sun damage can occur throughout the fall and winter months. Ultraviolet A and B (UVA and UVB) are the cancer causing rays - and UVA is present year round. The sun reflects off snow and can penetrate deep into the layers of the skin.

Here's 5 tips for staying sun protected during the cold months ahead:

1. Stay away from tanning beds.

2. Wear sunscreen daily. We recommend a full spectrum of SPF 30+ to use on your body and face.

3. Reapply every two hours.

4. Wear sunglasses and a hat.

5. Get your skin checked annually by a dermatologist.

How will you protect your skin? Share below!

Protecting Your Skin While Skiing

The holidays may be over, but the cold, bitter temperatures are here to stay – at least for another few months. It is extremely important to protect your skin while outside this winter, especially when enjoying the ski slopes. 

According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, "Winter sports enthusiasts are at increased risk for overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The combination of higher altitude and UV rays reflected by the snow puts skiers and snowboarders at an increased risk of sun damage, and ultimately skin cancer. More than 90 percent of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure."

Many people are unaware that UV rays can be damaging while skiing. This winter (and throughout the entire year), pledge to wear sunscreen & your wristbands/stickers. Your skin will thank you!