Whatever you do, don't pack away the sunblock with your swimsuit and other summer accessories!
Winter's sun is just as dangerous as summer's, as told to us by Adam J. Scheiner, M.D., an eyelid and facial cosmetic surgeon who's been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Howard Stern Show and The Doctors.
"The snow reflects the glare of the sun - and the damaging UV rays," said Scheiner. "People who like skiing and snowboarding in the mountains are getting 4 to 5% more UV damage for every 1,000 feet they ascend above sea level."
And then there are all those holiday cruises and escapes to warm weather climates where beaches are packed year-round.
"It's not OK to lie baking in the sun for hours, even if it's just one week out of the winter," Dr. Scheiner explained. No matter how comfortable or cool the temperature feels, don't be fooled!
"Earlier this year, the surgeon general predicted 9,000 people will die from melanoma this year. That's preventable," Dr. Scheiner stressed.
"If skin cancer doesn't scare you, think with your vanity. Sun exposure is the No. 1 cause of wrinkles, discoloration, age spots and festoons, among other disfiguring problems."
Dr. Scheiner shares tips for preventing, minimizing and repairing sun damage:
Prevention. You're not just exposed when you're skiing, hiking, or taking a beach vacation.
"Anytime you go outside, you're exposing yourself to damaging UVB and UVA rays, and the result is cumulative. A little bit here and a little there adds up," Dr. Scheiner warned.
Even simply driving a car can result in serious sun damage. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found more skin cancers on the left side of patients' faces - the side exposed while driving - then the right.
Scheiner says he's seen truckers and others who spend years on the road with severe wrinkling on the left side of the face.
For more prevention tips, check back tomorrow on how to keep skin protected this winter.
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