Ask a Doc: Is there a need for sunscreen when it is cold outside?
Question: Is there a need for sunscreen when it is cold outside?
Answer: The summer is not the only time you are at risk for damage from the sun. You are probably in the habit of packing sunscreen for a day at the beach or pool. But the sun is up there 365 days a year, and you need protection much of that time to reduce your lifetime sun-exposure total. Everyday exposure counts; you do not have to be actively sunbathing to get a damaging dose of the sun. This applies to all outdoor activities: athletics, shopping, picnicking, walking or jogging, gardening, even waiting for a bus. Practice these sunscreen basics all year round to give your skin the best chance of long-term health:
Mark your calendars for a lecture on“How’s Your Skin?” with Dr. Vinodray Shah on Thursday, June 27th at 5pm as he will provide an update on skin cancer and provide a question and answer period with the audience.
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