With summer in the rear view mirror, the days are growing shorter and cloudier. The overcast, cool weather may make it seem like it’s less imperative to wear sunscreen – but even in fall and winter, sunscreen is a must!

Many people tend to think that if they can’t see the sun, they aren’t at risk of sun damage to their skin. According to dermatology specialists, however, sunscreen is still necessary. Sunburns happen when your skin is overexposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays, and UV rays aren’t stopped by clouds. The Skin Cancer Foundation found that up to 80% of UV rays can pass through clouds.

If you’re walking by the lake or taking a ski trip, sunscreen is doubly important, as sand, water, and snow are UV-reflective surfaces. It may seem counterintuitive to worry about sunburns on the ski slope or while ice fishing, but reflective surfaces are a great way to get a sunburn on any exposed skin.

Protect yourself from a painful burn and lower your risk of skin cancer by following our Minnesota dermatology experts’ advice – use a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily, no matter the season or weather!

Thankfully, covering up with a coat and hat can also be great protection against sun damage, so you’re likely to have less exposed skin this time of year. Focus on a solid sunscreen for your face, neck, and hands, and be ready to adjust based on your activities for the day.

Need more information or guidance choosing the right products? The staff at our dermatology clinic is ready to help find the skin care regimen that works best for your skin type, history, and specific needs. with one of our skin specialists and take the next step towards healthy skin, year-round!


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