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Preventing Sun Damage in the Winter

Sun damage can cause numerous adverse effects, from serious medical concerns like skin cancer to cosmetic issues like sunspots and fine lines. At the Greater Miami Skin & Laser Center, our providers preach the importance of sun protection above all else. Whether you live in year-round sunny Miami or a colder climate, it’s essential to have a UV damage prevention plan for every season.

Should I Wear Sunscreen During the Winter?

While you might experience fewer sunburns in winter, that doesn’t mean you should skip wearing sunscreen. In fact, it’s the most important part of winter sun protection. Whether it’s a bright or cloudy day, you should apply a product containing SPF 30 during your morning routine. Since you’re likely more covered in winter, you might only need to apply sunscreen to exposed areas like your face, neck, hands, and ears. You should also use an SPF lip balm daily since UV radiation is the primary cause of lip cancer.

How Can I Protect My Skin From Sun in the Winter?

In addition to applying your daily sunscreen, there are a few additional tips you can follow to prevent winter sun damage. These include:

  • Wearing protective clothing: A gaiter can protect your neck and lower face, while a hat can cover the top of your scalp and ears. Choose sunglasses with UV protection to shield your eyes from harmful rays.
  • Avoiding midday sun: Just as you would in the summer, it’s best to avoid prolonged sun exposure during the middle of the day when the sun’s rays are at their strongest
  • Being mindful of altitude differences: If you participate in winter sports like skiing or snowboarding, sun protection is even more important. UV rays are significantly stronger when you’re higher above sea level on the slopes.

Schedule A Sun Damage Consultation in Miami Beach 

Greater Miami Skin & Laser Center’s board-certified dermatologists, Dr. Martin Zaiac, are vigilant about preventing sun damage. Our practice offers medical services including regular skin cancer screenings and cosmetic treatments like laser therapy or chemical peels to minimize visible signs of photoaging. To find out how to treat past UV damage and protect your skin in the future, schedule a consultation at our Miami Beach, Florida office at 305-532-4478.

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