Now that summer is over, you might be looking forward to skipping the sunscreen and saving time in your skincare routine. After all, you don’t need sunscreen when the forecast calls for clouds, rain, and snow, right? On the contrary, science says this assumption is wrong, and that you’re actually at higher risk for sun damage on cloudy days, since UV rays can bounce and reflect off clouds.
Sunscreen should be included in your daily beauty and skin care regimen all year long, even when you think clouds will serve as a protective barrier between your skin and the sun.
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Here’s a breakdown of why you should wear sunscreen every day, including cloudy, overcast days.
Clouds offer no protection
Clouds only block up to 20 percent of the sun’s UV rays, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. This means that even on cloudy days, you could be exposing your skin to as much as 80 percent of the sun’s damaging effects when you skip using sunscreen. Additionally, UV rays can bounce off clouds, or penetrate through clouds, depending on cloud thickness levels.
Wet conditions make your skin more vulnerable
In many parts of the country, overcast weather during the fall and winter is often accompanied by rain or snow. Surfaces including the ground, concrete, and lakes can act like mirrors, and bounce UV rays back at you to double your exposure.
Cold temperatures don’t affect UV rays
Some believe they’re at lower risk for sun damage when temperatures are cold, or freezing. However, UV rays are independent of temperature, and can damage your skin regardless of whether it’s 100 degrees or 32 degrees outside.
UV index changes constantly
UV index is a daily rating that shows the amount of UV radiation that will affect your area at any given time of day. The index ranges from 1 to 20, with 1 or 0 being the safest ratings, and 20 being the most dangerous rating. Look at your daily weather forecast to determine your city’s UV index and plan your skin care and sunscreen routines accordingly.
Keeping your skin protected from the sun helps reduce early signs of aging, as well as skin cancer risk. Sunscreen can also help prolong the effects of certain cosmetic procedures, and minimizes the appearance of scarring. For help with choosing sunscreen for your skin type, speak to a licensed aesthetician who can offer recommendations on medical-grade skin care products that help prevent sun damage.
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