For many people, winter is associated with dry, flaky and chapped skin. While we tend to focus on these perceptible skin ailments during the colder months, not as many people may be aware of how quickly and easily sunburn can also strike during winter. And, as the days shorten, the clouds gather and the temperature plummets, the last thing you may feel like doing is slathering on the sunscreen as well.
Of course, the north-eastern parts of South Africa get warmer and sunnier winters. It’s true that sunburn is less common in the winter because the earth is tilted away from the sun and clouds block UVB radiation. However, UVA rays, which affect the deeper layers of the skin and contribute to the risk of skin cancer and premature wrinkles, are strong all year round because they have a longer wavelength. UVA can penetrate clouds, so whether you live in a city that experiences a rainy or dry winter season, any uncovered area on your body will be negatively affected by sun exposure. And while you may be spending most of the time indoors seeking shelter from the rain and cold, UVA rays are powerful enough to penetrate glass!
South Africa is not known as a snowy destination, but certain places such as Ceres, Hogsback, and the Drakensberg, receive a generous amount of snowfall during winter. The mountainous regions under white icy blankets have become a playground for a large number of visitors to enjoy the novelty of snow. Unfortunately, these frosty getaways can expose you to a significant reflection of damaging rays. Snow and ice reflect up to 80 percent of UV rays into the environment, meaning you get double the exposure: direct sunlight from the and reflective rays from the ground.
You may not get as much sunlight in the winter or the sun may feel weak and distant on clear days even mild sunburn can add up. So, whether you’re hunting white-capped peaks in July or surfing the waves in December, every exposure accumulates over time and increases your risk of developing skin cancer.
Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or 50 should be part of your winter skincare regime. All EezySun products contain Vitamin E, A and Glycerine which helps treat dry winter skin, while the active ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide protect it from sun damage, which will prevent the majority of sun-related damage you will encounter with your skin as you age.
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