Winter Sun Strategies

*Your first line of defense against this sun damage is clothing. Covering up is easier in the winter — it’s cold! However, your face, head and neck tend to remain exposed year-round, and this is where most skin cancers occur.

*Don’t forget your wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses before heading out. A hat keeps you warm while keeping UV rays from damaging your face and scalp, and sunglasses protect your eyes while also fighting sun glare.

*Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 or higher daily to all exposed skin, and make sure to cover often-missed spots like the tops of your ears, around the eyes and near the hairline.

*Consider choosing a moisturizing sunscreen with ingredients like lanolin or glycerin to combat dry winter skin.

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