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Why Year-Round Sun Protection is Important

Last updated 2 years ago

Most people take precaution to wear sunscreen during the summer. Trips to the beach and other all-day activities usually elicit proper sun protection measures. Yet, as most dermatology specialists will attest, many individuals don’t realize the need for year-round sun protection. This can result in cosmetic and health concerns in the future.

  • The sun is out 365 days of the year.

Though some individuals may assume that sun exposure is damaging only during the warmer weather months, it can adversely affect a person’s skin health anytime of year. Even overcast days warrant sun protection, as harmful UVA and UVB rays can penetrate cloudy skies. No matter the season or amount of sunlight, heed the advice of your dermatologist and apply sunscreen to protect your skin from sun exposure. As an added measure, dress in protective clothing and headwear to further avert the sun’s damaging rays.

  • Minor sun exposure everyday can add up to major skin damage.

Sometimes, people think that the sun causes skin damage only when they are exposed to it for long stretches of time, such as when they go to the beach or pool for the day. However, even minutes of sun exposure can add up as the years go by. No matter if you’re washing your car, mowing the lawn, or barbequing, apply sunscreen and wear protective clothing to prevent UVA and UVB rays from causing irreversible skin damage.

  • Not only does sun damage produce premature aging, but it can also cause skin cancer.

Your dermatologist knows only too well the negative impact that the sun can have on a person’s appearance and health. Damaging UVA and UVB rays can break down the skin’s collagen and produce premature wrinkling and uneven pigmentation. Even worse, it can stimulate the growth of abnormal skin cells, which may lead to skin cancer. To avoid both the cosmetic and life-threatening complications that result from sun exposure, make sun protection a priority. Whether summer or winter, cover up with ample sunscreen and protective clothing to ensure that your skin remains healthy and free of sun damage.

Cara Mia Medical Day Spa & Dermatology Associates of Colorado provides effective skin care treatments for clients who have suffered sun damage. Our team of dermatology specialists offers facial peels, Botox, and MOHS surgery services. To make an appointment at our Denver-area facility, please call (303) 350-4600.


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