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Protect Skin From Winter Rays

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Whether you’re hitting the slopes, shoveling out, or simply sharing a snowy walk with your family, wearing sunscreen is critical. While the intensity of ultraviolet B (UVB) rays diminishes in the winter, ultraviolet A (UVA) rays remain constant twelve months a year, according to Perry Robins, M.D., president of the Skin Cancer Foundation.

And UVA is about 30 to 50 times more prevalent than UVB. Though UVA rays don't cause as much sunburn, they penetrate deeper into the skin, which makes them a serious carcinogen.

“Our knowledge of the dangers associated with UVA rays has grown significantly over the last few decades,” says Robins. “We now know that UVA plays a significant role in skin cancer. Therefore, consumers need to educate themselves on how to protect against these damaging rays and remember that sun protection is an all-year-round concern.”

Remember: Cloud cover is useless. Even on gray winter days, about 80 percent of both UVA and UVB rays shine through the clouds. And standing behind glass doesn’t make a difference either. Opt for an SPF of at least 30, and look for ingredients such as avobenzone, oxybenzone, mexoryl, zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Reapply sunscreen every two hours.

About The Author

David Schipper – David began writing for CorePerformance.com in 2008, after spending six years at Men's Health magazine digging up the newest scientific research in health, weight loss, nutrition, muscle and cardiovascular fitness.

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