UVA radiation is high in the winter doing damage: UVB radiation decreases during the winter months but dangerous UVA radiation is still in full force all day long. Both UVA and UVB contribute to skin cancer however UVA is thought to play a more dramatic role in premature aging.
Sun damage is cumulative. Many people do not realize that the worst areas for skin cancer and untimely aging are those areas exposed day-in and day-out throughout the year, not just in the summertime.
Over the years, small doses of ultraviolet light that never cause overt skin damage cause a collection of micro-scars that damage the skin. This adds to skin damage.
Cloudy weather does not offer much protection up to 80% of UV radiation can penetrate this synthetical cover and cause harm to your skin.
The higher your altitude, the stronger the UV dose you receive, in fact, UV radiation strength goes up 4% for every 1,000 feet in altitude. This fact is especially important to all you skiers and snow boarders wearing just a knit stocking cap. Both brimmed winter sun hat and broad spectrum face sunscreen is crucial to your sun safety.
The natural pigmentation in your skin, and the amount of sun damage that you have taken during your lifetime are two of the major factors in premature aging. If a person with fair skin spends a significant amount of time in the sun, they will show signs of premature aging before people with more colour in their skin.
It is highly recommended that you take the time to check your skin for the early signs of sun damage. If you notice anything abnormal, it’s time to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist.
Treating skin cancer is much easier when the disease is found in its early stages.
You may also wish to consider cosmetic treatments for sun damage. If you have noticed some sun damage on your skin and would like to do something about it, there are various non-surgical cosmetic options to consider, like dermal fillers, microdermabrasion, and skin peels, to name a few effective examples. Winter time is one of the most popular seasons for cosmetic enhancement because patients are more willing to stay indoors and avoid excessive sun exposure.