The Importance of Skin Protection During Fall and Winter Months

December 03, 2009

Even in the colder fall and winter months, UV protection is important in protecting your skin. Outdoor activities during any time of the year can be dangerous to your skin if you are not prepared with the proper UV protection.

As winter weather approaches, we all have put away our summer items and look toward warmer clothing, like long sleeve shirts. But when we put away our summer items, do we also put away our sun protection? Sunscreens, sunglasses, hats, umbrellas, etc., are all seen as “summer” type equipment that we use when we’re outside in the sun.

However, UV protection is not about avoiding sunburn; it’s about protecting our skin from dangers UV rays that come from the sun. It’s also important to know that cloudy days can be just as dangerous to our skin as a bright sunny day.

Protecting your skin during the winter months can be very simple. One thing to remember is that the sun’s rays are the strongest between 10AM and 4PM. If you’re planning to be outside during those hours, protect your eyes, ears, face and the back of your neck (areas that are prone to overexposure to the sun) by wearing a wide brim hat. UV Umbrellas are also an excellent choice to provide excellent protection against dangerous UV rays.

Sunglasses can block UV Rays and reduce exposure to the sun that can lead to cataracts or other eye damage. However, when choosing a pair of sunglasses, be sure they offer enough protection. Sunglasses should be able to block 99-100% of UV radiation as well as offer total UVA and UVB protection.

The proper sunscreen should also be used, even in the fall and winter months. Sunscreen should offer a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher and be applied liberally over any exposed skin. Application should also be repeated every two hours or after working, playing, exercising outdoors, etc. Don’t rely on waterproof sunscreen because it can also come off when you sweat.

The best way to prevent any form of skin damage is to remember outdoor safety and protection from the dangers of the sun. For more information on how you can safely protect your skin and prevent eye or skin problems, visit to see all of the information and many products offered to enable you to enjoy your time in outdoors.

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