Wintertime SUN SAFETY TIPS
The snow reflects the glare of the sun—and the damaging UV rays—so even if you live in a white winter wonderland, that's no excuse to skimp on sunscreen. And if you plan to visit a cold climate for activities such as skiing and snowboarding, remember that for every 1,000 feet you ascend above sea level, you get 4 to 5 percent more UV damage. And then there are all those holiday cruises and escapes to warm-weather climates where beaches are packed year-round. It's not OK to lie baking in the sun for hours, even if it's just one week out of the winter.
Earlier this year, the surgeon general predicted 9,000 people would die from melanoma this year—that's preventable. No matter how comfortable or cool the temperature feels, don't be fooled. If skin cancer doesn't scare you, think with your vanity. Sun exposure is the No. 1 cause of wrinkles, discoloration, age spots, and festoons, among other disfiguring problems.
Here are some of my tips to prevent, minimize, and repair sun damage.