Win­ter­time SUN SAFETY TIPS

Alternative Medicine - - Quick Nutrition - BY ADAM J. SCHEINER, MD

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.

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