The temperature is dropping and you’re pulling out all the hats and scarves. It’s time to trade in those flip-flops for boots and your tank tops for sweaters. You may find yourself bundling up, particularly during the winter; however, even though we might feel weighed down by all the protective layers, our face and neck are often left exposed. Even though it’s winter, the sun’s damaging rays can still affect your skin. And since skin cancers are most likely to occur on the face, head and neck, it’s important to keep your skin safe during the winter months too!
Put on Sunscreen
You may be reaching for the moisturizer ever chance you get. The wind and the cold can do quite a number on your skin, leaving you chapped and dry. However, it’s the UV rays that actually cause wrinkles. So anytime you decide to go outside, you should put on sunscreen that offers at least an SPF 15 and protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Always apply about a half hour before going outside and reapply every two hours, or more frequently if sweating or in the water.
Since 30 percent of skin cancers develop on the nose, you might want to make sure you apply sunscreen a little more generously to this area before going outside.
Wear a Hat
Melanoma of the head and neck is considered more dangerous than developing this same form of cancer anywhere else on the body. However, there is an easy way to protect yourself during the winter: wear a hat. Opt for thick, tightly woven hats with a wide brim to keep the sun out of your face. Also look for dark or brightly colored hats that will soak up some of the UV rays.
Opt for Earmuffs
Sure, ears seem like such a small part of the body, but they still need to be protected nonetheless. The easiest way to protect them is to put on sunscreen or to wear a hat; however, if you want to be a bit cozier this winter, then snag a warm pair of earmuffs.
Sport the Shades
Sunglasses aren’t just for those warm beach days. UV radiation can still damage the region around your eyes, so be sure to grab those sunglasses before leaving the house.
Will you should be performing self-exams to look for changes in your skin, you should also see your dermatologist about skin cancer screenings. Talk to us about how often you should come in to be screened.
To schedule an upcoming skin cancer screening all you have to do is call our Annapolis office. Don’t neglect your skin during the colder months!