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4 Tips for Winter Sun Protection

By Brandice Brazell. MMS, PA-C

Even though the warm weather has ended for the year, don’t throw your sunscreen in your pool bag until spring. Did you know that the sun’s damaging rays are active year round? The American Academy of Dermatology recommends use of SPF 30 every 90 minutes during sun exposure, even during our cold Chicago winter months. Though most of your skin is covered during cold temperatures, your face, ears, scalp and hands may not be protected.

Below are 4 tips to make sure that you are protecting your skin all year round.

  • Sunscreens may be found in daily moisturizers, chapsticks and some cosmetics, which may act as an easy early-morning application. If you are buying something new, look for the SPF rating on the package.
  • Near the end of the year, double-check your moisturizer and cosmetics to ensure that they are not expired. If they are expired or you have to buy something new, make sure your products also contain an SPF of 30 or greater.
  • Choose a sunscreen that fits your lifestyle so that you’re more likely to use it. Sunscreens are also available in brush-on powder form that is both easy to use and looks just like makeup.
  • Alternative options include sun protective clothing for additional sun protection. Several brands now offer shirts, pants, dresses, hats and children’s clothing that protect up to SPF 50 and majority of UVA/UVB rays. 


Find a regimen that works for you to protect yourself from the sun year round!

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health

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