We’ve all been there. A fun day yesterday out on the boat with friends laughing, swimming, drinking. Today, sunburn.
As you soak in a cold bath wishing you could reach your back to apply aloe, you scowl, wondering just what, exactly, does sunscreen really do? You specifically remember applying your sunscreen yesterday after lunch. Right around the time you noticed you were starting to get a little pink and decided you had enough sun and needed your protection.
There are many things we choose to focus on in the dead of winter. One might be sitting by a warm fireplace, another might be counting down the days until it is warm outside again. Something many of us do not concentrate on, though, is protecting our skin from UV rays during the colder months. In fact, many of us probably hide away our sunscreen once the temperature begins to drop. However, temperature change does not equate to UV change. The sun is still shining in the winter, and this means that your skin is still vulnerable to damage.
We’ve all had sunburns. That stingy-itchy-prickly-hot sensation has got to be one of the most uncomfortably-annoying feelings. Yet we do it to ourselves time and time again.
Sunburns can be more than just short-term pain and discomfort, though. You’ve heard the obvious: Ultraviolet rays can cause skin cancer. There’s that. And who wants that? And no, you’re not invincible. Just because you’ve been lucky so far doesn’t mean your luck won’t run out.