Wearing SPF in the Winter – The Facts

winter on the farmUV radiation exposure increases 4-5% with every 1,000 feet above sea level

Skiers and snowboarders take note: according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the higher your elevation, the greater your exposure to harmful UV rays. Plus, snow reflects and intensifies sunlight.

Up to 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate clouds

Just because it’s a cold, cloudy day doesn’t mean you won’t be exposed to the strong UVA rays that cause aging and, potentially, skin cancer.

Melanomas of the scalp and neck make up 6% of all melanomas, but cause 10% of all melanoma deaths

Anyone who’s suffered a scalp burn (and peeling that follows) knows how painful and uncomfortable it can be. The Skin Cancer Foundation points out that melanoma found on the scalp and neck are to blame for one tenth of all melanoma deaths, so if you’re planning on spending the day outdoors, make sure to either cover up with a dark-colored hat, or protect your exposed scalp with SPF lotion of 30 or higher.

There were approximately 2 million new cases of skin cancer in 2012

The truth is, skin cancer can affect anyone, regardless of skin color. Making sunscreen a part of your daily routine is the easiest thing you can do to protect yourself.

Wearing sunscreen can slow the aging process by 24%

This last one isn’t scary; it’s just cool. A 2013 study found that test subjects who used sunscreen daily decreased the speed of the skin’s aging process by 24% compared to the group that did not. So if the health benefits aren’t enough to motivate you to wear SPF, let its anti-aging properties persuade you!

Content adapted from Birchbox Magazine Article – January 2014

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About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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