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