Being Active in the Winter Sun

A woman with flawless skin cozies up for the long winter

Don't Forget the Sunscreen!

Without a doubt, our doctor and staff at Bonness Cosmetic Surgery value our patients. We want you to be happy with you - from head to toe. That is why we say. “Your body.  Your life.  Love it!” The doctor and entire staff are asked dozens of questions on a daily basis about how to do just that: love how you look. 

As a licensed esthetician at Dr. Bonness Spa Vita, I am particularly focused on the health of your skin. I am continually educating our patients on maintaining and improving the health of their skin. That being said, most of us know that one of the best things we can do to keep our skin healthy is to use a sunscreen. But what is often not known or understood is that a sunscreen should, or dare I say must, be used 365 days a year. You might ask, “Even if I work indoors?  Even if I work from home?  Even if it is cloudy, rainy, overcast or WINTER? “The answer, without hesitation or doubt, is YES, YES, and YES!

Here’s why: there are two types of ultraviolet rays produced by the sun that you most likely know about or need to know about: UVA (the aging rays) and UVB (the burning rays). 

The latter, UVB rays, are typically responsible for giving us a suntan or sunburn. The UVB rays do not penetrate glass, are strongest between 10am and 4pm, and are less strong in the winter. These rays are strongest at the earths’ equator, and also at high altitudes like the beautiful ski slopes of Colorado.

However, the UVA rays are chiefly responsible for changing the DNA in the skin causing premature skin aging and skin cancer. They are full strength from sun up to sun down and nearly the just as powerful in winter as they are in the summer. They are strong from the North to the South Pole, and intense at any altitude.  Also, they penetrate through clouds AND the glass windows of your home, office, and car!

Again, the aging UVA rays you absorb during the daytime are equally as strong from summer to winter and can penetrate through the windows of your car, home or office.  Therefore, wearing a good sunscreen is a must every day of the year. Be sure to look for formulas that offer both UVA and UVB protection. Moreover, don’t be fooled into thinking that because your powder or foundation has an SPF that you are protected. Most likely you are not.  Unless you are placing a teaspoon or more of your makeup on your face (which is a lot of product) you will not have reached that SPF number and even if you are using an entire teaspoon, the SPF is usually only a 15.  Purchase a good sunscreen and put it on daily.  Make it one New Year resolution you keep.  And remember it’s “Your body. Your life. Love it!”

Love your look! 

Your Aesthetician,

Carol Myers


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