We all know about the harm the sun can cause our skin during the summer months, and the majority of us heed advice about using sunscreen and staying in the shade during the hottest part of the day. When it comes to the winter and weaker sunlight, however, most people are unaware that they still need to take precautions if they are to avoid the damaging effects the sun can still have on our skin.
Winter Sports, Summer UV Rays
Over-exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is still very much an issue even during the winter months, and more than 90% of all skin cancers are associated with prolonged sun exposure.
Those taking part in winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding are particularly at risk, as UV radiation increases with altitude and the sunlight being bounced back off the white of the slopes is every bit as harmful as the rays you might soak up on the beach over the summer.
Although we might be more covered up on a day-to-day basis, our faces are still exposed to sunlight and precautions should be taken to ensure the risk is minimised during the winter. As well as the dangers still posed by UV rays, the sun can increase signs of aging even when at its weakest, drying out the delicate skin of our faces and leaving is less supple.
Skin requires extra care and attention over the winter, which is why specialists advise exfoliating and moisturising on a daily basis. Finding additional skin treatments such as skin peels or dermaroller sessions to reduce hyper pigmentation and improve the appearance of sun damaged skin can also be beneficial.
With a wide range of treatments available, Fiona Clossick Facial Aesthetics can help protect your skin against the effects of the winter sun and cold weather, providing specially designed packages and advice on the best treatments for your skin type.
To find out more about the skin therapy treatments we offer and how they can improve the appearance of sun damaged skin, please contact us today to book your session with us or ask for more guidance.