GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can forget about protecting your skin from the sun. Local doctors are reminding folks not to put away the sunscreen during these chilly winter months.
Harmful UV rays from the sun are present year-round. Not protecting yourself makes you more likely to develop skin cancer.
“People get in the mindset in the heat of summer of wearing sunscreen. But I think unless they’re very disciplined, it’s easy to drop the ball during the winter months,” said Dr. Charles Phillips with ECU Physicians.
If you plan on traveling for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, you’re at an even higher risk for skin damage. Increased altitude and snow reflecting UV rays are very dangerous, so be sure to cover your skin and wear sunscreen.