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January 3, 2019

THE MOUNTAINS ARE CALLING 🎿 (*and your sunscreen better be too)

Sunscreen is always in season!

When you’re on the slopes in the dead of winter, almost completely covered by protective clothing (like us above), sun protection might not cross your mind—but for your skin’s health and safety, it really should!

For the skiers and snowboarders among us, cold weather can actually mean more time outside, and more time outside equals more sun exposure...4 to 5 percent more skin-damaging UV rays  for every 1,000-foot increase in altitude to be exact. At a 10,000-foot elevation, that gets to be a very risky 40 to 50 percent increase in UV ray exposure.

That’s concerning news for anyone at risk for skin cancer, which really is everyone. Plus, the intensity of the sun’s rays doubles when they’re reflected off the snow ...quite the "snowball" effect, huh?
All that said, you can still have fun in the mountains, and do it safely, if you follow these skin health check points below.

No matter how diligently you apply sunscreen, the best defense against sun damage is the care of a dermatologist.  Schedule an appointment and we’ll give you our best insights into protecting your skin.

See you on the slopes!
Your West Dermatology Team