Debunking the Myth That Sunburns Only Happen in the Summer

Temperatures are dropping and the sun’s rays seem to be a little less powerful. While we’re celebrating the cool weather, we’re also taking this as an opportunity to debunk a common misconception. Many people think that cold weather means the sun’s rays can’t harm you—that couldn’t be further from the truth! Read on to learn why sunscreen is a necessity every month of the year.

Temperature

Typically, sunburns go hand in hand with heat. You feel hot, your skin begins to fry, and the next morning, you wake up with a bright red sunburn. Naturally, we correlate high temperatures with bad sunburns. We’re debunking that myth. It could be really hot outside, but if the UV index is low, you’re wearing sunscreen and you’re not in the sun, you won’t get sunburnt.

UV Index

If you’re wondering what we mean by UV index, we’ll clue you in. The UV index is a measure of how powerful the sun’s rays are on a given day. Some days the UV index is high, sitting at around 9 or 10 on the index. You can check the UV index online before you head outside, and if it’s higher than 5, you should be on guard. These rays will get you if you don’t protect your skin with sunscreen or a hat!

 

Protect Your Skin

Summer, fall, winter or spring… it doesn’t matter! Regardless of temperature, UV index, or even what month it is, your skin should always be protected when you go outside. It takes 5-10 minutes to apply sunscreen, and it’s worth it for healthy, glowing, damage-free skin.

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