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Debunking Myths: You Don’t Need Sunscreen On A Cloudy Day.


We always remember our sunscreen on those super sunny days but what about on those cloudy or snowy days? Of course, we do not see snow here in northern Florida but we’ve had our share of few cloudy days lately. A common myth is that on cloudy or snowy days we do not need to wear sunscreen. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, UV rays can pass through clouds up to 80% of the time. Their research also shows that snow can reflect up to 80% of UV rays. In winter months, do not think it is safe to slack on sunscreen. Plan to apply sunscreen every day of the year to counteract signs of phot-aging. Protect your lips with products of at least SPF 15 also.

Your main goal is avoid photo-aging so err on the side of caution and follow a sunscreen protocol daily. Remember these tips when purchasing quality sunscreen. A good sunscreen will protect against both UVA and UVB rays and are usually labeled “broad-spectrum.” For typical sun exposure (driving or walking), sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 is recommended. For extended or prolonged sun exposure, apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Other tips to minimize photo-aging are wearing protective clothing like shirts, hats, and sunglasses and avoiding tanning beds.

Your daily routine should include applying sunscreen especially if you have fair skin, many moles or familial history of skin cancer. Have you forgotten sunscreen often and would like a skin check? Book now at

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