The Importance of Sunblock in Cloudy Weather
Although you may have spent your childhood or teenage years laying out in the backyard with lemon juice in your hair and tanning oil on your skin, you now know that although that was fun, it was setting you up for premature skin cancer. As your sun’s natural protection against the sun, sunblock is a fast, easy, and effective way of shielding you. And even though you know you should wear sunscreen on a hot sunny day, did you know it’s easily as important to wear sunscreen on a cloudy day as well? Read on to learn more.
The Sun Doesn’t Discriminate
One thing to know about the sun is that it doesn’t discriminate against hot or cold temperatures. In fact, you are just as likely to get a sunburn on a cold, cloudy, snowy day as you are on a hot, sunny day, at the beach. Remember that just because you can’t see the sun, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
People Burn More On Cloudy Days
Because clouds create the illusion that the sun isn’t out, people are way more likely to burn on a cloudy day than on a sunny day. In fact, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 80% of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate your skin through even the thickest of storm clouds. So, the next time your kids try to tell you they don’t need sunscreen on a cloudy day, think again.
One of the best things you can do for your skin is to get into the habit of wearing sunscreen every day. Whether you are spending your day in the car, out in the sun, or under the cloudy sky, your skin is still susceptible to burning. However, by wearing a daily sunscreen and moisturizer, you can add that protective layer to your skin without worrying about sun damage. If you would like to learn more about skin cancer prevention, contact Dr. David A. Schlessinger today and schedule an appointment!