Whether you are in Alaska or Hawaii, solar rays are still penetrating the atmosphere even while the earth is located at its furthest from the sun. Mr. Alfresco recalls getting a very serious sunburn during a day hike near Palm Springs, even though it was January and very cloudy. Compound the strong UV rays along with elevation and thinner air on hills and mountains and your skin can suffer serious damage. Fortunately, there are great products to prevent ultraviolet cellular damage when outdoors, though you may want to switch products from your favorite summer sunscreens.
For winter months:
- Choose a thicker sunscreen that a summer protection, with a minimum SPF of 15. A denser sunscreen will also help prevent against strong winds.
- Forgo waterproof and water-resistant products
- Reapply sunscreen every 2-3 hours while outdoors
- Wear protective eye glasses and avoid applying sunscreen too close to the eyes
- Protect lips with a good quality lip balm
And above all, enjoy the great outdoors!