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Why it's important to protect your skin, even in Winter

28th October 2012  : 

It is all too easy to assume that you only need to wear skin care products such as sunscreen on a hot summer's day when you stand the risk of suffering sunburn. However, the sun's harmful rays can damage your skin all year round - even on a cold winter's day.

Whatever the temperature may be, the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can reach your skin, causing it to age prematurely. If you want to keep those wrinkles, frown lines and crows feet at bay, you should use skin care treatments such as a moisturiser with added UV block all year round.

Even when it snows, you are at a risk of sun damage to your skin because the white surface of the snow can reflect as many as 80 per cent of the UV rays back towards your face. If you are heading off to a ski resort this winter, you must take extra care to wear your sun protection at all times.

Don't be fooled into thinking you can forget the UV-blocking skin care products when its overcast and raining though because up to 80 per cent of the sun rays can still filter through to the ground even on the cloudiest of days.

If you do encounter sun damage during the winter months, you can help heal the damage with dermatology treatments, which will gently reduce the effects of ageing and make your skin look bright and youthful again.

An experienced dermatologist will be able to carefully assess your skin and devise a bespoke course of treatments for you. She will also be able to offer you advice on how to protect your skin in future, so you can prevent the damage from occurring again.

Most importantly, remember to protect your skin from the sun, which can be easily done by swapping your current foundation or moisturiser for one with a built-in UV block.

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