If you love to hit the slopes in winter, or to enjoy a mid-year holiday in warmer climates (now we can travel again!), don’t forget that the sun can still damage your skin. In fact, snow reflects as much as 80% of UV radiation, which is much higher than the amount reflected by water or sand in the summer months5.
What’s more, some studies have shown that intermittent (occasional) sun exposure can be just as dangerous as regular sun exposure when it comes to increasing melanoma risk6. So, if you’re lucky enough to have a mid-winter holiday overseas, make sure you take sunscreen and apply it regularly – or better still, cover up your winter skin between 10am and 4pm!
If you’re skiing, playing sport or working outdoors in winter, apply a broad-spectrum, SPF30+ sunscreen to any exposed areas of skin, wear a hat, protective goggles or sunglasses and limit your time in bright sunlight.
At any time of year, if you notice a spot on the skin that looks different from the others or is changing, bleeding, scaly or itchy, see your doctor or book an appointment with MoleMap as soon as possible.