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Protecting your skin all year long


Staff writers
October 5, 2012 — Being exposed to the sun is less common in the fall and winter months, but experts say it's still important to protect your skin all year round.


Using sunscreen year round is highly recommended
Using sunscreen year round is highly recommended

Parts of the country are dealing with an early start to winter, but the summer-like conditions continue to hang on in southern BC. 

"And that trend will continue for several more days," says Gina Ressler a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "Another ridge of high pressure that's building in will bring above seasonal temperatures and a lot more sunshine to southern BC." 

While Vancouverites are using every opportunity to get outside, experts say it's still important to protect your skin at this time of year. 

"You need to take care of your skin the same way you would in July," says dermatologist, Dr. Jason Rivers. "That means that before you leave the house, if you're going to be outside for any prolonged period of time, you should have a sunscreen on your face at least."

Experts suggest keeping a shirt on to reduce any skin damage
Experts suggest keeping a shirt on to reduce any skin damage

Dr. Rivers adds that the UVA component of sunlight stays fairly constant throughout the entire year.

"In the summertime, we advise people to use an SPF or sun protective factor of 30 or higher. I'd say to just get into that habit for year round use instead of lowering the SPF during the fall and winter months." 

Keeping the skin moisturized is also important. 

"Because as we move into the winter months, the skin will dry out with less humidity in the air."

Dr. Rivers recommends using a moisturizer that contains a sunscreen as well. 

Plan to be outside this Thanksgiving long weekend? Be sure to check the UV Report. You can also check the weather in your area by heading to the Canadian Cities Index.

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