In Florida, the sun is out year-round and many patients spend significant time outdoors enjoying the weather. However, during the winter months, many don’t think to protect the skin the same way they do during the summer. Drs. Elizabeth Callahan and William Adams of SkinSmart Dermatology in Sarasota, FL encourage patients to talk to a professional about preventing wintertime sun damage.
Things to think about when protecting the skin from wintertime sun damage
Below are a few things to consider when preparing for your days out in the sun during the cooler winter months in Sarasota, FL:
- The amount of time spent out in the sun with exposure – the more time you spend outdoors in the sun, the more exposure you will obtain. It is a good idea to apply sunscreen every day, even if you are spending a short period of time outdoors.
- What time of day sun exposure is experienced – the sun’s rays are highest mid-day between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Be sure to limit sun exposure during these times, unless you are protecting your skin with a high SPF sunblock.
- Current skin type – patients with fair skin will burn faster and more easily than a patient with darker ethnic skin. Patients with fair skin will want to take the proper precautions to protect their skin with high SPF sunscreen, even during the winter months when exposure might be lower.
- Protections put in place – always wear a high SPF sunscreen each day on exposed skin to protect the skin from harmful UV exposure that can continue to skin cancer.
- Regular cancer screenings – visit your dermatologist once a year for a routine cancer screening. Early detection and treatment is critical to survival.
Learn more about preventing wintertime sun damage
If you live in the area of Sarasota, FL and are interested in learning more about how to protect your skin from damage and dryness during the winter months, call (941) 308-7546 to schedule an appointment at SkinSmart Dermatology. Drs. Elizabeth Callahan and William Adams can assist you in developing a proper skincare routine for each season. The office is located at 5911 North Honore Avenue, Stee. #210 and is open to new patients.