Why Should You Wear Sunscreen During Holiday Travel?

Whether you’re lying on the beach somewhere beautiful, or on the top of a powdered snow mountain- sun exposure is everywhere. The ultraviolet rays are prevalent at both tropical and ski vacations. The sun’s UV rays can increase risk for skin cancer, especially over exposure. The rays will even reflect off white snow, giving more reasons to protect what skin you have exposed through you winter gear.

Avoid sunscreens that contain fragrances, alcohols or dyes. Look for sunscreens that are at least SPF 35 and also ones that have more zinc. Zinc is a key nutrient that can help protect your skin from harmful UVA rays instead of just UVB rays. UVA rays are unseen rays that penetrate through the atmosphere, along with UVB rays which is what gives you a sunburn, a warning that you are experiencing too much sun exposure.

Recently, there have been new regulations put into effect that prohibit sunscreen companies from calling their sunscreen “waterproof” because it cannot be proven. To avoid misleading the consumer and to ensure that skin protection, especially for children’s sensitive skin is provided, multiple applications of lotion are recommended for long-term outdoor activities.

Besides sunscreen, it is important to protect your skin with clothing and hats. There are many fashionable sunhats and caps to not only protect the face, but the eyes from too much sun exposure. UV protection sunglasses are also an excellent way to protect the eyes from sun damage, especially with lighter eyes such as blue and green.

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar is a leading authority in skin care and protection with offices in New York City and Garden City, Long Island. As a fellowship-trained dermatologist, Dr. Rokhsar can provide the expertise of a cosmetic surgeon who sees the result of not using proper skin protection. Developing age spots, wrinkles and uneven skin tone are just a few of the many conditions he treats.

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