It’s finally time to have fun in the sun again, hoorah! And with the official start of summer next month, it makes good sense that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

By now, most everyone knows that UVA and UVB radiation are the cause for most skin cancers and contributes to the photoaging of our skin. While there are heroes like plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and aestheticians that can help with the negative effects of sunlight, we can all help ourselves fight against skin cancer and photoaging with one, easy preventative measure: sunscreen!

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It might seem logical to ditch your sunscreen in the winter months, since winter skies are typically overcast compared with the rest of the year. However, there are important reasons to make this a year-round habit!

Reasons to wear sunscreen year-round are abundant. Studies show that the reflection of the sun’s rays on snow packs a powerful punch. Furthermore, up to 80% of the sun’s rays can reach your skin on a cloudy day. This puts to rest the notion that the sun can’t damage your skin on rainy days or during colder months.

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