Sunscreen 365: It Isn’t Just For Summer

January 25, 2013 News

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The Winter season in Colorado is a time for fun outdoor activities!  At this time it’s important to remind your patients that Summer isn’t the only time you need sunscreen.

Did you know?

  • Snow reflects up to 85% of UV radiation – the effect is similar to the beach!
  • The intensity of UV increases by 8-10% for every 1,000-foot increase in altitude.
  • For example, the intensity of UV exposure at 12,000 feet (the peak height of most local ski resorts is double that at sea level.
  • Eyes are particularly sensitive to this increase in UV exposure-corneal sunburns (“snow blindness”) can lead to cataract formation and retina problems later in life.