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Protection From Harmful UV Rays Still Needed During Winter Months


Many people believe once winter rolls around there is no longer a need to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Unfortunately, many people are wrong.

Everyone should protect their faces with a sunscreen containing broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection all year round, according to the Olay UV Exposure Study, led by principal investigator Dr. Darrell Rigel, clinical professor of dermatology at NYU.

Results of the study revealed a significant lack of knowledge about ultraviolet light, and women receive more sun exposure than they thought. As little as 16 percent of participants knew UVA exposure can occur indoors through windows and only 18 percent understood how UVA and UVB rays differ.

"The results of this exposure study illustrate women's misconceptions about daily sun exposure and serves as a call to action for women to protect themselves from UVB and UVA exposure every day," said Rigel.

What Everyone Should Know About UV

  • UVA Can Cause: premature aging Risk of Exposure: can penetrate glass windows

  • UVB Can Cause: sunburn Risk of Exposure: outdoors & through open windows

  • UVA & UVB Can Cause: aging & skin cancer Risk of Exposure: primarily outdoors/all year round
Solutions for Broad-Spectrum Protection

People need to understand they are susceptible to UV exposure even indoors, so Rigel suggests, "a sunscreen product with broad-spectrum protection — not just on certain occasions — but every day."

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