The Biggest Sunscreen Myth

MYTH: You only need to wear sunscreen in the summer.

FACT: Sunscreen should be worn year-round to protect against sunburns, ultraviolet radiation, and skin cancer.

Many people mistakenly assume that they only need to wear sunscreen when enjoying a day at the beach. However, just because the sun seems farther away, doesn't mean that it's stopped shining.

The sun's rays come in two forms: UVA and UVB. Ultraviolet A rays are called aging rays, because they can cause premature aging, wrinkles, and age spots. And ultraviolet B rays are called burning rays because they are the primary cause of sunburn. UVA rays can pass through glass, but UVB rays cannot. Nevertheless, all rays become stronger when they are reflected on things like windows in downtown metropolitan areas and stretches of snow on the slopes. Another little-known fact is that up to 80 percent of all rays can pass through clouds on a cloudy day. So just because you can't see the sun as well in the winter, doesn't mean that it can't harm your skin.

To stay protected The American Academy of Dermatology recommends wearing a sunscreen that is is broad spectrum (protects against UVA and UVB rays), SPF 30 or greater, and water-resistant. Explore what sunscreens glo therapeutics has to offer.