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Here's a tip for you: the grayest winter
sky doesn't stop the sun's damaging rays

Be sure to slather on the sunscreen no matter what the day looks like.  For most people, the memory of a bad sunburn usually involves being at the beach, working in the yard or an all-day Fourth of July picnic. My worst sunburn took place eight years when I was skiing over the President's Day holiday in February. I was actually skiing less than two hours because the wind chill was near zero and I thought all I had to do was protect my face from the cold wind. The raccoon look I had for over a week from wearing my goggles reminded me that the sun was up there somewhere even though the sky was mostly overcast.

I did a little research and found out that as much as 80% of the sun's rays get through clouds, snow and even fog. Now, when I'm outside I make sure I protect my skin just as thoroughly as I do in the summer months. I use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 with both UVA and UVB protection, plus a cap or a hat with a decent rim. And I reapply the sunscreen several times when I'm out for a while which I didn't do that time when I was skiing. I guess the lesson there is, just because it's cold and you can't see the sun clearly, it doesn't mean it's not shining.


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