Monday, January 21, 2008

Taking Better Care Of Your Skin Year-Round

(SPM Wire) Just as the hot summer sun can damage your skin, so too can the drier winter months and even the winter sun impact your skin.

Dr. Darrell S. Rigel, president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, says people don't realize the health threats associated with the glaring sun and cooler temperatures of the winter season. At times, the wind and sun combination is so harmful it can cause serious burns and skin conditions, such as eczema.

Healthy skin takes year-round maintenance -- here are some tips from Rigel that are especially helpful in colder climates:

* Moisturizer helps protect against harsh elements and is especially important when outside for any great length of time. It's best to apply moisturizer directly after a bath or shower to help seal in moisture and replenish the skin with the necessary water and oils.

* Wearing gloves is a simple and effective way to protect hands from the cold temperatures and dry air that triggers eczema

* Since snow reflects sunlight, the ultraviolet rays of the sun during the winter are just as intense, so when participating in winter recreational activities be sure to apply sunscreen even though the sun may not feel hot.

* Don't forget about the lips, studies show that only six percent of Americans are aware that ultraviolet rays can cause lip cancer.

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