Why You Need to Wear Sunscreen in the Winter

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Though we often associate sunscreen with summer's warm weather—it's important to apply it just the same in the dead of winter. Hear us out: just because the air feels cold doesn't mean the sun isn't producing UV rays that can lead to sunburns, skin damage, dark spots, and even skin cancers. Experts say practicing proper sun safety for all winter activities is key—because snow reflects UV rays and can cause sunburns.

Lindsey Zubritsy, a board-certified dermatologist, also known as the Derm Guru, recommends applying sunscreen each morning during the winter and then reapplying it every two hours—just like you would on a hot summer day. She even has a genius tip for reapplying sunscreen while wearing makeup: use a blending sponge, like a Beautyblender, to dab on the product.

Watch below or on Harper’s BAZAAR’s TikTok as Zubritsky breaks down why sunscreen in the winter is critical and what you should do to protect your skin.

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