Reasons to Apply Sunscreen Year-Round

Here's why it's important to continuously apply sunscreen - even through the cooler months.

Posted: Sep 21, 2021 11:08 AM
Updated: Sep 21, 2021 11:14 AM

The days may be shorter and the afternoons might feel a tad cooler, but there's no need to stow away the bottle of sunscreen just yet.

While you might think sunscreen is only necessary during summer activities like laying poolside or sunbathing, if you are outside for over 15 minutes, your skin is being exposed to the sun’s invisible, damaging, and harmful rays. And yes, this happens even on a cloudy day as well.

Sure, the daylight hours are at their shortest in the fall and wintertime - but here is why it is important to continuously apply sunscreen, even through the cooler months.

To put it simply, sunscreen aids in protecting and minimizing damaging effects from the sun by blocking ultraviolet radiation.

Unfortunately, there is no sunscreen on the market that can deflect 100% of the sun's UV rays. But taking the time to lather on the sunscreen will allow you to be outdoors longer before your skin becomes burnt or damaged by the sun.

Sunlight consists of two types of harmful ultraviolet rays: UVA and UVB. UVA rays can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkles and aging spots, and can also penetrate window glass. On the other hand, UVB rays are the main cause of sunburn and cannot pass through glass. Overexposure to either can lead to skin cancer, which is the most common type of cancer in the country.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that everyone use sunscreen that offers a Sun Protection Factor of 30 or higher.

Waterproof or water-resistant sunscreen is also recommended just in case you begin to sweat. Although we are beginning to trade out our short sleeves and swim wear for sweaters and flannels, protection from the sun will remain essential as the leaves are changing. In fact, the autumn season is usually the Tri State's driest and sunniest time of the year.

On sunny days, Storm Team 44 lets you know when to expect the highest UV index. On most days, it usually falls between the hours of 11 AM - 2 PM when the sun is at its highest in the sky.

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Hi: 58° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 41°
Partly Cloudy
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Hi: 58° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 41°
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Hi: 55° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 42°
Partly Cloudy
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Hi: 63° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 41°
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Hi: 55° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 39°
Temperatures were a heck of a lot more bearable earlier this afternoon - despite our northwesterly winds, temperatures peaked at 54° in Evansville earlier on and are expected to remain quite comfortable as we head into the evening hours. Expect temperatures ranging from 48° to 41° between 7 PM and 10 PM; though the added cloud cover over the coming hours will only allow temperatures to fall as low as 38° by early Wednesday morning. It's not all good news however, it looks as though some of us (especially those north of the Ohio River) could see periods of scattered rainfall throughout our Wednesday morning.
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