Sun Protection in the Fall: What you Need to Know

Cooler mornings are starting to roll in, and that means fall is right around the corner! Time to dust off those scarves and boots, but don’t be so quick to put away your bottles of sunscreen. Sun protection in the fall is as important as it is in summer months.

It’s easy to overdo sun exposure in the fall, because we don’t have summer’s heat reminding us of how long we’ve been outside. According to Julie Bain at SkinCancer.org, just a few minutes of sun exposure is enough to damage your skin’s DNA, whether you’re soaking up that sun in summer or fall.

Sun damage to your skin builds up over time, and that means that fall sun exposure counts, even though the sun’s rays are not as strong during the cooler months. Sure, in the fall you’re not showing as much skin, but to minimize your skin cancer risk, it’s still important to protect the skin that is exposed.

When it comes to protecting your skin from the sun's rays, not all fall clothing is created equal.

Sun Protection in the Fall

When it comes to protecting your skin from the sun’s rays, not all clothing is created equal. In general, a tighter weave gives you more sun protection. That means that if you’re wearing a loose-knit sweater over a t-shirt and plan to be outside for awhile, it’s a good idea to also apply some SPF 15 (or higher) sunscreen to your arms, since cancer-causing rays can still penetrate looser weave material, like knits.

No matter what you’re wearing this fall, your face is going to need some sun protection. The easiest way to work sun protection into your daily routine is to replace your usual facial moisturizer with one that gives you SPF 15 protection or better. Bain recommendsputting sunscreen on all exposed skin, like your neck, hands and ears. She also says that you should add a hat and UV-protective sunglasses to the mix.

Here are some tips on how to choose an effective sunscreen for fall.

Choosing the Right Sunscreen for Fall

You’ve probably gathered that you want to choose a sunscreen that’s SPF 15 or higher, but SPF isn’t not the only thing to consider when choosing a sunscreen for fall (or any time of year). Here are some tips on how to choose an effective sunscreen for fall.

  • Use SPF 15 sunscreen on a daily basis.
  • Skip the tanning bed.
  • Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects your from both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Choose a sunscreen that works. A recent EWG study found that almost three fourths of sunscreens they tested did not give good protection. Check out their guide to the best sunscreens for beach and sport, moisturizing and for kids.
  • Use an SPF 15 lip balm.

When it comes to sun protection in the fall, the bottom line is that you should apply sunscreen to any skin exposed to the sun, just like you would in summer. Also just like in summer, you should reapply every two hours, to make sure you’re protected all day long.

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Sun protection in the fall is as important as it is in summer months.

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