Q I’ve heard that you should wear sunscreen every day, all year long. But in the fall when I’m covered up with sweaters and scarves, is it really as important as it is in the summertime?

As the temperature begins to cool and we soon find ourselves wearing heavier and thicker clothing, sunscreen is not needed on areas of your body that aren’t exposed to sunlight. For example, you do not need to wear sunscreen underneath thick clothes such as sweaters. However, even in the cooler months of the year our face and hands do get a lot of incidental sunlight while outdoors, especially if you spend a lot of time in the car during the day. So, do slather up any and all exposed areas with an SPF of at least 30.

ATD11-EliKimEli Kim, M.D.

Skin Cancer and Cosmetic Dermatology Center

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