Be especially careful in the winter, when exposed areas such as your face, neck, hands and ears are most prone to windburn. Sunburn is surprisingly common in the winter because 80 percent of the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can reflect off the snow. That means UV rays are shining down on you and reflecting up off the ground. The cold wind will only make any existing sunburn worse, so cover up as much as possible to protect your skin. Use sunscreen with a high SPF and keep your skin moisturized.
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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
The best way to prevent windburn is to keep all skin covered. Periodically apply lip balm and sunscreen to exposed lips and/or skin. Avoid staying outside for prolonged periods of time when the temperature is 20 degrees or less. (This answer provided for NATA by the California University of Pennsylvania Athletic Training Education Program.)