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Is the sun more reflective in the summer or winter?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The sun’s reflective powers are greater in the winter than they are in the summer because the sun is lower in the sky. Reflection off of a surface increases sunlight intensity by about 17% if the rays are reflecting off of sand, but by about 80% if they’re reflecting off of snow, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. This makes you just as prone to sunburn and skin irritation on the ski slopes as you are on the beach. Protect your skin year-round by wearing a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.

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