On bright, summer days when you鈥檙e soaking up rays at the pool, you鈥檙e a loyal sunscreen addict. Now that it鈥檚 all doom and gloom out there (thanks, winter) you鈥檙e probably less enthused about your daily application. Other than the li鈥檒 bit of SPF 15 in your facial moisturizer, your sunscreen bottle likely stays hidden in your beach bag during the colder months, right? Well, here鈥檚 some hard #truth. That could be serious cause for concern, according to Dr. Estee Williams, a dermatologist in New York City. She shares five scary facts below that will make you want to be a year-round SPF enthusiast in 2018.

1. Skin cancer can affect anyone. Every year in the US, over 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people. And skin cancer can affect ANYONE, regardless of skin color. (Unfortunately, people with darker skin actually have a high chance of missing the signs of skin cancer because they鈥檙e not as much at risk, Williams explains.) Making sunscreen a part of your daily routine is the easiest thing you can do to protect yourself.

2. The cold isn鈥檛 an excuse to avoid your sunscreen.It鈥檚 a cold, cloudy day, but that doesn鈥檛 mean you won鈥檛 be exposed to strong UVA rays that can potentially cause skin cancer. It turns out that up to 80 percent聽of the sun鈥檚 rays can break through clouds. So be sure to cover up, even when you think you鈥檙e covered.

3.Snow and ice can increase UV damage. Watch yourself. Snow and ice on the ground can reflect up to 80 percent of UV rays, according to the Environmental聽Protection Agency.

4.Winter sports put you at a higher risk of UV exposure. Planning a ski vacay this winter? UV radiation increases by five percent with every thousand feet you rise above sea level. This means the higher your elevation, the greater your exposure to harmful UV rays. Don鈥檛 forget to pack the sunscreen.

5.About 90 percent of skin aging is caused by the sun. These effects don鈥檛 stop with the snow. So no excuses here, time to stock up on SPF. Luckily, it鈥檚 probably on sale this time of year.

Now that you鈥檙e in the know, check out the best winter sunscreen options here.

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