10 Winter Health Myths Busted
Some winter wisdom is about as factual as Frosty the Snowman. Problem is, these fictions don't just give you the warm and fuzzies—they can pack on the pounds, stuff up your nose, and even increase your risk of cancer. This season, don't let these winter health myths get the best of you.
Myth: Cold air can make you sick
Myth: You shouldn't exercise in the cold
Myth: Allergies go away in the winter
Myth: You don't need sunscreen in the winter
Forget bathing suits. Department stores should stock sunscreen with the toboggan hats. "Because the Earth's surface is closer to the sun during the winter months, we are actually exposed to more harmful rays without even realizing it," says Robert Guida, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City. What's more, snow and ice can both reflect up to 80% of harmful UV rays so that they can hit the skin twice, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. So even in winter, keep in mind these five ways to protect against skin cancer.