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Top Sun Safety Tips for Winter Sports


As winter fast approaches, many Brits are preparing to escape to faraway ski destinations unaware of the threat that UV rays pose in our favourite winter wonderlands.


It’s a common misconception that sunburn and sun damage is confined to the summer season, as UV rays are often associated with the heat. The fact is, bright winter sun is much more powerful than any of us realise - and with the element of surprise on its side, it can be even more dangerous.


One of the biggest risks lies with the winter sports enthusiasts. The combination of high altitude and UV rays reflecting off the snow means that the sun can be just as damaging in December as it is during an August heat wave.


Why? Because exposure to UV radiation increases by 15% for every 1000m above sea level, so the higher the altitude, the stronger the UV radiation. Plus, with the snowy-white surfaces reflecting harmful UV rays by up to 80%, the risk of sunburn and long-term damage is significantly increased.


So how can you protect yourself at 2,000m? Follow our top tips for winter sun protection and stay safe on the slopes.


  • Always use a high factor sunscreen and apply it at least 20 minutes before heading outside.
  • Wind and snow can impact on your sun protection, so reapply every two hours to ensure maximum protection.
  • Not using enough sunscreen can lower the SPF that you receive; ensure that you apply at least a teaspoon of sunscreen to your face alone. Maximise skin protection from premature ageing and sun damage with SunSense Daily Face SPF 50+.
  • Take extra care to cover up areas such as ears, lips, around the eyes and on the neck, as these areas are often forgotten.
  • Apply a good quality lip balm with a high SPF, such as SunSense Lip Balm, throughout the day. With an SPF 50+, SunSense Lip Balm helps to provide high protection from the sun and it will also help to moisturise dry, chapped lips in extreme conditions.
  • Keep your head covered with a hat to protect against both UV rays and harsh winds.
  • Sunglasses or goggles that offer 99% or more UV protection will offer the best protection for your eyes.
  • As always, avoid the midday sun, as this is when UV rays are at their strongest.