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28th November 2017

A Guide to Ski Season Sun Protection

Ski Season is fast approaching as summer slowly ebbs away. Unlike the usual beach holiday people don’t always realise a Skiing holiday can be just as damaging on your skin.

The temperature isn’t a clear indicator of sun exposure and you must still take seriously the exposure to sun damage whilst skiing.

Ski Season is fast approaching as summer slowly ebbs away. Unlike the usual beach holiday people don’t always realise a Skiing holiday can be just as damaging on your skin.

High up in the mountains the sun’s intensity increases. In fact, altitude and distance from the equator are two factors in determining the sun’s impact. Your UV exposure increases by 10% for every 3,280 feet in altitude; at 6,000 to 8,000 feet in elevation, you’re exposed to 25% more ultraviolet radiation than at sea level. That’s not even taking into consideration the reflection of sun off the snow.1

The temperature isn’t a clear indicator of sun exposure and you must still take seriously the exposure to sun damage whilst skiing. So here are our “ski season sun tips”;

Slap on the SPF

Whether you’re wearing a daily moisturiser or a normal Sunscreen ensure you pick a high SPF to keep you protected. We’d recommend Daily Face and SunSense Ultra. Please also be aware that windburn is a risk which occurs when strong wind strips the skin’s natural oils. This can be mitigated by the use of sunscreens containing moisturisers such as SS Sport SPF 50+ etc.

Sun Glasses

To best protect your eyes always wear a good quality pair of sunglasses with UV protection. If they don’t have the UV protection all you be doing is blocking the bright light but still getting the sun radiation, This can lead snow blindness which is caused by sun damage to the cornea of the eye.

Trust us the red skin and red eyed look is not going to be cool anytime soon.

Lip Balm

People often forget to look after their lips. As one of the most sensitive parts of the body, your lips need adequate protection and hydration. Wear a good quality lip balm like SunSense Lip Balm SPF50+ which has a high SPF. This will protect your lips from radiation and dryness.

Stay Hydrated

Finally, just as your lips are sensitive and need hydration so does your skin. Keep a bottle of water on hand to stay nice and hydrated and keep away from alcohol until après-ski.

References

  1. http://www.who.int/uv/faq/whatisuv/en/index3.html
  2. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/sun-protection-in-the-snow.
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