Sun smart at the snow - skin protection on the slopes
Did you know that getting sunburnt at the snow is just as likely as at the beach? Most people only associate sunburn with summer and the warmer months, but ultraviolet rays can be just as strong in the cold winter snow.
When we go to the snow, we can be exposed to the ultraviolet rays directly from the sun and then again as it is reflecting off the snow. Therefore, it is so important to make sure you prepare for the harsh UV rays before hitting the slopes.
We have pulled together some tips on how to protect yourself on the mountain:
- Cover up your skin - No doubt you'll be wearing the essential snow items to stay warm and dry, but don't forget to cover up the regularly forgotten areas like your head, neck & face. A snug beanie and thermal neckband will provide that added protection to the otherwise exposed areas.
- Wear sunscreen - This goes without saying but ensure you apply sunscreen (at least SPF 30+) to your exposed skin generously and frequently. Carry a small tub in your snow jacket pocket to make it easier to reapply throughout the day.
- Don't forget the lips - When applying your sunscreen, it's the perfect time to apply some UV protective lip balm too. No one wants to head home from the snow with burnt, cracked lips.
- Sunglasses & goggles - Protect your eyes with wrap-around sunglasses that meet Australian standards for eye protection (AS 1067). Ski goggles with 100% UV protection are a more suitable alternative on the slopes.