Planning a ski holiday? Sun Protection Factor might not be the first thing on your list…but it should be! Taking to the slopes exposes you to harmful UV rays – more harmful than a sunny summer holiday.
Can you get sun burnt on the slopes?
The answer is YES!
Skiing takes you to higher altitudes where the air is thinner and cleaner meaning the harmful UV rays are less filtered.
The higher you get, the stronger the UV rays. The intensity of exposure increases by 5% per every 1000ft above sea level. Multiply that by the altitude of your chosen ski resort and you could easily find yourself being exposed to 40%+ more intense UV radiation.
Also, snow is highly reflective. When the sun hits the snow, it can reflect as much as 85% of the UV radiation back at you. Not only are you being hit from above, but you may also being hit from the below too.
You cannot see or feel UV rays hitting your skin, but the damage will certainly be seen. Its important to take precautions to prevent UV damage before it’s too late.
Apply Sun Protection Factor
The best way to avoid harmful UV rays is to wear Sun Factor Protection. The Australian Gold Sun Protection Factor line is manufactured to the highest standard, producing an exceptional range of products made with the finest ingredients.
Apply sunscreen liberally to any exposed skin at least 30 minutes before exposure to UV rays. It is recommended to use a minimum factor 20 – but the higher the protection the better. Make sure you get good coverage on your face, neck and ears. As the UV rays are reflected off the snow you can get burnt in unusual places, including under your chin and nose, so be thorough with your application.
Its also important to make sure to keep your skin moisturised to nourish it from the cold and wind burn. When choosing a moisturiser, look for one that contains ingredients such as Aloe Vera, to help sooth and protect your skin from the elements. Australian Gold Moisture Lock contains Aloe and will help nourish and protect the skin.
Reapply sun cream frequently
Don’t just apply sun cream in the morning and forget about it. Falling snow (or falling in snow!) as well as sweat can wash off the sun cream. Take a small travel sized sun cream with you and apply when you can.
Protect your lips
The skin on your lips is some of the most delicate on your body. It is much thinner than the rest of your skin and contains very little melanin – a natural pigment that helps protect against sun damage. When on the slopes it’s important to use a lip balm with SPF 15+ protection to protect your lips from harmful UV rays and stop them from getting dry and cracking. Check out our SPF 30 lip balm that hydrates and protections your lips with Beeswax and Jojoba.