Why you Need Sun Protection on your Ski Trip

Why you Need Sun Protection on your Ski Trip

The last thing you would even consider putting on your shopping list in the middle of winter is sunscreen. You may even think it is a strange thought to use sunscreen on your ski trip.  The idea of getting a sunburn in the winter- while it is grey and snowy seems quite odd.  However, the fact of the matter is that you're more susceptible to sunburn at higher altitudes, than you are at the mountain base. That being said, what you might think is windburn may actually be sunburn. The atmosphere is a lot thinner at higher altitudes and the reflection from the snow adds to the need to protect yourself with SPF. You definitely need Sun protection while you are skiing or even spending a lot of time outdoors during winter. 

The question that you are probably asking is how do you protect yourself from the sun's UV rays while you're on the slopes? Here are a few tips on how to avoid sunburn while you are enjoying your skiing trip.-

Be sure to put sunscreen on your face, as well as other exposed areas of your skin. Your face and skin will be exposed to the harsh rays of the sun. That is why it is important that you wear a water-resistant sunscreen with at least an SPF 30 before you leave for the mountains. Always remember this-  no matter how "water-" or "sweat-resistant" your sunscreen claims to be, you'll need to reapply every 2+ hours to keep your skin protected! 

Other methods to keep yourself protected from the Sun is to purchase some goggles with UV ray protection. Your ski goggles do more than just protect your eyes from wind and elements. Provided that your goggles have 100% UV protection, they can also shield your eyes from UVA, UVB rays. In fact, you may want to get goggles with reflective and polarize lenses to keep the glare from the snow and sun out as well.

It is also recommended to get yourself lipbalm with sun protection. Your lips, too, are just as prone to sun damage as it is susceptible to dryness and chafing. Hence, a lip balm with SPF is a good investment, especially if you frequently go on ski vacations.

But an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Therefore, it is important for you to take all the necessary precautions to ensure that you have a fun and safe ski trip.