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SPF for Skiing & Snowboarding

We typically associate SPF with golden, sunshine-filled, warm beach-y, cool salt-water pool-type holidays, but what about those minus-degree, off-piste skiing and adventure snowboarding-type getaways? To pack SPF or not to pack SPF?

Well, what if we told you, you’re even more susceptible to skin damage in winter weather? A variety of factors increase your vulnerability to sun exposure, especially when skiing and snowboarding. So, if you’re packing your snow boots & ski goggles this winter, give us a moment to explain why it’s so important to stay on top of your sun protection duties!

The Basics

This form of ultra violet light causes cell damage and long term skin ageing and ha s been linked to some skin cancers.

Causes sun burn and damage to the skin cell DNA and is linked to most skin cancers.

This simplifies why it’s a must to invest in all-year-round skin protection! As UVB rays vary in intensity and season, we may not necessarily be ‘burning’ in the winter time, but our skin is still at risk of damage caused by UVA as these harmful rays are always present.

UV rays damage our natural collagen and elastin which accelerates premature ageing resulting in fine lines, wrinkles and skin dryness. Protecting the skin with an SPF will ensure the skin is left supple and well moisturised.

Facts, factors & SPF’s

Hitting the slopes is fun but being at such high altitudes comes with its risks. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, UV radiation exposure increases between 4 and 5 percent every 1,000 feet above sea level – the higher you are, the greater the need for winter sunscreen.

Not to mention it’s a workout! So regardless of the icy temperatures, you’re working up a sweat and need to re-apply your SPF – the same way you would if you were in and out of a pool, it wears off. In fact, it’s recommended that you top-up your sunscreen every 2 hours to be safe.

Pro or not, you’ll pick up speed and ‘catch the wind‘ if you will? This exhilaration also has an affect on the skin as it dries out the surface, meaning the skins barrier weakens and requires additional protection. If you happen to have a tumble (and we all do!) the snow may wash away any SPF, so you need to apply winter sunscreen liberally and regularly.



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By HC MedSpa
22nd February 2019