You’re all set to hit the slopes: you have your skis, down jacket and thermals. But before you hit the snow, make sure you are informed on sun safety; it’s sure to make your trip more pleasant. Here are the three main dangers that could affect you when skiing.

 

Sunburn

Sunburn doesn’t just affect holidaymakers or beach breaks; it is a major problem for skiers too. The thin air on mountaintops provides little protection against UV rays. Incidentally, if you’re not careful, you could end up looking like a tomato in a down jacket! Apply sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30 all over your face, neck and hands before leaving, and make sure to reapply every two hours.

 

 

Over exposure to UV rays

It’s no secret that UV rays can damage the skin; however, most people don’t realize there are two types of harmful rays. UVB rays cause sunburns, while UVA rays cause premature wrinkles, skin cancer, allergies, and long-term damage to the skin. That’s why it is important to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or higher. This will protect your skin against both types of rays. Protect your face and eyes with goggles or wrap around shades and a peaked cap or hat.

 

Skin dehydration

The combination of thin air, intense UV rays and icy temperatures plays havoc with the skin. Dehydration is common at high altitudes as the body attempts to adjust. It is important to moisturize regularly, drink plenty of water and cover up as much as possible to keep your skin protected from the cold and UV rays.

 

 

Skiing is an amazing way to enjoy winter and spend some time in nature. Make sure to properly protect yourself; it’s time to hit the slopes!