You wouldnt really think that youd get sunburn during your ski trip, especially if its in the middle of the winter season, perpetually grey skies and all. But the truth is, youre more susceptible to sunburn at higher altitudes, than you are at the base of the mountain. In fact, what you might think is windburn may actually be sunburn. Thats because the atmosphere is a lot thinner in higher altitudes.
So how do you protect yourself from the suns UV rays while youre on the slopes? Here are a few tips on how to avoid sunburn during your ski vacation:
Invest on 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 and UVC rays.
TIP: Get a pair of goggles with the following features, aside from UV protection:
Reflective lenses These lenses act like one-way mirrors, preventing anyone from seeing your eyes. They also deflect light, thus allowing less light to penetrate the lenses.
Polarized lenses These lenses reduce the glare from the snow and the sun, thus allowing you better visibility while you ski.
Cover up! Think twice before skiing in your bikini top come spring time. Unless youve slathered on sweat-proof and sports appropriate sunscreen with SPF 60 on all exposed areas, youll have to cover up with a thin, long sleeve sweater.
TIP: Neck gaiters will not only protect your neck from the UV rays, theyll also make you look like a pro.
Wear sunscreen. Goggles will only provide protection to your eyes, but your face is likely 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 of 30 before you leave for the mountains.
REMINDER: No matter how water- or sweat-resistant your sunscreen claims to be, youll need to reapply every 2-3 hours to keep your skin protected.
Get a 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. Hence, it is important for you to take all the necessary precautions to ensure that you have a fun and hassle-free ski trip.