Spreading the word about Sun Safety and promoting skin cancer awareness, one blog post at a time.
Some folks have already experienced their first snowfall during the season of autumn in the U.S. Staying safe in the sun during winter sports excursions is an important to do for you to address now, before the season of winter is in full swing. Whether you are planning a ski vacation or looking forward to a snowy winter building forts and snowmen, here are sun tips to keep in mind for keeping you and your family safe:
Secure the proper clothing for winter sporting activities now, including snow goggles or sunglasses which will protect your sensitive eyes from 100% of UV rays.
Now is the time to buy sunscreen, which is available at bargain prices in many stores. Take care to get a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher and plan to apply your sunscreen liberally vat least 30 minutes before you foray into the outdoors. Even cloudy days on the ski slopes can give you as sunburn, as over 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate the clouds.
Use plenty of moisturizer to keep your skin from getting too dry from the combinations of harsh cold winds and the rays from the sun. It is ideal if you apply a sunscreen that is comprised of lanolin or glycerin, which will help your skin maintain its moisture.
Remember to use a lip balm with SPF 15 or higher. Chapped lips can be painful- so prevent them!
Covering your head outdoors in the winter will not only keep your head warm, but it will also keep your scalp from getting a sunburn. If you are determined not to wear a hat on the slopes or while sledding make sure you take time to put an ample amount of sunscreen on your scalp. Don’t forget your ears, chin and neck as well.
If you wear a ski mask be sure to use sunscreen on the areas of your upper body that your outerwear does not cover, like the tip of your exposed nose.
Try to avoid outdoor recreation in the snow between the peak hours of sun potency, which is between 10 am and 4 pm.
Whether you are snowshoeing or participating in downhill skiing take time throughout your day to reapply sunscreen and keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water.