To ensure you have a safe and fun day on the slopes, remember these tips to protect you from the sun and its radiation.
- Wear pants, long sleeves, and gloves even on warm days.
- Put on a hat or helmet that covers your ears.
- Wear 100% UV protection goggles or sunglasses.
- Apply generous amounts of SPF 30+ sunscreen on exposed skin every two hours.
- It’s not the heat of the sun that causes skin damage but radiation from the sun.
- SPF 30 or higher
- Broad Spectrum
- Zinc Oxide, titanium dioxide or both
- Dress in layers. Layering allows you to accommodate your body’s constantly changing temperature. When buying skiwear, look for fabric that is water and wind-resistant. Look for wind flaps to shield zippers, snug cuffs at wrists and ankles, collars that can be snuggled up to the chin and deep pockets.
- Be prepared. Mother Nature has a mind of her own. Remember to wear gloves or mittens (mittens are usually better for kids who are susceptible to cold hands). Also, 80% of heat-loss is through the head, a helmet is warm and many models cover the ears, ensuring a warmer experience. Don't forget your sunglasses or goggles. Skiing is a lot more fun when you can see. Always wear eye protection.