Cover up on the slopes!


June 15th, 2012 by Adore

Although it may sounds ridiculous, it can be just as easy to get sunburnt on the ski slopes as getting sunburnt at the beach.  Being high in the mountains, your skin is extremely exposed to the sun and it’s dangerous UV rays, with less atmospheric filtering than when you’re closer to sea level.  In addition to this, the white snow reflects the sun, resulting in the sun hitting you from both above and below.  For these reasons, it’s important to take skin care extremely seriously when skiing in order to avoid serious snow burn. After all, why let your holiday be ruined by an uncomfortable case of snow burn?  Below are a few skin care tips to help you avoid damage at the snow.

  • While it may sound obvious, lots of people tend to ignore this first tip. Whether it’s a sunny day on the slopes or an overcast and cloudy day, it is still extremely important to use sunscreen everyday!  Not only should it be at least SPF 30+ but it should also be waterproof to ensure it remains effective. Even if you have a tan, don’t be fooled to think that your skin has adapted and that you aren’t at risk of snow burn, because you still are! So remember that rule number one is to slip, slop, slap every day at the snow.
  • Using clothing is another great way to protect your skin at the snow! Sunscreen can’t block all the sun’s UV rays, so wearing a hat or even a face mask is important for anyone who is prone to sunburn.  The benefit of covering your face is that it will also protect your skin from windburn and the cold air, which can so easily result in dry and flaky skin.
  • Another skin care tip is to wear large glasses or goggles. Not only will this protect your eyes from the reflective, damaging light, but it will also protect the soft and sensitive skin around your eyes.  This area is important to remember, being particularly prone to wrinkles and aging.
  • Last but not least, it is important to take care of your skin both before and after a day on the slopes. Using a deep, nourishing moisturiser will help to repair and replenish your skin of the oils that it can so easily lose in the cold windy climate.  The dryer your skin, the more easily it will be affected by snow burn, so continuing to moisturise is one of the most important skin care tips when you’re at the snow.   Using an after sun lotion can also be extremely helpful if your face is at all pink after a day on the slopes.

So there you have our top skin care tips to avoid snow burn on the ski slopes! For everyone who’s heading to the snow this winter, be sure to follow these steps in order to maintain young and healthy looking skin!