Even in the depths of winter, you’re still not safe from the sun – especially at the snow.
Sunscreen and eye protection is as essential as your hat and gloves at the snow, as you can burn just as easily as when you’re at the beach in summer.
“Ultraviolet (UV) is more intense at higher altitudes because there is less atmosphere to filter the UV rays. At Hotham, there is almost 10 per cent more UV than at sea level,” explained SunSmart Manager Sue Heward.
“Furthermore, the snow can reflect as much as 90 per cent of the sun’s harmful UV rays. So skiers and snowboarders can be exposed to a double dose of UV - directly from the sun and indirectly when it is scattered and reflected by the snow,” said Ms Heward.
SunSmart’s tips for sun protection in the snow
- Apply SPF30+, broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen and lip balm at least 20 minutes before going outside to protect any part of your body that is exposed.
- Reapply every 2 hours - put a small tube of sunscreen in your jacket pocket or bag.
- Protect your eyes by wearing goggles or wrap around sunglasses that meet the Australian Standard.
For more information on vitamin D, UV and sun exposure recommendations, go to sunsmart.com.au.
15 June 2011